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FARMERS COOPERATIVE GRAIN ELEVATOR TURNS 100

 


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FARMERS COOPERATIVE GRAIN COMPANY OF KINDE TURNS 100

CRAIG ROUTZAHN




      THE FARMERS COOPERATIVE GRAIN COMPANY OF KINDE IS CELEBRATING A MILESTONE AS THE FARMER OWNED COOPERATIVE TURNS 100 YEARS OLD. LEN FISHER, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE FARMERS COOP TOLD US THAT THEY HAVE OPERATED BASICALLY FROM THEIR ONE SITE IN KINDE THE WHOLE TIME, SINCE MARCH 25TH, 1914. THEY DO HAVE A SATELLITE OFFICE IN ELKTON. THEY SURVIVED TWO MAJOR FIRES THROUGH THE YEARS, ONE IN THE 1930S WHEN A FIRE AT A NEIGHBORING BUSINESS SPREAD TO THE FARMERS COOP, AND THEN A MAJOR FIRE IN THE LATE 1970'S WHERE THEY RETURNED THE FAVOR AND THE FIRE THAT STARTED AT THE FARMERS COOP SPREAD TO A NEIGHBORING BUSINESS.   THE BUSINESS HAS GROWN THROUGH THE YEARS, STARTING WITH GRAIN, WORKING IN TO THE FEED BUSINESS, THEN PETROLEUM, ADDING LATER; LUMBER AND HARDWARE IN THE EARLY 80'S. THEY HAVE A GAS STATION, PROPANE DELIVERY AND CUSTOM APPLICATION OF FERTILIZERS. ITS GROWTH THE FOUNDERS OF THE FARMERS COOPERATIVE GRAIN COMPANY COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED.   FISHER SAID THEY DON'T HAVE ANY SPECIAL PLANS FOR TUESDAY AT THIS TIME, BUT THEY WERE PLANNING AN OBSERVANCE THIS SUMMER IN AUGUST.




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THE FARMERS COOP GRAIN COMPANY'S GAS STATION TODAY











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THE FARMERS COOP GRAIN COMPANY'S GAS STATION IN THE 1950'S...NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE? MAYBE THE PRICE OF GAS...OR THE VEHICLE?










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THE ELEVATOR'S OFFICE BEFORE 1914









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MCCORMICK DAYS IN JUNE OF 1910









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THIS PICTURES IS OF THE STOCKYARD AND HOTEL







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KINDE'S MAIN STREET LOOKING TOWARD THE WEST







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THE CAPTION SAYS IT ALL...THE BRADIE SCOOPMOBILE DURING THE 1947 BLIZZARD.














PICTURES COURTESY OF PASTA HOUSE




 

 

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