Agricultural History Series
Missouri State University
1904 St. Louis World's Fair
Two breeders of Cheviot sheep were talking at the World Fair in St. Louis. Neither one thought that a bystander would see the same thing in the Cheviot classes. U. S. breeders were being careful to prevent the acceptance of the long head and the coarse ear of the Border Leicester. However, the show was considered to be one of the largest and finest shows at the fair.
In 1904, the Cheviot was known for being the best milker in the ovine world. It was claimed that Cheviots could live off of short grass and the ewe could raise a pair of twins on short feed.
Aged Cheviots ewes as placed by Judge Skinner.
Cheviots were a very active breed with the ability to move about easily. This was especially true about the rams. For instance, it was claimed that a typical ram back home (Scotland) may have had two to three thousand acres of hill and glen to find his ewes.
Among the Cheviots
Aged Rams-Victor- Mike Johnson; H. H. Keim
Senior Yearling Rams-Curry Prince 3991; Curry and Son
Junior Yearling Ram - Remnant; H. H. Keim
Senior Ram Lambs-Illingtonian 2d; M. P. & S. E. Lantz
Junior Rams Lamb-Hartman’s Pride 4062; F. B. Hartman
Aged Ewes-Curry’s 2073, sire Mckinley 2d ; Curry & Sire
Senior Yearling Ewe-Illington 14th , sire Plumb’s Hope: M. P. & S. E. Lantz
Junior Yearling Ewes-The Twin, sire Lord Londsdale: M. P. & S. E. Lantz
Senior Ewe Lambs-Illington 17th ; M. P. & S. E. Lantz
Junior Ewe Lambs-The Orphan, sire Prince Charming: M. P. & S. E. Lantz
Groups and Champion
Senior Champion Ram- H. H. Keim on Victor; reserve, Curry & Sons
Junior Champion Ram- M. P. & S. E. Lantz on Illington 2d, reserve, F. B. Hartman
Grand Champion Ram- H. H. Keim
Senior Champion Ewe- Curry, reserve Lantz
Junior Champion Ewe-Lantz, reserve Lantz
Grand Champion Ewe- Curry
Get of sire- First to M. P. & S. E. Lantz
Produce of Ewe – Curry
Senior Flock- Curry
Junior Flock- Lantz
References: Breeder's Gazette and American Sheep Breeder, October 15, 1904.
Photos from American Sheep Breeder
This page was designed JaNetta Fowler and is maintained by Lyndon Irwin.
Go back to the main sheep page.
Go back to the World's Fair page.