Jack Gensler had conflicting emotions following a successful day 60 years ago at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The 14-year-old Carlisle-area boy was the owner of a grand champion Angus steer named Scotty who weighed in at 1,080 pounds.

On the one hand, Gensler was thrilled the hard work he put in through the 4-H had earned the animal top marks in the baby beef category of the competition on Jan. 15, 1959.

But the boy was also sad that success meant he would have to part ways with Scotty when the steer was put up for sale on the auction block that Friday.

With the 2019 Farm Show gearing up today, this week’s Tour Through Time takes a look at past winners including Gensler who in 1959 lived with his grandparents and attended Cumberland Valley High School.

Four years earlier, in 1955, Gaynell Henry of the Newville area owned a dairy cow that was acclaimed as the Grand Champion Holstein in the 4-H class. The Sentinel reported her win with a photo and caption that ran on Jan. 15.

That same day, the newspaper published a wire service article that said the 1955 Farm Show closed with a five-day attendance estimated at 675,000, or just below the record set in 1952.

The 1955 show included the judging of 130 head of baby beef cattle and pens of lambs raised by Pennsylvania youths with the selection of grand champion and reserve grand champion animals.

Seven years later, in 1962, James G. Miller was the owner of a 4-H grand champion Jersey cow while his father Merle E. Miller owned a cow that was the state grand champion and senior champion.

Tour Through Time runs every Saturday in The Sentinel print edition. Reporter Joseph Cress will work with staff at the Cumberland County Historical Society each week to offer a look at the county through the years.

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Education/History Reporter

History and education reporter for The Sentinel.