Colorful Texas cattleman and pioneer in bringing the Brahman breed to Texas.
1856-1938 | Artist: Othmar J. Hoffler (1893-1954)
Impact & Accomplishments
C. H. Williams was born in Appanoose County, Iowa. He settled in Montana in 1882, homesteading near Deer Lodge. Eventually, he joined with Peter Pauly to form the Williams and Pauly Outfit, operating 30,000 acres of patented ranch land, plus an additional 10,000 leased acres.
Williams and Pauly were noted as breeders, importers, and exporters of Rambouillet sheep, handling 20,000 head of sheep annually. They also maintained a herd of 300 purebred Shorthorn cattle.
C. H. Williams was president of the Montana Wool Growers’ Association for more than two decades, and then served as vice president of the National Wool Growers’ Association.
In 1913, he was elected to the Montana State Senate, serving through 1920. Additionally, Senator Williams was president of Cochrell Implement Company and president of the Deer Lodge Bank and Trust Company.
Did You Know?
In his efforts to solve the mystery of Texas fever, Pierce experimented in removing ticks and concluded that the ticks caused the fever. He toured Europe in search of a breed of cattle immune to ticks, and returned without a definite solution but with the conviction that Brahman cattle were most likely to be immune. Brahman Cattle at the Pierce Ranch, circa 1906. Photo credit: Texas State Historical Assoc.
Abel H. Pierce's Letterhead, dated April 27, 1886. Photo credit: Texas State Historical Assoc.