Four new members of the Henry County Agriculture ‘hall of fame’ were inducted Sunday afternoon at the fairgrounds. The inductees include Theodore Baughman (boff-man), John Rohrs, Bud Hatcher, and Emerson Brinkman.
Ted Baughman created Baughman Farms and raised carrots, parsley, red beets, potatoes and green beans. He was one of the areas first contract farmers for the Campbell Soup Company.
John Rohrs was a swine breeder and agricultural educator. He started raising hogs at the age of 13, and eventually did sow work for Dinner Bell and Henry Pig. He would later teach agriculture at Stryker and Holgate. Both Baughman and Rohrs were honored posthumously.
This year’s Henry County agriculture hall of fame will include Leonard Bud Hatcher, a grain farmer and collector of Farmall and IH tractors. He has been part of the ag scene in Henry County for 7 decades, providing dozens of youth with opportunities for jobs on the farm.
And Emerson Brinkman built his own grain drying and handling facility back in the 1960’s. He served the Henry County Fairboard for at least 20 years, and assisted as a 4-h advisor. During his high school years, Emerson earned the state farmer’s degree.