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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Peanut Farmer of the Week: Peanuts For Sale… At Willie Paul Baxter’s Stand on Hwy 231

A unique farm, in a unique location, farmed by a unique man. That is the Baxter Farm, located alongside Highway 231 in Jackson County. Willie Paul is gregarious and fun to be around in a social setting, but when it comes to public acclaim he does his best to avoid attention. It was difficult to agree to allowing the TIMES to do a story about him and his farm.
After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Baxter returned home to Jackson County and started farming. Willie Paul has been farming on his own since 1960, that is 50 years. Most of that time he has been farming at his familiar Highway 231 location. He and his tractor certainly know every bump and turn in those fields. His first farm job was at the age of 14, running a home made, horse pulled row marker for Mr. Brian Pender, father of Marcus and Robert Pender of Greenwood’s Pender Peanut Company. He made $50 per month.
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