Sunday, October 15, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 15

October 15, 1904 – The highest awards for flour at the World's Fair in St. Louis is the latest distinction given to Minneapolis, the recognized flour center of the world. Official word has been received from the fair city that the Pillsbury Company has taken the grand prizes, with accompanying medals, not only for the best flour, but for the best exhibit and best loaf of bread in the world. Pillsbury’s “Best” has again brought attention to the fact that Minneapolis stands alone as the four city of the world.

The Pillsbury exhibit at the fair is one of the stellar attractions in the great Agricultural Building and the pride of every Minneapolitan who visits the big exposition. One of the attractive features of the Pillsbury exhibit is the panorama showing the biggest flour mill in the world—the Pillsbury “A”—just as it appears in Minneapolis. The Falls of St. Anthony show up strongly in the foreground and the running water gives a most realistic appearance to these famous waters. There are miniature freight cars being loaded at the mill, and the water that turns the great wheels is in plain sight of the spectators. The mill is an exact duplicate as to every detail, and one can almost hear the wheat being ground.

On one side there is a model electric bakery, and here thousands of little loaves of Vienna bread are baked every day and given away to the interested fair visitors.

The display is intensely interesting and has attracted more attention than any other individual exhibit in the whole Agricultural Building. It speaks much for the aggressiveness and enterprise of the Pillsbury Company, and Minnesota people are justly proud of the flour that has captured the grand prize. The exhibit is a splendid advertisement for Minneapolis in particular and for the northwest in general. The “Best” flour in the world is made in Minneapolis and the northwest furnishes the hard wheat to make it with. This fact has been deeply impressed on the visitors from all parts of the world.

Another “Highest Award” that is of interest to Minneapolis is the one given to Mrs. Gans of the Chicago College of Cooking for the best loaf of bread, which was made from Pillsbury’s “Best” flour.

The Pillsbury Company has deservedly won a most sweeping victory in capturing the highest awards for the highest grade of flour, the best loaf of bread and the finest exhibit at the greatest exposition in the world’s history.

The Minneapolis Journal; “High Honors for Minnesota at World’s Fair”; October 15, 1904; p. 5.

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