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Eugene Funk
Eugene Funk
Resource Typeimage
TitleEugene Funk
Coverage / Yearc. 1910
DescriptionThis is a portrait of Eugene Funk, who began breeding and selling corn seed. He was a noted seedsman who pioneered the use of hybrid corn. He was the son of LaFayette Funk, co-founder and director the Chicago Union Stockyards.
InterpretationEugene Funk started breeding seed that would grow rapidly, called Funks 90-Day corn, but many farmers were skeptical of bought seed. Advertising was necessary. His company, Funk Brothers Seed Company, became a major business.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; Communities and Geography; American Communities in History
Learning Standards15 Economics; 16 History; 18 Social systems
Author or CreatorMcLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill.
Other ContributorsWalters, William D, Jr., 1942-
Source'The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County,' by William D. Walters Jr.; ISBN 0-943788-15-3 (1997)
Subject / KeywordsMcLean County, Illinois; Corn; Seed trade; Portrait photographs; Farms; Funk, Eugene Duncan, 1867-1944
Collection PublisherMcLean County Museum of History
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource Identifiermch0286; IL MCLEAN AGR WAL - Figure 5:4a, p. 62
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