Herd Register of a Goshen, New York, Breeder of Purebred Dairy Cattle, 1901-1920
Hardcover. Very good. 9" x 12" printed register book titled "Private Herd Register Designed Especially for the use of Breeders of Holstein-Friesian Cattle, Containing Gestation Table, Service Record, Calving Table, General Record and Diagrams for Color Markings," with entries completed in manuscript and some additional paperwork laid in. Backstrip lacking and corners heavily rubbed, but internally very good. The register contains 209 numbered pages, nearly all of which have been used to record the pedigrees (four generations); dates of birth, purchase, and sale (if applicable); registration information; calves dropped; and milk and butter test results for cows owned by Allen R. Owen of Goshen, New York. Using the earliest birth dates as a starting point, it covers the period 1901 to 1920. Owen was the owner of Maplewood Farm, where, in addition to cattle, he raied horses and grew apples. A 1914 newspaper article mounted on the front free endpaper reports that "Though Mr. Owen is a young man he has the distinction of having bred, reared, and developed more cows with [butter] records over 30 pounds than any breeder in this part of the state."