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The Texas Side Of Things

published: December 10th 2021
by: Jim Banner

In our lifetime we encounter a lot of people, some are good, and some are bad. Some become lifelong friends and the others, well you know to shy away from. Some you admire for what they stand for or how they handle a bad situation and I’ve been fortunate to know one of the best. Back on November 13th, a good man and great auctioneer by the name of Hoover Case decided to retire from auctioneering and he chose the TriStar Santa Gertrudis Sale to call it quits. Now before you think that these words are just about someone retiring, let me tell you something about this man I’ve always admired be-cause he never gave up when life dealt him a tough road to travel.
    I first met Hoover sometime in the 1980’s when I was working for The Beefmaster Cowman magazine, probably in Oklahoma. Hoover was from Missouri and is a very likeable and easy-going person to be around and I instantly liked his good ol’ boy country style of selling. To say the least, Hoover was very successful selling cattle sales, but he also auctioned cars, real estate, and I’m sure a host of benefit auctions that didn’t earn him a dime. Then out of nowhere, at the prime of his career he was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis which affected the nerves in the spinal cord and paralyzed him from the waist     down. Now, I’m not going to tell you that Hoover Case didn’t stop and ask the number one question that people ask in times like this which is, “why me Lord?” Instead, he worked hard rehabbing and with grit and determination, he eventually learned to deal with his disability. For you see, in his mind he hadn’t lost his voice, just the use of his legs. Eventually, he purchased an electric scooter to get around on and he had a special equipped pickup truck that would pick up his scooter and place it in the back.
    Hoover resides in Marshfield, Missouri which is located in the far west side of the state.  It has a population of approximately 6,600 citizens and its claim to fame is it’s the highest elevation of any town located on Route 66, east of the Rocky Mount-ains. Now you would think that a person with mobility issues would probably stay as close to their home as they can, but not Hoover. He would drive from Missouri to Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama and no telling what other states to sell a cattle auction and then return back home as if it were no problem. I’ve seen him use his arm strength to pull himself up the steps to get to the auction block or use other means like being lifted by a tractor and skid loader that would set him in front of the microphone where he would chant those numbers, joke with the crowd, and conduct a fantastic sale and never complain. I truly believe he always thought that anyone could do it but I’m not sure that most people would have.
    For you that have never met or heard Col. Hoover Case, I hope you now better understand why I admire him and am so very proud to call him my friend. Hopefully, if I ever find myself in the same situation one of these days, I will have the same guts and determination that he has shown, and I wish him the best in his retirement.
    This will be the last issue of SLS that we will publish in 2021. Our next issue is scheduled for January 7,
2022 and this will give us some down time to spend with our families and rest up a little bit.  I would like to say thank you to our entire staff, advertisers and especially you, our readers. We are now in our 33rd year of producing the Southern Livestock Standard and without you, we couldn’t keep producing this newspaper. We want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

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