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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Lloyd, Ira E., Stock Farm

Picture of property 1575 Avenue JJ
Ellsworth (Ellsworth County)
Listed in National Register Jan 7, 2015

Architect: Unknown
Category: Agricultural District
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

Ellsworth attorney Ira E. Lloyd, who settled in Ellsworth in 1873, developed a stock farm east of town in the early 20th century. Lloyd served as the city's attorney in 1874 and as the count'’s attorney from 1875 to 1878. He had a brief political career in state-level politics, serving in the Kansas Senate representing district 30 from 1885 to 1887. He remained active in Republican Party politics, but he developed other interests in real estate, stock breeding, and horse racing. He partnered with W. H. Huntington to manage his Ellsworth Horse Farm north of town until 1902. Lloyd slowly acquired parcels of land that eventually became his 172-acre stock farm on the eastern outskirts of Ellsworth. Although the timeline of development and land acquisition is not fully known, it is speculated that after his wife's death in 1899, Lloyd transitioned away from the horse farm north of town and focused on his new stock farm east of town. At this property, Lloyd managed a rather diverse small farm raising shorthorn cattle, chickens, and turkeys, and growing crops such as wheat and corn. It is nominated as part of the "Historic Agriculture-Related Resource of Kansas" multiple property nomination for its local significance in the area of agriculture.

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