R. Chester Adams
Chester participated in livestock 4-H for over 10-years as a student at Leadore High School, and spent many years in the classroom as an educator and principal before he could fully focus on his ranching operation.
After graduating from Idaho State University with a degree in elementary education, followed by a master’s degree in in special education, Chester worked as an assistant principal in Anchorage, AL, as an elementary principal in Firth, and director of special education in Shelley School District. During his years in education Chester received many awards, including the Idaho Association of Elementary School Principals Gem Award for Outstanding Leaders and Management of Elementary Schools in the State of Idaho.
In 1973 he decided to have a dual career of education and ranching. Chester purchased 52 acres along the Snake River with 5 registered angus cows. Over 30 years, four additional properties were added and the heard grew to 125 registered mother cows. His salary as principal supported the family with the ranch profits went back to the ranch for expansion.
Chester has also received numerous agriculture awards, including recognition as a 50-year life member of the American Angus Association, a member of the Idaho Angus Association. Plus, he has served many years as a volunteer for community events and as a 4-H leader. He is currently a director of the New Sweden Irrigation District.
Chester, and his late wife Phyllis, are the parents of Lisa, Eric and Ted.