“Little did I know.”
George Herrmann was born on April 18, 1924, in Hodgeman County, to John Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Lobmeyer) Herrmann. George grew up on the family farm near Kinsley, Kansas. On October 7, 1948, he married Rita Pauline Vogel at Wright, KS. They lived in Hodgeman County, where he farmed, ranched and built a small feed yard. In 1963, they moved to Dodge City and in 1972 to Ford, where along with Sam Davis, Tom Shirley, Ray Kimsey and Art Ebner, George built Ford County Feed Yard, Inc. He was the general manager of the feed yard until his retirement and served as chairman of the board until his death. George was an avid farmer and rancher and owned ranches in Kansas and New Mexico. George and Pauline built and owned the Blue Hereford Restaurant and Convenience Store in Ford. George was a proud member of the Kansas Livestock Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Meat Export Federation. He served on the First National Bank board in Dodge City and the Production Credit Association Board. He was an ardent sponsor of Dodge City Roundup and the local 4-H Clubs. George’s last accomplishment was writing the book “Little Did I Know,” memoir of a Kansas cattleman. George was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe of Dodge City. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus of Dodge City. He had six sons, Ronnie, Tom, John, David, Danny and Mark, who preceded him in death, and a daughter, Mary Michelle, He died at the age of 86 on March 23, 2011, in Bucklin. He left 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Year inducted: 2011