Mary Hopkins Award Recipient: Clarine “Toke” Heiman Thelma Clarion Hoskinson was born October 24, 1932, at her grandfather Elmer Armentrout’s home in Copeland, Gray County, Kansas, the third of 11 children born to Harold Hoskinson and Thelma Armentrout. Her other grandfather, Ray Hoskinson, nicknamed her “Tokeyd”. During the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl years, the family lived in a sod house northeast of Copeland. In 1940, Harold acquired the Rounds and Porter Lumberyard building, which was the first building erected in Copeland, and had it moved 13 miles to the farm site. In 1950, Toke graduated from Ingalls High School. She went to work at Saint Catherine’s hospital in Garden City as a nurse aide. Soon thereafter, she enrolled in a three year course to get a degree in nursing. By 1953, she was a registered nurse working at Scott County Hospital. On December 29, 1953, she married Eugene Heiman. They left immediately for Camp Hanford near Yakima, Washington. Gene was discharged from the Army in August 1954 and they returned to Garden City, where they started farming in the Plymell area. They also started their family, eventually having seven children: Karen Sue, Kathleen, Bill, Jeanne, Patricia, Jon and Chris. Gene passed away in December 2015. Toke now has 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In 1957, Toke and Gene rented their first quarter of land and started growing irrigated milo and wheat. The family still farms that land today. Over the next few years, their operation grew to include more farm land. Toke and Gene fed cattle and participated in Beef Empire Days (BED) from its inception. Toke served on the BED board of directors and was a show chairman. In addition, she served on a PTA committee and as a 4-H project leader. She is a member of the Southwest Kansas CattleWomen and has been an active member of Saint Dominic Church. She also is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #9 in Garden City. Toke served nine years on the Farm Service Agency county committee and helped start the Garden City Farmers Market in 2002, later serving as the manager. She plans to be a vendor at the 2017 market. From 1979 to 1993, Toke was co-owner of GC Marketing and worked as a commodity broker and manager. She also interviewed several Finney County military veterans and wrote their stories for the book “Those Who Served,” published under the leadership of Pat Fishback and the Finney County Historical Society.
The 2017 parade marshall is Dr. Larry Corah. Dr. Corah assumed the role as vice president of Certified Angus Beef (CAB), LLC in June 1998. His initial responsibilities focused on creating a new supply development program to ensure product supply for the largest branded beef program in the United States. In December 2016, Dr. Corah retired from this position. Prior to his career at CAB, he spent time with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as director of production systems and was a beef extension/ research specialist at Kansas State University for 25 years. Dr. Corah has given presentations to cattle groups in 39 states and six Canadian provinces. He served as president of the Midwest section of the American Society of Animal Science and was the 1987 recipient of the society’s extension award for distinguished service. Dr. Corah, a North Dakota native, completed a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition at Michigan State and received his PhD in reproductive physiology at the University of Wyoming.
Friday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 11th, 2017