Hitch, Jr., Henry C. | 1979
- Birth and Death Year | 1918-1996
- Induction Year | 1979
- Profession | Rancher
- Oklahoma Connection | Hitch was born on his parents' ranch near Guymon, Oklahoma.
- Hometown | Guymon
In the late 1980’s, the Hitch family operated one of the largest family cattle-feeding operations in the U.S., including 20,000 acres of grass and a yearly count of 16,000 cattle.
“He was certainly one of the pioneers in the beef feeding cattle industry in the Panhandle…even though he had the great heritage and history going back many years, he was always looking ahead.” - Bob Totusek
Oklahoma native Henry Charles “Ladd” Hitch, Jr., graduated from Guymon High School, attended Panhandle A & M College (now Oklahoma Panhandle State University), and received his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma A & M College (now Oklahoma State University) in 1939. He became president and operating manager of Henry C. Hitch Ranch, Inc., Henry C. Hitch Farms, Inc., and the Henry C. Hitch Feedlot, Inc. He was a director of the University of Oklahoma Research Institute, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, State Fair Board, Board of Regents for OSU, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He served as an officer in the state, regional, and national Cattlemen’s Associations, Cattle Feeder’s Associations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness and Rural Affairs Committee and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Industry Advisory Committee.