Yankton Press & Dakotan
October 20, 1941 (Evening); p 2, col 8
Am I the only one who read the title of this post “Cattle Moooving in Big Numbers?” … I wonder if the reporter had the same thought back in 1941.
CATTLE MOVING IN BIG NUMBERS
Belle Fourche Reports Boom Condition Prevailing On The Range
BELLE FOURCHE, Oct. 20. (AP) — In weather beaten chaps, a sheepskin coat and leather jacket, A. O. Pemberton came to town this week behind 750 Hereford steers his boys drove across the trail from Powder river to the end of the railroad here.
It was his forty-first trek to this cattle capital, once the largest stock shipping point in the United States. But Pemberton was the only one to trail this year. Most of the stock comes by truck to the railroad.
“The rest of the boys are getting a little tony,” he said. I guess they can’t get out and rough it any more.”
Going To Feed-Lots
The cattle were shipped from New Mexico last fall, trailed from Arvada, Wyo., to the Pilgrim creek ranch for fattening on lush western short grass and back here for shipment to a feed lot in the east.
Much of the beef stock is going to feedlots this year. Pemberton had planned to ship to Omaha until a feeder reached him before the herd even reached town.
Stockmen and railroad officials look for the biggest shipping here since before brought days. Already 400 loads of livestock have cleared on the Chicago and North Western railroad, composed of about 18,000 head of sheep and 6,100 cattle.
Shippers estimate the total this year will be about 1,300 cars, compared with 983 last year and 1,100 in 1939. The biggest year was in 1902 when 110,000 head of stock, principally cattle, left Belle Fourche with a value of about $6,000,000. In two months of September, 1890, when the first shipment was made, 1,300 cars of cattle cleared the yards here, and in 1895, some 3,000 cars left.
Sheep have taken over the ranges in many places around here, and cattle shipments have been dropping. In Butte county alone, census estimators and livestock men calculate there are 167,000 head.
I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946. I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals. I am happy to email full-size scans of any article. Feel free to ask.