Women on board at Custer Stockgrowers Association

Brief by Central Staff

Livestock – September 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

Women on Board at Custer Stockgrowers

They may have been prescient back in 1945 when ranchers in the Wet Mountain Valley got together and called their group the Custer County Stockgrowers’ Association rather than the Stockmen’s Association.

That’s because this year, the first two women have been elected to the board: Sara Hebbert, vice-president, and Sheron Berry, secretary-treasurer.

Both come from long-time ranching families there. Hebbert’s great-grandfather, William Kettle, founded the San Isabel Ranch more than a century ago, and Berry’s ancestors were among the pioneer German colonists in the valley.

Even at that, Berry’s husband, Fred, observed that “the old-timers would never have approved of this.”