In the spring of 1905, while attending a Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Bible study, a group of seven men studying agriculture at the University of Missouri-Columbia enjoyed one another’s fellowship so much that they decided to organize a club, rent a house, and live together.
The home in which these men resided soon became known as “the Farmer’s House” in a slightly derogatory manner, due to the men’s rural background. However to these seven men the farm home was always a place of welcome, of fellowship and of camaraderie with friends and family at the end of a long day’s work. With this sense of pride for the farm home in mind, they decided to choose the name FarmHouse. And in so doing, align the letters with the central principles of the new brotherhood - Faith, Ambition, Reverence, Morality, Honesty, Obedience, Unity, Service and Excellence.
They choose the motto “Builders of Men” - knowing that collectively they would improve one another be build as men from their fraternal bond and that they would do so around a balanced life of four-development focused on scholastic, social, spiritual and physical growth. FarmHouse Fraternity was founded on April 15, 1905.
Many a night, this dear old bunch assembled with gravest doubts assailing them, and they wondered if it was all worthwhile," Founding Father D. Howard Doane wrote in his diary. "There seemed to be so many reasons for saying 'no' and only one for saying 'yes'. That one yes was so big it always won … (for) an agreement had been made, (our) word had been pledged—it could not be broken. The spirit of honor, the sacredness of a pledge and a determination to 'carry on' that which was begun carried us over those first hard years.