to poultry probably began when I was born, a long, long time ago. I
was the fourth child in a family of three boys and
three girls. As long as I can remember my parents kept chickens,
primarily for meat and eggs.
my family moved from Darby, MT to Great Falls, MT in the mid 1940's a
change was made as to why we kept poultry. We began to keep fryers to
sell and fresh eggs also. I was the keeper of the chicks when they
were shipped in via Sears (remember those days?) and when I was old enough
to handle an axe I became the axman.
a long time after I graduated from high school I was away from poultry.
When I moved to Tarpon Springs, FL with my four children we became involved
with chickens, thanks to a neighbor that kept a nice flock. Our
interest in chickens began to take on individual breeds and varieties. I
learned to inoculate for fowl pox (over 300 chickens as I did my neighbors
also). And I began to do research on poultry.
the kids and I moved from Tarpon Springs, FL back to Great Falls, MT we
gave up the flock of chickens we had to make the trip easier on all of
us. After we got settled we began to acquire chickens again but
keeping it to special breeds and varieties. And we began
showing. I began clerking and developed an interest in judging.
I had some great judges to work with and learned so much. I still
have great judges to work with. I got my judge’s license and do enjoy
working with the poultry.
judging began with small county fairs around the state but I have been
lucky enough to have judged in several states. I found homes
for my remaining chickens when my youngest graduated from high school and
joined the Navy in 1991. One of my biggest joys in judging is the
4-Hers. I have a large collection of index cards that I have acquired
thru my years of research and those are what I use for the 4-H and FFA
groups. I truly have fun with the young people. They are a good
challenge for me.
have four children, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren of my own
plus three step children, four step grandchildren and seven step great
grandchildren. My oldest daughter, granddaughter and great
granddaughter live in TX, my other two daughters live here in Great Falls
as does my oldest grandson and his two sons. My youngest lives in the
Philippines with his wife and four children. I enjoy gardening, knitting,
crocheting, reading and fishing with my husband, Jerry, and spoiled dog,
Dude. I have held many jobs in my lifetime, librarian, storyteller,
bookkeeper, general office work, payroll clerk and have held most positions
in several poultry associations including the Ameraucana.
Frank <jljfrank [at] q.com>