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Name: Lewis Family


Historical Note:

1910 John M. Lewis starts the Alfalfa Lawn Farm (ALF) herd with one bull and ten cows (Lewis came to Kansas from Illinois in 1909 because of his interest in farming alfalfa).

1912 Walter Lewis born.

1931Walter Lewis graduates from Larned (KS) High School.

1935 Walter Lewis graduates from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry. John Lewis turns breeding of herd over to Walter; Joe, John’s other son, became involved with ALF at later date.

1937 Francis Lewis (then Francis Aicher) graduates from KSU.

1938 Walter and Francis married

1939 Robert  Lewis born to Walter and Francis (KSU class of 1961).

1941 Martha Lewis born to Walter and Francis (KSU class of 1963).

1953 Walter judges Polled Herefords at Royal Easter Show in Sydney, Australia.

1953-61 Walter serves as Director of the American Hereford Association, Kansas City.

1955-68 Walter is official beef judge for Intercollegiate Livestock judging contest at the International Livestock Show, Chicago, Illinois.

1956 Alfalfa Lawn Farm wins “Best Six Head” at National Polled Hereford Show.

1956-57 Walter elected Vice-President of the American Hereford Association.

1957-58 Walter elected President of the American Hereford Association.

1958-67 Walter serves as Director of the Pawnee County Cooperative Association.

1959 Walter and Joe win the American Royal Reserve Grand Champion Steer.

1960 Walter a delegate to the World Hereford Conference, Kansas City.

1961 Robert  Lewis graduates from KSU College of Agriculture.

1963 Martha Lewis graduates from Kansas State University.

1965-69 Walter, Director of the American Polled Hereford Association (Vice Pres.,1966 and President, 1968)

1967-72 President of the Pawnee County Cooperative Association.

1967 Walter elected Vice-President of the American Polled Hereford Association.

1968 Walter successfully lobbies to keep the American Polled Herford Association in the World Conference President of the American Polled Hereford Association (only breeder to ever be president of both this organization and the American Hereford Association. Delegate to the World Hereford Conference in Sydney, Australia.

1969 Walter judges at the Regina Bull Show in Canada and the National Polled Hereford  Show of England. Martha Lewis graduates with a Ph.D. from Penn. State University. John Lewis (Walter and Joe’s father) dies.

1971-72 Walter a member of the Livestock and Meat Industry Council, Manhattan, KS

1972 Walter serves as advisor to American Polled Hereford Associates delegates in South Africa Alfalfa Lawn Farm consists of 3450 acres of alfalfa, milo, wheat, and registered Polled Herefords

1979 Joe Lewis and his son’s bull wins Grand Champion at Ft. Worth, Texas.

1987 Joe Lewis dies (Jan). Walter Lewis dies (Aug). Francis Lewis and Margaret Lewis (Joe’s wife) conduct dispersal sale of Alfalfa Lawn Farm




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