The bank turns us down

When we began business in 1972, Buell Baclesse had been our organizer, our first President, and the guy who arranged for our banking.  He banked at Jefferson City’s Exchange National Bank and talked to its president, Don Campbell, about a line of credit, secured...

Jack Murphy dies

Jack was one of our incorporators, a shareholder and a board member.  He’d come here because he was a friend of Buell’s. He died on July 21, 1975.  His death set in motion the problem of shareholder succession.  I’d worried about this issue since our...

“Would you sell Learfield?”

We hadn’t been in business very long when Derry got a call from Dick Johnston, President of the Missouri Farm Bureau — also located in Jefferson City. Johnston wanted to know if were interested in selling.  Derry–an old cattle trader–responded...

Board Meetings

From the get-go we held monthly board meetings. These were held in our “Board Room” at our offices in Centertown…a rather large, dark-paneled, room with a large fireplace. Since he had been instrumental in our organization, Buell was elected...

14-year-old video

Joyce Steinmann made a video for a company sales meeting in 1994. She’s good! If you’ve been around here a long time, you’ll see yourself and remember some of the folks who used to work here. Kinda in order are: Stan, Greg, Roger, Sandy Dulle, Stacey...

Roger Gardner

Roger Gardner was in Future Farmers of America while in high school over in Harrisonville, where his dad taught vocational agriculture. In February, 1982, Derry hired him to drive over from Mizzou to do farm reports, especially the early ones when Derry had returned...