In Memorium

I end this year of blog posts with a Fifth Friday Memorium to honor seagoing cowboys who have departed this world. These are the most recent ones who have come to my attention:

Alderfer, Stanley D., December 4, 2016. S. S. Columbia Heights to Israel, 1951.

King, Paul, October 29, 2016. S. S. Gainesville Victory to Czechoslovakia, February 14, 1946.

Schrock, Olen L., December 18, 2016. S. S. Clarksville Victory to Greece, February 24, 1946; S. S. Stephen R. Mallory to Poland, November 14, 1946.

Schwartzentruber, Kenneth, November 17, 2016. S. S. Frederic C. Howe to Yugoslavia, November 15, 1946; S. S. Woodstock Victory to Greece, January 18, 1947.

Shank, Charles S., December 25, 2015. S. S. Zona Gale to Yugoslavia, June 28, 1945.

Troyer, Alfred Edward, July 8, 2014. S. S. Santiago Iglesias to Poland, February 7, 1946.

Yoder, J. Olen, November 14, 2016. S. S. Clarksville Victory to Poland, December 12, 1945.

I extend my deep gratitude to the family of Harold Joseph Slagell for their gift of memorial money to my Seagoing Cowboy Storytelling Project in honor of their father who was included in the September 30 Memorium post.

Rest in peace, dear Seagoing Cowboys.

2 thoughts on “In Memorium

  1. Hi Peggy, Thank you for all you dedication to their memory…their commitment to others is worth commemorating and celebrating. I did not know HPI had sent Livestock to you by any chance have a full list of countries to which animals were sent by the Sea Going Cowboys? Happy New Year!!!!

    Pierre Ferrari President and CEO Heifer International @heiferceo



    • Great to hear from you, Pierre! And thanks for your kind words. Actually, HPI did not send livestock to Israel. The seagoing cowboy history is larger than Heifer, including UNRRA and a totally different program, run by two Jewish brothers who supplied livestock for UNRRA in Newport News, Ben and Sol Levinson. They organized shipments to Israel beginning somewhere around 1950, possibly earlier. I will write a post on this one of these days. The Levinsons had connections to a Mennonite community near Newport News and hired mostly Mennonite students for their cattle tenders.
      Regarding a list of countries the seagoing cowboys went to, I have a list for UNRRA shipments, and could put one together for Heifer, but that would take a bit of archival work to know which shipments were made by sea and which by air after air shipments started.
      Happy New Year to you!


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