I was a 15-year-old Grandview Future Farmers of America boy and showed a Hereford steer at the Fort Worth livestock show during the early 1950s. FFA and my showing experience served me well for a lifetime. I recall we had a Sunday event with breakfast and a Bible lesson at the Round Inn on the show grounds where the youth were welcomed by Fort Worth's business leaders.
The Star-Telegram article today about the auction was excellent. (see: “Grand champion fetches $200,000 at auction,” Sunday) But I was especially touched by the story concerning the young man from Decatur.
Stock Show chairman, Ed Bass, scouted out the steer he wanted to buy. He picked a steer raised by Seth Byers of Decatur, who had “raised it from their own cow that showed in our junior heifer show years back,” Bass said.
I can relate to that young man. I never had a champion, but this account is another example of good, generous-hearted business leaders who buy the animals of youth at the Fort Worth show.
This retired man is still saying thanks for my good experience at the stock show 62 years ago.
— Joe Ross, Fort Worth