Century-old farms recognized
The Barry County University Extension Council honored three Century Farm families at its annual meeting on Sept. 6. This year's Century Farm families are from the Monett, Pierce City and Aurora areas.
Farms owned by Darrell and Cathie (Chapman) Brown, OD and Pamela Cope and Sandra Haddock, Jacalyn (Haddock) Counts and Robyn St. John were added to Barry County's list of honored Century Farm families last week.
The Haddock family's 40-acre farm, which is located northwest of Monett, was originally purchased by Sandra and Jacalyn's father, Charles Saunders Haddock, on Sept. 17, 1912.
"My sister, Jackie Counts, and I grew up on this farm along with our now deceased sister, Vikki (Haddock) Blume," said Sandra Haddock. "Our father raised 12 children there, nine with his first wife, who died of diabetes, and the three of us with our mother, his second wife, Inez Haddock.
"The farm at the time of his death in 1978 consisted of 180 acres, all of which except for the original purchase, was deeded to his surviving children of his first wife," said Sandra. "Our mother was given the original purchase, which went to his latter three children upon her death in 2000."
The Haddock sisters retained the original acres with the home their father built and the original barn. Robyn St. John, who also claims ownership of the family farm, is the youngest daughter of the late Vikki Blume.
"Jackie and her husband, David, live within sight of the farm and maintain and rent the house, and David uses the land for hunting," said Sandra. "They have taken great care, along with the expense, of maintaining the character of the land. We are so very proud of our parents and the Missouri legacy with which they left us."
The original 80-acre Cope family farm was purchased by Orra David Cope and his wife, Dessa Wiley Cope, from the Missouri Land Company of Scotland, Limited, on Oct. 22, 1910. The couple moved, with their children, onto the land in 1911.
According to information submitted to the Barry County University Extension Council, Orra David Cope worked in the mines in Webb City to pay his families bills when the farm did not support itself. He died on Oct. 27, 1921. At the time, his wife was expecting the couple's 10th child.
"Their first son had married by that time, so 19-year-old Glen stayed with his mother helping her raise his younger brother and sisters," the Copes wrote in a document submitted to the council. "He worked hard to keep the farm in the family through the Depression and made sure that his siblings were able to get an education. Many of the family became teachers."
Glen, who was OD Cope's father, married Thena Asher. In addition to OD, the couple had one daughter named Glenda. Through the years, Glen and Thena added to the family farm as land joining theirs became available.
OD, who is named after his grandfather, was 15 years old when Glen died. OD had worked closely with his father from a young age and continued working the farm after Glen's death. OD attended high school during the day and worked on the farm nights and weekends.
OD married Pam Patrick in 1978 and the couple had three sons, including one set of twins.
Sons Glen and Matthew both returned to work on the family farm after graduating from Missouri State University. Glen graduated in 2002, and Matthew graduated in 2010. David Cope, who is a 2001 alumnus of the University of Missouri-Columbia, worked for MFA for several years and now serves as the branch manager of a bank in Galena.
Although the family was unable to be present for the meeting, Tony Rickard, University Extension specialist who works out of the Barry County office, also recognized Darrell and Cathie Brown. Their 40-acre farm was originally purchased by Cathie's great-grandfather, James Harvey Chapman, in 1884.
Since the University of Missouri Extension Century Farm program began in 1976, 86 area families have been recognized for maintaining land in Barry County for at least 100 years. The first Barry County property owner recognized with the Century Farm honor was Maurine Cupps.
To qualify for the Century Farm program, each family must own the farm for 100 years, be direct descendants of the original landowner and own at least 40 acres of the original property. The qualifying acreage must also make a financial contribution to the farm income.
Property owners interested in applying for the Century Farm Family honor can request applications by writing to Extension publications, Missouri University, 2800 Maguire Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65211. Applications can also be obtained at the Barry County University Extension office located on the second floor of the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville.
Applications are available from Feb. 15 to June 15 each year. A small fee is required to cover clerical costs, a certificate and a Century Farm sign.