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The size of Farm Units:
Committee meetings 4--00 m.
HON. W MURPH
Of Wheaton, Minn., President of the W Central Minnesota
Program of Development Meeting
WILLMAR, DECEMBER 13 AND 14
at Kandiyohi County Court House.
Afternoon Session, Friday, December 13.
1. Mi. Hugh J. Hughes, Editor "Farm, Stock and Home."
2. Mr F. L. Cliff, Lawjer and Farmer, Orton-ville.
3. Mr. S. G. Elidson, Banker and Farmer, Montevideo.
The Urgent Pioblem of Farm Laboi:
1. Mr. W. F. Schilling, Faimer, Northfield.
2. Mr F. Woodard, Execuine Seeietary of the Association.
3. Mr. G. E. Baker, District Agncultural Director.
The Problem of Faim Capital and Ciedit:
1. Dean A. F. Woods, Depaitment of Agriculture.
2. Mr. A. O'Buen, Banker, Graceville.
Reception—Willmar Commercial Club, 4-00 to 6-00 p. m.
Evening Session, 8:00 O'clock.
lion. L. 0. Thorpe, Presiding.
A Department of Agriculture Mi. D. A. Wallace, editor "The Farmer"
Soil Fertility Professor Crane, Great Northern Railway
The Task and How It is to be Handled
Mr. F. W. Murphy, Pi evident of the Association
Morning Session, December 14, 8:00 O'clock.
Organizations and Mo\ements to be promoted:
Agent, Big Stone County.
Publicity, Co-operation and Agitation:
1. Town and Country Clubs, Mr. F. F. Marshall, Agricultural Agent,
2. County Farm Bureaus, Mr. A. B. Lathrbp, County- Agricultural
3. Better Horses, Mr. John C. Simpson, Secretary State Fair Board.
1. Local—To enlist activity of everyone, Mr. E. C. Higbie, Superintend-
ent West Central School of Agnculture, Morris.
2. More People, Mr. F. C. Thornton, Banker, Benson.
3. Co-operation of Various State Interests, Mr. C. L. Mosher, Secre-
tary, Federation of Commercial Clubs.
VOLUME 18. 12 PAGES WILLMAR, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4. 1912
Every Progressive Farmer
and Business Man in
These Parts Should
What promises to become the larg
est agricultural meeting ever held at
Willmar and which may lead to the
greatest results yet attempted here,
for securing united effort for the de
velonment of the resources of thi-s
part of the country will take place
at the court house at Willmar on Fri
day and Saturday of next week. A
great deal of interest has already
been manifested, and there promises
to be a large attendance from the six
teen counties of the district. Com
mercial Clubs along the line are con
sidering coming to the meeting in a
body. Locally every farmer and
business man should make it a point
to attend. A glance at the program
given on this page will prove that the
discussions will be led by the most
practical talent available in the
In order that our~readers may
know something more about the West
Central Minnesota Development As
sociation which is planning this big
meeting, we publish the following
sketch furnished us by courtesy of
E. C. Higbie, Secretary of the Asso
The reasons for the existence of
the West Ceneral Minnesota Devel
opment Association are important.
(A)—The section of the state cov
ered by the organization has several
problems facing it among which are:
1. A rapid increase in tenancy.
2. Rural depopulation.
3. Increased size of farms.
4. Loss of soil fertility and an
enormous increase in foul
seed due to the long continu
ed use of extensive methods
of grain production.
5. Lack of proper social and
(B)—The section needs immediate
1. Procuring more land owning
2. Planning scientific systems
of crop rotations.
3. Increasing quality and quan
tity of stock.
4. Perfecting community organ
ization to promote town and
country co-operation and bet
ter social and educational
The organization in co-operatioa
with the State and National Depart
ments of Agriculture has developed
doring the last six months the fol
(A)—The association has employ
ed an erecutive secretary who is giv
ing his entire time to:
1. Organizing town and country
clubs, arousing local interest
and obtaining co-operative
action among the vario'i^
2. Raising monev in each coun
ts to get agricultural agents
into the fields.
3. Promote outside publicity to
interest men and capital in
West Central Minnesota op
(B)—In co-operation with the
State and National Departments of
Agriculture and the Council of Grain
Exchanges the Association is plac
ing agricultural agents in all counties
that will raise $1200 locally to help
pay the expenses of the work. So
far seven men have been employed
for the following counties: Traverse.
Bi» Stone, Stevens, Grant, Swift,
Po^e and Otter Tail. These men
spend their time in their respective
fields promoting the following activ
1. Inducing farmers to purchase
more and better stock.
2. Organizing stock breeder
and cow testing associations.
,3. Urging corn and seed grain
.selection for purity and bet-
Farming and Commercial Interests of Sixteen
Minnesota Counties Will Be Represented
at Willmar Friday Afternoon and
Saturday Morning of Next Week.
A Great Array of Agricultural Editors
and Experts Will Lead Discussion.
ncultural agents and directmg them
in their work is the District Director
This man is in turn under the direc
tion of the State and National De
partment of Agriculture and respon
«.ible to them. This maintains a close
connection of the field work with the
DEVELOPMENT RALLY AT WILLMAR DEC 13-14
Arranging clearance lists of
pure bred products to fac
ilitate local exchange.
Giv ins: individual farmers
help on specific problems
such as laying out farms for
scientific crop rotation sys
Organizing farm clubs for
social and educational advan
Aiding rural schools in in
dustrial lines of work.
-In charge of the county ag-
The problem involves the awaken
ing of our own people to the needs,
the possibilities and a union of ef
fort. Besides this it also involves
the calling of the attention of men
other states to the recognized op
portunities that West Central Min
nesota has to offer.
The West Central Minnesota Devel
The West Central Minnesota De
velopment Association was formally
organized at Glenwood, May 27,
1912. A preliminary meeting was
held at Morris, February 22 for the
purpose of discussing some of the
problems facing our section of the
state. Big Stone, Traverse, Wilkin,
Grant, Pope, Swift and Stevens
counties had delegates at this orig
inal gathering. After considerable
serious consideration of West Cen
tral Minnesota needs it was decided
that the time was opportune to pro
mote a union of effort in a large way.
first, to call attention of our own
people to the needs and, secondly, :o
devise methods of nroeedure that
would help to solve those needs. Ac
cordingly a committee of eight, W.
H. Goetzinger, Elbow Lake J. L.
MeLaury, Glenwood F. W. Murph^
Wheaton L. O. Thorpe, Willmar F.
C. Thornton, Benson A. B. Kaerch
er, Ortonville J. C. Morrison, Mor
ris E. C. Higbie, Morris, were ap
pointed to make plans for the prop a.:
kind of an organization to do the
work suggested. F. W. Murohy of
Wheaton was elected to the Presi
dency, J. L. MeLaury of Glenwood
and L. O. Thorpe of Willmar were
chosen as Vice Presidents, E. C.
Higbie of Morris, Secretary, and F.
C. Thornton of Benson, Treasurer.
Beside the above the President was
authorized to appoint an executi/e
committee consisting of a represen
tative from each county.
Plans were soon completed for the
second meeting of the Association to
be held at Glenwood in May. A splen
did program was carried out and the
Association formally started in its
THE OBJECT OF THE ASSOCIA-
As above stated the object of the
Association is two-fold. "To arouse
people to the necessity of action and
to devise means for a proper union
of effort to solve the questions at is
sue. Three needs were selected for
1. The need for more land-own
2. The need for better seed and
3. The need for a spirit of co-op
eration between town and country.
THE PLAN OF ACTION.
In order to get something done and
waste no more time than necessary
in mere discussion it was- decided to
engage an executive secretary who
would go into each county'and raise
the necessary funds to give the as
sociation an adequate support and to
:ie county agricultural agents for
each county. The State and Nation
al Governments and the Association
of Grain Exchanges were ready to
match a thousand or more dollars in
any county that would raise the mon
ey for the work. Men present from
the various counties assured the as
sociation that there would be no
question, but that the offer would be
accepted in their respective localities.
WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOM
A campaign in each county was be
gun in June by the Secretary. He
went into various towns and conferr
ed with commercial clubs explaining
the scheme in detail and asking for
co-operation. In most every instance
the plan was heartily endorsed anl
committees appointed to aid in th»
work. Later an executive secretary
was hired who again went into the
eounties and at the present tune sev
en agricultural agents are workiaj:
in the following counties: Stevens,
Traverse, Big Stone, Swift, Grant,
Pope, Otter Tail.
Mr. F. F. Marshall was the first
County Agricultural Aeent on the
field. Since Sept. 1st, Mr. Marshall's
whole time has been devoted to get
ting acquainted with the people and
conditions in Traverse county, and in
assisting to remedy adverse condi
tions wherever possible. He has aid
ed the Fair managers very much by
helping them arrange their exhibits
by judging the stock and by valuable
suggestions. Earlier in the fall Mr.
Marshall did much towards getting
the farmers to select their seed corn.
His work along this line alone will
mean hundreds of dollars to Trav
erse countv next year. He has be
gun the formation of Community
Breeder's Clubs. That is to say, he
is getting groups of farmers who live
near each other to agree to raise
some one kind of stock and to use
onlv pure blood sires on their herds.
Where possible he is having each man
in such a group buy a pure blood
sire and after he has used him on his
own herd until there is danger of in
breeding, the plan is to have him
exchange for the pure blood animal
which his neighbor has been usino
thus saving them both the a ex
pense of new animals. After these
Clubs have been formed he proposes
to keep them at work by suggesting
that they test their herds to elimin
ate the non-profitable animals. Too
many farmers are feeding cows who
are causing them large annual loss
es but without knowing it. A more
general use of Mr. Marshall's simple
method of testing herds will save
thousands of dollars each year to
the farmers of Traverse county.
Then, he is getting a large number
to lay out their farms in a good five
year rotation of crops. He goes out
with the farmer and together thiv
nlan the best method of laying out
that particular farm. A good system
of crop rotation will do much to clear
a man's farm of noxious weeds and
will at the same time conserve and
frequently increase the fertility oi
the soil If a large number of farm
ers in a community all rotate their
crons they can practically eradicate
most of the foul seeds which now
cause so much trouble and loss.
Mr. Marshall is arranging for .1
number of school house meetings this
winter in co-operation with the Coun
ty Supt. of Schools and the local
teachers. The object of these meet
ings will be to promote better social
relationships and at the same time to
get various committees to working
together for better farm conditions.
At some of the meetings he proposes
to show the children of the school
how to test seed corn, so that the^
may later aid their father in testing
seed. The men back of Mr. Marshall
who are supporting him financially
and otherwise are convinced that
two or three years' service will prove
him the best monev saving asset in
the whole county.
Mr. Hawk besran work in Stevens
county October 1st. Beside getting
acquainted all over the county he has
aided in planning farm buildings and
building sites, he is organizing stocK
breeder's associations, getting in a
earload of dairy cattle for farmers
in the vieinity of Hancock and work
in? up interest in other sections of
the country for the same thing. Plans
are completed for holding three-day
institutes in all of the towns of the
county as well as a rural school
Mr. Lathrop of Big Stone has in
terested his county in stock so that
they have purchased the first car
load and have funds guaranteed for
Mr. Carlsted of Swift county has
just written that one community is
readv for a carload also. In stock
lines alone through these and simil
ar influences West Central Minnesota
has since the first of the year im
norted or completed plans for the
importation of eight carloads of pure
bred and high grade animals.
The work above outlined is only a
beginning and will lead to many dif
ferent things of value. In order
co-ordinate and obtain the best re
sults, plans for County Farm Bur
eaus are being worked out. These
bureaus will consist of a central or
ganization having a president, secre
tary, treasurer and executive com
mittee. Departments as follows will
have charge of the various phases
A Department of Live Stock.
A Department of Corn and Small
A Department of Highways.
A Department of Fruit and Prairie
A Department of Public Affairs
A Department of Farm Plans.
A Department of Rural Schools.
A Department for Farm Women.
In order to facilitate exchange of
pure bred products, clearance lists
will be printed and freely distributed
in the various counties.
A second form of organization is
also taken up. This is known as a
Town and Country Club. Its object
is to promote the interests of the
town and the surrounding farming
community rather than each separ
ately. It endeavors to break down
the old division between these two
interests. Herman, Minnesota was
one of the first communities to com-
Map showing State of Minnesota. The shaded portions show counties of the
West Central Minnesota Development Association.
plete this type of organization.
The time is indeed opportune for
the whole movement. One can scarce
ly find a community where one will
not obtain a ready response. The
work is well begun, but only begun,
and the present leaders are only ask
ing that everyone look into it and
help push it along. The meetings
planned for this winter are for the
purpose of getting every portion of
West Central Minnesota awakened
to the possibilities and active parti
cipants in the game. Come to the
Willmar meeting and catch the spirit.
(Signed) E C. HIGBD3,
The Little Helper's Society of the
Sw. Baptist church will hold their an
nual meeting in the Sunday school
room next Friday, Dec. 6, at eight
o'clock. A program will be rendered
after which refreshments will be
served. Everybody is welcome.
Mrs. John Weedall of Minneapolis
arrived yesterday to be the guests of
the Andrew Bjorsell home.
The marriage of Mr. B. Harvey of
Thief River Falls to Miss Lizzie
Rosmon of Raymond occurred at
Grand Forks, N. D., Thanksgiving
day. The bride is well known in thin
city. She has a host of friends who
wish her and the man of her choice
a happy wedded life. They will make
their home at Thief River Falls.
Dr. and Mrs. M. Russell Wilcox
and son Russell, spent Thanksgiving
in this city, guests of Dr. and Mrs.
E. Harold Frost. Dr. Wilcox return
ed to Minneapolis Friday. Mrs. Wil
cox and son left Saturday.
Mrs. C. E. Gerretson entertained
at her home on Becker avenue a com
pany of little children at 5 o'clock
dinner Friday evening, Nov. 29, in
honor of her little sons, Donald and
Miss Julia Booth, one of the teach
ers of the S Cloud Normal returned
Monday, after a pleasant vacation,
spent at the home of her sister, Mrs.
W. D. Wiggins.
KANDIYOHI LIVE STOCK BREEDERS' MEETING
Saturday Afternoon, December 14.
The following program has been arranged by the County Live Stock
Breeders for their First Annual Meeting to be held at the Court House Sat
urday afternoon, December 14th:
Need of Live Stock Improvement
Prof. H. R. Smith of Minnesota College of Agriculture
Community Breeding of Dairy Cattle W. F. Schilling, Northfield
Wisconsin County Breeders' Association
F. C. Sehroeder, Wisconsin Agricultural College
This program is to follow the program given by the W st Central Devel
opment Association. Both of these meetings, coming together, should bring
out the biggest body of farmers ever assembled in the county. It will be a
big meeting. Every farmer should be sure to attend.
We are now disposing of our winter vC
hats at a sacrifice of our profits.
Ladies, do not fail to call and see our. s?
line of artistically trimmed creations,
in all styles and color
Early callersget thebest
Miss Alnur Halvoi^ Muliner