2009-06-11 / Front Page

Three Local Families Recognized by Ag Commissioner

Three Lexington families were recognized by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and the Texas Department of Agriculture last Thursday afternoon at the 34th annual Family Land Heritage (FLH) ceremony.The families of William H. Dowdy, Jr., Clara Grace Sherrill and Roderick W. Holcombe were present at the ceremony which recognizes families who have kept their farms and ranches in continuous agricultural production for more than 100 years. The annual event was held in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol.

"Today, these families are the breath of life for their ancestors' dreams," Commissioner Staples said. "The land they have nurtured, loved and cared for will forever be a part of the past, present and future of this great state."

The Dowdy 1st Pasture, a Division of Dowdy Ranch, located on FM 1624; the Chicken Inn Division of Circle S Ranch, located on FM 1624 and the Roderick W. Holcombe Ranch, located west of the Chicken Inn on FM 1624 are all ranches in Lexington and each established in 1908. This is the second year the Dowdy's were honored with a division of their ranching operations, as a division of their ranch located near Tanglewood was included in the list of honorees last year.

Governor Rick Perry joined Commissioner Staples at this year's event to honor and thank the families for their amazing persistence and dedication to the land.

"There is nothing quite like the family farm or ranch, especially in Texas," Governor Perry said. "These places connect us to the land, to our heritage, and to God's creation in a way that can be hard to explain, and we are grateful to count so many people of the land in our state's 24 million people."

Cowboy poet and entertainer Red Steagall performed at the ceremony.

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