Hayden Porter was at Sheridan Stationery on Saturday to sign copies of his Great Farmers book. The book is a collection of nearly 60 essays written by Porter for the Sheridan Press, with subjects ranging from “The Farmers of Sodom” to Jim Bridger to the first tractor farmers. This is his second book on Great Farmers, and he said he still has enough stories to publish a third volume. The books are a family affair. His daughter did most of the illustrations, with some help from his three grandchildren. Porter and his wife Nancy also have a son.
Porter grew up with a sister and brother on a ranch near the Montana/Wyoming state line. He was born in Sheridan. He says he was the first member of his family to be born in a hospital. He attended high schools in Hardin, Montana, and Sheridan, served in the Army, attended several colleges and has bachelor's and master's degrees from Montana State University. In addition to a ranching and teaching career, he has served as a missionary, rural church pastor and area representative of STEER Inc.
Porter said he decided to publish the stories because he likes them and thought they should be preserved for posterity.