Henry Gatrell

Henry Gatrell, 1996 Inductee
Henry Gatrell, 1996 Inductee

The late Henry Gatrell was the son of the town doctor in Fairfield and might have pursued a career in medicine. Instead, he went into agriculture and became the largest swine exporter in the United States.  He was the owner and operator of a 200-acre general farm in Fairfield, where he raised purebred Duroc swine. In the early 1940s, Gatrell began a thriving swine export business by shipping purebred stock to Central and South America by air. Gatrell is credited with the donations that started the swine breeding herds at the University of Florida and Florida A&M University, and he was instrumental in the development of the Swine Evaluation Center in Live Oak.  Throughout his career, he was devoted to agricultural youth programs. Gatrell was active in many civic and agricultural organizations, including the Florida Swine Association and Southeastern Duroc Congress.

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