“You are to leave the land better than you found it.”
Norman Lee Giles was born on July 8, 1924 in Burdett, Kansas to Norman Albro and Eula Lee Giles. Norman Lee traced his cattleman roots back to his maternal grandfather, George K. Lee.
George emigrated to Burdett, Kansas from Galesburg, Illinois in the spring of 1878 to handle cattle
on the open range country while retaining a career as a livestock commissioner in Kansas City with
the firm of Lee & Curtis. He drove the Kansas-Texas trail from 1880-1884 handling Southern Texas
horses and Longhorn cattle. In 1884, he brought into Pawnee County, Kansas one of the first
Galloway bulls imported into this country from Scotland and established one of the first registered
herds. Norman Lee’s father, continued in the cattle business in the Spearville, Kansas area where
Norman Lee and his older sister Myrna (Fox) graduated from high school. Norman Lee met Dolores
Norris from Wright, Kansas while in high school and they married on February 22, 1943 in Wright.
They had eight children Trudy Giard, Roger Giles, Jodie Marie (who died in infancy), Audry Gates,
Jody Peintner, Lorie Horacek, Kelly Giles and Julie Cox. In 1947, Norman Lee and his father
purchased the original Giles Ranch in Clark County. They spent many years building on the
property and raising Hereford cattle until the 1980’s when the Ranch transitioned to black Angus.
Through Norman Lee’s legacy and hard work, the Giles family operation stretches over four
counties in southwest Kansas. The family name continues as Norman Lee’s son Roger and wife
Cathy, along with three of their daughters, and a son-in-law, operate the original Giles Ranch raising
an Angus cow/calf herd, wheat, corn, alfalfa and a stocker/feeder cattle operation in Clark County.
Daughter Lorie, her husband Jon and their son operate HG Land & Cattle Company on the original
Giles homestead raising an Angus cow/calf herd, wheat, sorghum, alfalfa and operate a winter back
grounding/stocker outfit in Ford, Hodgeman and Edwards counties. Norman Lee was Beef
Improvement Federation Commercial Producer of the Year in 1999, Kansas Livestock Association
Stockman of the Year, and received the Clark County and Ford County Conservation Grassland
awards. He served on numerous boards including the Trustees for Dodge City Community College,
the Federal Land Bank, Offerle Cooperative Association and Spearville Schools. He was a Life
member of the Kansas Livestock Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and a
charter member of US Premium Beef. The Giles ranch was on Gov. Bill Graves Farm Bureau Ranch
Tour, and Norman Lee was a Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program Tour
Partner. Confirmed and Baptized as a Catholic at the age of 65, Norman Lee was active in his
church and the Knights of Columbus. Norman Lee Giles died on December 20, 2010 at the age of The legacy of Norman Lee got the family the through the trials of ranching life and was
instrumental in their recovery from the devastating Starbuck fire of the spring of 2017 which
completely burned the Ranch.