John C. Burtner earned a degree in horticulture from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1923 and a year later became a faculty member in the OAC Industrial Journalism Department. Burtner held various positions at OAC including journalism instructor, Director of the College News Bureau, and Extension Service Editor until his death in 1950. Noted for his award-winning writing on agricultural topics, Burtner published a number of articles in national farming magazines such as the Country Gentleman. Burtner's photographic work was featured in Life and Look magazines. John Cole Burtner was born in Pennsylvania in 1895; he died in Corvallis on December 22, 1950.
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