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.