In the early 1960s, when the farm bureau’s founders, Jerry and Donna Mowbray, were preparing for their second trip to the country, they looked to the farmer boys.
The boys had made their mark in rural America by delivering meals for the local families, often with a bit of flair.
They were the ones who would often take on the chores that required hands, like digging the ground, tending crops, and cutting grass.
These were the jobs that would always be the most grueling.
In the 1960s the Mowbrokes, along with their husband, a farmer in Virginia, had just opened a farm in the southern California town of San Francisco, and their eldest son, Jerry, was a well-known, if somewhat eccentric, member of the local farm club.
Jerry had a keen interest in rural agriculture, having lived in and around the tiny town of El Monte, California, for the better part of his life.
The Mowbros, who lived in the city of El Paso, were already well acquainted with farmers, having owned the El Paso Farm Company and the El Pueblo Farmers’ Association.
Jerry was a keen student of agriculture, and he had been an avid reader of the rural papers and magazines, including The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.
In 1960, when Jerry was seven, he went to a meeting of the El Pomos farm club, which had recently come out with a book about the American farmer.
Jerry immediately got the gist of the book, which was that the farm was “an American experiment” that was trying to replicate the agricultural model in the countryside.
The idea, according to the book’s narrator, was to give the farmers a “model farm to use” in their daily lives.
Jerry also noticed that the book contained a number of references to farm boys.
One of these was a picture of Jerry with a young boy.
Jerry remembered that it was a very young boy, about eight or nine years old.
Jerry’s father had been a farmer, and Jerry had learned that he was good at chopping, and the boy was very good at it.
The boy, according, had told Jerry, “Hey, dad, I can’t do it.
I don’t want to chop wood.”
As the story goes, the boy went on to explain to Jerry that his father was a farmer and a farmer’s son.
The next day, the Mowsbs received an email from Jerry’s high school teacher.
The letter read, “I had an amazing class yesterday, but one of the students had some very special news.
He was the son of the late Jerry Mowcroft.”
The letter continued: “We were told by one of our boys, that he had an older brother that would love to chop his wood.”
The Mowsbys were so taken aback that they decided to go to the school and find out what the story was.
They found out that Jerry’s older brother, John, was the head boy at the school.
In fact, Jerry’s elder brother was also the head of the school, and was the man in charge of the program that gave the students their first harvest.
The younger boy was the president of the club, and his name was George.
John was an outstanding athlete, but he was also an accomplished farmer.
He owned and operated a small farm, and George was the director of operations for the school district.
John, too, was an excellent farmer, although his skills were much better known to Jerry than his father’s.
John would often pick up the pieces of wood he could from the ground and make them into lumber.
He also tended to his garden.
Jerry and John had a special bond, and as Jerry told me in a telephone interview a few years ago, he was always there for Jerry, even when they were working on the farm.
The following year, Jerry graduated from high school, the same year he was introduced to his brother and his father, and went to work for the Moes.
Jerry, too had a strong interest in farming.
Jerry loved to harvest the fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the fields and he loved to eat the delicious homemade pies that he cooked at home.
The fact that Jerry was the one to bring the Moms the first apple trees and the first potatoes made the family proud.
The family quickly expanded and opened their own small farm.
Jerry made the decision to move to California in 1962, and soon after, Jerry married his college sweetheart, Linda.
They settled in San Francisco.
The rest is history.
Jerry became the chairman of the board of directors of the San Francisco chapter of the American Farm Bureau, and when the Mowers came to live in San Diego, the couple had plans for a ranch in the nearby town of La Jolla.
The couple also bought a house on La Jollas own Pacific Coast Highway.
Jerry retired to La Julla and started his own family.