(Posted March 29, 2019)
Thomas L. Lindsey of Mount Sterling was inducted into the Fayette County Agricultural Hall of Fame on March 12.
Born on Oct. 16, 1946, Lindsey graduated from Miami Trace High School in 1964. He was an 11-year member of 4-H and belonged to the Miami Trace FFA. He angus steer was named grand champion at the 1964 Ohio State Fair.
Lindsey went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture at The Ohio State University (OSU). During his college years, he worked with the Pickaway County 4-H program.
Lindsey married Connie Sue Porter in December 1969. Family has been central to the couple’s lives. Their clan includes: daughter, Heather, and her late husband, Chad Hoffman, and their children, Seth and Silas; and son, Shawn, and his wife, Aimee, and their children, Natalie and Nicholas. All are involved in agriculture.
After college, Lindsey spent two years as the 4-H agent at the Madison County OSU Extension Office before returning to the family farm near Deer Creek. He and his son, Shawn, farm grain, bale hay and maintain a productive beef cattle herd. Shawn represents the fourth generation in the family farm operation.
Lindsey has spent countless hours around beef cattle, not only on the family farm but also as superintendent of the Ohio State Fair Beef Show, in the show ring judging beef cattle, and in leadership positions for many county and state beef cattle organizations.
Lindsey’s community involvement also has included membership in the United Church in Mount Sterling and the Fayette County Farm Bureau, service as a Madison Township trustee, and service on several 4-H and FFA livestock committees. He was inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame in 1994.
The Fayette County Agricultural Hall of Fame trophy case is located at the Agricultural Center in Washington Court House. The late Floyd Eichelberger of Jeffersonville also was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. For more about the Hall of Fame, contact Ken Ford at the Fayette County OSU Extension, (740) 335-1150.