Description: This recording concerns the dedication of the James L. Reid Memorial for yellow dent corn in Delavan, IL, on Sept. 10, 1955. Excerpts are read from University of Illinois Professor of Plant Genetics Robert W. Jugenheimer’s remarks. The recording of the program includes a welcome by Delavan’s mayor, introductions of those present, comments by Dean Louis B. Howard on the role of the University of Illinois, an introduction by Ralph Allen Ralph Allen, Jr. of the Reid family, and remarks from Ralph Allen, Jr., Prof. R.W. Jugenheimer, Dr. Kenyan C. Paing of the Michigan State University Corn Foundation, Mr. Clifford Walton Jr., James L. Reid’s great grandson, and Mr. George Ifter, former farm advisor of Tazewell County.
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.
Related Resources: Allen Family Papers