National Geographic : 1954 Sep
302 The New York Times Iowa's Finest Loaf of Bread Wins Beaming Approval from a Circle of Cooks Judging of such culinary masterpieces takes place behind glass windows. White-garbed experts test bread for texture, color, and crust as well as taste. Champion baker, holding her loaf, won a new stove. plowing grounds we found Faye Eileen Mugge. She was brushing the gleaming black coat of an Aberdeen-Angus calf. "Going to the State Fair? I hope so," she said. "But first I have to show here in Cherokee." At 16, this farmer's daughter was famous all over Iowa. The year before, her entry had won the baby beef grand championship at the State Fair. Then it had gone on to take a championship banner at the American Royal Live Stock & Horse Show in Kansas City. Finally, to Faye's grinning delight, it had been named champion of all Aberdeen-Angus at the International Live Stock Exposition in Chi cago, highest honor court of American beef cattle. Farm folk crowded wooden bleachers to see Faye again win the grand championship of the local fair. In Des Moines the Sunday Register captioned her picture: "Faye'll Be Back This Year." A day later we visited the weathered Mugge farmhouse 11 miles northwest of Cherokee. On the parlor mantel stood a gold cup, trophy of her triumph at Chicago. "I'm getting Shorty's hide as a rug, too," she said. "The Bismarck Hotel bought him and shipped it back to me; it's being tanned. Real nice of them, wasn't it?" Faye's new pride was Rubicon Mignonne M, a coal-black Aberdeen-Angus with a stiff legged strut. As she splashed creek water against the heifer's soapy flanks, she explained that Ruby would be rinsed with weak vinegar before the State Fair to condition her coat.