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 love to blog, plan, organize, decorate, teach, research & be creative. I’m a farm wife & mama of three kiddos: almost 6, 4 and almost 2. We love to live and work in rural South Dakota. A few years ago we remodeled a house & we call our home The Peacock Ranch.
I am earning a Spiritual Direction Certificate from Sioux Falls Seminary & I put my masters in English/Mass Communications on hold at South Dakota State University so I can focus on being a mama in a pandemic! In the meantime, I’m enjoying reading more & writing here on the blog.