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 Tom Macy

Tom Macy

Death 15 Nov 2012 (aged 93)
Indiana, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 101996678 · View Source
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Tom Macy died last Thursday afternoon, November 15, 2012. After eating lunch, he just closed his eyes.

An obituary... I've never written one. They are usually full of names and dates, those who come before us and those gone on. So, Tom was born June 6, 1919. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Rice) Macy in 2010. He is survived by his two children, Charles and Joyce Macy and their families: Bonnie, Marietta, Patricia, Claude and Georgiana Macy. Growing up, we talked as fathers and sons are apt to, of what life demands from a person, and what expectations a man should have of himself. Honesty, love, respect, a work ethic, reliability; these were among the topics demonstrated and occasionally discussed.

In Tom's ninety-three years he saw many changes. A farmer since day one, his family was heavily vested in the poultry business. In those days disease took a vast majority of the eggs laid by each hen; chick survival percentages were very low. This placed chicken as something special if you found it on your table, not at all as it is today!

Discovering that much of the inefficiency and death loss was due to poor diet and egg born disease, the Indiana Farm Bureau hired his father, Thad Macy, to search out flocks that were clean and productive. The search covered several states and required many miles of travel. When clean eggs of good breeding were found they became Tom's responsibility to propagate in the family hatchery and multiply through the various separate breeding/multiplication flocks held on the farm. Thus, in Greene County some of the first concentrated confinement breeding programs had their beginning. He enrolled at Purdue University after graduation from Solsberry High School to study "Animal Husbandry." Their success was so great, and the demands placed on the industry by WWII, Tom was asked to come home from his studies and accept duties in the hatchery and breeding farm. For his obedience in accepting these duties at home, he later paid a heavy social price. He always said that the number of genetic strains (both for egg production and the strains of birds for meat production), multiplied by the distribution capacity of the Farm Bureau, and the number of people fed in a war torn world, was worth the cost.
He used to tell of seeing his last team of horses leaving, going to a farm somewhere close to today's site of Owen Valley High School. Their lead straps were tied to the front upright of a modern (for its day) flatbed truck with no sideboards and no tailgate. They rode some 13 miles, all the way to Spencer, standing together on that moving platform. The team was replaced by a homemade tractor. Mom said they had to bring the frozen carburetor into the kitchen every winter morning to thaw before the thing would start.

Tom continued his dedication to food production until 1994 when health forced his retirement. Up to and including this last week, he asked about changes, what the yields were and what were the design changes being seen in today's agriculture. He was most excited to hear more about the sprouting of grains and of feeding those sprouts to livestock; supposedly a "new" idea! He said, "Your mother's father used to do that for his dairy cows back in the ‘50s! Isn't progress grand!"

We often see what others have done, their accomplishments, their associations, etc. Men leave many things in their passing but what among them are of importance? Great works, monuments, memories of adventures and misadventures, successes and failures? Perhaps the most enduring are the lessons of the heart.

That's the thing about life, it goes on.

Thanks, Dad.


1920 Census - Thad(28) & Clara(26) Macy are found living on a farm they are buying located in Warren Township, Marion County, Indiana. Thad is employed as a credit man at a factory. Child living in the home is Thomas, age 7 months.

1940 Census - Thad(48) & Clara(48) Macy are found living on a farm they own located in Beech Creek Township, Greene County, Indiana and valued at $800. Both Thad & Clara had completed high school. Thad was employed as a salesman at Indiana Farm Bureau Poultry and Clara was employed as Manager of the store & hatchery an the polutry farm. Child living in the home was Thomas(20) who has completed 1 year of college and is still attending school.

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