W.L. and Suzann Batterton McCoy are fourth generation owners of the Springhill Farm
located north of Greensburg, IN near the Spring Hill Community. The farm dates back
to the first settlers of Indiana in the early 1800s and holds the old Donnell family cemetery.
Suzann's Great Grandfather, S.V. Pleak, purchased the farm in 1929. The original Pleak
farm is located in Decatur County as well with the McCoy's still in possession of the Land
Grant deed signed by John Q. Adams, President. Suzann's cousins are current owners of
the original Pleak Farm. The Pleak Round Barn can be seen nearby and is on the National
The farm survived the Great Depression with the help of grandson Van P Batterton, Suzann's
father, who had just graduated from IU with a degree in Chemistry. Having been in the Naval
Reserve in College, Van served in the US Navy during WWII as a Lt on board the LST 533
and participated in the Normandy Invasion. After the war, Van came home to take control of
the farm along with his mother after the death of S.V.
The farm raised corn, soybeans, hogs and cattle under the direction of Van Batterton until his
death when Suzann and W.L. took over the operation. The McCoy's continue in the operation
of the farm with the leadership of neighbor and friend, Dave Moore. Texas Longhorns were
added to the operation in 2003. A commercial herd was established using crossbreeding with
Charolais bulls currently. The McCoy's established a registered Texas Longhorn herd shortly
thereafter with foundation cattle from Semkin, TriW, and Dickinson cattle companies. Our
longhorn pasture is the showcase of the farm. Tourists regularly drive by to snap photos and
see the beautiful cattle.
W.L. and Suzann reside in Kentucky where they operated a professional photography
studio for over 40 years and now retired from studio operations. W.L. may still
be available for photography on a limited basis.
Suzann's Grandfather Harry Batterton left Greensburg, IN for Arizona in order recover from
life threatening TB in the early 1900s. He survived and worked as a cowboy, rancher, ranger,
and later was City Clerk for Tucson. We carry the DWM brand he registered in AZ on
our herd of longhorns in Indiana as a part of the family tradition. A true cowboy of
the old west, Harry lived out his days in and around Tucson. Below are some photos
from those days.
The cowboy in the middle is Suzann's grandfather, Harry Batterton. He is about to go on a ride with
this posse of Arizona Rangers, of which he was a member.
Branding Time at Bat's Ranch Tucson AZ
Harry Batterton would bring cattle up from Mexico an run them on his ranch
near Tucson. His last ranch was located just off the road that is now
called Speedway in Tucson.
The Arizona Rangers ready to ride.