Description: This recording was made in 1949-1950 by several individuals at the request of Ralph Allen, Jr. It consists of interviews and recorded messages from those involved in farm advisory work in Illinois in the early 20th century. Speakers include Ralph Allen, Frank Bill, George Iftner, Milo Miller, Ernest Benniman, Jimmy Hoyt, Paul Miller, Eleanor Winkle, Clarence Bale, George Deppert, and Chester G. Starr. Many send greetings and reminiscences to Dave Thompson (whose response can be heard in Part 5) and Chester G. Starr, and comment on the establishment of Tazewell County’s Farm Bureau and progress made in farming.
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.
Interviewer/Moderator: Ralph Allen, Jr.
Date: c. 1949-1950
Related Resources: Allen Family Papers