Joshua Booth’s interest in World War II began at the age of 3. While visiting a distant relative’s grave on Memorial Day, Booth’s grandmother told him of her cousin’s time in the service as a gunner on a bomber plane. With his mother’s help, Booth researched further into his relative’s life, and his passion for history was sparked.
“I just like that era in history. It’s the greatest generation probably,” Booth said. “I think we owe a lot to that generation cause they went through the depression and a war.”
In his free time, Booth plans to attend national and international auctions to collect military and historical items. Beyond history, he enjoys watching sports and going to farm auctions. Booth, a freshman studying science and agricultural journalism, also enjoys going to the Baptist Student Union, but is still looking to get more involved at MU.
Before college, Booth attended Cainsville R-1 High School where his graduating class totaled seven people.
“In a small town everybody knows what you do. It makes you more diligent in what you do and the way you act,” Booth said. “I believe it is the best way and place to grow up in.”
His hometown of Cainsville has a population of 286.
He also played in summer baseball leagues and boys’ softball at Cainsville, one of only 20 high schools in northwest Missouri to have boys’ fastpitch softball.
“I liked playing softball because it was the closest thing I could get to baseball at my school,” Booth said.
Missouri is the only state that offers a high school boys’ fastpitch program.
Booth was actively involved in the Cainsville FFA Chapter, serving as the chapter president and showing pigs.
Booth’s interest in agriculture was sparked on his family farm where he raised cattle, pigs and chickens.
“On a farm you learn a lot of things. One thing you do see is a lot of life, but also a lot of death,” Booth said.
He hopes to use his degree as an agricultural journalist to educate and inform the public of the common misconceptions that are associated with agriculture.
“An agricultural journalism degree will help me have a better understanding and purpose about agriculture,” Booth said.
In 10 years, Booth hopes to write for the state fair and raise pigs.
“At the state fair, agriculture is displayed a lot through shows and the people. I want to write about them,” Booth said.
This profile was written by fellow Corner Post writer: Mallory Tucker