A local farm recently received the Oklahoma Centennial Farm Award from the Oklahoma Historical Society and Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
To qualify for the award a property must be owned by a family member for at least 100 years. It must be operated or occupied by a family member over the age of 65. The property must contain a minimum of 40 acres and gross annual sales of at least $1,000.
Recently recognized was the Cockerill-Meyer-Menefee Farm located west of the Western Farmer's Electric Company in Mooreland. Robert Steve and Linda Jo Meyer own farm. The land was acquired by their great-grandparents, Dr. Harry Scott and Jessie Mae Cockerill in 1906.
The Cockerills, along with infant son Clifford, moved to Mooreland in 1902 from Iowa. Dr. Cockerill was attracted to Mooreland because of the excellent water located there. Besides maintaining his medical practice, Dr. Cockerill and his wife operated two drug stores, family members said.
The Cockerill homestead was located at the intersection of Highways 50 and 15. Dr. Cockerill and Clifford planted the cedars in that area. A locust grove is located on the property as well.
"The locust grove had many cedar trees where our family has harvested locust wood and locust posts to sale for my whole life," Linda Meyer said. “There are various grasses and food plots on our Cockerill land as our family have harvested animals there. Turkeys roost in the trees. Deer, quail, raccoons, squirrel, and rabbits are some of the wildlife habitat that are in their natural environment.
“A granary still stands that is almost 100 years old. Our granddad, C.C. Cockerill’s small wagon is still on the property,"
The recipients of the award also receive a certificate signed by the Governor, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. They may also obtain a sign to display proclaiming their property as a Centennial Farm or Ranch. Twenty properties in Woodward County have been designated as Centennial Farms or Ranches.
“We are honored for the award and the sign posted on our “Cockerill Corner” as this is a nice legacy for our grandchildren and their descendants for future generations that survive us.” Meyer said. “Our great-grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Harry Scott Cockerill, toiled their whole life in service to others. They would be humbled to learn of this Oklahoma Centennial Farm recognition.
“We feel pride and we feel grateful that our great grandparents could see the importance of owning and caring for our “Cockerill Corner” locust grove. Their legacy to us from their land purchase of 1902."