Thursday, March 2, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 2

March 2, 1915 – President Woodrow Wilson met one of the greatest champions this country, and this state, has produced. Only 16 years old, this champion raised 115.05 bushels of corn on an acre of Minnesota soil; a champion worthy of shaking the hand of the President of the United Stated.

At least the President thought so, and Roy Halvorson, champion corn grower of Kirkhoven, Minn., agreed with him.

So today, in the midst of work related to the closing of Congress, in the midst of international complications, between Cabinet meetings and while Cabinet officers and foreign ambassadors waited, Halvorson was introduced to the President.

The Minnesota corn champion, accompanied by Margaret Lofgren of Ulen and Florence  Frargollauf, Sauk Rapids, champion breadmakers, called on President Wilson.

There were other champion corn growers in the party and the President took the time to stop and ask them how they raised their record yields of corn.

Minnesota Corn1

Afterwards, the party visited the Treasury Building and the Agriculture Department, went to visit the home of George Washington at Mount Vernon and returned to Washington a tired and sleepy lot, but very contented with what they had seen and done.

Tomorrow they will visit the Capitol and see Congress in action.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “President Wilson Meets Minnesota Champions. Prize Corn Growers and Breadmakers Introduced to the Nation’s Executive. Ambassadors Wait While Boys and Girls see the President.”; March 3, 1915; p. 1.



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