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Allamakee County Farm Bureau

In 1918, a group of farmers wanted to better themselves, their families, their industry and their state. So they joined forces with other community leaders and formed a general farm organization called the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation ...... from the Iowa Farm Bureau website


Waukon, Ia., Feb 18 - Allamakee Farm Bureau is now a permanent organization. The meeting was called to order by D.D. Honan, who was president of the [illegible] organization and all but the following named townships were represented: Union City, Waterloo, Ludlow, Franklin, Linton and Fairview. Mr. Lucas of the States Relation Services was present and made a strong appeal for the support of the government in the present war.

On mention the following nominations were ratified by the meeting:
President, Frank Kelleher, of Lafayette township
Vice president, Ben D. Helming of Union Prairie township
Secretary, Theodore Gronna of Paint Creek township
Treasurer, A.J. Laughlin, French Creek township
Also the following directors:
C. [illegible], Lansing
P.J. Quillin, Makee
Chas Barthell, Union Prairie
John Ronster, Iowa
T.W. Mullaney, Jefferson
Lewis Drake, Center
C.P. Nierling, French Creek
Paul Topel, Post
H.A. Hendrickson, Paint Creek
John Brennan, Taylor
T.W. Kernan, Lafayette
On motion, ? Ophelm, John Hermanson and A.?. Steffen were elected directors from their respective townships of Hanover, Waterloo and Ludlow. The articles of incorporation and by-laws were read and adopted and the secretary was ordered to supply all members with a copy of them.

~Cedar Rapids Republican, February 19, 1918
~contributed by S. Ferrall


Allamakee co. Farm Bureau Notes from various newspapers around the county


B.D. Helming, President
A.I. Steffen, Vice president
Theodore Gronna, secretary
J.H. Simmons, treasurer

Theodore Gronna was chosen as a delegate to attend the State Convention with P.J. Quillin as alternate. Thomas Corcoran, Thomas Farley and Henry Opfer were the new directors elected.


Theodore Gronna, president
E.L.Saberson, vice president
A.I. Steffen, secretary
John Simmons, treasurer

B.D. Helming was appointed representative to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation meeting for next year and D.D. Ronan was appointed alternate.


Fred Straate, President
E.M. Phipps, Vice president
Harvey L. Stock, Secretary
Ove T. Roe, Treasurer


Many new members have come to the Allamakee County Farm Bureau since the membership campaign last September. The increased interest and knowledge of the organization is convincing Allamakee county farmers that the Farm Bureau is an organization substantiated by members who are combining their efforts to solve the agricultural problems. The following new members have enrolled in the Farm Bureau for 1928 since the membership drive:
John Hill, Lafayette
Warren O'Brien, Ludlow
John Delaney, Hanover
J.W. Rolfs, Post
A. Rudnick, Iowa
Clarence Shrogren, Center
John P. Ferring, Center
E.L. Palmer, Linton
James F. McCormick, Fairview
J.H. Snitker, Paint Creek

~Postville Herald, January 19, 1928
~contributed by S. Ferrall


Allamakee No. 1 C. T. A. Report.
The association for the month of April made a very good showing with an average of 564 pounds milk and 20.4 pounds of butterfat. The herds that averaged 30 pounds of butterfat are as follows: John Sivesind’s, 35.1 lbs. butterfat; John Haas’, 34.2 lbs.; Leslie Kerndt’s, 30.6 lbs.

Change of Articles of Incorporation.
A meeting has been called by Paul Hager, President of the Allamakee County Farm Bureau, for May 16 at 2:00 P. M. at the City Hall, Waukon, for the purpose of changing the articles of incorporation of the bureau, so as to comply with the clarification law, which was passed at the last state legislature session.

~Allamakee Journal & Lansing Mirror, May 15, 1929
~contributed by Ann Krumme


The following are the newly appointed township directors of the Allamakee County Farm bureau:

Harney Schultz, Post
Charles Hirichs, French Creek
Gus Gruber, Union Prairie
Ben J. Schulte, Waterloo
George J. Stirn, Lansing
Ben Hartley, Union city
Otto Knuppe, Makee
Sever Severson, Hanover
John P. Ferring, Center
Eugene Mooney, Lafayette
Paul F. Meier, Ludlow
Fred Renne, Jefferson
Theodore Jacobson, Paint Creek
August Laufer, Taylor
Harva O. Miller, Franklin
John Moses, Linton
Joe P. Larkin, Fairview

~Allamakee Journal & Lansing Mirror, December 31, 1930
~contributed by Ann Krumme



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