As a child, Galen Carter spent time with his grandfather and a love of farm life began stirring inside of him.
“When I became old enough to think about it, this is where I wanted to live,” Galen says.
Galen and his wife, Connie, of Carthage, were recently recognized as living on a Century Farm — that is farmland that has been in the same family for 100 or more years.
Galen recalls riding his bike seven miles from his home to the farm of Arthur and Helen Frost, his grandparents, who lived in the Carytown community, north of Carthage. While there he often spent time with his grandfather out in his shop on rainy days, piddling around and telling stories.
“I wish I remembered them. But when you are 5, 6 or 7, you don’t remember them as well,” he says.
The partners did a lot of fishing and squirrel and rabbit hunting together.
The farm land was passed down from one generation to another.
The east 80 acres of the 160 acre farm was first purchased in 1905 by Orville Frost, Galen’s great-grandfather. The land was purchased for $2.50 an acre. The same year he sold it to his son, Elmer Frost. Elmer Frost and his wife, Mamie, built the original house and barn.
Later, in 1912, Galen’s grandfather, Arthur Frost, purchased the farm from his brother. Arthur married Helen Flowers in 1913. Their daughter, Lorena Frost Carter, an only child, inherited the farm. The west 80 acres, across County Road 160, was purchased by Orville in 1910 and deeded to Arthur and Helen in 1919.
Galen says he has seen ledgers of the deed which stated, “…for $1.00 and love and affection.”
Galen and Connie purchased and inherited the land through his parents, Glenn and Lorena Frost Carter in 1981. They lived in the original house for 7 years, Connie says. Then it was time to remodel or build a new house. They chose the latter and continue to live in this house today.
Galen says some of the interesting history of the farm was that his Grandpa farmed it with horses and mules until 1946, when he bought a new Farmall H, his first and only tractor. Galen’s brother, Duane, still has the tractor. It also has a pump house water tower instead of a windmill.
The Frost family came to Missouri to live after Orville, the great-grandfather, came to the area as part of the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, Orville married Catherine with the family moving from Illinois to Jasper County by covered wagon. The couple had 12 children.
Now Galen leases out the tillable acreage where soybeans and corn are grown. He also raises a few beef cows on the remaining land. The farm ponds have been redug. There is a small spring and woods toward the rear of the property.
Page 2 of 2 - Galen doesn’t know if his son, Joshua Carter, a Carthage photographer, or daughter, Ashley Meister, of Arlington, Mass., may someday want to live on the historic farm. He thinks it might be his grandchildren who could be interested in living in the peaceful countryside.
Galen enjoys his farm lifestyle.
“It is a good place to raise kids and do stuff with the family and grandkids,” he says.
At family gatherings they ride the 4-wheeler and go fishing at the pond.