Tomson, James G Jr 1977-07-23

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James Tomson discusses his family background in the purebred shorthorn cattle business.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: James G. Tomsom Jr.

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 23, 1977

Location: Wakarusa, Kansas

Interviewer: Charles L. Wood

Length: 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: T. K. Tomson, Dover, Kansas (1880s), Registered Shorthorns, T. K. Tomson and Sons, Ranch in Wakarusa, Kansas (1912), F. W. Hargin, Livestock Insurance Business, American Livestock Insurance Company, Show cattle, State fair circuit (1930s), Show herd size, Large cattle sale (1973), Advantages of shorthorn cattle, Tomson type of shorthorn, Popularity of shorthorn breeds, Tomas Selluns, Shorthorn commercial herds, Cross-breeding with shorthorns.

Tape 1, Side 2: Popularity of shorthorns (1930s and 1940s), Recognition in International Steer Show, Highest priced shorthorn bull, Challenge of Registered business, National and international reputation, Prominence among shorthorn breeders, Role of shorthorn cattle, Famous bulls, Gallant Knight, Significance in building herd, Shorthorn families, Augusta, Mayflower, Contribution to Tomson herd, Price comparison, Shorthorns to Herefords, James G. Tomson, Contributions to business, Interest in commercial herd, Interest in seed-corn business, Small scale production.

Range Dates: 1880s-1977

Bulk Dates: 1912-1973

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