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Mallary Farm records, 1935-1988.

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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 495  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : Mallary Farm records, 1935-1988.
Physical Description : 19 linear ft.
General Note : Continued in Doc 496-505, 544-547, 586, 588, MSB 39-42.
Summary :

The records contain the details of developing and maintaining a large purebred Holstein dairy farm. An overview of the history of the farm can be gleaned from the eight scrapbooks listed at the end of the collection (MSB39-42) which contain newspaper and trade journal clippings regarding the Mallary Farm and the Mallary family during their farming years. Additional historical information about the farm is filed in Doc 503, folders 35 and 36.

The Mallarys kept careful track of the financial aspects of their operation. The collection includes one box of financial records along with a second devoted to other types of business records, including a very large amount of correspondence with people connected to the cattle business such as fellow breeders, trade organizations, suppliers, veterinarians, and sales prospects. The bulk of the collection (six boxes) is devoted to herd management records.

There is extensive detail on the planning, organization and functioning of the 1970 HFAA convention of which DeWitt Mallary was chairman. Also included is much correspondence and organizational details of regional and local associations. The Mallarys were active in community affairs. Some of that activity is documented here in files for the 4-H Heifer Calf Committee, League of Women Voters, Fairlee Union School board, and Vermont Recreation Board. The collection also contains two boxes of catalogs from livestock shows and dispersal auctions, some with notations added.

Biographical or historical data :

Raymond DeWitt Mallary (1898-1993), son of Raymond DeWitt Mallary (1851-1911) and Lucy Walker Mallary, became a prominent lawyer in Springfield, Massachusetts. He continued his law practice even after he and his wife purchased their farm in Vermont in 1935, moving permenantly to Vermont in 1952. In partnership with his wife, he worked at building up their farm and herd. He served twelve years as president of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America and was very active in other associations and livestock shows such as the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. One of his last official positions was chairman of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America convention at Boston, Massachusetts, June 28 to July 2, 1970.

Gertrude Robinson Mallary (1902-2002) was born August 19, 1902, in Springfield, Massachusetts, and attended Bennett Junior College, in Millbrook, New York. She married R. DeWitt Mallary September 15, 1923. After their decision to become serious farmers, she took a dairy herd management course at University of Connecticut. With no farming background, Gertrude became a recognized authority on dairy cattle breeding. While she sought good advice and used it, she, in turn, advised many breeders throughout North America as evidenced by her voluminous correspondence.

Mrs. Mallary was active in many community, professional, and political organizations. A Republican, she served in the Vermont House of Representatives, 1953-1957, and in the Vermont Senate, 1957-58. Among other activities, she was president of the Vermont Holstein Club, secretary of the New England Holstein Breeders Association, and editor of the New England Holstein Bulletin. Mrs. Mallary was an avid collector of Vermont books and manuscripts. A bibliography of her collection, The Vermont Library of Gertrude Mallary, was published in 1989 (VHS call no. 016.9743 M295). Mrs. Mallary died on March 2, 2002.

Richard Walker "Dick" Mallary, son of Gertrude and DeWitt Mallary, was born February 21, 1929, at Springfield, Massachusetts. He grew up on the farm and took an interest in the business. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1949 Richard worked at the farm and soon acquired his own 350 acre farm nearby, called "Dick's Place," and began his own purebred herd. He was active in Holstein breeders' associations, was an official judge of Holstein cattle, and was a trustee of the Eastern States Exposition. In 1956, Richard became a partner with his parents and farm manager in the Mallary Farm and they combined their herds. The herds were dispersed in 1970.

Personal Subject : Mallary, R. Dewitt (Raymond Dewitt), 1898-1993.
Mallary, Gertrude R., 1902-2002.
Mallary, Richard W. (Richard Walker) 1929-2011.
Corporate Subject : Holstein-Friesian Association of America.
League of Women Voters of Vermont.
Subject Term : Dairy farming Vermont Fairlee.
Dairy cattle Breeding Vermont.
Holstein-Friesian cattle.
4-H clubs Vermont.
Genre/Form : Auction catalogs.
Business records.
Financial records.
Occupation : Dairy farmers
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