(Extensions of Remarks - October 13, 2011)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1857]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                          McLAIN RANCH TRIBUTE


                          HON. SCOTT R. TIPTON

                              of colorado

                    in the house of representatives

                       Thursday, October 13, 2011

  Mr. TIPTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the McLain Ranch of 
Parlin, Colorado. McLain Ranch was settled by John Jay McLain and his 
wife Olive Colter in 1908. John Jay settled in Cripple Creek in the 
late 1800's. A teamster at the time, John mined and conserved his money 
with the ultimate aspiration to become a rancher.
  In the early 1900s, John and his wife moved to Ohio City where he was 
Superintendent of the Raymond mine. In his free time and as part of his 
money-saving practices, John panned gold out of the nearby creek.
  Finally, in 1908, John had saved enough money to purchase his ranch 
in Gunnison County. He and his wife saw many years of healthy crops, 
raising oats, potatoes, horses, chickens, hogs, sheep, and cattle. The 
couple also raised five children, one of which, Jack, would take over 
the farm with his wife Louise in 1952. In 1988, Jack and Louise's son 
David purchased the farm and ever since, he and his wife Ladonna have 
continued to raise cattle as well as grass pasture and hay.
  The McLain Ranch is one of several farms in Colorado that have 
contributed greatly to our agricultural success over the past century. 
The Centennial Farms Program is honoring the McLain Ranch, along with 
seventeen other farms, for its great role in making the State of 
Colorado the agricultural powerhouse it is today.
  Mr. Speaker, it is an honor to recognize the McLain Ranch today on 
the floor of the House. The ranch is a symbol of the entrepreneurial 
spirit our Nation has so long enjoyed and exemplified.