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Department of Animal Sciences: John E. Rouse Beef Improvement Center



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History of Rouse Ranch (Historical Archive)
Author: Unknown Author

Thanks to the generosity of John and Roma Rouse, Colorado State University acquired control of the agricultural portion of the One Bar Eleven Ranch May 1, 1986 and renamed it the John E. Rouse Colorado State University Beef Improvement Center. Rouse retained ownership of a portion for his family’s summer homes. Rouse owned the ranch for 31 years, from 1955 to 1986. Previous owners were: W.E. Tilton 1883 to 1925. The holdings were then known as the Tilton Land and Livestock and the brand used was the T up & T down; Jesse H. Sherman acquired the ranch at a foreclosure sale. For the sum of $31,350 he received 3440 acres, and kept it until 1927; W. H Leonard, a Denver businessman was the next owner, from 1927 to 1941. During his years of ownership, Leonard added 1800 acres to the ranch holdings; In 1941 Leonard sold the ranch to Paul B. Holmes, who brought the One Bar Eleven brand with him from his guest ranch, west of Encampment. The now, One Bar Eleven Ranch, was retained by Holmes until 1946; Col. James Hammond II was the next owner, 1946 to 1955. Hammond sold the One Bar Eleven ranch to John E. Rouse in 1955 along with a small number of Hereford cattle. In 1960 John added 480 acres to the ranch bringing the total number of deeded acres to 5720. Rouse, a Denver native and former Standard Oil Executive had already purchased some Angus cattle from the Andrew Anderson herd. Andrew Anderson was one of the first cattlemen to introduce the Angus breed into the Saratoga Valley of Wyoming… Read More


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John E. Rouse Biography (Historical Archive)
Author: Unknown Author

Mr. John E. Rouse was born and raised in Denver, Co1orado and graduated with an engineering degree from Brown University in 1913. Upon graduation from Brown University, he went to work for the Standard Oil Refinery Company in Bayonne, New Jersey. He started out firing a still at the refinery and recalled that it wasn’t much of a job for a newly minted engineer. Mr. John E. Rouse stayed with the Standard Oil Refinery Company and retired in 1953 as Vice President of Standard Oil Refinery Company of Indiana. Mr. Rouse had always maintained an interest in the livestock industry dating back to his childhood days when he visited his cousins’ farm in Illinois and eventually in the 1930’s, he acquired a 320-acre dairy farm near Genoa, Illinois which ultimately became a cattle feeding operation. His main interest however was in selective breeding of cattle and in 1955 after Mr. Rouse’s retirement, he traded in his Illinois farm as part payment for the One Bar Eleven Ranch in the Saratoga-Encampment Valley on the Platte River near Bennett Peak… Read More


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Roma M. Rouse Biography (Historical Archive)
Author: Rawlins Daily Times

Roma M. Rouse, a longtime resident of the North Platte Valley who worked the One Bar Eleven Ranch near Encampment with her husband John and eventually donated the ranch for research, died Friday, March 25, 2005, in Phoenix. Private graveside services are planned in Altus, Oklahoma. Roma was raised near Olustee, Oklahoma. She attended local schools, graduating from Olustee High School in 1929. Roma attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Southwestern College in Weatherford, and Oklahoma University in Norman, graduating in 1933. Roma taught high school in Jackson County and McAlester, Oklahoma from 1934 through 1942. She left teaching that year, and began a career at Stanolind Oil and Gas Company, now BP America, that same year in Tulsa. She worked at Stanolind until 1956… Read More


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World Cattle Textbook (Historical Archive)
Author: John E. Rouse

From systematic, firsthand observation over a period of six years John Rouse describes cattle breeds, management practices, marketing procedures, abattoir facilities, cattle diseases, the effect of government on the cattle, and the outlook for cattle in each of eighty-five countries. This work, probably the most comprehensive illustrated account of world cattle breeds of its time, gains added importance from the fact that both the cattle and the methods of handling them were seen by one pair of eyes. This historic piece of work comes in two volumes, complete with illustrations, maps, and an index of cattle. If you would like to learn more about these textbooks and how they have had an everlasting effect on the history of cattle breeds, please call (970) 491-5348.


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The Criollo: Spanish Cattle in the Americas (Historical Archive)
Author: John E. Rouse

“Fourteen years ago I began my tavels to see all types of cattle in the world in their native habitats. Although my objective was not completely realized, I did manage to see most of the different breeds in their respective homelands. On many teks through Latin America I kept encountering an interesting cow which displayed a Jersey-tan colored hair coat. She was seen only in areas where true descendants of the old Spanish cattle still persisted. A distinctive beast, smaller in size in the mountainous areas of Central America than on a Caribbean island or in the Colivian rain forest, she always had similar characteristics. Her barrel-shaped body, long, upswept horns, and short, fine hair coat denied kinship with the familiar cow of the Isle of Jersey. She was a Criollo. Throughout Latin America, “the cattle of the country,” if they cannot be related to a modern breed, are known as Criolli–the designation given to man or beast considered ‘native’ to the land.” If you would like to learn more about this textbook, please call (970) 491-5348.

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