We hope by now you’ve gotten a sense of who we are and how we do things around here- little bit of crazy, a whole lot of love and most importantly dedication to you our High Cotton Family.
But what you might not know about us is the why. The roots of our business really trace back to Biggsville Illinois with a man who is special beyond words, Ray Fogarty. He was kind, he was patient, and he is the reason we are here today.
Ray and his parents purchased the Fogarty Farm when he was just a teenager. He worked day in and out and even after the passing of both his parents- he built the farm into the booming corn, soybean, cattle and pig farm it is today.
Eventually his one and only child came along, Tricia; she and her father worked together on the farm like two peas in a pod (pun intended). Days started early, lasted long, and hard work was the name of the game. Ray taught his daughter everything about life and the farm- from the value of genuine hard work, the importance of kindness and always “leaving people and things better than when you found them.”
It is this way of life and mindset that Tricia has brought to High Cotton and has been at the heart of what she wanted this store to be like, even when it was still a pipe dream.
Her most fond memories are of the two of them and their farm adventures. Our favorite story is when young Tricia snuck into the feedlot to visit the newborn pigs despite her fathers warning of the piglets’ protective mothers. Just as her father had warned the sow chased her right up onto the roof. After hours of being stuck – Ray came to the rescue. Instead of being angry- in true Ray fashion he laughed and distracted the pigs giving Tricia time to escape. (Bet she was glad pigs weren’t flying for her yet.) Don’t you just love the image of boss lady stranded on a roof surrounded by angry mama pigs? We sure do!
These stories and this way of life run deep for us at High Cotton- its in everything we do from the way we say hello to the way we put in whatever it takes to be the best we can.
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