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Increasing The Value Of Wool In Wyoming And Beyond: The Impact Of Uw's Wool Lab And Library, David Kruger Jun 2015

Increasing The Value Of Wool In Wyoming And Beyond: The Impact Of Uw's Wool Lab And Library, David Kruger

David Delbert Kruger

At the turn of the twentieth century, little more than a decade after Wyoming attained statehood, a young agricultural student at the University of Wyoming saw a pressing need to improve the quality and reputation of Wyoming wool. When John Arthur Hill became a professor in 1907, the Wool Department he created would go on to not only assist Wyoming sheep ranchers in wool production, but provide the sheep industry with a better understanding of how wool fleeces and fibers could be improved across the nation. Under Hill’s leadership and his later protege Robert Homer Burns, the Wool Department ...


Jcpenney As Cattleman, David Kruger Jan 2015

Jcpenney As Cattleman, David Kruger

David Delbert Kruger

Though widely known for his department store chain and its Wyoming origins, James Cash Penney also played a prominent role as a cattleman from the 1920s until his death in 1971. This presentation will explore Penney's personal and professional involvement in the cattle industry, including his significant contributions within the Angus, Hereford, and Guernsey breeds.


Pulling The Wool Under Your Eyes: Preserving A Century-Old Wool Lab And Library At The University Of Wyoming, David Kruger Dec 2014

Pulling The Wool Under Your Eyes: Preserving A Century-Old Wool Lab And Library At The University Of Wyoming, David Kruger

David Delbert Kruger

Sheep and wool have long been integral to the agrarian heritage of Western states, and still play a vital role in the region’s agricultural economy. From 1907-2012, Wyoming’s sole university supported wool research around the world through its Wool Department, complete with its own wool laboratory and library. When the Wool Department was permanently dissolved and its building condemned for demolition in 2012, the University of Wyoming (UW) Libraries partnered with UW Extension and the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to preserve the unusual print and physical artifacts of this unique collection, as well as disseminate ...


University Of Wyoming Wool Laboratory, 1907-2012, David Kruger Jun 2014

University Of Wyoming Wool Laboratory, 1907-2012, David Kruger

David Delbert Kruger

The University of Wyoming Wool Laboratory operated on campus from 1907-2012, in which time the sheep and wool industry experienced great change. For over a century, the faculty of the Wool Lab carefully cataloged research associated with sheep and wool, accumulating a collection of over 1,000 individual titles, 10,000 bound journal articles, correspondence, equipment manuals, and data notebooks, and a set of 872 preserved wool samples dating from 1837. This collection, now housed at the Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections Library at the University of Wyoming, is thought to be one of the most unique and complete collections ...


"The Most Interesting Trip I Have Ever Taken Among The Stores": James Cash Penney's Return To Wyoming In The Great Depression, David Kruger Dec 2013

"The Most Interesting Trip I Have Ever Taken Among The Stores": James Cash Penney's Return To Wyoming In The Great Depression, David Kruger

David Delbert Kruger

The article explores James Cash Penney's return trip to Wyoming during the Great Depression, and contextualizes the Wyoming origins of the JCPenney department store chain. Penney's ongoing relationship with the state after the Great Depression is also explored.


J. C. Penney: Missouri Man, Wyoming Institution, David Kruger Dec 2007

J. C. Penney: Missouri Man, Wyoming Institution, David Kruger

David Delbert Kruger

Traces the business career of James Cash Penney (1875-1971), founder of the national chain of J. C. Penney stores. Born in Missouri, Penney came to Wyoming in 1902 and became partners with Guy Johnson and Thomas Callahan, owners of the small chain of Golden Rule stores. Penney opened a store in Kemmerer, Wyoming, that was immediately successful. A deeply religious man, Penney believed in making his store a part of the community rather than exploiting the customers. Business quickly expanded and more Golden Rule stores opened, and, eventually, Penney bought out his partners. At its peak the Penney chain numbered ...