Holy Cow!

19 Apr
Prize-winning Hereford at the Southern Arizona International Livestock Association Show in  Tucson. Mr. Thurber appears second from right. Undated.

Prize-winning Hereford at the Southern Arizona International Livestock Association Show in Tucson. Mr. Thurber appears second from right. Undated.

I’m currently processing a large collection of personal and business papers from a Southern Arizona rancher. The pictures you see in this blog post come from that collection. The records’ creator, Harold Thurber, was at the forefront of the Arizona cattle breeding scene for almost 50 years. He was one of the first ranchers to begin raising Herefords in the area. Mr. Thurber was involved in a myriad of organizations in Southern Arizona and his records are a rich resource for those organizations as well as ranching and other topics in 20th century Arizona history, including: the Southern Arizona International Livestock Association fair, Pima County Fair, Patagonia-Sonoita Rotary Club, Catalina Savings and Loan, 4-H, University of Arizona Foundation, and many others.
I am new to Arizona, so this collection has introduced me to a lot of information regarding Arizona history and geography. However, I love names and naming traditions, so one of my favorite parts of organizing these records is seeing the cows’ names recorded in the breed records. So, for your reading pleasure, I have compiled a list of my top ten favorite cow names (so far):

10. Lady Matador the 25th (a good heifer, according to the notations)
9. Diamondette
8. Mischief Lad
7. Beau Bonny
6. Lula D. Domino (I don’t know what the ‘D’ stands for)
5. Fedora
4. Fedora’s Anxiety (a calf of Fedora’s, obviously)
3. Super Larry
2. Miss Major
1. Reality Randolph

If you’re interested in Arizona ranching, here are a few of the other great resources at AHS that you can check out:

MS 106: Bourne papers, 1930-1985 (bulk 1967-1978).
These are the personal papers of Eulalia Bourne, a rancher, teacher, and published author who wrote about her experiences in rural Arizona.

MS 007: Aguirre papers, 1859-1976 (bulk 1907-1975).
The Aguirre family was involved in the ranching and freighting businesses in Red Rock, Arizona.

PC 032: DeBaud photograph collection, 1907-1961 (bulk 1907-1948).
This collection contains some great photographs of ranch life and rodeos.

So Much to be Done: Women Settlers on the Mining and Ranching Frontier, edited by Ruth B. Moynihan, Susan Armitage, and Christiane Fischer Dichamp.

1979 Junior Showman Winners

1979 Junior Showman Winners

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