REFUSES TO ENTER IOWA CORN CONTEST-1931
STANEK, PHILLIPS, WILHELM
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Date: 3/1/2017 at 14:22:19
Dubuque Telegraph Herald – November 1, 1931
CHAMPION REFUSES TO
ENTER IOWA CORN CONTEST
Fort Dodge, Ia. Oct 31. – Fred Stanek, of Fort Dodge, four time national corn husking champion, announced today that he would not enter the state contest at Nevada, Iowa next week.
Stanek gave as his reason that Lee Phillips, Oklahoma oil man, had not paid the $1,000 award Stanek said he offered the winner at last year’s national competition at Horton, Kans.
In a letter to the County Farm Bureau agent here, Phillips stated that he made no public announcement of the prize offer, and had only “discussed” it with A. M. Hyde, secretary of Agriculture.
Farm papers sponsoring the annual contests, disapprove offers by outsiders, Phillips added in his letter.
The Fort Dodge man who was drawn from a two year retirement from husking corn by Phillips’ offer, said he feel the $100 offer by far, magazines from the state and national contests do not compensate a winner for the time taken from farm duties.
The state contest is set for Nov. 6, a week before the national contest, to be conducted on the Clyde Wilhelm farm west of Grundy Center.
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