Charles Roy Henderson


Charles Roy Henderson was the first of four sons of Arthur James and Maud McMichael Henderson. One sister died at an early age. Charles Roy was born on the Henderson farm in Morton Township in Page County near Coin in southwest Iowa. He was forever proud of Page County and of growing up on a diversified farm with dairy cows and pigs, and with horses used for farm operations. Henderson was active both in 4-H and Future Farmers of America, which honored him as Iowa’s Farmer of the Year during his final year in high school.

He was probably even better known in Page County for his athletic achievements, which began at an early age. At one Page County Farm Bureau picnic he entered and won three consecutive races: for twelve and under, fourteen and under, and sixteen and under. The rules were changed the next year to be races for ages ten to twelve, thirteen to fourteen, and fifteen to sixteen! In addition to being the main member of the Coin High School track team, he was also the center of the basketball team when basketball still required a center jump after each score.