John H. Litzelman
Vermillion, South Dakota
In 1916, with a civil engineering degree from Montana State College, Milburn trained in the French Air Force and was a pilot with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Back in Montana, he became a prominent Angus breeder. With 1,000 head of Angus–all purebred and 250 registered–he regularly topped the feeder calf market and enjoyed a strong demand for breeding animals. He also served on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank and Montana Power Company, and was a veteran school board member.
Don C. Collins
Kit Carson, Colorado
The first father-son team to serve as presidents of this Association, Don followed his father, Charlie, 23 years later. He was a tall, quiet man known for his integrity, ability and pleasantness as well as for his articulate, home-spun, down-to-earth speeches. Before becoming president, he had served 10 years as a Colorado state senator, where he served on the five most important committees. A shrewd businessman, he was also a bank president as well as president of Franklin Serum Company.
“Mr. Beef Promotion” they called him. Taylor was one of the only two association presidents to serve as Chairman of the Meat Board. An affable and colorful character, he founded the National Beef Council, later the BIC of the Meat Board. He was an advisor to four presidents and served on innumerable commissions and national corporate boards.
Sam C. Hyatt
“Free markets make free men,” declared Hyatt, as he fought price controls and supports. During the Korean War, cattle prices escalated nearly 50 percent, causing overexpansion, then tumbled nearly, triggering a call for supports during the “Great Cattle Bust of 1953." Hyatt was well known and respected in Washington where he spent 40 days in 1953. He served on numerous state and national commissions and advisory committees.
Loren C. Bamert
The youngest president to serve, he was elected at age 38. Ten years before he was President of the California Cattlemen’s Association. He was known for his fights against Korean War era price controls. “The politicians knew price controls wouldn’t work,” he said, “but claimed they had to do it politically. The politicians won, but it was a mess.” In his term the Association changed its name to the American National Cattlemen’s Association.
First rebuffed as a “half-breed,” being a cattle feeder, Smith was later accepted and loved. Born in Ohio, he ranched in Wyoming, homesteaded in Idaho, and settled northeast of Sterling, Colorado, where he was the largest early feeder of wet beet pulp. He became president of the Colorado Livestock PCA and director of two banks. He opposed price controls, worked for an industry public relations plan and was the first to suggest ANLSA buy their own building in Denver.
William B. Wright
With a sharp tongue, he attacked the BLM and Forest Service. “Wording in the Taylor Grazing Act,” he argued, “meant equitable disposition of the public domain to permittees.” He also opposed deficit spending, internationalism and free trade, and the “lack of understanding by the public of their dependence upon cattlemen.” He fought to contain foot-and-mouth disease in Mexico.
Deming, New Mexico
Born in Broomfield, Texas, a town named for his father, young “Dee” moved to New Mexico in 1915, where he produced fine Herefords. He helped organize the Production Credit Association, helped establish the New Mexico agricultural Experiment Station, served in the state legislature, was President of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and one of the first directors of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. He felt his greatest accomplishment was to help write the Taylor Grazing Act and Federal Range Code.
Frank S. Boice
A brother of the 1931 ANSLA President, he helped devise a program of controls during WWII. Not a believer in controls he became convinced they were necessary to avoid disastrous inflation. In an emotional speech during the 1944 Convention, he expressed “a mixture of pride and hope, confusion, doubt and frustration concerning the kind of nation we are building for ourselves in the future." For his services, Boice was elected to the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1958.
J. Elmer Brock
Brock was born in Missouri, attended high school in Wyoming, business college in Nebraska, and then settled in Wyoming. He was remembered as a “far-sighted and many-sided’ man, known to his colleagues as an independent thinker, diplomat and practical economist. He was also candid and had a fiery disposition. “There are 59 federal land management agencies controlling our public lands,” he snorted in one speech, “and the Forest Service is the worst.” A fighter for private ownership of public lands, he frequently slammed “the federal over-lordship.” As president when the U.S. entered World War II, he pledged the Association’s support and extolled patriotism among members.
Los Angeles, California
A dominant personality, he was a moving force in the ANLSA in the 1930s and 1940s. Russell Brothers (Hub, Joe and Harvey) operated about 50,000 acres north of Los Angeles and built the largest purebred herd of Herefords in the West. They drove herds down the main streets of Los Angles, after midnight, as required by city ordinance, to market or move to another ranch. In 1924, when foot-and-mouth disease erupted in Los Angeles, they were forced to drive 3,500 head into a trench to be shot and buried.
Albert K. Mitchell
Albert, New Mexico
“Everybody knew Albert, or felt they did,” says a distant rancher who never met him. An esteemed leader, he served as president or chairman of numerous livestock organization, including the American Hereford Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Live Stock and meat Board d and Cowboy Hall of Fame, and winner of the prestigious Golden Spur Award. He was also a state representative and on the Republican National Committee. He was the second of two managers of the large Bell Ranch to become President of ANLSA, and he ran his own family ranch, The Tequesquite, as well.
Charles E. Collins
Kit Carson, Colorado
“The grand old man of the livestock industry,” he was called. Forceful and well informed, he served as President for four years, holding the Association together during the Great Depression. He started out in the industry helping his father trail cattle, living both in Mexico and Kansas. In 1907, he bought his first ranch in eastern Colorado and built it to 100,000 acres. Not only a rancher, he was also a state senator, bank president and president of the Franklin Blackleg Serum Co., which he helped found. He also was the father of the 1956 president of ANCA.
Henry G. Boice
Born in Missouri, he grew up on the XIT Ranch in Texas. After attending school in Los Angeles, he became president and general manager of Chiricahua Cattle Company, Arizona’s largest cattle company. It ranged cattle on Indian reservations, national forests and state lands, as well as company land. Back in Missouri, Boice’s grandfather traveled to England and returned with Anxiety 4th, the Hereford bull that became famous throughout America.