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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1981
Home TownWerth, Winona County, MN
BirthDecember 29, 1865
Werth, MN
Watertown, SD

   Thornton Babcock
Champion of Excellence

 Thornton N. Babcock was born in Winona County, Minnesota in 1865. He came to Dakota Territory and homesteaded with his parents in 1880. He was to spend the remainder of his life, sixty three years, on this farm located near Watertown.

“Thorn” Babcock specialized in raising purebred livestock, working with Percheron horses for fifty years. He was also involved in raising Shorthorn cattle, Berkshire swine, Barred Rock poultry and for a time, purebred collie dogs. Organization memberships included the Percheron Society of America, Northwest Poultry Association-serving as chairman for several years, Shorthorn Breeders Association and a charter membership in the South Dakota Purebred Livestock and Poultry Breeders Association, formed in 1902. <p>Babcock was elected and re-elected to the Fuller Township school board for a continuous period of thirty-five years. He served four continuous legislative sessions, beginning in 1923. During these sessions he served on committees dealing with livestock, agriculture, horticulture, Indian affairs, immigration and state development. Babcock was appointed to the Codington County Selective Service Board in December of 1941 where he served until his death in 1944.

Home Town (Werth, Winona County, MN)
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