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Satterlee Ingalls - Clove Brook Herd
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is a great history on the woman Mabel Satterlee
Ingalls of the Clove Brook Herd.
This dedication was printed in the 1988 Herd
The American Dexter Cattle Association is pleased
to dedicate the 1987-1988 herd book to Mrs.
Mabel Satterlee Ingalls, one of the Association's
Ingalls, now in her late eighties but mentally
a great deal younger, has been an 'aficionado'
of Dexters for the greater part of her life.
Her mother, Louisa Satterlee, a New Yorker like
her daughter, acquired her first three Dexters
in 1929 from Daniel Guggenheim, whose Hempstead
House herd was purchased from Howard Gould,
one of the first Dexter owners in America. At
the time when Mrs. Satterlee acquired her animals,
Dexter owners were somewhat in limbo since the
American Kerry and Dexter Club, which was originally
established in 1911, had ceased to operate and
was not reactivated until 1940. Nevertheless,
Mrs. Satterlee's Dover House Farm herd continued
to expand and the herd book of 1954 reported
her to have been the owner/breeder of 2 bulls
and some 9 cows/heifers. Mrs. Satterlee claimed
Dexter cream to be unsurpassed, particularly
when used with fresh strawberries from her own
garden, a taste passed on to her daughter, Mrs.
Mrs. Ingalls followed
in her mother's footsteps and started her own
Clove Brook herd in the early 1940's. Over the
following 20-25 years she made determined efforts
to improve the Dexter breed in this country
by importing high quality animals from England.
Among her last imports in 1966 was a fine bull,
Parndon Bullfinch, an offspring of Parndon Daffodil,
who she purchased from Dr. W.R. Thrower, one
of the foremost English Dexter breeders of that
time. Bullfinch was actually born while his
dam was on her way from England to Mrs. Ingalls'
New York State Farm.
Mrs. Ingalls was
one of the first Dexter owners to realize the
importance of artificial insemination, not only
as a method of improving the quality of Dexters
in America, but more importantly, she thought
that it would enable the general public to acquire
Dexters more easily and less expensively. She
has always believed that they were the ideal
all-purpose animals for the small property owner.
She was a founding member in the 60's of the
American Dexter Breeders Inc., an affiliate
of the American Dexter Cattle Association (ADCA)
and her bull, Parndon Bullfinch, was one of
the first from whome semen was drawn and made
available to ADCA members. One of her more recent
bulls, Yom Kippur of Clove Brook, an offspring
of her English bred Parndon Dutchess, was the
last of her bulls to have been used for that
purpose. Both Parndon Bullfinch and Yom Kippur
were excellent examples of high Dexter quality
in this country for which dedicated Dexter owners
like Mrs. Mabel Ingalls and others deserve high
Although Mrs. Ingalls is no longer involved
in the day-to-day management of her Clove Brook
Dexter herd, her enthusiasm for the breed continues