FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR

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2019 - WALSH

Working with Dairy and Beef Cattle and farming has been a way of life for J.D. and Joyce Walsh. J.D. was born in 1935, West of Chouteau on the farm that he and Joyce own. Joyce "Trogdon" Walsh was born in 1936, Northwest of Pryor. J.D. graduated from Chouteau and was active in FFA where he showed hogs at the County Fair. Joyce graduated from Pryor and was active in 4-H where she showed off her sewing skills and her canning at the fair.

Joyce was working as a bookkeeper for a propane company after she graduated high school when J.D. was sent by his dad to pay the propane bill. They found out later that his dad and the owner of the company had decided that they should meet. They were married in 1955 and had three sons; Gary, Randy, and Kevin Walsh. They had one daughter, Karen Walsh Hilton.

2018 - PROPP

Six generations of Propps have lived on the farm which in 1999 was named as one of the state’s Centennial farms. To earn this recognition, the farm must have been owned by a member of the family for at least 100 years. The farm was started in 1889 by Frederick Wilhelm Propp who emigrated to the United States from Germany in1867 at the age of 13. He married Mary Eleanor Archer who was 1/16 Cherokee Indian. They moved to Indian Territory in 1889.


2017 - RAMSEY

Larry and Becky Ramsey live SE of Pryor and keep busy running a cow-calf operation on about 1400 acres. Now both retired – Larry/county commissioner and Becky/teacher – they have long been interested in horses and cattle. Many years have been spent helping with Mayes County Fair, Mayes County Horse Show, 4-Way Rodeo Association, Ranch rodeos, 9 Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Mayes County Cattlemen’s Association, and many other events.

Farm Families of the Past

  • 2016         Roy & Barbara Ross
  • 2015         David and Kelle McCollough
  • 2014         Wayne and Joyce Shulze
  • 2013         Steve & Laura Koelsch
  • 2012         Th Ewald & Shirley Peper
  • 2011         The Charles and Pam Dorsey
  • 2010         The Charles H. and Ellen Coblentz
  • 2009          Dennis  & Rita DeLozier
  • 2008          Roger & Renita Moore
  • 2007          E.J., Dale, & Stanley Chupp
  • 2006          Darrell & Barbara Anderson
  • 2005          John & Larue Ramsey
  • 2004          Jerry & Donna Koelsch
  • 2003          Dan & Gearl Dene Cunningham
  • 2002          Edward & Bettye Giles
  • 2001          Bob & Lorene King
  • 2000          Courtney Brothers Farms
  • 1999          George Peper Family
  • 1998          Russell & Betty Hamill
  • 1997          Drake Farms
  • 1996          Curt & Teresa Stutzman
  • 1995          Morgan & Elizabeth Bell
  • 1994          Ralph & Phyllis Miller
  • 1993          Stamper Quarter Horse Ranch
  • 1992          Tom & Barbara Giles
  • 1991          John & Carol Hanna
  • 1990          Kenny, Vickie, Jim & Faye Packard
  • 1989          Jonathan & Bessie Scheffel
  • 1988          H.G. “Gib” & Mary Gann
  • 1987          Tony & Trudy Fell
  • 1986          Stan & Barbara Covey
  • 1985          Lowell & Bobbie Wolf
  • 1984          Jim & Ginger Wild (Lori, Matt, & Mike)
  • 1983          Johnny & Katie M. Chupp
  • 1982          Russell & Sheri Jacobson
  • 1981          Frank & Norma Grossman
  • 1980          Albert & Betty Coblentz
  • 1979          Bill & Shirley Koelsch
  • 1978          Pat & Karin Grossman
  • 1977          Bill & Fern Montgomery
  • 1976          Howard & Janet Kleeman
  • 1975          E.J. & Betty Cox

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