MSGA compiles book for December release
To commemorate its 125th anniversary, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is compiling a book featuring over 140 Montana ranches that are 100 years old or older. The book, “The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started: A Century of Ranching in Montana,” features present-day working livestock ranches that have been in the same family and location as when they were established over a century ago. Many of the ranches in the book were honored at MSGA’s 125th anniversary celebration in Miles City, MT, June 10-14, 2009. The stories and photographs of these ranches comprise nearly 500 pages which will be published in this collectible hard-bound book, edited by Linda Grosskopf and Nancy Morrison.
The cover features a JK Ralston painting, “The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started,” owned by Montana cattle industry fixture, Pat Goggins, who also contributed a foreword to the book. Twelve Aubry Smith original drawings are included in the book, which also contains more than 1,000 photographs.
“The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started: A Century of Ranching in Montana” will be released in early December this year. “The stories of the ranches included in this book are a tribute to the perseverance and tradition of ranching in Montana,” said Tom Hougen, MSGA president.
“The stories are inspiring— demonstrating the raw grit and determination it took to sustain a family ranch over the past 100 years. This book honors a way of life that has helped make Montana what it is today.”
MSGA is currently accepting pre-orders for “The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started: A Century of Ranching in Montana.” The price is $35, including shipping and handling, until Sept. 1. After Sept. 1 the price will be raised to $50, including shipping and handling. Order forms are available on MSGA’s Web site, www.mtbeef.org or you can call MSGA at 406/ 442-3420 to place your order over the phone. — WLJ