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St. Louis County Certified Potato Growers Association records

 Collection
Identifier: S6050

Scope and Contents

The records consist of one folder of meeting minutes (May 10, 1935-June 29, 1940), treasurer's reports, a copy of a September 21, 1935 Marketing Agreement, membership list (July 26, 1936), roll call list (members, 1937), audit report (October 27, 1936), Second Annual St. Louis County Certified Potato Growers Recognition Banquet program (May 4, 1938), Agreement cooperative rutabaga and certified seed potato marketing (November 1, 1938), Report of Range Co-operative Federation on Potato Work (July 29, 1940), an August 14, 1941 report/appeal to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation commission for funds for a full-time promotional manager, newspaper clippings (1940-1946, not dated).

Dates

  • 1934-1941

Creator

Biographical / Historical

A Minnesota Potato Growers Association had its third annual meeting in Brainerd, Minnesota on December 6, 7, 1917, where the Northern Minnesota Development Association sponsored the meeting according to an article in the Market Growers Journal: The Market Gardeners Trade Paper, January 15, 1918. There was a juried competition at the event and the St. Louis County Certified Potato Growers Association was a participant. The convention featured the second annual Potato show, boys and girls participation, potato analysis, speakers, and recipes.

It appears that the St. Louis County Certified Potato Growers Association formed in 1935 as the second annual report is dated July 10, 1937; however, the first minutes are from a meeting at Cotton, Minnesota titled 'Agriculture Meeting', dated December 15, 1934. The minutes say "Members present: Agriculture instructors, county agents, and farmers." The discussion on potatoes included: whether to set up a county-wide teachers' advisory board, a county planning commission, can we make potatoes pay, can we compete with other areas, organization, cooperation to sponsor a cooperative potato movement, subsequent meetings, an advisory body, participants, a report on alfalfa, cooperators (railroad, experiment stations, chambers of commerce), county agents, markets local and not, seed, fertilizer, machinery, rotation, acquiring certified seed, buying seed from St. Louis county, seed availability, seed varieties, green manure crops, filing certification with the state, use of corrosive sublimate or mercury acid, buying Bordeaux Mix and Calcium Arsenate, recommendation on makes of diggers, potato storage, shipping potatoes year round, advocating for what type of potato.

Beginning with the second meeting, duplicate proceedings are in Finnish.

The July 26, 1936 Annual Meeting states that "membership is open to any farmer who is a bona fide grower of certified see potatoes or other farm products dealt in by this association – upon application to and approval by the board of directors, including the signing of marketing agreements and upon paying the membership fee of $1.00. (Sec. 1, Art. II, By-laws)." There is a list of 61 members. The annual meeting held July 27, 1937 states that each district elected a director before the annual meeting was to convene. Officers were elected by the pool of directors from the pool of directors.

Members were from: Alango, Alborn, Angora, Brookston, Cook, Cotton, Duluth, Eveleth, Floodwood, French River, Gilbert, Kelsey, Lakewood, Meadowlands, Toivola, Two Harbors (Lake County), Virginia, Zim

A Minnesota Potato Growers Association had its third annual meeting in Brainerd on December 6, 7, 1917, where the Northern Minnesota Development Association sponsored the meeting according to an article in the Market Growers Journal: The Market Gardeners Trade Paper, January 15, 1918. There was a juried competition and the St. Louis County Certified Potato Growers Association was a participant. The convention featured the second annual Potato show, boys and girls participation, potato analysis, speakers, and recipes.

It is unclear when and why the association stopped meeting.

Extent

1.00 Linear Inches

Language of Materials

English

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at libarchives@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8526.

General

This collection is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, but is housed at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives.
Title
Guide to the St. Louis County Certified Potato Growers Association records
Author
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Contact:
Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526