Rural Missouri - MAY 2008 - Hamilton's favorite son I love this article about Mr. J.C. Penney. My Grandpa partnered and managed one of the 8 farms referenced in this article around 1938-1944. The farm was located about 13 mi. north of Gallatin, MO. My mom, along with her 3 other siblings, helped and/or worked on the farm and I always enjoyed her recollections of Mr. Penney and that time in her life.