Howard H. Harrington*
Blackfoot resident Howard H. Harrington became part of the 2014 Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame honoring his more than fifty years working with the agriculture community of southeastern Idaho.
The owner of Rockymountain Machinery Company, a top farm machinery dealership in Blackfoot, Harrington’s motto “service above self” is reported to be what made RMC a top dealership. He has been well respected and admired for the way he has worked with farmers and ranchers. He is known for his business skills and as a friend to all of agriculture. By 1990 the business had grown to a staff of 25 people including three of Howard’s sons.
Harrington has been very involved in community activities. He is a contributor to local rodeos, FFA and 4-H youth programs, Elks, Lions and the Japanese American Citizens League. He has also been a strong supporter of the Eastern Idaho State Fair by donating trucks and trailers for floats in the parade and tractors for harrowing the race tracks. Harrington was also on the committee that established the Potato Expo in Blackfoot.
Harrington has been involved in agriculture since moving to southeastern Idaho in 1961. He has not only sold equipment, but he has personally gone out in the fields to determine what equipment would work best for different farms. He has often provided equipment to farmers free of cost if during harvest a piece of equipment needs repair. He has frequently worked nights helping farmers with their harvests without expecting to be paid.
Along with his wife, Louise, he continues to make his home in the Blackfoot area. He can still be found out in the field visiting with farmers and always has his gloves, hat and overalls ready to go to work wherever he goes.