Scott Gompf’s love of farming is reflected in not only his daily life but also in his hobbies. The Edison farmer who resides on a 250 acre farm with his wife, Julie, and two of their four daughters, also raises sheep, cattle and goats.
Born and raised on a farm, agriculture runs deep in his blood.
“I collected and still collect farm toys,” he said. He also collects bigger tractors, antiques, generally International, and they number “about ten.” Two of those have special meaning, the 1939 and 1944 Case tractors belonged to his grandfather. His “hobby” also includes collecting and maintaining “hit and miss” engines. An eight year member of the Morrow County Antique Tractor and Equipment Association, Gompf bought eight antique tractors and six hit and miss engines, this year’s theme, to the 26th annual Farm Days.
During the three day event, Gompf was joined by Jerry Jagger a trustee with the MCATEA and the association president, Dwight Murphy, demonstrating the chopping of silage and grinding ears of corn with an offset grinder. Gompf also demonstrated his one and one-half horse power John Deere Waterloo Gas Engine pumping water.
All four of his daughters have been involved in FFA and 4-H. The two older girls are now married and have given Scott and his wife, born and raised on a farm, seven grandchildren. Activity with the fair led to Scott being named president of the Morrow County Junior Fair Livestock Sale, a post he has held for eight years.
He is a full time employee of the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Describing the positives of farming, Gompf said, “It teaches responsibility makes one appreciate things and it’s a good work ethic.” Gompf is an example of both the good teacher and the good student.
Evelyn Long is a correspondent with the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.