Description: Recording made by Dave Thompson (Agricultural Consultant for the Grocery Manufacturers Association of America) on April 29, 1949 in New York City at Ralph Allen’s request. Thompson relates his activities as Farm Advisory for McLean County (February 1915- February 1919), as Executive Secretary of the Illinois Agricultural Association (1919-1922) & as Editorial staff member of radio station WLS (1922-41). He also references the messages sent from Allen and Frank Bill on the recording which can be heard in Part 4 of this series.
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: Phil Alampi (Farm Director of radio station WJZ, where the recording was made)
Related Resources: Allen Family Papers