By Jean A. Flanagan
In 1916, the estate of Lawrence A. Reymann of Wheeling transferred ownership of more than 900 acres, horses, pigs, equipment and a “large and valuable herd of pure bred registered Ayrshire cattle” to the West Virginia State Board of Control for use by the West Virginia University as an Agricultural Experiment Station.
The Ayrshire is a dairy cow breed.
“Mr. Reymann was indeed a visionary when it came to promoting and advancing the study of agriculture,” said Jerry Yates, manager of the Reymann Memorial Farm in Wardensville.
Questions have arisen regarding the status of the farm following the decision last week by the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design to sell the Ayrshire herd.