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Cochran Maxwell Cochran History 365 December 5, 2006 Since the beginning of Colonial times American Agriculture has always held the responsibility of producing for a growing country. Whether it is producing crops for a commodity market such as tobacco, or wheat for the table, we have harnessed the task of being effective producers. This also holds true when talking about American agriculture systems that support smaller communities or even the individual farmer himself. Moreover this form of substance farming was greatly demonstrated in the Midwest during World War 2, to support the war effort. Recently during an Interview with Dr. David Stamp, I spoke to him about many forms of substance farming demonstrated during this era. Dr. Stamp was able to paint a vivid story of his experiences as a young man in Clinton, Iowa during 1943. From this discussion Dr. Stamp was able to give me the basis for what comprised a midday weekend meal in his family home. Dinner as it was called was a very simple meal. For the meal I am specifically describing, the stamps would have eaten pork steak, stewed beans and tomatoes, bread, mashed potatoes, and drank whole milk with their meal. Situated on the Banks of the Mississippi River Clinton, Iowa from the mid 1800’s was well know center of commerce in relation to intercontinental shipping on the river. One of the many goods that happen to come through Clinton on the river up until the early 1950’s was flour. This was due to the fact that the majority of the wheat processing industry was centrally located on the St. Anthony’s falls of the Mississippi river in Minneapolis, just upstream from Clinton. Minneapolis has been well known for its mills ever since the mid nineteenth century when developments in railroad transportation 1
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Cochran opened grain such as wheat to a large commodity market. In the early days of western expansion the red river valley and many areas of North and South Dakota ran into many transportation complications, when trying to get grain to market. These hardships were usually due to weather, road conditions, and the shear distance these farmers had to travel to reach a large market (Cronon). So with the development of the railroad the Bonanza wheat farms of the Dakotas found themselves with access to a booming grain market at the time, centered at the mills in Minneapolis along the river. These mills have evolved since the time of the bonanza farms, from a traditional wheel system powered by the falls, to a more modern systems still used today that incorporates what is known as a roller mill system (amos). This system allowed the output of flour to increases dramatically, which played a crucial aspect in driving flour production to feed the industrialized new America in the early twentieth century (amos).
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