BSCBA - USA 1940-1949
"The Decade of Great Change"
Growth & Change - Personnel & Programs
Roger's Note: The 40’s decade saw a variety of changes in breed programs,
registrations, personnel, and saw the effects of a second
World War. Highlights of those changes which had a pronounced
effect on the breed, breeders, and the Association are listed below.
- Registered Brown Swiss expanded in the 40’s as in no other decade
before or after. In 1939, a total of 9,996 animals were registered, and
by 1948 that number more than doubled to 22,625. In addition, a similar
increase was realized in transfers from 7,834 in 1939 to 20,496 in
1948, again more than doubling those transactions.
- Pictured on the January 1942 Bulletin cover were the first five Aged
Cows at the National Dairy Show in 1941, all owned by Lee’s Hill, an
- Jane of Vernon 5th becomes National Champion for 3 consecutive
- Judd’s Bridge Dispersal on October 13-14, 1947, set a record average
of $1,228 for dispersal sales of all time to date. The top animal,
Colonel Harry of J.B. who sold for $23,500, also set a record for the
highest price paid for any Brown Swiss ever sold to date. At $11,500,
the highest price female ever sold to date was Jane’s Chloe of J. B., a
daughter of Jane of Vernon.
- In 1945, the International Harvestor Company was allotted 20,000
square feet in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for an
exhibit to visualize the importance of modern agriculture. Included in
the exhibit were five life-size mounted cows, one of which was the
Brown Swiss cow O.D.’s Pollyana Gertrude 41054 owned by Foxwood
Farm, Elburn, IL.
- Long-time Secretary Ira Inman is recognized for his 30 year of service
and leadership as Secretary of the Association with a dedication
ceremony and presentation of a plaque on July 29, 1941, held at the
National Office in Beloit, Wisconsin.
- Effective January 1, 1942, Ira Inman retires and Fred Idtse, Fieldman
for the Association since 1938, is appointed as Secretary.
- An official type classification program is adopted in 1942 with the
first herds being classified in 1943. The first four herds classified
were: Joseph P. Savage, La Fox, IL; Dr. J.W. Ovitz, Sycamore, IL;
Joseph P. Allyn, Delavan, WI; and F.W. Plankey, Beloit, WI.
- World War II affected many Brown Swiss families, and also affected
the Association. Due to paper shortages, the quota for the Bulletin
for 1944 was the tonnage of paper used in 1942 or 8.7 tons. To comply,
the paper stock was reduced from 60 lbs to 45 lbs, the margins
were narrowed, and the publishing of the transfer list was first modified
and then eliminated.
- The July 1946 issue of the Bulletin was the 25th Anniversary issue
and was dedicated to Ira Inman. This issue was 180 pages in size and
contained many historical articles. This was also the first issue in the
- At the 67th Annual Meeting, November 1947, the first Ira Inman
Trophies were awarded. The recipients were the John Ingold Estate,
Monroe, WI, of the HIR Trophy and Lee’s Hill Farm, Morristown, NJ,
received the ROP and Premier Breeder awards. The awards were three
14” silver bowls. These were traveling trophies with each winner
receiving a smaller replica. Those original traveling trophies are on
display in the entryway at the National Office. The HIR Award was based on 1) Years on continual HIR test; 2) Size
of herd; 3) Percent cows homebred; 4) Percent cows exceeding breed
average in production; and 5) Percent cows tested for 1500 days or
more and produced 1.25 pounds butterfat per day. The ROP Award was given to the owner of the cow completing the
highest ROP record of the year on a 365-day 3X ME basis.
The Premier Breeder Trophy was awarded to the breeder winning the
most money on animals of his own breeding at the National Brown
Breeders and Personnel
- The August 1940 Bulletin reports that George W. Harris, charter
member of the Association had passed away. Subsequently in the
September Bulletin, it was reported that a letter was received from
George W. Harris in his own handwriting stating that he had read his
obituary and was informing everyone that it was his brother, 16 years
younger, who had passed away.
- In the December 1940 Bulletin in a full-page ad paid for jointly by
Jake Voegeli and George DeVoe of Judd’s Bridge Farms, the two breeders
debate who should be the National Premier Breeder and Exhibitor
since they did not show against each other in 1940.
- Vernon Hull, manager of Lee’s Hill Farm, Morristown, NJ, is selected
as the 5th person to be awarded the Klussendorf Trophy in 1941.
- Dick Stumbo is hired as Fieldman in 1943 and continues this career
- Fred Gaunt is hired as Fieldman in 1946 and continues as Fieldman
- In July 1947, George Opperman becomes Editor of the Bulletin.
- Long-time promoter and sales manager since 1934, Vid B. Vye suffers
a heart attack in January 1947 and passed away on March 5.
Norm Magnussen Sr. agrees to take over the sale business of Brown
Swiss Sale Service while Mrs. Vye continues the pedigree and catalog