Clarence Scharbauer has a diversified livestock background.
In 1947 he took over the active management of the Scharbauer
Ranches, one of the larger operations in Texas and the Southwest.
After more than 50 years of management, the empire has grown
to nine ranches in West Texas and the upper Texas panhandle.
Jo Ann Smith made many contributions to the livestock industry.
She was the operating partner and secretary/treasurer of Smith
Brothers Farming and Ranching in Wachoota, Florida, from 1958
to 1988. Her service to the industry led her to become Assistant
Secretary for Marketing and Inspection Services of the United
States Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. From 1985-1987
she served on President Reagans United States Advisory
Committee for Trade Negotiations.
Hilmar Moore is a fifth-generation Texas rancher who owned
his own cattle since he was six years of age. He and his family
operate land that has been a part of the family ranching operation
since 1824. His roots reach back in Texas history to Stephen
F. Austins original colony of settlers. He has raised
American Quarter Horses since 1938 and was a charter member
of the American Quarter Horse Association.
Jim Barron gained first-hand experience in ranching through
his familys ownership of the Spur Headquarters and Tongue
River Ranches in Cottle, Dickens, Motley and King counties
of Texas. He chaired the National Beef Development Task Force
in 1976-77 that won congressional approval for a national
referendum on a legislative checkoff for beef research and
While Walter Pfluger was director of the Texas Sheep &
Goat Raisers Association in 1949, he was instrumental in the
passage of the National Wool Act. This gave price supports
to American wool producers as incentive to stay in business,
though their product was more expensive to produce than imported
wools. Pfluger pushed for the act and then stood firm when
mohair, a specialty fiber from Angora goats, was about to
be written out of the act. In the end, thanks to his help,
mohair was covered in the act.
When selected to receive the Golden Spur Award, Bill Farr
was chairman of the board and major stockholder of Farr Farms,
an integrated farming, feeding and ranching operation on 2,000
acres of irrigated farm land, a 26,000- head capacity feedlot
and a 16,000-acre ranch near Greeley. He also owned the 21,000-acre
Seventy Ranch Corp. He was renowned for his commitment to
that industry, for innovations for its betterment and for
his common sense approach to the business that has helped
cattlemen squeeze profits out of tight margins.
Marie Tyler was a North Dakota rancher, horsewoman and national
beef spokesperson for more than three decades. She was the
first woman to receive the National Golden Spur Award. Tyler
was labeled the First Lady of Beef Promotion during her leadership
with the National Livestock and Meat Board because of her
advertising, research, education and promotion of red meat.
Tyler and her husband, Jim, introduced Santa Gertrudis cattle
to North Dakota in 1954.
Foy Proctor was operator of the C Ranch north of Midland
and the Proctor Ranch near Channing in Hartley County, Texas.
He began ranching in 1917 and formed a cattle-buying partnership
with Brass and Myers of Grand Island, Nebraska. During the
partnership, he purchased between 10,000 and 15,000 head of
cattle annually for shipment to Nebraska. Proctors legacy
continues to support education and youth with the bequest
of his Channing ranch to Texas Tech University.
John B. Armstrong was executive vice president of the King
Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. In that position, he oversaw cattle,
horse and sheep operations domestically and internationally
which include those in Mississippi, Florida, Spain, Brazil
and Australia. Armstrong also raised commercial and registered
Santa Gertrudis on ranches and farms in Jim Hogg, Kleberg
and Kennedy counties of Texas. He became managing partner
of the John B. Armstrong Ranch, Kingsville.
J. Ernest Browning cowboyed most of his life and dedicated
his lifetime of service to the ranching and livestock industry.
Browning worked in and later owned a grocery store and meat
business, and with his earnings he began purchasing land and
cattle. In 1939 he was able to make cattle raising his only
business. Browning, a founding member of the American Quarter
Horse Association, became a director in 1940 and was elected
president in 1958.
Watt Matthews had a distinguished record of achievement in
the cattle business. He was known and respected for his leadership
in the preservation of the values and heritage of ranching.
Perhaps his appreciation of the past grew from his living
in a legendary pioneer family. Throughout his life he continued
to play a vital role in the ranching industry. Matthews was
known for his ability to make things happen and at the same
time accept nature on its terms, No need to complain
about it being too wet or dryit will change.
Fred H. as he was known to friends and business
associates, achieved international recognition for his progressive
ranching practices, his leadership within the industry and
his service to his fellow man. Dressler helped found the Nevada
Junior Livestock Show and served on the board for 30 years.
The Fred H. Dressler Cattle Co., a family business, in 1980
covered 20,000 acres in three counties and two states.
Jay Littleton Taylors lifetime career as a rancher,
businessman and public servant paralleled the development
of the cattle industry. Known as Mr. Beef, Taylors
service to the livestock industry benefited all of American
agriculture. He was owner of the HH Ranch near Magdalena,
New Mexico, and the Rafter O Ranch near Vega, Texas. He was
a partner in the worlds largest livestock auction, the
Amarillo Livestock Auction Co..
Albert Knell Mitchell, whose life spanned the era from the
19th century free range to the age of the airborne cowman,
was the recipient of the first National Golden Spur Award.
The Tequesquite Ranch, founded in 1896, became a partnership
between Mitchell and his father, T.E. Mitchell, who brought
the first registered Herefords to New Mexico that year. In
addition to assuming management of the Bell Ranch in 1933,
Mitchell applied his talent, imagination and business acumen
to all facets of agriculture and livestock production.