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Drovers project receives a boost from an old friend

POSTED: January 20, 2014 7:00 a.m.
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Jim Gray stands in front of downtown Ellsworth's signature Insurance Building, the future home of the National Drovers Hall of Fame.

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Looking to transform his vision of a National Drovers Hall of Fame into reality, “The Cowboy” Jim Gray of Geneseo is back on board with Drovers — this time as executive director.
“I’m really happy to be back,” Gray said. “I’m looking forward to moving the whole thing forward.”
Gray was one of the original members of a group that was formed more than a decade ago to save the signature Insurance Building in downtown Ellsworth.
“For a number of years I had this idea in my mind to develop a museum that promoted the old drover history,” he said. “I presented that idea to the group, and that’s where we all came together and started the National Drovers Hall of Fame.”
Gray was the board’s first president.
Gray, who at the time owned Drovers Mercantile and was raising cattle and a family, eventually resigned.
“It was more than I could handle” he said.

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