Her name was Pauline Wayne. She weighed 1,500 pounds. She was black and white. She produced a remarkable 8 gallons of milk a day—25 percent more than usual. And President William Howard Taft loved her. Pauline became the subject of a nationwide search in September of 1911 when her private cattle car—meant for a dairy expo in her home state of Wisconsin—disappeared. Pictures of Taft prove he was a large man, and his tastes were voracious for milk, butter, cream and cheese. It was just sensible that Taft’s family needed a cow, and here came Pauline, a gift from Wisconsin senator and dairy farmer Issac Stephenson. She grazed on the White House lawn and became a nationwide hit. A Celebrity Cow! Many begged for her to visit fairs and expos around the country and President Taft always refused, until he lent her out in honor of Sen. Stephenson. But then she disappeared. The search went on for two days. Finally, it was discovered she’d been sent to a slaughterhouse in Chicago! But they found her in time and saved her and sent her back to the White House where she produced copious amounts of milk throughout the Taft Administration!
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- Tombstone Merchant Frank Carleton
- The Films of Pancho Villa
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- Lubbock Pride: The National Ranching Heritage Center
- Captain Harry Love
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- John Hance
- Poker Alice
- The Talents of Thomas Fitch
- Fifty-Five Years The Rebel: Johnny Yuma in Production
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- Red Ghost
- A Whole Lotta Lola
- Presidential Bovine
- You Tell ’em Jim!
- Comanche Jack Stilwell
- Western State of Mind: Lubbock, Texas
- David Crockett
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- Fleming Parker
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- One Useful Rag
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- Long Live the King of the Wild Frontier
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