Our Past | 1948: Douglas County youth earn money with livestock

Selected by Karen Larsen

4-H livestock sales have been a part of life for youth in Douglas County for a long time, as can be seen in this article published in the May 20, 1948 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.


Steers Average $300; Pigs $70

Members of the Douglas County 4-H clubs made an excellent showing last weekend at the Spokane Junior Livestock Show.

Last Friday, 13 steers from Douglas County were sold at an average of $300 and six pigs at an average of $70. All steers at the show averaged 33 cents compared to 27 ½ cents last year and hogs about the same, with lambs at 40 cents compared to 27 ½ cents the year before.

Gary Daling had the Reserve Grand Champion hog in the 4-H Division. It was a Chester White and he received 70 cents a pound for it from the Washington Trust Company of Spokane.

Duane Daling had a high choice Hereford steer and he also had a choice Shorthorn steer. Clayton Viebrock had a Hereford graded choice as well as Gary Daling’s Shorthorn, Bob Mittelstaedt a Hereford and Arnold Mittelstaedt a Hereford.

Other steers which were all graded good were Ellis Schneider, Shorthorn; Ed Grande, Shorthorn; Mark Hinderer, two Angus; Junior Berk, Hereford; Ethel Berk, Shorthorn; and Gary Daling, Shorthorn.

Gary Daling also had a Chester White fat hog that graded good as well as two of Duane Daling’s. John Hinderer’s two Chester Whites both graded good.

In the judging contest, out of a possible 800 points, Mike Biram had 665 points which was fifth place out of 100 individual 4-H judges from all over Washington, Northeast Oregon and Northern Idaho. Mike was also third in the hog judging classification.

Three other members of the Douglas County delegation had over 600 points in judging. They were Arnold Mittelstaedt with 650; Mark Hinderer with 650; and Bob Mittelstaedt with 605 points. John Hinderer had 515 points.

In the herdsmanship contest, the Douglas County 4-H’ers placed third in keeping their pens clean and in good arrangement. Garfield County was first and they received a large revolving trophy which they had previously won in 1946.