The Angell family of Centralia, Missouri has been buying, selling, bartering, wheeling and dealing for three generations. The commodity didn’t matter – sheep, hogs, cattle, diamonds, land, Levi’s or Stetsons. But, they didn’t always make money! Sometimes, a family business has a different goal. This easy-reading, historical book uses personal stories to explain the biggest economic changes in Missouri agriculture from the 1940s to the 1990s:
- Why did farms in Missouri have sheep, hogs and cattle in the 1940s – but don’t anymore?
- What happened to the Kansas City Stockyards?
- Why don’t farmer-feeders fatten all their cattle in Missouri anymore?
- Why bother keeping a business open on Main Street?
Who better to hear it from than the Angell brothers, who marketed more than 25,000 sheep and between two and three million hogs, purchased cattle in the Kansas City Stockyards nearly every week for over 40 years, and operated a western clothing store in Downtown Centralia for more than 45 years? Laugh and learn along the way, but most importantly – these stories show why farmers and cattlemen aren’t always only concerned about the bottom line.
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Hey there... I'm Sierra!
I am from a family of all girls. I always keep a journal. John & I were married back in 2013. It was a miracle then & it is now. We had three kids between Oct 2014 & August 2018 : Joslyn Shea, J.D., and Jesse Lee. We remodeled two houses & moved three times in our first 5 years. I grew up in Missouri, but was transplanted to South Dakota. I am working on my masters at Sioux Falls Seminary as of 6.1.19.
I started Sierra Shea & Co. as a space to curate encouragement for all women toward creative, redemptive lives as daughters of the King of Kings.