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THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF FARMHOUSE FRATERNITY
Howard "Daddy" Doane (1883-1984) was
a true Renaissance man - a student, a teacher, a writer,
a business man, a poet, a farmer, a public servant, a devout
Christian. Most widely known as the founder and long-time
Chairman of the Board of Doane Agricultural Services, which
is the oldest and for decades was the largest farm management,
appraisal and agricultural research organization in the
United States. Among his many life accomplishments, Doane
served on an agriculture task force appointed by President
Herbert Hoover that was charged with reorganizing the US
Department of Agriculture. He wrote four books and numerous
articles for the leading agricultural journals and magazines.
He provided leadership to dozens of civic and professional
organizations throughout his lifetime. He received a B.S.
in agriculture in 1908 and M.S. in agriculture in 1909 at
the University of Missouri. He received three Honorary doctorates
F. Howard (1883-1963) spent the first 15 years of his professional career as an
educator before owning and running a large beef cattle operation
and commercial pecan farm in Texas for the better part of
his life. Howard was a professor and chairman of the Department
of Horticulture at the University of Nebraska from 1914-24
after teaching previously at the University of Missouri,
Nebraska and Wisconsin. He moved to Wharton, Texas, in 1924,
where he ran a 2,000 acre ranch with cattle and thousands
of pecan trees. He provided leadership to many local and
statewide civic organizations and initiatives in Texas for
the last 40 years of his life. Howard received his B.S.
in agriculture from Missouri in 1908, a masters in 1912
while teaching at Nebraska.
B. Hutchison (1885-1980) was
an educator for more than 40 years of his life, teaching
at the University of Missouri, Cornell University, University
of California-Davis, University of Nevada and spent more
than 20 years as a Vice President (1945-52) and Dean of
Agriculture at the University of California - Berkeley (1930-52).
For four years in the 1920s, he was the associate director
of agricultural education for Europe. In 1946, he was the
chairman of an agricultural mission trip to China by the
US Department of Agriculture. He retired from instruction
in 1954, serving his last two years as Dean of Agriculture
at Nevada. And from 1955-63 he served as mayor of Berkeley,
Calif. Hutchison received honorary degrees from Missouri,
Sofia, Bulgaria and California.
H. Krusekopf (1886-1979) was
a leading expert on soils, spending 48 years as a professor
and researcher in the College of Agriculture at the University
of Missouri. He received his B.S. in agriculture in 1908
and his masters in 1916 from Missouri. He did graduate work
at Illinois in 1931-32. He was the author of numerous publications
and journals on soil development and soil survey. "Krusey"
was a member of a number of scientific, honorary and professional
societies. He also consulted a number of federal and international
agencies on agriculture, flood control, forestry and Indian
land claims. In his spare time, Krusekopf owned and operated
a farm in southeast Missouri.
W. "Farmer" Rusk (1885-1968) spent
most of his career as a farmer and farm manager, yet enjoyed
a variety of other professional interests. He briefly taught
an Animal Husbandry course and served in the Farm Loan department
of a large insurance company. He was farm service director
of two Chicago radio station for four years, was agricultural
agent for a railroad, and was supervising salesman and farm
service director for a rock phosphate company for 14 years.
He raised hogs and cattle on a farm in the Missouri Ozarks
before retiring in California. Farmer Rusk graduated from
Missouri in 1909. His son, William D., was the first son
of a FarmHouse man to be initiated into FarmHouse in 1933.
P. Rusk (1884-1954) spent
most of his professional career on staff at the University
of Illinois, including the last 13 years of his career as
Dean of the College of Agriculture. He received a B.S. in
1908 and M.S. in 1911, both from the University of Missouri.
He served in the Department of Animal Husbandry at Illinois
from 1910-1939. He was head of the department from 1922-1939.
Among numerous accomplishments, he was the chair of President
Hoover's commission on agriculture from 1948-1954. Rusk
provided leadership to multiple national, state and local
boards and organizations. He received honorary doctorates
from three universities.
E. Sherwin (1881-1924) was
head of the soils department at what is now called North
Carolina State University when he died at age 42. After
graduating with a B.S. in agriculture in 1908, he received
an M.A. in agriculture from the University of California-Berkeley
in 1909. He spent one year as an agronomy instructor at
the University of Maine before he joined the staff at NC
State in 1910.