Cattle ranch of the week: Wilson Ranch

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In the remote Nebraska Sandhills, Wilson Ranch founded by Anthony Wilson in 1888 is currently owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wilson family.

In the 1880's, Anthony Wilson bought and sold groups of horses in his home state of Iowa.  In 1888 Anthony and his wife Sarah moved to a long valley located thirteen miles north of Lakeside, where their first son Claire Wilson was born that summer.  For the family's first year northeast of Lakeside, the railroad was used to ship the Wilson's main source of income, buffalo bones.  Claire married Jean Kicken in 1914.

Claire and Jean had three children the second of which was Melvin "Bus" Wilson.  Claire and Bus began purebred Hereford production in 1934.  Their purebred herd genetics produced the first Polled Hereford bull to make the Register of Merit list.  At the first sale of the Tri-State Polled Hereford Association in 1946, the champion bull consigned by Claire and Bus sold for $4,700. 

Bus married Jane Hoffman in 1949.  They had six children: Blaine, Janet, Janice, Janie, Jan and Bryan. 

Wilson Ranch today is ran by a partnership between Blaine and Bryan Wilson and their families which will hopefully continue the ranching traditions that have been instilled for another 122 years. 

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