Noble County, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1989
Harper, 73, a native of Noble County, was cited for having “lived worked and promoted agriculture all of his life.” He was also recognized for his leadership In the state’s livestock industry, his church and community, and state 4-H and extension programs. A 1939 Purdue graduate in animal husbandry, Harper was president of Wright Packing Company, Chandler, and managed 800 acres of corn, soybeans, hay, silage, and cattle feed lots from 1949 until 1972. Earlier in his career, he managed McMahan Farms, Rochester, and the Paul Thompson Farm, near Vincennes. Harper served as president, cvice president and secretary of the Indiana Forage Council, and the Indiana Livestock Breeder’s Association. He served as president of the Warrick County Farm Bureau and was elected as district director. He has also been president of the Warrick-Vanderburg Purdue Agricultural Alumni Chapter. Harper is a 17-year member of the board of directors of Peoples’ Trust and Savings Bank, Chandler. He served on the State Marketing Committee of the Indian Beef Cattle Association. A leading enthusiast for county and state fairs, Harper has attended every Indiana State Fair since 1926, except for five years during World War II when he served in the U.S. Army as a battery commander. Harper has been elected to the Indiana State Fair Board eight years, and served as director of the Cattle Department four years. He received a $2,000 Ford Almanac Beef Efficiency award in 1963 that was applied to the construction of a new Livestock Barn at the Warrick County Fair Grounds. He was a National 4-H Alumni Winner at the 1970 Club Congress in Chicago. Harper was a state forage production winner, sponsored by the Indiana Forage Council, and was named a Prairie Farmer Master Farmer. He was named Indiana Cattleman of the Year, and was named to the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame. Harper was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Bowen, and a Distinguished Purdue Ag. He is a 33rd degree Mason, and received the Demolay Cross of Honor.