Colorado Jewish Farmers

 

"I could do anything a cowboy could do."

Albert "Booney" Dinner describes his career as a cattle farmer, traveling all over the West of the United States.

 

First cousins Leonard Strear and Albert "Booney" Dinner represent a little-discussed chapter of Jewish American experience, growing up as farmers in Colorado.  Leonard Strear's family came from Russia to Colorado in the late 19th century started a dairy company and later a poultry business in Denver.  Albert's father was a successful cattle rancher; he remembers growing up in a small town Greeley, Colorado, and eventually traveling all over the western part of the United States when he took over the business.  In these excerpts, they explain family pictures and branding irons, recall a story of Friday night kiddush at the distillery, and reflect on what it was like to be Jewish AND farmers.  These stories were collected in one of the Wexler Oral History Project's first field collecting trips this past July (2011), when we packed up our equipment and headed out to Colorado to hear from these unusual narrators.

 

 

Sharing Our Family Photographs

Albert "Booney" Dinner and Leonard Strear, cousins, show us their family photographs, some of them portraits of their grandparents dating back to the 19th century.

 

Growing Up in Greeley, Colorado

Albert "Booney" Dinner describes the farming community he grew up in in Greeley, Colorado, outside of Denver.

 

Kiddush at the Distillery

Albert "Booney" Dinner and Leonard Strear remember the Kiddush that the Strear family used to host at the local distillery. Leonard explains why Albert remembered it better than anyone else did.

 

Our Advice

Albert "Booney" Dinner and Leonard Strear give advice to future generations: Be true to yourself.