1994 Ralph Sullivan


Ralph Sullivan was born in 1913 and was raised in the Camden area. He graduated from Camden High School in 1931. Ralph and his wife Elizabeth were married in 1935 and they had 2 children. A son, Bob, who farms with Sullivan Farms, and a daughter, Ann Strupp, who lives in New York city, where her husband is an attorney.

Ralph started in the poultry business where he raised broilers. He purchased his first farm in 1947 and began farming in 1948. He served as farm host for 2 State Farm Management Tours and for 15 years he opened up his farm to Dr. Bob Suter’s Farm Management Classes at Purdue. Ralph was a charter member of Indiana Farm Policy Study Group at Purdue and is still active in that group. He was also active in the Carroll County Community Development Study Committee which met for several years.

A highlight in Ralph’s career was being the recipient of the Ford Almanac Award through the Ford Motor Company. This award was based on Efficiency in corn production. He received $4,000 which he donated to the 4-H Association to be used to help build the present show arena at the 4-H fairgrounds. In 1962 he received the American Legion Honor for Outstanding citizen. In 1975 during the One Hundreth Anniversary of the State Agriculture Experiment Station, Ralph was recognized for his outstanding contributions to Agriculture.

Ralph was remarried in December of 1993 to Margaret Tinsman and they reside at R 4, Delphi.

February 11, 2010

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