Inscription. Joseph E. Wing was one of the first persons to identify, promote, and grow alfalfa as a forage crop east of the Mississippi River. He developed his interest in alfalfa while in Utah, where he worked on a cattle ranch. When he returned, Wing began promoting the alfalfa culture, traveling among farmers in Champaign County and neighboring counties. Eventually, his travels, lectures, and study of soils, crops, and animals took him around the world. Wing also worked on the staff of the Breeders Gazette and authored many agricultural books and articles. In 1913, he hosted the first annual alfalfa picnic at his home, Woodland Farms. Over 3,500 people joined the crowd, including Ohio's governor, James M. Cox. For his contributions to the alfalfa culture, Wing was inducted into the Ohio State Agricultural Hall of Fame in the 1940s.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 19, 2008
|1. Joseph E. Wing Marker|
Erected 2004 by Woodland Farms, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-11.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 4.021′ N, 83° 32.073′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsburg, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection of Rosedale Road
and Wing Road, on the left when traveling east on Rosedale Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsburg OH 43044, United States of America.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2008
|2. Joseph E. Wing Marker|
|Looking south across Rosedale Road.|
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. James Roy Hopkins (approx. 1.1 miles away); Second Baptist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Addison White (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Capt. Simon Kenton (approx. 10.7 miles away); In Memory of Simon Kenton (approx. 10.9 miles away); Spain Creek Covered Bridge (approx. 11.2 miles away); Pottersburg Bridge (approx. 12 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsburg.
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,009 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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