Webb Publishing Company, special equipment that assembles and binds telephone directories.

Webb Publishing Company, special equipment that assembles and binds telephone directories.

Webb Publishing Company, special equipment that assembles and binds telephone directories.

Ogden Gunderson reading The Farmer.

Ogden Gunderson reading The Farmer.

Ogden Gunderson reading The Farmer.

The Farmer (Webb Company)

Founded in 1882, the Farmer grew from a small publication produced by Edward A. Webb and his wife to a large magazine with a circulation of over 175,000. For over one hundred years, it was published by the Webb Company in St. Paul.

Ronning road planer prototype

Ronning road planer prototype

Ronning road planer prototype, undated.

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (side)

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (side)

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (side) patented by Andrean and Adolph Ronning of Minneapolis in 1915. Manufactured by the American Harvester Company, also of Minneapolis.

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (front)

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (front)

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (front) patented by Andrean and Adolph Ronning of Minneapolis in 1915. Manufactured by the American Harvester Company, also of Minneapolis.

Ronning Ensilage Harvester

Patented in 1915, the ensilage harvester improved on standard practices for harvesting and storing crops, and streamlined farm work. Its basic design, largely unmodified, is still used by agricultural implement companies worldwide.

Farmers' Institute at Badger, Minnesota

Farmers' Institute at Badger, Minnesota

Farmers' Institute at Badger, Minnesota, in Roseau County, June 9, 1904.

Oren C. Gregg, superintendent of the Farmers' Institute

Oren C. Gregg, superintendent of the Farmers' Institute

Oren C. Gregg, superintendent of the Farmers' Institute, and Lyon County auditor for ten years, c.1905. Photograph by James A. Brush.

Gregg, Oren Cornelius (1845–1926)

In the 1880s, agricultural education in Minnesota was in trouble: farmers would not travel to the Twin Cities for classes, and university students did not want to study farming. Oren C. Gregg, a successful dairy farmer from Lyon County, Minnesota, saved the day by bringing lectures directly to Minnesota farmers.

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