Description: Recording was made on February 12, 1952 in the Farm Bureau Building at Eureka, Woodford County, Illinois. The speakers are Hugh Brock (Farm Advisor of Woodford County), Lester Davidson (former Director of the ILlinois Agricultural Association), Frank Felder (first man to use the Farm Bureau’s Farm Management Service), Charlie Smith, Louis C. Schurtz, Simon Lantz (former State Senator), W. H. Smith. Ralph Allen acts as moderator. Speakers relate their experiences in establishing the Woodford County Farm Bureau & the Illinois Agricultural Association, in introducing soil treatment and in farming during the early 1900’s.
The second part of this recording can be found here.
Series Description: Ralph Allen Jr. was a student at the University of Illinois, class of 1912. These interviews and audio recordings were made by Ralph Allen Jr., and others at his request, from 1949 to 1967. The digitized audio includes interviews, speeches, and panels discussing research, experimentation and achievements in the fields of agricultural studies, crop sciences and horticulture, mainly regarding corn and soil treatment; agricultural associations in Illinois, specifically the Farm Bureau and the Illinois Agricultural Association; preservation of knowledge and history in agriculture; and personal memories concerning migration to US and student life during the University early years. Notable speakers include Professor Joseph Blair, Paschal and Edith Hatch Allen, James L Reid’s great grandson, Dave Thompson, and Frank W Hatten.
Moderator: Ralph Allen, Jr.
Related Resources: Allen Family Papers