The Merrill Egg Farm
The Merrill Egg Farm sat on what is now Downtown Eagle. In 1952 Reid Merrill started his poultry farm with a 30 ft by 80 ft laying house and 1000 hens. At that time the eggs were sold to a small dairy farm. Eventually, Merrill’s eggs were sold to most local stores including Albertsons, M&W Markets and Associated Food Stores and also many local restaurants. Eventually, Merrill’s Egg Farm had grown to over 500,000 chickens and was the largest poultry producer in the Northwest. All of the family members worked on the farm. We learned how to work hard and be a part of a team. If our work wasn’t done, the eggs couldn’t be delivered to the stores. It was that simple.
(The large chicken that now sits in his home at Merrill’s park was taken quite a few times to put on a high school rival’s football field or he would take his turn at the Eagle Fun Days Parade as the Farm’s Mascott. ) — I don’t know where this fits.. or if it does.
In 1989, an electrical fire started in one of the buildings and the farm was declared a total loss. The farm was moved over to the 400 acres in Emmett the Merrill’s had purchased a few years prior and the operation was rebuilt. What is now known as Merrill Park was Reid’s generous donation to the community that supported the farm and his family for over 50 years. Every year during Memorial day weekend you must visit the “Flags of Honor” display. This is a program Nancy set up when she was the mayor. It was a way to honor Reid’s service in the army along with all those who have served.
Growing up, my grandpa taught me so many lessons and was a great example of compassion and charity. He was always helping others by offering job to those who needed work and taking in a friend in need for a warm meal. He had time for anyone anytime. I spent many days on the metal chair in his office working side by side and learning endless life lessons. Reid was a hard worker. He was on the farm at sunrise or would start at 5AM loading up his truck for his weekly run to Grainville. (a short 2.5 hours away from Eagle) He ran this exact route at the age of 79 just a couple of days before he had a sudden heart attack. I attribute my work ethic and so many other life lessons that I have had the opportunity to pass along to my children to my grandpa. He is a legend in my book.
The History of the Merrrill Egg Farm in Reid Merrill Park