John Paul Pendergrass and his father, John Frank, are carrying on a family tradition that started when the family moved to Arkansas in 1870. Together they own and operate the Pendergrass Cattle Company in Charleston, Ark.
"I know they always had cattle and always had steer cattle," John Frank said. "Dad and Granddad bought cattle from all over the country."
John Frank, who was born in 1936, can remember driving cattle five miles to Branch, Ark., putting them on rail cars, and shipping them to Kansas City.
"They bought small cattle and made them big and that is not too much different from what we do today."