AGRICULTURE: Big Deal in Bates County

In Bates County—870 square miles of farm land on Missouri's western boundary —the name Scully lost its magic power last week, though its fabulous ring lingers on. William Scully was a wealthy, austere Irishman who arrived in the county in 1894. Muffled in a plaid shawl and a cap pulled down over his eyes, he drove his surrey about the countryside, bought farms right & left, never sold an acre because he believed it was wrong to give up land. Soon he owned nearly a tenth of the county and 300 of its residents were his tenants. Bates County called...

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