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One fabulous farm girl .... Ginger Rogers

By April 22, 2010

One thing you should know about me is I'm a bit of an old soul. When I was about 5 yrs old, my infatuation with Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean began. In fact, my first pet gerbils were named Elvis and Marilyn. At age 6, I visited Graceland and have wanted to go back ever since - most folks would find this a little unusual for someone who was born after the year 1977 (when Elvis died). My fascination with old (and mostly deceased) celebrities still continues to this day. Once we subscribed to the Turner Classic Movie TV station - I discovered my love for actresses like Grace Kelly and Ginger Rogers. Big D does not share this interest ... he'd rather be tuned into the History Channel or playing with farm numbers on an Excel spreadsheet ....not my idea of a great time hubs!

A few years ago, I found out that Ginger Rogers, an American stage and film actress well-known in the 1930s for her work with Fred Astaire, owned and operated a dairy farm called Roger's Rogue River Ranch in Medford, Oregon, in which she and her mother raised registered Guernsey dairy cattle. Ginger Rogers (seen here) was a gorgeous singer and dancer, who in her heyday dazzled America with her undeniable talent, as well as her ability to keep up with Fred Astaire, one of the most-credited dancers of his day. But Ginger is especially special in my opinion for the pure fact that  ....
"Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels."

And to later find out that she, too, was a bit of a farm girl - is just the cherry ontop. She didn't mind getting a little dirt under her nails and pulling her hair back, while the next day she could get glammed up and look like a million bucks. She is one fabulous farm girl! If I was able right now - I would do a little tap dance to salute you - Ginger Rogers -but I'm afraid that is a talent that I did not inherit!

By the way, Guernsey dairy cattle were at the height of popularity in the 1930s, while thesedays Holsteins and Jerseys consume the majority of the populous for their longevity, high milk production (Holsteins) and high butterfat and protein content (Jerseys). Another fun-fact ... did you know that the family that owned Pabst Blue Ribbon brewing company also once owned a show-winning dairy herd - if my memory strikes me correctly - I believe they had Holsteins when my Dad was growing up in the 40s and 50s.

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  1. I've always been a huge fan of Fred and Ginger, but never knew she was a farm girl. Thanks for that tid-bit!

  2. I love Ginger Rogers. Especially in "Bachelor Mother"! Didn't know she was a farmer!

  3. Her cattle supplied a huge amount of milk for the war effort.

  4. Her cattle supplied a huge amount of milk for the war effort.

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