Manuscripts/Mixed Material [John Burns]
Gauthier, Sheldon F.
Tarrant Co., Dist.#7
John Burns, officing at Suite 704, First National Bank Bldg., Fort Worth, Tex., was born on a cattle ranch in De Witt [co.?], Tex. He graduated from A & M. College in 1904. Later, he was head of the Animal Husbandry Dept. of Texas A. & M. College for several years. Resigning from that position, he accepted a position as Secretary of the Texas Hereford Associates, terminating same to become Field Representative of the American [Short?] Horn Breeders Association. He next accepted, in 1930, the office of Secretary-Manager of the Texas Livestock Marketing Association, which operated in the principal livestock markets throughout the United States. He terminated this connection in 1933 to accept the senior trusteeship and general management of the S.B.Burnett Estate, giving his personal attention to the estate's vast ranch and other business. His story of the range follows:
“I was born in De Witt co., Tex., at a ranch home. My early life was spent on a ranch. My father earned his livelihood dealing in cattle. The Texas Longhorn was still the principal breed of cattle, and those critters grazed on an open range. Also, the general roundup still prevailed. I was reared in the cattle business. After completing my elementary and high school education, I entered the Texas A. & M. College and was graduated from the institution in 1904.
Following my graduation, I became associated with the Animal Husbandry Dept. of A. & M. and later was head of the department for a few years. My next venture was to accept the secretaryship for the Texas Hereford Breeders Association. Following this position, I became Field Representative for the American Short Horn Breeders Association.