The Christie family were active in farming and in the commerce of the community. Here, a fan advertising the Christie-Leavitt Drug Co. (Herald Archives)

A dedication ceremony for the newly established “Glenwood Orchard” at the Texas County Justice Center is Saturday.

The area pays tribute to the Christie family’s farming operation at the site, Glenwood Stock Farm, which introduced the first shorthorn cattle in the Midwest in the 1880s. It operated as a beef farm, dairy, fish rearing operation and generated honey. A portion of the farm was sold to Texas County for the county justice center and jail.

The orchard will be used as a training facility by the county University Extension office to educate county residents on the proper ways to maintain a profitable fruit orchard. County jail trustees will help in the maintenance, watering and collection of fruit. At its inception, peach, apple and cherry trees are included. Additional types of fruit and hardwood trees may be planted later.

The fruit will be used to feed county inmates, and surplus produce will be frozen or canned to be used during the winter.

County officials and retired ones helped financially with the project: Theresa Campbell, public administrator; Tammy Cantrell, collector-treasurer; John Casey, associate commissioner; Brad Ellsworth, retired associate circuit judge; Linda Garrett, associate commissioner; Doug Gaston, associate judge; Debbie James, assessor; Mary Sheffield, presiding circuit judge; Tracy L. Storie, circuit judge; Don Shelhammer, presiding county commissioner; Don Troutman, county clerk; Carl Watson, sheriff; Joe Whetstine, retired associate commissioner; and Tom Whittaker, coroner.



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