Title: North Dakota Farm Bureau Records
Collection Number: 10468
Quantity: 12.5 feet
Abstract: Consists of board of directors minutes, committee minutes, subject files, publications, correspondence, audits, financial statements, policies, scrapbooks, reports, publications, photographs, audio recordings, programs, promotional material, memorabilia; records of the NoDak Mutual Insurance Company, 1946-1980s, including audits and annual statements; and minutes of the North Dakota Wheat Growers Association, 1951-1953. Records relate to administration of the Bureau and the NoDak Mutual Insurance Company, annual conventions, legislation, and farm issues.
Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired this collection as a gift from the North Dakota Farm Bureau on February 14, 1986 and May 16, 1986. This collection was processed and the inventory prepared by Karen Mund, Grace Wanttaja, and Kari Rombs Kohlhoff in October 1988.
Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.
Copyrights: The North Dakota Farm Bureau has dedicated such copyrights as it possesses in this collection to the public. Consideration of all other copyrights is the responsibility of the researcher.
Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.
Transfer: Three feet of material were removed from the North Dakota Farm Bureau Records and transferred to the appropriate collection management area of the State Archives. One-half foot of publications such as newsletters, magazines, and newspapers was transferred to the Library.
One foot of audio recordings was removed; the recordings are accessible as audio collections. Transferred were 62 reel-to-reel tapes and 1 cassette tape. Subjects on the audio tapes include "Food for Thought," Farmline, recognition program, Senator Lausche address, Richard Nixon agriculture speech, hunting, and Safemark tire program.
Two items, a leather pocket coin purse impressed with the Farm Bureau emblem and a McHenry County Farm Bureau cap, were transferred to the Museum Division. Transferred to the ephemera collection were two delegate ribbons, one Associated Women ribbon, and three safety reminder stickers. Several postal covers were placed with the philatelic collection.
Manuscript: Ole M. Hector (1870-1953) Papers, 1920-1938, 57 items, MSS 20185.
Audio-Visual: Farm Bureau footage (50's AGRI #1, #2), WDAY-TV Newsfilm Collection. Tape 4. Contains clips of a Farm Bureau spokesman, president G. H. Mickelson, and members.
The predecessor of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, the American Farm Bureau Federation, was organized in the eastern United States between 1910 and 1920. In 1919 the first convention was held and during 1920, 28 state Farm Bureaus ratified the constitution. A chapter of the American Farm Bureau Federation was organized in North Dakota in the early 1920's. A. C. McInnes of Dazey, North Dakota, was the first president, with William Guy Sr. of Amenia and Usher L. Burdick of Williston, as very active members. This organization lasted only a few years; nearly 20 years would pass before another Farm Bureau was organized in North Dakota.
Throughout 1941 and 1942, the activities and influence of other State Farm Bureaus and the American Farm Bureau Federation generated considerable interest among North Dakota farm leaders. As a result of this interest three prominent and successful farmers, W. A. Plath of Davenport, B. E. Groom of Langdon, and Roy Johnson of Casselton, consulted with Vernon Vaniman, representing the American Farm Bureau Federation, and made plans for a meeting in Fargo, November 14, 1941. At this meeting a temporary organization committee was selected, composed of 14 men, mostly from the eastern part of the state. Benjamin Gorder was selected chairman of the committee and W. A. Plath, secretary-treasurer. G. J. Stafne was employed as organization director; he and volunteers devoted many hours to preliminary work. It was decided that agriculture needed a general farm organization to reflect the ideas and needs of all producers and community groups.
The North Dakota Farm Bureau was officially organized at Valley City, November 19-20, 1942. Representing 21 counties at their first meeting, members reviewed and approved bylaws, including qualifications for active and associate members, and set annual dues at $5.00. W. A. Plath, Davenport, was elected president, a post he held until 1949, and G. J. Stafne, secretary-treasurer. Membership was to be completely voluntary with two types of memberships available: active and associate. An active member could be any person who owned or operated a farm and received a major portion of his income from agricultural products, while an associate member was any person interested in furthering the cause of the farmer and agriculture. Membership in 1942 was 530 and increased to 1,118 in 1943. Dues were raised to $10.00 at the first annual convention of the North Dakota Farm Bureau held November 8 and 9, 1943, at Valley City.
Shortly after the Farm Bureau was organized in North Dakota, it was recognized that women could be a strong factor in promoting the Farm Bureau in the state. The women accepted the challenge and the potential for growth became evident. On November 14, 1949, the Associated Women of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, more popularly known as the Farm Bureau Women's Committee, was officially organized. The first officers elected were Mrs. Victor Corey, Lidgerwood, chairman; Mrs. Ruth Annis Smith, St. Thomas, vice-chairman; and Mrs. Leonard Davis, Killdeer, secretary. The first recommendations, that the chairman write to county presidents urging appointment of two women to serve on each county board of directors, were accomplished at the 1949 convention. The women cooperated in the effort to develop the Farm Bureau in North Dakota and combined their energies and organizational abilities. Time and conditions, mostly economic and social, have changed the approach to problems over the years, but Farm Bureau Women have adjusted to meet these changes.
As the organization grew, so did the need for member services. The first provided for Farm Bureau members was insurance. In 1943, in compliance with a directive from the delegate body, the North Dakota Farm Bureau board of directors negotiated an agreement with the Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Iowa to make its insurance available to North Dakota Farm Bureau members. The agreement contained the provision that after a two year period the North Dakota Farm Bureau could originate its own company. The Nodak Mutual Insurance Company was incorporated on April 15, 1946, under the laws of North Dakota, and was licensed and began business on April 24, 1946. The company, a Legal Reserve Mutual, was owned by policyholders who were Farm Bureau members. In 1946 it had assets of $162,024 and in 1970, $5,429,560.
The North Dakota Farm Bureau through the years has initiated many pieces of legislation which have aided the farmer concerning, for example, the privilege of husband and wife joint income tax returns, a grower-supported wheat commission, the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway, a refund of federal gasoline tax, rural electrification, Livestock Sanitary Board, set aside programs, and trade development. Other programs supported were sunflower loans, Garrison Diversion, purchase of wetlands for mitigated acres, property tax, shelterbelt planting, water rights, one state fair, winter show, new uses of farm products, overseas marketing, sugar beet quotas, graduated land tax, incorporated family farms, and potato marketing.
The Farm Bureau was born out of the necessity for a farm organization concerned with the individual and having a relationship with the consumer through an unmanipulated market system. Its objectives are the same today as when it was formed in 1942: to make a continuous investigation and study of agriculture and all economic, social, and governmental matters which may affect agriculture; to disseminate accurate information among its members and the public; to make recommendations to local, state, and federal bodies, and take whatever action necessary or advisable in promoting and securing those things which would bring about successful agriculture within the State of North Dakota.
Stafne, G. J., History of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, 1942-1965. Fargo, ND: North Dakota Farm Bureau, 1965(?).
North Dakota Farm Bureau Records, 1942-1984, 9 ft., Mss .
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The North Dakota Farm Bureau Records date from 1942-1984 and measure 9 ft. The collection documents the origin and growth of the Farm Bureau as it worked to develop and adopt policies that would benefit the farmers of North Dakota. Included in the Farm Bureau Records are: minutes, 1942-1984, 2 ½ ft.; subject files, 1942-1984, 6 ft.; and scrapbooks, 1939-1975, ½ ft.
Minutes for the Farm Bureau measure 2 ½ ft. and date from 1942 to 1984. Included are minutes of the Farm Bureau annual meetings, administrative board, and board of directors; Nodak Farm Service Company; Nodak Mutual Insurance Company directors; Agricultural Market Association Board; and Wheat Growers Association. Committee minutes consist of education, field crops, livestock, organization planning, young people’s, marketing and trade, and women's. In addition, the minutes of these organizations may include agenda, agreements, articles of dissolution, articles of incorporation, a legislative bill, budgets, bylaws, correspondence, programs, recommendations, reports, resolutions, a subscription list, and tax returns. The minutes are
arranged alphabetically by organization.
Subject files date from 1942 to 1984 and measure 6 ft. The subject files contain clippings, brochures, booklets, programs, correspondence, reports, budgets, bylaws, audits, and surveys. Also included are files on an appraisal of the Register Building, Bismarck, citizenship seminars, conventions, histories, long range planning, speak-up meetings, youth camps, and ten folders of the temporary organization committee of the Farm Bureau. Arrangement of the subject files is alphabetical by keyword.
Scrapbooks date from 1939 to 1975 and measure ½ ft. There are two general and four women's scrapbooks which consist of newspaper clippings, printed material, and photos that document the events and activities of the Farm Bureau. Subjects of interest in the scrapbooks are organization of new Bureaus, meetings, banquets, conventions, new Farm Bureau presidents, American Heritage Day, speakers, women's activities, citizenship seminars, and recognition awards programs. The scrapbooks are arranged alphabetically.
FB Farm Bureau
FHA Farmers Home Administration
HB House Bill
BOX / FOLDER INVENTORY
2 Agriculture Research Subcommittee 1970
3 American Agricultural Mutual Ins. Co. 1967-1968
4 Farm Bureau Administrative Board 1946-1951
5 Farm Bureau Administrative Board 1952-1961
6 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1942-1951
7 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1952-1955
8 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1956-1957
9 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1958-1959
10 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1960
11 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1961-1962
12 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1963-1964
13 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1968-1969
14 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1970-1973
15 Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 1974-1977
16 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1951-1952
17 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1953-1955
18 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1956
19 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1957-1960
1 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1961-1962
2 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1966
3 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1967-1969
4 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1968-1970
5 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1970-1972
6 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1973-1974
7 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1975-1976
8 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1977-1978
9 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1979-1980
10 Farm Bureau, Directors, Board of 1981-1984
11 Farm Bureau Education Committee 1959-1965
12 Farm Bureau Field Crops Committee 1959-1974
13 Farm Bureau Livestock Committee 1959-1972
14 Farm Bureau Marketing & Trade Committee 1964-1974
15 Farm Bureau Organization Committee 1956-1969
16 Farm Bureau Organization Committee 1970-1981
17 Farm Bureau Planning Committee 1981-1984
18 Farm Bureau Policy Development Committee 1969-1971
19 Farm Bureau Trade Dev. and Service Corp. 1962-1966
20 Farm Bureau Trade Dev. and Service Corp. 1966-1973
1 Farm Bureau Women's Committee 1949-1961
2 Farm Bureau Women's Committee 1956-1966
3 Farm Bureau Women's Committee 1962-1970
4 Farm Bureau Women's Committee 1966-1975
5 Farm Bureau Women's Committee 1970-1978
6 Farm Bureau Women's Committee 1975-1980
7 Farm Bureau Young People's Committee 1957-1982
8 Nodak Farm Bureau Relations Committee 1972
9 Nodak Farm Service Company 1949-1979
10 Nodak Mutual Agreement Committee 1966-1967
11 Nodak Mutual Insurance Company Directors 1957-1966
12 Nodak Planning and Action Committee 1967-1968
13 Wheat Growers Association 1951-1964
14 Agricultural Business Corp. Financial 1974
15 Agricultural Marketing Assn. Inc. 1970-1978
16 Agricultural Survey 1970
17 Alcohol Fuels, FHA Loans 1980
18 Amendment, Balanced Budget 1982
19 American Agricultural Mutual Ins. Co. 1955
20 American Farm Bureau Bylaws 1955
21 Appraisal, Register Building 1965
22 Appropriations, Agricultural 1981
23 Audit 1948-1954
24 Audit 1955-1959
25 Audit 1960-1963
26 Audit 1961-1966
1 Azure, Art 1959
2 Brochures, Farm Bill 1985
3 Brochures, Miscellaneous 1985
4 Case of the Curious Farmer
5 Caucus, Women's District 1966
6 Citizenship Seminar 1963-1969
7 Citizenship Seminar 1971-1975
8 Citizenship Seminar 1976
9 Citizenship Seminar 1977-1979
10 Citizenship Seminar 1981
11 Clean Air Act 1981
12 Commodity Activities Concept
13 Convention 1951
14 Convention 1952
15 Convention 1953
16 Convention 1954
17 Convention 1955
18 Convention 1956
19 Convention 1957
20 Convention 1958
21 Convention 1959
22 Convention 1960
23 Convention, American Farm Bureau 1950-1956
24 Convention, American Farm Bureau 1957-1962
25 Convention, Clippings 1958
26 Correspondence, Francis Simmer 1973-1974
27 Correspondence, Francis Simmer 1974-1975
28 Correspondence, Francis Simmer 1976-1977
29 Dakota Bank shares 1982
1 Delano, Robert, Pres., American Farm Bureau 1981
2 de St. Paer, Claude, American Farm Bureau 1974
3 Directors, Board of 1970
4 Education 1979-1980
5 Examination Report 1971
6 Family Farm Insurance Co. 1982-1983
7 Farm Incorporation, HB 782 1968
8 Farm Management, Financial Statement 1961-1962
9 Financial Statements 1955-1956
10 Financial Statements 1957-1959
11 Financial Statements 1956-1960
12 Financial Statements 1960-1962
13 Financial Statements 1961-1964
14 Financial Statements 1963-1964
15 Financial Statements 1965-1968
16 Financial Statements 1978-1986
17 Garrison Diversion Lawsuit 1980-1981
18 Garrison Diversion Lawsuit 1980-1981
19 Grant, Allan, Pres. California FB 1968-1976
20 History 1941-1966
21 Insurance Advisory Council 1971
22 Insurance Services 1965
23 Internal Revenue Commissioner 1980
24 Internal Revenue Tax Returns 1943-1963
25 Internal Revenue Tax Returns 1962-1966
26 Iowa Farm Mutual Insurance Co. 1943-1948
27 Keogh, Brooks 1962-1964
1 Link, Governor Arthur L. 1975
2 Marketing Committee 1968-1973
3 Membership 1962-1970
4 Membership 1977-1982
5 Membership Questionnaire, Non-Renewal 1955
6 Mikkelson, G. H., President 1954-1957
7 Mikkelson, G. H., President 1958-1962
8 Miscellaneous 1968-1982
9 Montana Farm Bureau Bylaws 1970
10 Nodak Agency Inc., Dental Care Program
11 Nodak Agency Inc., Financial Statements 1979-1981
12 Nodak Agency Inc., Health Care Plan 1979
13 Nodak Farm Service Company Audit 1950-1954
14 Nodak Mutual Casualty Co., Operational Analysis 1951-1956
15 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Annual Statement 1966-1968
16 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Annual Statement 1969-1971
17 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Annual Statement 1972-1979
18 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Annual Statement 1981
19 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Audit 1963-1965
20 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Bylaws 1946-1971
21 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Examiner’s Report 1952-1955
22 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Examiner’s Report 1961
23 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Examiner’s Report 1965-1968
24 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Examiner’s Report 1971
25 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Examiner’s Report 1980
1 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Financial Statement 1979-1986
2 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. History, 25 Years 1946-1971
3 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Investment Meeting 1966-1969
4 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Investment Meeting 1970-1971
5 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Investment Meeting 1979-1981
6 Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Organization 1946-1955
7 Organized Voice of Farmers
8 Planning, Long Range 1983
9 Planning, Long Range 1983
10 Planning, Long Range 1983
11 Planning Team 1977-1982
12 Planning Team 1977-1982
13 Planning Team 1977-1982
14 Planning Team 1977-1982
15 Planning Team 1977-1982
16 Planning Team 1977-1982
17 Planning Team 1977-1982
18 Planning Team 1982
19 Planning Team 1982
20 Planning Team 1982
21 Planning Team 1982
22 Planning Team 1982
1 Policies 1965-1972
2 Policies 1976-1979
3 Policies 1980-1986
4 Policies, American Farm Bureau 1973-1979
5 Policy Development Fact Sheets 1974
6 Policy Development Program 1977-1979
7 Political Action Program 1980
8 Political Education Program 1980
9 Publicity Chairman
10 Quarter Century Club 1970-1980
11 Red River Valley Potato Industry History 1970
12 Resolutions 1961-1964
13 Simmer, Francis, President 1972-1976
14 Speak Up Meetings 1982-1984
15 Speak Up Meetings, District 1-2 1984
16 Speak Up Meetings, District 3-4 1984
17 Speak Up Meetings, District 5-6 1984
18 Speak Up Meetings, District 7-8 1984
19 Speak Up Meetings, District 9 1984
20 "Spirit of Rural North Dakota" 1972-1973
22 Temporary Organization Committee 1942-1943
23 Temporary Organization Committee Accounts Pd 1942
24 Temporary Organization Committee Blackburn 1942
25 Temporary Organization Committee, Brochures 1940-1941
1 Temporary Organization Committee, Correspondence 1941-1942
2 Temporary Organization Committee, Finance 1942-1943
3 Temporary Organization Committee, Membership 1942
4 Temporary Organization Committee, Minutes 1941
5 Temporary Organization Committee, Stafne, G. J. 1942
6 Temporary Organization Committee, Vaniman 1942
7 Trade Dev. and Service Corp., Audit 1962-1965
8 Trade Dev. and Service Corp., Financial 1965-1967
9 Trade Dev. Corp., Financial Statements 1962-1963
10 Trade Dev. Corp., Financial Statements 1964-1965
11 Women's Committee Plan Book 1961-1964
12 Young Farmers and Ranchers Meeting 1980
13 Young Farmers and Ranchers Program 1973
14 Youth 1952-1963
15 Youth 1964
16 Youth 1965-1967
17 Scrapbook 1939-1954
18 Scrapbook, Clippings 1942-1948
19 Scrapbook, Women’s 1972
20 Scrapbook, Women’s 1973
21 Scrapbook, Women’s 1974
22 Scrapbook, Women’s 1975
Box 10: Photographs 10478-001 - 10478-120 (SEE INVENTORY LISTING BELOW)
Box 11: Photographs 10478-121 – 10478-221
Box 12: Photographs 10478-222 – 10478-322
Box 13: Photographs 10478-323 – 10478-428
Box 14: Photographs 10478-429 – 10478-509
Box 15: Photographs 10478-510 – 10478-595
Box 16: Photographs 10478-596 – 10478-677
Box 17: Box 20: negatives, prints and slides 10478-724 – 10478-2640
Box 18: Slides, 10478-678 – 10478-723
Box 19: Audio materials
- Mary Lane, 1963 convention
- Senator Lausche address, 1966 State Convention (2)
- “Farmline,” 1976 (6)
- Economic Recovery Plan (American Farm Bureau Federation) (Cassette) , ca. 1981
- European Trade slide show, June 9, 1982 (cassette)
- PSA – Farm-City festival
- “Food for Thought” (9)
- Silas Hangback
- Voluntary Membership Teamwork
- Recognition program, part 2
- Seminar slide story tape
- Gary Knutson, Information Director, ND Farm Bureau
- Safemark Tire Program
- Hunting commercial
-Membership drive spots
-Richard M. Nixon agriculture speech
- A variety of unidentified audio reels
10478-01 Some informal discussion at the Rolette County Farm Bureau board of director’s meeting.
10478-02 The members of the Pembina County Farm Bureau board of director’s interrupted their meeting to let regional rep John McGauvran take this photograph.
10478-03 Lyle Bettenhausen, county president, and Greg Klein, county secretary, keep a careful watch over the grill, full of North Dakota sirloin.
10478-04 Gary Wolff, Ed Raile, Marlowe Weith, and Floyd Brosy enjoying some fellowship at the McIntosh County picnic.
10478-05 About sundown, John Hersgaard managed to get the whole group together for a photo.
10478-06 North Dakota Farm Bureau building
10478-07 First Women’s State Committee - ?, Mrs. Victor Carey, Chairman, Mrs. Leonard Davis, Secretary, Mrs. Ruth Anne Smith, Vice President.
10478-08 Divide County – Representing Divide were Mary Beth Mahrer and Jana Stenson, both from Crosby, North Dakota.
10478-09 Barnes County – (left to right) Katherin Anderson, Valley City; Tamra Burchill, Page; and Jane Anundson, Valley City, were the representatives from Barnes County.
10478-10 McHenry County – Christy Burgard, Towner; Shirleen Hanson, Granville; Danae Kuntz, Orrin; Nancy Hager, Orrin; (middle row, left to right) Teresa Ann Roscoe, Towner; Cindy Duchsherer, Balfour; Barb Hanson, Kief; (back row, left to right) Mark Duchsherer, Drake; Dacid Martin, Kief; Susan Meyer, Towner; and Jack Muhs.
10478-11 Burleigh County – (left to right) Douglas Schumaker, Driscoll; Nancy Adamyk, Wilton; and LaDawn Olson from Wing.
10478-12 Grant County – There were five representatives from Grant County: (left to right) Jewell Roehl, New Leipzig; Patricia Lynn Weekes, Flasher; Annette Wingenback, Carson; Jeri Pahl, New Leipzig; and Margie Klein, Elgin.
10478-13 Kidder County – Brenda Lee Weippert, Tappen; Tim Aichele, Steele; Bob Stuart, Robinson; and Mark Mehlhoff from Tuttle were the four attendees from Kidder County.
10478-14 Towner County – Vincent Price, Egeland; Janelle Doehler, Perth; Becky Barks, Egeland; John Buchl, Rock Lake; and Neil Halley, Rock Lake.
10478-15 Ward County – the six-person delegation from Ward County includes (front row) Debbie Fredrich, Des Lacs; Kim Haider, Burlington; Tracie Wald, Norwitch; (back row) Rick Fox, Des Lacs; Terry Feigitsch, Surrey; and Lynn Godejohn, Surrey.
10478-16 Benson County – The Benson County trio of young adults attending the Seminar were (left to right) Robyn Sagge, Leeds; Dale Yri, Minnewaukon; and Jennifer Wright from Maddock.
10478-17 Richland County – (front row, kneeling) Peggy Gray, Hankinson; Terri Kay Cox, Wahpeton; Lynette Mauch, Mooreton; (back row, standing) Denise Meyer, Fairmount; Laurie Ann Carlson, McLeod; Sally Ann Willson, Fairmount; and Melanie Paulson, Hankinson.
10478-18 Hettinger County – Jeff Zent, Mott; John Blickensderfer, Mott; Rhonda Rettinger, New
England; Lori Jean Zeren, New England; Mark Madler, New England.
10478-19 Pembina County – Jane Radig, Pembina, was all alone at the Seminar this year, but Pembina County doesn’t have to take a back seat at all, because Miss Radig is a fine, fine, young lady who represented her county very, very well.
10478-20 Ransom County – (left to right) Kirk Mairs, Lisbon; Wanda Lemna, Enderlin; Dean Freeberg, Lisbon; Rachel Reinke, Lisbon; and Mitch Lemnus from Enderlin.
10478-21 Steele County – (left to right) Gayle Boe, Hatton; Nancy Thykeson, Hope; and Jody Laughlin of Finley represented Steele County during Citizenship week.
10478-22 Eddy County – Representing Eddy County were (left to right) Arleen Messner, and Barb Bickler, both from Sheyenne, North Dakota.
10478-23 Stark County – Esther Moldenhauer from Dickinson represented her county at the annual Farm Bureau Citizenship Seminar.
10478-24 Sargent County – Donna Mathias, Stirum; Kim Larson, Gwinner; Laura Hayen, Cogswell; Ann Nicolai, Milnor; Robin Brockman, Stirum; Sandra Eusher, Stirum; (back row) Jay Johnson, Milnor; Denny Ferguson, Cogswell; Beth Weber, Rutland; and Jeff Wisnewski, Geneseo. (Editor’s note: All the kids at the Seminar were really great, but I’d like you folks from Sargent County to know that when my cameras BOTH malfunctioned, Jeff Wisnewski graciously lent a very talented hand and finished taking all the group photographs. Thanks again, Jeff!)
10478-25 Rolette County – The two representatives from Rolette County were Robert Bryant and Peggy Gustafson, both from St. John, North Dakota.
10478-26 Bottineau County – Representing Bottineau County at the Citizenship Seminar were (left to right) Julie Moum, Bottineau, and Mardell Artz, Antler.
10478-27 Dickey County – (front row, kneeling) Romaona Stevens, Forbes; and Donald Babcock, Ellendale. (middle row, standing) Beth Maddock, Oakes; Tim Hansen, Guelph; Brenda Mathias, Oakes. (back row, standing) FFA representative to the Seminar Julie Young, Guelph; Stuart Munsch, Oakes; Lisa Hansen, Ludden; and Scott Kelch, Fullerton.
10478-28 Dunn County – Robert Knopik, Gladstone; Denise Olson, Killdeer; Carmen Brown, Dunn Center; and Michelle Goetz of Halliday were the student representatives from western North Dakota’s Dunn County.
10478-29 Cass County – (front row, kneeling) Kim Grieger, Amenia; Joni Gray, Page; Nancy McLean, Wheatland. (middle row, standing) Carrie Steffes, Arthur; Mary McConnell, Casselton; Melanie Flesberg, Argusville. (back row) Anna Griesback, Grandin; Lisa Kasowski, Casselton; Nancy Egeberg, Argusville; and dean Sprunk, Enderlin.
10478-30 LaMoure County – (left to right) Mark Lagodinski, Edgeley; Sheila Webber, Berlin; Jeanette Lahlum, Marion; Sherry Lee Gohner, Jud; and Ruthanne Dallman from Jud.
10478-31 Griggs County – Representing Griggs County at the Annual Peace Garden Citizenship Seminar were (left to right) Debbie Fiebiger and Karen Johnson, both from Cooperstown, North Dakota.
10478-32 Stutsman County – (front row) Boyd McKenzie, Courtenay; and Karen Ova, Cleveland. (back row) Jim Reimers, Courtenay; Janeen Gross, Cleveland; and Tracy Wanzek, Cleveland.
10478-33 Nelson County – (left to right) Wilbert Schmidt, Michigan; Rita Schwan, Michigan; Jayne Lilleoien, Michigan; Jeanna Marquart, Lakota; and Bruce Vannatta, Lakota.
10478-34 Bowman County – (front row) Brenda Czywczynski, Gascoyne; Sandi Bates, Bowman; LaVon Olson, New England. (back row) Jim Save, Scranton; Patricia Burns, Bowman; and Frank J. Smyle of Scranton.
10478-35 Walsh County – (left to right) Mary Walker, Hoople; Terre Midgarden, Hoople, Melanie McGregor, Grafton; Cynthia Jelinek, Pisek; and Kathy Haugland of Hoople.
10478-36 Sheridan County – (left to right) Kay Ellen Zingg, McClusky; Debra Tulp, Goodrich; Julie Winter, Goodrich; Kari Krien, Goodrich; and Karla Felchle, Goodrich.
10478-37 Mercer County – (left to right) Suzanne, Karges, Mercer County Women’s Coordinator; Darcy Staigle, Stanton; Fayette Dschaak, Beulah; Cindy Bauman, Golden Valley; and Sarah Reinhiller, Hazen.
10478-38 Morton County – (front row) Susan Hoovestol, New Salem; Mary Muechel, Glen Ullin; Laurie Schmidt, Flasher; (back row) Jesse Smith and Kevin Nelson, both from Mandan.
10478-39a Wells County – (front row, seated) Julie McAvoy, Sykeston; Janine Widiger, Fessenden; Laura Anderson, Manfred; (back row) Eric Bollingberg, Bremen; and Kim Solberg, Harvey.
10478-39b McLean County – (left to right) Beth Reynolds, Douglas; Cameron Merkel, Washburn; and Audrey Wirtz, Underwood.
10478-40 - 43 (unlabeled)
10478-44 1975 Citizenship Seminar – Farm Bureau – Peace Gardens - July 31, 1974
10478-45 Nancy Powell (left), Alexandria, North Dakota, current chairman of the North Dakota Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, and Dorothy Moum, State Women’s Director, at the Women’s Multi-State Leadership Conference held in Chicago on March 12 – 13. The theme of the conference was Farm Bureau Women As Partners – Leading, Representing, & Serving Agriculture.
10478-46 – 50 Women’s Committee 1979
10478-53 Cathy Sabe (Mrs. James Sabe) – State Women’s Community
10478-55 Mrs. Bill Plath, Davenport; Mrs. Marvin Tollefson, New Rockford; Nancy Powell, Alexander, Chairman
10478-56 Mrs. Howard Bier, Hazelton; Mrs. James Johnston, Grafton; Mrs. Laurence Reimers, Courtney
10478-57 Mrs. Don Hylden, Mrs. Dean Skjerven, Mrs. Russell Midgarden, Mrs. Ray Alkofer, Mrs. John Donnelly, Mrs. Raynold Bodmer – Seated, Mrs. Chris Midgarden – Walsh County Skit
10478-58 Mrs. Ervin Utke, Mrs. Bill McConnell, Mrs. Gerald Hagensen, Mrs. Gretchen Martin, Irene Simmer
10478-59 Irma Bishoff, Women’s Committee Chairman, Lila Erickson, Shelva Nepstead
10478-60 – 66 (unlabeled)
10478-67 Walsh County
10478-68 – 69 (unlabeled)
10478-70 – 72 Art Link
10478-73 – 74 Clark Robinson – Cole Harbor – November 1963
10478-75 – 76 Maynard Tollefson – Osnabrock – November 1963
10478-77 Dean Miller – Fordville – November 1963
10478-78 George Mikkelson – Starkweather – November 1963
10478-79 -80 Ken McIntyre
10478-81 Roland Magill – Verona – November 1963
10478-82 W. A. Plath – Davenport – November 1963
10478-83 Harold Langseth – Farm Bureau President
10478-84 Milo Borstad and President Harold Langseth – 1970
10478-85 – 86 G. T. Harstad – Portland – November 1963
10478-87 Mrs. William Lane
10478-88 Carl Knudson – Almont – November 1963
10478-89 – 91 Mrs. Henry Ganser – Cleveland – November 1963
10478-92 – 93 P. J. Donnelly
10478-94 Malcolm Tweten
10478-95 Mrs. George Smith
10478-96 Burt Olson
10478-97 – 98 Milo Borstad
10478-100 1959 State Board of Directors
10478-101 Carl Kuhn, Washburn, President of McLean; Mrs. William Lane, Moffit, State Women’s Chairman; Clark Robinson, Coleharbor, ? Director; ? Knorr, Sawyer, President of Ward
10478-102 State Board of Directors
10478-103 – 111 (unlabeled)
10478-112 Allan Grant and Robert B. Delano
10478-113 – 117 Allan Grant, President – California Farm Bureau Federation
10478-118 Francis Simmers – Minister of Agriculture Ertl (Germany) March 24, 1977
10478-119 Citizenship Seminar – 1981
10478-120 Joe Steiner, Reeder; Robert Green, St. Thomas; Monty Burke, McKenzie; and Jim Mason, NDFB Staff
10478-121 Leo Gray, Rosholt, SD; Valdon Swanson, Underwood; and John Olson, Brocket
10478-122 U. S. Attorney Jim Britton outlining the procedures used in the taking of land by the U.S. Government.
10478-123 – 148 (unlabeled)
10478-149 – 150 Taxation Committee 1980
10478-151 – 157 Grain Tour
10478-158 – 190 (Unlabeled)
10478-191 Delbert Moore – Livestock Association
10478-192 (front row, left to right) Brad Peterson, Dave Hagert, Karen Hagert, Tom Nelson, Betty Peterson, C. Peterson, Karla Anderson, Randy Anderson, Joann Johnson, Mark Johnson, Fred Larson. (back row, left to right) Lori Peterson, Roger Bergstrom, Jan Bergstrom, Daryl Hauk, Rosalind Hauk, Shirley Mund, Tom Mund
10478-193 Broiled Pork Chop Sweet Potato Dinner
10478-194 Pork Risotto
10478-195 Bob Hope
10478-196 Dickey County Annual Meeting 1979
10478-197 Dickey County
10478-198 District #3 Meeting 1979
10478-199 Dickey President Vance Jury – District #3 Meeting 1979
10478-200 District #3 Meeting 1979
10478-201 Don Zimbleman – District #3 Meeting 1979
10478-202 Don Zimbleman, his wife, Lois Lubens – District #3 Meeting 1979
10478-203 Bob Shepard – District #3 Meeting 1979
10478-204 District #4 1979
10478-205 Ken Yantes
10478-206 District #4
10478-207 Kathleen Freund – District #4 Talent Final Winner 1979
10478-208 – 365 (unlabeled)
10478-366 1978 NDFB State Convention
10478-367 County Presidents – Ray Steiger, Pembina; Reinhold Opp, Logan; Pete Louas, Trail; Truman Thykeson, Steele; enjoying a comment during the New President’s Seminar.
10478-368 The Plath Family
10478-369 Ken Yates, Ramsey; Jay Kirkeide; Benson
10478-370 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smith; Morton 1946 Chapter
10478-371 Adams County
10478-372 Benson County
10478-373 Nelson County
10478-374 Griggs County
10478-375 Mercer County
10478-376 Grant County
10478-377 Oliver County
10478-378 Kidder County
10478-379 Wells County
10478-380 George Mikkelson – 50th Wedding Anniversary
10478-381 Donna, Frank, Diana, John, Judy, Mike, Debbie
10478-382 Julie, JoAnn, Roger, Corey
10478-383 Tom Elstoen, Ward County; Allen Bratler, Richland; Chester Garnowich, Walsh
10478-385 Philip Lodge, Rob Farmer, Geoffrey Kenley
10478-386 Junior Counselors
10478-387 Lyle Dawson, Morton County; Marion Peterson, F.B. Women; Lois Jones, F. B. Women; Ken Yantes, Ramsey
10478-388 New Director Gordon McLean, Gilby; Lester Anderson, Duane Bohrer, Dick Tokach, St. Anthony (another new director)
10478-389 Class of Edinburg High School 1978 – Arlynn Earl Trofhgruben – Age 17 – 1978 Graduate
10478-390 Don Haugen
10478-391 Donald Schumacher – Grand Forks
10478-392 Arnold Johnson, Grand Forks, President; Lyle Dawson, Morton, President; Dwight Enockson, McLean, President; Tom Elstoen, Ward, President
10478-393 Lynn Martin
10478-394 Ronald Barks – Egeland, North Dakota
10478-395 Duane Sullivan – Gardner, North Dakota
10478-396 President Lester Anderson, Leonard (left) and Vice President Duane Bohrer, McKenzie
10478-397 A calm camel
10478-398 Young Libyan farmers visit
10478-399 1978 Citizenship Seminar at the Peace Gardens
10478-401 William Bigwood
10478-402 North Dakota Farm Bureau Building
10478-403 G. J. Stafne
10478-404 R. D. Magill
10478-407 Oscar Nord
10478-411 Brooks Keogh
10478-412 Thore Naaden
10478-414 Dean Miller
10478-415 C. R. Morrison
10478-420 G. H. Mikkelson
10478-422 Ralph Hickle
10478-423 V. J. Christensen
10478-424 Reuben Schelske
10478-425 James Connelly
10478-426 J. Stewart
10478-427 Wilfred A. Plath
10478-428 A. H. Nystrom
10478-429 Walsh County
10478-430 Bowman County
10478-431 – 452 (unlabeled)
10478-453 Robert B. Delano, Vice President
10478-454 Claude de St. Paer
10478-455 McHenry County Women’s spring luncheon
10478-456 McHenry County Women’s spring luncheon. (left to right) Front row: Mrs. Rodney Lunde, Mrs. Oscar Arnason, Mrs. Fred Eidman. Back row: Mrs. Jack Fairbrother, Mrs. Bill Domeres, Mrs. Don Wunderlick, and Mrs. Glen Wunderlick
10478-457 Morning mist shrouds the Peace Garden flag area as the students gather for the pre-breakfast flag raising ceremonies that started each day.
10478-458 Ron Abrahamson counts cadence while the junior counselors do jumping jacks with eggs in their mouths. (I take no credit for this whatsoever, the idea was singularly conceived by John Hersgaard!)
10478-459 The junior counselors are shown plotting some other dastardly trick for the senior counselors to perform.
10478-460 Dorothy Moum, who is retiring from the women’s division of the NDFB, was presented with a charm bracelet to commemorate her activities with the Seminar.
10478-461 The snack bar, complete with NDFB staffer Chuck Peterson’s Norski accent (we donta got no mountain dew!) was a popular place during “free time.”
10478-462 – 476 (unlabeled)
10478-477 Ellen Beckman – Nelson County
10478-478 Farm Bureau delegates, such as John Donnelly of Grafton, speak out on the issues that affect their livelihood.
10478-479 County delegations confer about the feeling of fellow farmers and ranchers back home about a given issue. This delegation represented Traill County at the 1978 convention.
10478-480 State Committees research the issues before making recommendations to the County Farm Bureaus. Here the Natural Resources Committee tours the Falkirk Coal Mine.
10478-481 The Natural Resources Committee and other committees meet regularly throughout the year to evaluate issues and to make recommendations on policy implementation and policy development.
10478-482 Farm Bureau delegates consider the comments of professionals involved in issues such as Mel Meier of the State Wheat Commission.
10478-483 Sandra Nathe
10478-484 John Hertsgaard, NDFB staffer and senior counselor seems to be saying “how could you do this to me?”
10478-485 Logan County
10478-486 Foster County
10478-487 Renville County
10478-488 Oliver County
10478-489 Burke County
10478-490 Emmons County
10478-491 Cavalier County
10478-492 Rolette? County
10478-493 Manvel Green
10478-494 John Bollingberg
10478-495 James Bloom
10478-496 – 616 (unlabeled)
10478-617 – 626 Francis Simmers, Jamestown – President of North Dakota Farm Bureau
10478-627 Kim Sorum – Membership Chairman of F.R. Coordinator and Burke County Board Member visiting with Agent David Van Berkom in the Burke County Fair booth. The county featured products that are produced from locally grown commodities at their fair booth this year.
10478-628 Emil Bergquist – Burleigh County President and John Erickson
10478-629 Rep. Ted Long – Burleigh; Mrs. Raymond (Anette) Wanzek – Stutsman
10478-630 Gavin Rourke, son of Gary and Berle Rourke of Cavalier Co. F. B., has his F. B. lobby tag on and is ready to go to Bismarck to promote our F. B. policy.
10478-631 – 632 Cass County
10478-633 ND Dairy Convention 1979 – Bismarck
10478-634 ND Dairymen’s Convention 1979
10478-635 ND Dairy Princess 1979
10478-636 ND Dairymen’s Convention 1979
10478-637 State Dairy Demonstration – ND Dairy Producers
10478-638 Phil Parks, ND Dairy Commissioner
10478-639 Dr. Kurt Vol
10478-641 Sheri Tweed – District #2 Talent Find Winner 1979
10478-642 District #2 Talent Find Contest
10478-643 District #6 membership meeting held at Minot. (left to right) Milton and Mrs. M. Vannerstrom, Mrs. Richard Anderson and guest
10478-644 – 650 Duluth-Superior Grain Shipping - Duluth Seaport Authority
10478-651 Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Witt – Lamoure County
10478-652 (left to right) unknown, Earl Buri looking tires, Henry Jorde, Fred Eidman, Don Wunderlich (back to camera) partly visible is Oscar Arnason, discussing the issues at McHenry County Annual Meeting
10478-653 Longtime member Mrs. Oscar Folden discussing a point of interest with McHenry County President Stephen Ashley at the annual meeting. Mrs. Glen Wunderlich and Mrs. Olav Overvold checking Secretary’s books.
10478-654 McLean County had a pretty fair attendance at their annual meeting.
10478-655 Valden Swanson, McLean; Dwight Enockson, McLean
10478-656 Seminar students giving a joint report on their impressions of the Citizenship Seminar. Secretary Harold Jacobson keeping tabs on the meeting
10478-657 (left to right) Divide County Secretary Harold Jacobson and President Lowell Larson presiding at Divide County annual meeting
10478-658 At McLean County’s annual meeting a group from the school at Turtle Lake put on a short skit. Speaker for the meeting Chuck Peterson was drafted to take part.
10478-659 McLean County annual meeting. Mrs. Rick Anderson 1979 Women’s Chairman explaining the women’s program. Seated left to right: Valdon and Mrs. Swanson, Secretary; Mrs. And Dwight Enockson, President; Rich Anderson, District 6 Director and Mary Rust
10478-660 Dwight Enockson, McLean County President presiding at the annual County Farm Bureau meeting. Seated left to right: Valdon Swanson and wife Pat, Mrs. Enockson, Chuck Peterson, Charlotte and Rick Anderson, District 6 Director, and Mary Rust
10478-661 Peder Millelson? – Steele; Florence Hagenson – Cass; Trygoe? Thompson, Griggs; David Hatter – Traill
10478-662 – 668 (unlabeled)
10478-669 Pembina County Farm Bureau burns mortgage for their office building (left to right) John Morrison, Ray Steiger, Charles Hart, Lyle Shepard, and Jean Speckmann.
10478-670 Ramsey County
10478-671 District Meetings in Dickinson – Sept. 1979
10478-672 – 673 Stark County annual meeting 1979
10478-674 Lawrence Reimers – Stutsman County
10478-675 Melvin Gunderson – Traill County
10478-676 Nels Midgarden, Walsh County president
10478-677 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stritcon? – Ward County
10478-678 – 705 Unlabeled Slides
10478-706 Dave Hagert Slides
10478-707 Earl Forkman? Slides
10478-708 – 710 State GAF Slides
10478-711 – 712 1979 Gold Star Convention Awards Program Slides
10478-713 – 715 Blue Print Tour Slides
10478-716 – 719 American Farm Bureau History Slides
10478-720 – 723 European Economic Community Trade Mission Slides
10478-724 – 738 ND Dairy Convention – 1979 – Bismarck
10478-739 – 759 Duluth-Superior Grain Shipping – Duluth Seaport Authority
10478-760 – 763 Secretaries Conference in Fargo
10478-764 – 767 Simmers
10478-768 – 770 Fly the Flag
10478-771 – 779 Myron Aune is a senior in Animal Science Economics from Stanley, North Dakota. Myron is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho
10478-780 – 791 Seminar 1975
10478-792 – 872 Heritage Days 1976
10478-873 – 908 Seminar 1975
10478-909 – 910 Citizenship Seminar 1976
10478-911 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Mercer County
10478-912 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Cass County
10478-913 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Dickey County
10478-914 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Richland County
10478-915 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Morton County
10478-916 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Cavalier County
10478-917 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – McKenzie County
10478-918 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Benson County
10478-919 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Grant County
10478-920 Citizenship Seminar 1976 –McLean County
10478-921 – 922 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Burleigh County
10478-923 – 924 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Stutsman County
10478-925 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Ramsey County
10478-926 Citizenship Seminar 1976 – Emmons County
10478-927 – 971 ND Farm Bureau Annual Convention – 1976
10478-972 – 1064 Citizenship Seminar 1978
10478-1065 – 1079 Membership Quota – 1976
10478-1080 – 1097 NDFB Steiger Tour
10478-1098nbc – 1115 Style Show
10478-1116 Board Officers 1964
10478-1117 – 2640 (unlabeled)
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