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Journal, Classification of Purchases (1 volume)



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Collection Overview

Title: Will-DuPage Service Company Records, 1927-1973

ID: RHC/RC/094

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 04/15/1980

Subjects: Agriculture, American Farm Bureau Federation, DuPage County (Ill), DuPage County Farm Supply, Farm Bureau, Farm supply industries, Will-DuPage Service Company, Will County (Ill), Will County Farm Supply, WILL DU Enterprises

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These records partially document the business activities of the Will-DuPage Service Company in Joliet, Illinois from 1927 to 1973. Included are minutes of the Board of Directors (1927-1970), auditor’s reports (1966-1972), balance books (1943-1967), a journal of purchases (1969-1970), and photographic documentation of company activities and membership (1955-1973).  Of special note are records relating to the short-lived subsidiary of the Service Company, Will Du Enterprises, Incorporated.  The records include minutes and auditor’s reports from 1967 to 1973. For complementary materials, researcher's may wish to consult the following collections: the DuPage County Farm Bureau Collection (RC87), the Winnebago Farm Bureau Co-op Collection (RC79), the Kane County Farm Bureau Collection (RC76), and the Carroll County Farm Bureau Collection (RC96).

Collection Historical Note

In the early 1920’s, Farm Bureau oil companies were established throughout the state of Illinois to provide fuel for farm machinery.  On February 16, 1927, the Will County Farm Bureau met to discuss the possibilities of organizing a local oil company in Joliet, Illinois.  A decision was made to form the Will County Farm Supply Company.  Members of the Farm Bureau Executive Committee were appointed to the Board of Directors of the new cooperative.  They included Mr. William Webb, President; Mr. J. W. Paterson, Vice-President; Mr. Royal Dixon, Secretary-Treasurer.  Also appointed as directors were: Mr. M. J. Patterson, Mr. Arthur States, and Mr. Mark McClure.  On October 1, 1927, the Will County Farm Supply Company began operations.

In its early years, the Farm Supply Company enjoyed immediate success.  With emphasis on growth and expansion, Will County Farm Supply Company merged with DuPage County Farm Supply in 1935 to form the Will-DuPage Service Company.  Expansion continued during the 1950’s with the purchase of a feed, seed, and fertilizer business known as Will County Cooperative, Incorporated.  In 1966, the WILL DU Enterprises, Incorporated was organized as a subsidiary of the service company to promote the production and marketing of poultry eggs, and livestock.  This subsidiary ceased operations in 1973.

Today the company continues to operate as a major distributor of farm supplies for Farm Bureau members in the Will-DuPage County area.

Subject/Index Terms

Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Federation
DuPage County (Ill)
DuPage County Farm Supply
Farm Bureau
Farm supply industries
Will-DuPage Service Company
Will County (Ill)
Will County Farm Supply
WILL DU Enterprises

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

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

Use Restrictions: Property rights to the records belong to the Will-DuPage Service Company; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mr. Robert Van Dyke

Acquisition Method: Mr. Robert Van Dyke, manager of the Will-DuPage Service Company, deposited the records of the company with the Regional History Center on April 15, 1980.

Related Materials: For complementary materials, researcher’s may wish to consult the following collections: the DuPage County Farm Bureau Collection (RC 87), the Winnebago Farm Bureau Co-op Collection (RC 79), the Kane County Farm Bureau Collection (RC 76), and the Carroll County Farm Bureau Collection (RC 96).


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[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Volume 1: Journal, Classification of Purchases (1 volume), 1969-1970],
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Box 1
Folder Volume 1-5: Minutes, Will-DuPage County Service Company (5 volumes), 1927-1970
Missing Minutes from 1947-1952 and 1967
Access Restriction: Missing 1947-1952, 1967
Folder Volume 6: Corporate Record Book, WILL DU Enterprises (1 volume), 1966-1973
Box 2
Folder 1-16: Auditors' Reports, Will-DuPage County Service Company, October 1927-October 1972
Folder 17-18: Auditors' Reports, WILL DU Enterprises, October 1966-October 1972
Box 3
Volume  1-10: Trial Balances, Will-DuPage County Service Company (10 volumes), 1943-1967
Volume  11: Seed Manufacturing Inventory (1 volume), 1967-1969
Volume  12-13: Product Manuals (2 volumes), 1955-1963
Volume  14-15: Supplies Catalogs (2 volumes), 1934-1938
Envelope 1-3: Photographs, Identified (16 prints; 48 prints), 1935-1973; no date
Volume  1: Journal, Classification of Purchases (1 volume), 1969-1970


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