Callaway County farmer credits influence of 4-H Clubs

Rodney Garnett of Holts Summit, left, a tractor buff and former John Deere dealer, discusses John Deere tractors with Benson Lehman during this year's Callaway County Fair. The tractor beside them is Garnett's 1947 Ferguson TE-20 manufactured in England.

Rodney Garnett of Holts Summit, left, a tractor buff and former John Deere dealer, discusses John Deere tractors with Benson Lehman during this year's Callaway County Fair. The tractor beside them is Garnett's 1947 Ferguson TE-20 manufactured in England.

As a resident of Callaway County, Rodney Garnett of Holts Summit has learned a thing or two about people who live in the county.

“Callaway County people as a general rule are extremely friendly,” Garnett said. “If you treat them right, they’ll treat you right.”

The influence of 4-H Clubs in the county, Garnett said, has helped shape his character as well as many other Callaway County residents.

At age 77, Garnett said he knows many men and women with businesses in Fulton and Callaway County who are former members of various county 4-H Clubs.

In the 1960s, Garnett said, there were 36 4-H Clubs scattered around the county with more than 800 members.

Garnett served as a commissioner of Callaway County for a total of 18 years, most of it as presiding commissioner and part of it as western district commissioner.

Garnett also helped start the Callaway County Fair. As a youngster, he showed a Holstein dairy cow from his family farm and won the reserve grand champion three-year old cow at the Mid South Fair in Memphis.

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