Alexander P. Anderson

Alexander P. Anderson

Alexander P. Anderson, inventor of puffed grain cereals, c.1920.

Alexander P. Anderson

Alexander P. Anderson

Alexander P. Anderson with the cannon he used to invent puffed grain for cereals, 1933.

Anderson, Alexander P. (1862–1943)

In December 1901, botanist Alexander Pierce Anderson created puffed rice while experimenting with starch crystals in his laboratory. Although he did not yet realize the significance of his discovery, Anderson's new breakfast food would make him a nationally known figure and the face of a Quaker Oats advertising campaign for almost a decade.

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.

Wheat harvest at G.S. Barnes and Company farm

Wheat harvest at G.S. Barnes and Company farm

Wheat harvest at G.S. Barnes and Company farm in Glyndon (Clay County), c.1878.

Bruns and Finkle general store, Moorhead

Bruns and Finkle general store, Moorhead. Stereograph, c.1880.

Bruns and Finkle Grain Elevator, Moorhead

In 1878, Red River Valley businessmen Henry A. Bruns and Henry G. Finkle built the first steam-powered grain elevator in the United States. In its first harvest season, the grain elevator handled almost 250,000 bushels of wheat from more than 5,000 wagons.

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