Century Farms in Daviess County

The Missouri Century Farm program began in 1976, as part of a bicentennial project. Over the years it has expanded greatly, and there are now in excess of 9,400 Century Farms recognized in Missouri.
There are 75 Daviess County farms listed in the Missouri Century
Farm database as of September, 2016 (celebrated at the Daviess County Chautauqua in Gallatin).

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

The oldest farm listed was acquired in 1838, which means it has been in the family for 178 years: Dean H. Leopard and Luzelle Leopard. No original owner is listed.

Three farms are listed from 1839: Bobby and Ginger Harlow and Jean Harlow, 160 acres; Paula Jarrett Christensen and Sandra Jarrett Whitman and B. Jan Jarrett Daly, original owner Andrew Jarrett, great-great-grandfather, 523 acres; Stephen C. Reed and Shelley S. Reed, original owner Samuel Hershberger, great-great-great-great-grandfather of Stephen Charles Reed, 40 acres.

Most recently added Century farm (3/8/2016): Mildred McDaniel, original owner James Russell McDaniel, great-great-grandfather of Garold McDaniel (Mildred’s deceased husband). Many farms don’t have the acreage listed, but of the farms that do, the Paula Jarrett Christensen farm listed the most acres, 523. A farm must have 40 acres of the original land to qualify. Fourteen of the farms list 40 acres.

Daviess County Century Farms

The following lists Daviess County’s Century Farms showing recognition date, name, additional owners, original owners, acres, year of acquisition,
and some comments…

  • 1/1/1976 Charles & Lorie Booram 1855
  • 1/1/1976 Mr & Mrs Hobart Burrell 1872
  • 1/1/1976 Vernice McClung Bush Richard Bush 1854
  • 1/1/1976 Nancy Sue Everly Betty Louise Everly 1857
  • 1/1/1976 S.W. Foley 1840
  • 1/1/1976 Mr & Mrs George Hill 1855
  • 1/1/1976 Kenneth Lee 1865
  • 1/1/1976 Dean H. Leopard Luzelle Leopard 1838
  • 1/1/1976 Dwight W. McGarvin 1873
  • 1/1/1976 Mildred Moulin Marjorie and Neil Brown 1854
  • 1/1/1976 Ava J. Pugh 1843
  • 1/1/1976 Clifton Swaithes Margaret Cox Swaithes 1854
  • 1/1/1976 Walter B. Tibbles 1845
  • 1/1/1976 Mr & Mrs Ves J Ward 1857
  • 1/1/1976 James R. Woodward James R. Woodward Jr. 1865
  • 1/1/1986 Vernice McClung Bush
  • 1/1/1986 Robert L Eckelberry Ross L. Swofford
  • 1/1/1986 S. Wiley Foley
  • 1/1/1986 William F Hill
  • 1/1/1986 Edward Hockensmith, Jr
  • 1/1/1986 John K & Harriet Leopard Mary Alice and Deanc. McDonald 00
  • 1/1/1986 Oliver Franklin Miller 00
  • 1/1/1986 Charlene Hemry Potts Charles Hemry
  • 1/1/1986 Frank A. Woodruff M. Kay & Ivo Woodruff 78 1856
  • 1/1/1987 FrancesAudene Hill 1881
  • 1/1/1987 Florence Glaze Wells 1865
  • 1/1/1988 James F. and Daw Hoover 1860
  • 1/1/1988 Delbert R. Lowrey 1850
  • 1/1/1988 Austin and Ellen Miller 1857
  • 1/1/1988 W. Auldridge Morris 1846
  • 1/1/1988 Glen Osborn 1860
  • 1/1/1988 Mrs. Ves J. Ward 1857
  • 1/1/1991 Wanda C. McGill McGill Barbara J. Colby 225 1854
  • 1/1/1991 Lloyd G. and Nel Philips 80 1891
  • 1/1/1992 Billy F. Lierly 72 1855
  • 1/1/1992 Nita Noranne Searcy 65 1843
  • 1/1/1994 Bobby and Ginger Harlow Jean Harlow 160 1839
  • 1/1/1995 Harold and Ruth Lockridge 40 1840
  • 1/1/1995 Ava Jane Jarrett Pugh 240 1880
  • 1/1/1996 Carlotta R. Arnold 40 1894
  • 1/1/1997 Maurice and Dorothy Critten 160 1868
  • 1/1/1997 William T. Schapaugh 80 1890
  • 6/25/1999 Martha Mabe Paula Dennis PS(Jeff) McCue 80 1891
  • 6/22/2001 Ashley A Deskins Tamara S Deskins Kimbro Smith,grandfather 40 1896
  • 6/22/2001 Franklin L Dunnington Janis Kay Dunnington David W Vaughn, grandfather 145 1889
  • 5/24/2002 Paula Jarrett Christensen Sandra Jarrett Whitman, B Jan Jarrett Daly Andrew Jarrett, great-great-grandfather 523 1839
  • 7/5/2002 George H Olsen Dorothy L Olsen George A. and Alta Olsen, grandfather 60 1902
  • 7/9/2002 Alan Goodwin Linda Goodwin James Haver, great-great-
    great-grandfather (90acres), Othneil 135 1864 1886
  • Brumer, great-great-grandfather, 45A7/9/2002 Richard E.
    Heath William Heath, great-grandfather 40 1883
  • 6/23/2004 Keith C Harpster Dawn R Harpster Joseph Conrad, great-grandfather 160 1893
  • 6/9/2005 Richard G Carpenter Cheri L Carpenter; Richard G Carpenter, as Trustee for Carpenter Family Trust William H. Treon, great uncle 80 1873
  • 5/2/2008 Delbert Lowrey Lavena Lowrey William G. Lowery/ Great-grandfather 240 1849
  • 3/26/2009 Kenneth F. Dunnington Mary E. Dunnington James Franklin Dunnington /Grandfather 40 1875
  • 6/5/2009 Forrest Meadows, DBA, MF & C, Inc Oscar P. Meadows /Father 247 1909
  • 5/3/2010 Garry McFee Susan McFee Gerhard Harms, greatgreat-grandfather of Garry McFee 40 1909
  • 5/18/2010 Stephen C. Reed Shelley S. Reed Samuel Hershberger, great-great-great-greatgrandfather of Stephen Charles Reed 40 1839
  • 5/2/2011 Dixie L. Rogers Rogers Family Trust David N. Terry, great-grandfather 40 1856
  • 5/1/2012 Harold W. Gay Ann Gay, great-grandmother 40 1905
  • 5/16/2012 Steven G. Bohannon Elaine Bohannon Grig T. Bohannon, great-grandfather 160 1908
  • 2/18/2013 Charles Strong Denise Elaine Minnie O. Strong, 140 1910
  • David Strong grandmother 3/19/2013 Billy Keith Payne Brad & Brian Hendren, Julie Ann Bixler, Kirby Lowe Payne August Wood Marshall, great-grandfather 80 1869
  • 5/1/2013 Rodney Thane Knott Shirly Anne Knott Jospeh H. Knott, great-great-grandfather 80 1858
  • 2/1/2014 Phares L. Linville Joyce M. Linville Green L. Linville, great uncle 60 1908
  • 2/10/2014 Jim Linville Sharla Linville Lewis Linville, greatgreat-
    uncle 110 1851
  • 3/19/2014 Kenneth H. Mort Kathryn F. Stith Mort Sarah A. Stith, grandmother 42 1911
  • 4/18/2014 Phyllis McBride Joseph P. Caraway, great-grandfather 78 1843
  • 4/21/2014 Steven R. Schweizer Macon C. Schweizer Isaac M. Swofford, great-great-great-grandfather 40 1881
  • 3/31/2015 Julie Cox Boyd Harrison James W. Ward 80 1908
  • 4/24/2015 Billie Joe Ward Beverly A. Ward Joseph Vogel, grandfather of Billie Joe Ward 41 1882
  • 4/29/2015 Jayla Smith Issac S. Smith, great-uncle-in-law 40 1915
  • 5/4/2015 Janice Smith Rose George M. Smith, great-great-grandfather 40 1858
  • 5/5/2015 Mary Stigers-Roth Bill Roth John Andrew Stigers, great-grandfather 220 1865
  • 5/14/2015 Doyle C. Kime Naomi R. Kime; Doyle C. & Naomi R. Kime Trust Issac Chester Hill, great-grandfather 40 1906
  • 2/29/2016 John F. & Gann Benjamin F. Kissinger & 1911915
    Nancy J. Virgie F. Kissinger
  • 3/8/2016 Mildred McDaniel James Rusell McDaniel, greatgreat-
    grandfather of Garold McDaniel (Mildred’s deceased husband)