Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
Cass County photos on display at the American Royal
By Bethany Bashioum
A Belton woman’s family history is on display at the American Royal Museum.
The American Royal selected an image of Theresa Waltmire grandfather’s 1907-1908 Grand Champion Hog, O K Amy, along with a picture of a imported sheep from England.
Waltmire said that her grandfather, Wickliffe W. Waltmire, helped her develop a longtime love for the American Royal in Kansas City.
“All his values were passed down, even though I never knew him,” Theresa Waltmire said.
Waltmire’s grandfather, who passed away before her birth, had always had an interest in fine cattle and hogs.
In 1902, Waltmire and his wife, Addie, settled in Cass County on a 160-acre farm five miles northeast of Peculiar.
The couple raised Shorthorns, selling the calves from $50-$350 each.
He also bred purebred sheep, importing a number of valuable ones from England, and specialized in Chester White purebred hogs.
His stock won him over a couple thousand dollars at various shows, fairs and exhibits. With his sons, Waltmire collected more than 2,000 ribbons in 40 years of showing.
The family even sold a hog to President Harry S. Truman and his brother, Vivian, in 1928.
Waltmire and his wife moved to Belton in 1927, where he later died two days after his Jan. 12 anniversary in 1941.
Growing up, Theresa Waltmire showed livestock the American Royal, a tradition shared with her father, J.J.
“The history of hard work and American Royal tradition,” Waltmire said is what she appreciates most about having the pictures on display. “We always went to the American Royal.”
The museum is located at 1701 American Royal Ct., Kansas City, on the Kemper Arena grounds.