(Posted March 18, 2015)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Madison County Cattlemen’s Association and the Madison County Junior Fair Sale Committee are asking the public to weigh in on a new fundraiser.
The two groups have partnered to raise money to purchase a new livestock scale to be housed in the Beck’s Seed Swine Barn, scheduled to be complete by this year’s Madison County Fair.
The scale will be used to weigh multiple species, primarily swine and cattle. The cost is $6,000. The scale will benefit Junior Fair exhibitors, as well as make the fairgrounds facilities more desirable for open shows and other livestock events throughout the year.
The scale will be dedicated to the memory of Robert E. Murry, a livestock enthusiast and Junior Fair supporter, who passed away on Nov. 20, 2014.
“It both honors someone who has done a lot for the county’s youth and the fair, and directly benefits some of those young fair exhibitors,” said Quinton Keeran, president of the Cattlemen’s Association.
Murry grew up with a love of agriculture, especially livestock. His father, Ralph, worked as a clerk for the local stockyards. After graduating from London High School, Murry served in the military at the end of World War II, then married Dorothy Ann Dunkle. They established a homestead on 30 acres on Roberts Mill Road, raising and dealing in cattle.
Murry later rented several pastures in Madison County and traveled around Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, purchasing cattle for himself, feedlots and other farmers. During this time, he also worked as a local fuel distributor before purchasing his own distributorship, which became Murry & Edwards Marathon.
Murry belonged to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and led a membership drive to start the Madison County chapter. He also had been a member of Young Farmers and played on the group’s baseball team.
The Murrys had three children, Andy, Heidi and Scott, who learned the daily duties of raising livestock and chores. That ethic was reinforced through the children’s participation in 4-H, where they also developed problem-solving skills and forged friendships.
Murry enjoyed attending livestock sales, but considered the Madison County Junior Fair sale to be the “Superbowl” of sales, said his son, Scott.
“He looked forward to supporting the local kids and families,” Scott said.
Donations for the Bob Murry Memorial Scale may be made out to “Madison County Cattlemen’s Association” and mailed to 45 E. Fourth St., London, OH 43140. Be sure to note “Bob Murry Memorial” in the check’s memo line.
The Cattlemen’s Association, established two years ago, is a group of local cattlemen that promotes beef as a product and works to enhance opportunities for youths in the beef industry. The Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee oversees the livestock sale at the Madison County Fair and has spearheaded recent facility improvements on the fairgrounds.
For more information, call Quinton Keeran at (740) 808-3381 or Doug Peterman, vice president of the sale committee, at (614) 206-5553.