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50 leaders met in 1923 to create Farm Bureau

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:10 am

Editor’s note: The following article first appeared in The Elk Valley Times’ Millennium Edition published on Jan. 1, 2000. To read the rest of the story from our archives, just click here

On June 7, 1923, a group of 50 Lincoln County farmers, headed by D.L. Conger, met at the Lincoln County Courthouse. From that meeting grew the Lincoln County Farm Bureau.

From a charter membership of nine – Conger, H.K. Bryson, J.A. Stewart, R.C. Smith, D.M. Sanders, M.F. Childress, B.E. Holman, R.W. McCowan and Samuel Ashby originally committed themselves to membership in the organization – the Lincoln County Farm Bureau has grown to 3,985 members today.

“We’ll be 4,000 members here by the first of the year,” said Glenn Oldham, who heads the local bureau, in mid-December.

Conger had tried for some time to organize Lincoln County farmers in hopes of gaining a good market reputation by producing the best crops. He tried to form such a group in 1914 just prior to America’s entry into World War I.

That attempt was not very fruitful, so he tried again after the war. At this meeting, according to Farm Bureau history, “Everybody had a good time but accomplished little.”