By Joseph L. Murphy
A solitary voice echoed through the dust-filled rafters of an auction barn only overshadowed by intermittent grunts of cows and whines of calves.
It was a Thursday at the Guthrie Livestock Auction – situated several blocks south of the main street in Guthrie Center – and that meant auction day. Auction day is a weekly tradition stretching back to 1928 for both the auction and the Laughery family.
The gravel parking lot outside was filled with farm trucks, many with livestock trailers in tow. Buyers filtered into the parlor, coffee in hand, and found seats on one of five crescent-shaped levels of wooden benches facing the show ring. The auctioneer sat perched above the ring surrounded by staff, monitors, and a lone microphone. The microphone was the vehicle the auctioneer used to make commerce ring with the buying and selling of cattle and the trading of dollars.
Dan Laughery calls out numbers and seeks bids during the auction.
"These are purebred Angus folks. Angus to the heart," Dan Laughery said through the microphone before igniting a cadence of numbers to start the auction.
Dan handled the calling duties for the sale on this day but he had a number of other family members working the auction from the back of the barn. The Guthrie County Livestock Auction is a family affair led by Jim Laughery who purchased the business in 1966.