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Grundy County Farm Bureau Records, 1853-1989 | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: Grundy County Farm Bureau Records, 1853-1989

ID: RHC/RC/106

Extent: 5.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 08/28/1980. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Agriculture, American Farm Bureau Federation, Farm supply industries, Grundy County (Ill.), Grundy County Agricultural Society, Grundy County Farm Bureau (Grundy County, Ill.), Grundy Producers Supply, Grundy Refrigerated Locker Association, Morris (Ill.)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Grundy County Farm Bureau Records document a substantial portion of its history from its inception in 1914 to 1970.  A complete set of meeting minutes (1914-1970) details the business concerns of Bureau members providing advice and services to farmers in planning and organizing their farm businesses.  Topics discussed at these meetings ranged from improved crop-raising techniques and disease control to farm legislation being considered at the state and national levels.  Audit reports (1924-1970) comprise a second major series of the collection and contain income and expense information illustrating the annual financial condition of the Bureau.  Additional detailed financial data is recorded in a set of general financial ledger books for the Farm Bureau’s later years, 1950-1970.

The collection also includes records from The Grundy County Producers Supply.  Organized in 1961, this cooperative distributed serum and biological supplies for the Farm Bureau.  The meeting minutes (1961-1970), audit reports, and ledgers completely document this affiliate’s history until its demise in 1970.  Audit reports from a second affiliate, the Grundy Refrigerated Locker Association, contain financial data for this organization from 1949-1958.  Unfortunately, other Locker Association records are missing from the collection.  Finally, a minute book from the nineteenth-century Grundy County Agricultural Society traces the movement of that group toward advancing the mechanics of agriculture in Grundy County.

Researchers should note the collection provides very few supplementary materials such as booklets or programs.

Collection Historical Note

On April 1, 1914, Mr. C.H. Root called a meeting of farmers in Morris, Illinois to form an association to advise and educate the agricultural community on crop breeding and seeding, soil cultivation, and livestock inoculation.  The Farmer’s Soil and Crop Improvement Association elected Fred Harford, President; M. Wilcox, Vice-President; Charles Dirst, Treasurer; and C.H. Root, Secretary.  On September 1, 1921, the members changed the organization’s name to the Grundy County Farm Bureau.

During its history, the Grundy County Farm Bureau expanded its advisory function in agricultural techniques to include economic and legislative education for local farmers.- Bureau field advisors enlightened farmers on issues of price fluctuations, livestock shipping, fuel taxes, and road improvements.  In later years, the Farm Bureau created affiliates to provide other essential commodities and services.  Established in 1938, the Grundy Refrigerated Locker Association offered a method for cold storage of meats, fruits, and vegetables.  In 1961, the Grundy Producers Supply handled biological supplies for livestock disease control.  The Bureau also sponsored social functions such as county picnics, county fair exhibits, and agricultural youth clubs.

Located in Morris, Illinois, the Grundy County Farm Bureau continues to provide many services and benefits to the local agricultural community.

Subject/Index Terms

American Farm Bureau Federation
Farm supply industries
Grundy County (Ill.)
Grundy County Agricultural Society
Grundy County Farm Bureau (Grundy County, Ill.)
Grundy Producers Supply
Grundy Refrigerated Locker Association
Morris (Ill.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: An addendum was added in June 1991.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are the Grundy County Farm Bureau; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mr. Milford Bjelland

Acquisition Method: Mr. Milford Bjelland deposited the Grundy County Farm Bureau Records in the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on August 28, 1980.

Related Materials: Related collections held by the Regional History Center include the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Records (RC 52), Kane County Farm Bureau Records (RC 76), Winnebago Farm Bureau Co-op Records ( RC 7 9) , DuPage County Farm Bureau Records (RC 87) , North Corn Belt Seed Growers, Inc. Records (RC 90) , Carroll County Farm Bureau Records (RC 96), Kendall County Farm Bureau Records (RC 103), and Kendall Grundy Service Company Records (RC 105).

Related Publications: John .J. Lacey’s Farm Bureau in Illinois: History of Illinois Farm Bureau (Illinois Agricultural Association: Bloomington, 1965) may also be useful to researchers.

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Folder 1: 75 Year History, 1914-1989
Folder 2-6: Minutes, 1970-1979
Folder 7: Minute Highlights, 1970-1984
Folder 8: Grundy County Annual Meetings, 1979-1981, 1983-1988
Folder 9: Annual Reports, November 30, 1921-November 30, 1923
Folder 10: Officer and Directors Lists, 1960-1989
Folder 11: Press Release, 1941
Folder 12: Photographs, 1973-1976
Folder 13: Farm Bureau News, 1926-1962
Box 11
Folder 1-2: Grundy County Farm Bureau News, 1971-1989

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