McCarty Century Farm
Howard T. McCarty, 88, of Perry received a Century Farm Award at the Iowa State Fair this year in recognition of his family’s cultivation for more than 100 years of his 160-acre farm north of Perry. McCarty was born on his family’s farm in 1924, served in the US Army in World War II and worked after the war as a bookkeeper at the Boone elevator. He married Lorraine Honomichl in 1948, and they had two children, Sharon and Karen. McCarty started farming in 1950 and retired in 1985. He also sold Pioneer seed corn from 1964 to 1985 and was several times the top salesman in five states. Present for McCarty’s award were, from left, Craig Hill, president of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (or Joe Heinrich, vice president of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation), Karen McCarty Wright, Howard Wright, Sharon McCarty Larwick, Ken Larwick and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. McCarty’s daughter Karen now farms the family land, keeping alive the rural Iowa tradition. Sharon and her husband live in Ames.