John Augustine, Sr. Collection


John Augustine, Jr., 2006; Peggy Augustine Bogart, 2007


8 cu ft


Photo albums and scrapbooks of a large family and racing at Ruidoso Downs; negatives and films of early Las Cruces events; square dancing call books; book on mounted drill team.


John Augustine, Sr. was born in El Paso, TX, on August 29, 1914, and made many significant contributions to the field of agriculture. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and the New Mexico College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts, now New Mexico State University, in 1937. John then moved to Las Cruces in 1938 and was named the extension agent for Dona Ana County. As the county extension agent, John built the foundation for a county 4-H program and was involved with the Future Farmers of America for many years. In 1946, he became the Executive Secretary of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, earning the nickname of "Mr. Farm Bureau," for his contribution to the growth of the New Mexico Farm Bureau. Even after he retired, John continued to serve as a consultant to the Farm Bureau and, with the help of his protégé, Bob Porter, increased the number of its members to 10,000, making the New Mexico Farm Bureau the most influential agricultural organization in the state.

John also served as secretary-treasurer of Western Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, serving both Arizona and New Mexico, and was active as a nominal editor of New Mexico Farm and Ranch Magazine, from 1947-1985. Augustine served two terms on the New Mexico Racing Commission and bred and raced quarter horses. He and his wife Elise also formed and coached the Thunderbirds, a mounted square dance team that performed at fairs and rodeos all over the state.

John Augustine, Sr. passed away October 9, 2006, in Las Cruces, NM.



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