STLA History

Compiled by Debbie Davis
Every attempt has been made to accurately piece together events over the last twenty-seven years. If individuals, sales, ranch tours, or other major occurrences are omitted, it was not intentional. Fact and omissions corrections are welcome.

1974-79 H.C. Carter 1988-89 David Karger 2002-04 John Randolph
1979-80 John T. Baker 1989-91 Marshall Frazier 2004-06 Christy Randolph
1980-82 Red McCombs 1991-93 Mike Weise 2006-08 Rick Adams
1982-84 Cliff Woerner 1993-95 Bob Coffee 2008-09 Louis Christa
1984-86 Mike Settles 1995-98 Wilton Wilton 2009 Clarence Harabis
1987-88 Mike Crocker   1998-99 Carla Payne   2009-2012 Louis Christa
    1999-02 Tom Peoples    

Our association wishes to thank Tom Peoples for the inspiration to record this history before it was lost, and most of all thanks go out to contributors to the article: Betty and John T. Baker, H. C Carter, Bob and Gail Coffee, Mike Crocker, Shirley Frazier, Barbara Homer, Carolyn Hunter, Velna Jackson, David Karger, Jan Koehne, Mary Beth Peoples, Christy Randolph, Alan Sparger, Laney Weise, Wilton and Carolyn Wilton, Cliff and Gail Woerner and special thanks to Mike Settles whom provided detailed records including dates, names and prices for events '74-'86 and loaned me his collection of Longhom Journals '83- '86-boy, were they a hoot to go through!

(Did you know Velna Jackson and Betty Baker were both twirlers with the Texas Longhorn Band while they attended the University of Texas?)

Retired King Ranch Foreman Leonard Stiles offered fascinating insight into the origin of the King Ranch Longhorn herd. Bob Kleburg traded Graves Peeler 30 Santa Gertrudis heifers for his first 30 Longhorn cows in 1961. His herd grew to 500 in its prime but now only 32 museum quality specimens remain from the original herd-but that is an entirely separate article.