By Beverly Clinkingbeard
Michael “Mike” Green is about as Missourian as they come, for he is a fourth generation farmer in Atchison County. He is the son of Carroll and Dorothy (Matheny) Green, retired farmers near Westboro.
Mike attended Westboro School and is a 1967 graduate of Westboro High School where he participated in school activities and sports. Early on he wanted to be a farmer, but this was an era of the Vietnam conflict. Plans for farming were put on hold when an anticipated draft notice arrived. The U.S. Army claimed time and he was sent to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, for training and then Ft. Lewis, Washington. Next stop was Vietnam, where he spent a year.
Mike wasn’t interested in extending his military time because he wanted to return to Missouri and farm. Prior to receiving his draft notice, Mike met a waitress at a little ice cream shop on the southwest corner of Shenandoah. Sharon, the daughter of Clifford and Maxine Myers, and a graduate of Shenandoah High School, kept the postman busy with letters to and from Vietnam.
After returning home, Mike put his boots into Missouri soil and started farming. He also married Sharon. Together they have experienced the highs and lows that come with farming, but always at heart, remain farmers. They are the parents of Kevin and Angela.
Kevin is also a farmer and married to Denise. They live near Northboro, Iowa. Denise is principal of Clarinda High School. They have four children: Logan, 14 years old, a 9th grader; Lynae, 12 years old, a 6th grader; Levi, 9 years old, a 4th grader; and Lyndie, 8 years old, a 3rd grader. Angela is a transcriptionist for Olathe Medical Center and her husband, Danny, is an electrician for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in Omaha. They live in Glenwood, Iowa, and have three children: Seth, 19 years old, attending Iowa State; Ashley, 17 years old, a junior in high school; and Emma, 11 years old, a 6th grader. Mike and Sharon are particularly proud of their children and grandchildren’s accomplishments and activities.
Mike is a past member of the Westboro School Board, and a current member of the Merrill Smith Legion. He has also been instrumental as a contributing board member of the Atchison County Memorial Building restoration in Rock Port, Missouri, including the installation of the beautiful Veterans’ memorial adjacent to the Memorial Building. Together, Mike and Sharon are active members of Westboro United Methodist Church. They have served on various committees, (including Lord’s Acre Day dinner and festivities), and also in the community. Congratulations, Mike and Sharon! (And they shake their heads and humbly allow, “We’ve been very blessed.”)