Myron Boyd McFarland, Sr.

M.B. Sr. on the left with a cotton buyer in McFarland, California. Note cotton gin #1 in the background with bale upon bale of cotton ready for national and international shipment.
The Big Red Barn as it was known, was a landmark just off Highway 99 on the edge of McFarland. The “barn” built of redwood served as the main potato packing shed for the family.

Myron Boyd McFarland, Sr.

He was known affectionately by his sons as dad and later as Senior. He was called the “cotton king” of the San Joaquin Valley for helping bring cotton growing to California. Along with Saul Camp, M.B. Sr. established one of the first cotton ginning facilities in Kern County called the Camp-McFarland Gins. Senior also grew potatoes, grains, walnut, table, wine and raisin grapes in and around McFarland and Shafter.

Hard working and industrious like his father, M.B. Sr. co-founded the Westside Cotton Experiment Station in Shafter, California which is run by the University of California. M.B. was the founding director of the Fresno Cotton Exchange and the California Cotton Shippers Association, and was on the development committee of the Friant-Kern Canal project.

On December 25, 1922, M.B. married Bernice Braden from the little mountain community of Bodfish, California. Together they raised two sons, Myron B. McFarland, Jr. and Gerald (Jerry) Braden McFarland.

Like his father J.B., farming was a way of life and M.B. passed that passion on to his youngest son, Gerald (Jerry), who joined the family business in 1951.