Skip to main content

Enos Blair

Enos Blair
Enos Blair

Eminent Farmer

County: Meade

Enos Blair is a prominent rancher, stockman and livestock breeder in Meade County and is well known and highly respected not only in his own community but in the entire state of South Dakota.

Born in Fairfax, Missouri in 1886, he moved to South Dakota in 1907 when he purchased a ranch in Pleasant Valley for his father, George H. Blair, three brothers, himself and a sister. The spread was farmed as a family partnership for a good many years. The holdings were divided into separate units when their sons were old enough to go into business.

The Blair brothers built up an enviable reputation in the registered Hereford cattle business. Their breeding stock and improved ranching methods have contributed much to the welfare of their community and to other North Central States. Daughter Janice, and sons, Veldon and Donald, all attended college, and are now successful ranchers and homemakers in their communities. The Blair's also have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Blair has always been interested in community and public services. He has served as a county commissioner for a number of terms and has been president of the State County Commissioners Association. He has served as State Representative from Meade County and delegate to the National Republican Convention. He is a very active member of the Farm Bureau, Masonic Lodge, Shrine and Presbyterian Church of Sturgis.

Blair has always shown a keen interest in young people, especially 4-H club work. He helped to organize the first 4-H calf show in Rapid City and received the outstanding service award for his work in 4-H. He was a member of the State Fair board for several years.

He was honored by the Little International Staff as an Outstanding Farmer, in 1948.

He is very active in lodge, church, community and organizational activities.