The latest installment of the Missouri Century Farms in Scotland County traces its origins all the way back to the original deed from the United States government in 1856. Mary Morgan recently received registration for the original Collins homestead as a Century Farm through the University of Missouri Extension.
Long-term owners of Missouri farms are proud of their family accomplishments. This was evident during the Centennial Farm program held in Missouri during the American Revolution Bicentennial Year of 1976. In that popular program, 2,850 Missouri farm owners in 105 of Missouri’s 114 counties were recognized as owning a “Centennial Farm”.
Interest in the program continued after 1976. Several Missouri farm owners asked about having their farms recognized, so the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the “Century Farm” program. During this update, 1,080 additional Missouri farms were recognized.
Long-term family farm owners who were not able to take part in the 1976 or 1986 events still wanted recognition, so the College and MU Extension planned for annual updates. Since 1987, an additional 5,504 farms have been recognized. In 2008, Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.
Mary Morgan, of Memphis, was recently awarded recognition of her Missouri Century Farm. The original owners were Silas and Sarah Ann Collins. They acquired the land from the United States Government in 1856. The second owners Charles and Mary (Collins) Honiter had the land in 1884. In 1923, the third owner was Zilla (Honiter) Hyde. In 1956, Ernest and Mary (Hyde) McDanial owned the property. The present owner is Mary L. Morgan wife of the late Leroy Morgan since 1975. Leroy was the great-great-grandson of the original owners Silas and Sarah Ann Collins.
Mary Morgan applied for the Century Farm program through the University of Missouri Extension in April 2019. The sign was presented to her by Lisa Doster, County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development. Please contact the Scotland County Extension office at 660-465-7255 with questions regarding the Missouri Century Farm program.