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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1989
Home TownPierre, SD
BirthJune 17, 1898
Pierre, SD

   Homer Ayres
Champion of Excellence

 Homer Ayers, cowboy, rancher, horse breeder, writer, reporter and editor, is a man who has worked tirelessly and unselfishly to promote the well-being and the interests of the people who labor in fields and on the ranches all across this state.

Early in his life, Ayres decided he wanted to be a “cowboy.” He got his “cowboy” education by working on ranches for a couple of summers. There he learned about Russian thistle hay, pulled cattle out of bogs, tore down abandoned shacks for firewood and to strain the drinking water to get out the small wigglers. <p>Later Homer and his father homesteaded a ranch in Perkins County. In 1920, he got married and took over the ranch. He started out with cattle but later switched to sheep. He also raised Morgan horses. Homer Ayres ranched almost 30 years when he turned the ranch operations over to his daughter and son-in-law. <p>Homer was a charter member of the Sheep Creek Local of the Farmers Union. He was active in the local, state and national Farmers Union. Homer was the editor of the newly formed "Independent Stockgrowers of American" newsletter. He was active in stopping much legislation that would have harmed the farmers and ranchers of SD. <p>Homer has written many articles about cowboys and western ranch life. He has also written many poems and is a lifetime member of the South Dakota Cowboy Poets Association. He was the first president of the Perkins County Farmers Union and a member of the South Dakota Farmers Union, National Farmers Union, United Farmers League, Farmall Local of the United Farm Equipment & Metal Workers and a Farm representative for the Progress Party (Henry Wallace campaign).

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