|Birth: ||Nov. 12, 1893|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1973|
Harold Barnett, president of Rogers Walla Walla Inc. and a pioneer in the Blue Mountain region pea farming and processing industries, died in a Pendleotn hospital last night, just five days before his 80th birthday. He had been in the hospital several weeks.
barnett, whose home was in Pendleton, had headed Rogers Walla Walla since the Rogers and Walla Walla canning companies merged in 1961. He was a founding director of the Rogers firm in 1934, first known as the P.J. Burk Co., and become its president after the death in 1954 of L.L. Rogers his father-in-law.
Barnett was an active, large scale farmer in Umatilla County in addition to his prominent role for nearly four decades in the food processing industry. His farming experience extended from the mule era in Walla Walla and Franklin counties in Washington to personal experimental work in his Umatilla County farm shops toward development of a pea combine. He recalled nostalgically that he drove one of the first tractors on a farm in the Washtucna-Kahlotus vicinity as a young man.
He was recognized as a leader in experimenting with new farm machinery ideas. He also was credited with being one of the first two farmers to raise peas in Umatilla County in 1933 and the first cannery came at Athena a year later. The Rogers Company expanded with another plant's construction at Milton-Freewater in 1935.
Barnett was born Nov 12, 1893, at colton, Wash., south of Pullman. The family later farmed in Walla Walla County. His mother was Anna Green Barnett, and the farm of her family side was at the present site of Green Park School here.
Barnett attended school here and was a football player in his Walla Walla High School years. The main family farming operations were on Dry Creek. Known at the Garver farm for many years.
Barnett is survived by a brother, Lindon, in Walla Walla; a daughter, Mrs Quenton (Joan) Rugg of Athena, and two granddaughters. His wife died eight years ago.
Barnett was a long-time member of the Pendleton School board, served on the Oregon State Fair Board, and was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Presbyterian Church in Pendleton.
Lola Rogers Barnett (1896 - 1965)*
Joan Catherine Barnett Rugg (1930 - ____)*
Created by: gloria hassman
Record added: Feb 25, 2001
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