James S. Kreycik
Mr. Kreycik was well known as an outstanding breeder in Aberdeen Angus cattle. He was associated with ranching all his life and lived on the homesite where he was born.
He was the owner of the Willow Grove Land and Cattle Company which was a charter member of the Sandhills Cattle Association. The Willow Grove was also a member of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association down through the years.
Jim had the distinction of being the only commercial Angus man to be elected to the board of the Nebraska State Angus Association. He served as a director of the KBR Public Power District with headquarters located in Ainsworth. He was a Master Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a veteran of World War 1.
Jim was a nationally recognized judge of Angus cattle, having judged all of the major shows in Nebraska, and served on the judging committee at the Denver Stock Show on three different occasions.
Cattle produced by the Kreycik Bros. and fed out by John Mommsen, Miles, Iowa, won six carload International Grand Champion Fat Cattle Awards. They also won Twice at the American Royal and twice at the Bourbon Show in Kentucky.
He was united in marriage to Edna McCartney of Geneva, Nebraska in 1922. Mr. and Mrs. Kreycik had four sons and one daughter, Jack, Don, Keith, Hale and Jean.