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~Member Spotlight~

Jack Kuhlman

Jack Kuhlman was born on September 7, 1921 to Herman and Eva June Kuhlman of Springer, New Mexico. Jack was the fourth of six children. He was raised on a farm where the main crop was alfalfa.

Jack joined the Air Force in June of 1942, and was stationed at several Texas bases. In 1944, he was stationed in Big Spring where he met Ina Faye Fryar. Jack and Ina Faye were married June 17, 1944 in Big Spring. They have four daughters: Charlotte White of Lenorah; Carolyn Reynolds of Stanton; Sharron Odom of Waco; and Ronda Klein of Cedar Hill. Jack and Ina Faye have ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Jack farmed northeast of Stanton in 1946 and 1947. They moved to Springer, New Mexico, in 1948 and farmed there until 1950. In 1951, they moved back to Martin County to live and farm. In 1963, they moved to Lenorah where they still live today. His main crops have been cotton and grain sorghum; he also raised cattle through the years. At one time in Jack's career, he farmed around 3,000 acres in Martin County.

Jack has been a deacon of the Lenorah Baptist Church for more than 40 years. He has served on the Grady ISD board of directors, Martin County school board of directors, and the FSA county committee. In 1998, Jack retired from full time
farming but still maintains agricultural interests.

Jack served on the Martin County Farm Bureau board of directors for 22 years.
He was elected to the Martin County board of directors in 1968. He served as president from 1972 through 1982, and vice president from 1983 through 1990.
Jack and Ina Faye have attended over 75 percent of the state conventions since
he has been active in Farm Bureau and have traveled to Hawaii and Washington, D.C. for national conventions. Jack mentioned that in the past the county had to have a membership gain for anyone to be eligible to attend the national convention. He has helped with many membership drives to obtain a gain in Martin County.
Jack served on many local Farm Bureau committees such as: nominating, national affairs, state affairs and policy development, membership and commodities. He
also served one year on the state policy development committee.

While Jack was in office on the Martin County board of directors, many
membership benefits were introduced into Martin County. The prescription drug program, TASCO dealership, property signs, and health care were only a few that Jack helped get organized. Jack was involved in getting our present day office
built in 1976. He always insisted on putting any extra money the county had on
the building note to pay it off early, which we did.

Jack has always been very supportive of all youth activities. He has encouraged Martin County Farm Bureau to contribute to the Martin County Championship
Club, Martin County capon show, and to send students to the citizenship seminar, queen contest and talent find. He also believes Martin County Farm Bureau should help the community by supporting local organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, "the first cotton bale" contest, and hospice. Jack has always been a great representative of Farm Bureau at our local county fair.You could always find Jack sitting in the Farm Bureau booth visiting with people and explaining the membership benefits.

One thing you can say about Jack Kuhlman is he believes in what Farm Bureau stands for: helping the American farmer any way they can. We are proud to have a member like Jack Kuhlman who has been a great asset to Martin County Farm Bureau, Texas Farm Bureau, and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The
words in this short biography are woefully inadequate in describing Jack's
dedication to his family, community, country and the promotion of agriculture.
He is a Texas farm pioneer in the truest sense of the word.


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