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Le Sueur in Le Sueur County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Jolly Green Giant

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
1. The Jolly Green Giant Marker
Inscription. In 1903, fourteen of Le Sueur's leading businessmen met in the back of the Cosgrove Harness Shop to start a canning factory. They called it the Minnesota Valley Canning Company. Sixty-seven shares of stock at one hundred dollars per share were sold that evening. The sale provided enough money to buy one kettle, seed, sugar, salt and cans. Corn was brought in from the fields with horse-drawn wagons. Women husked the corn by hand for three cents per bushel.

Eleven thousand seven hundred cases of white cream style corn were sold that first year. The profit from this was enough to buy two more kettles. The company continued to grow, and in 1907 it began canning peas under the Blue and Gold label. In 1925, the Green Giant brand of peas was added. Vacuum packed Niblet brand yellow whole kernel corn was introduced in 1929. Though the company continued to expand, packing a variety of vegetables and opening canning facilities throughout the United States, only corn and peas were ever canned in Le Sueur.

In the early 1940s, during World War II, many of the local men went into the military service. That left a shortage of help. Laborers from Mexico and Jamaica and German prisoners of war were assigned to help harvest the vital food crops needed.

In 1950, the Minnesota Valley Canning Company changed its name to
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By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
2. The Jolly Green Giant Marker
south side of marker with duplicate text
the Green Giant Company. In 1978, one year before the company was acquired by Pillsbury, its national sales were over $485 million, and its net earnings were over $10 million.

Over the years, the canning company had a direct impact on the positive growth and development of the City of Le Sueur. The Le Sueur plant closed in 1995. Today its history remains and if you listen carefully, the gentle laughter of the Jolly Green Giant can still be heard echoing through his valley.

seal of Minnesota Department of Transportation
seal of The Minnesota Historical Society, Instituted 1849

Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
and the Pillsbury Company
1998

 
Erected 1998 by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Pillsbury Company.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 28.336′ N, 93° 54.382′ W. Marker is in Le Sueur, Minnesota, in Le Sueur County. Marker is at the intersection of Dakota Street and Commerce Street (Minnesota Highway 112) on Dakota Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Le Sueur MN 56058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured
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By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
3. The Jolly Green Giant Marker
as the crow flies. Le Sueur (approx. mile away); Dr. William W. Mayo House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Roster of the Le Sueur Tigers (approx. 0.8 miles away); 1923 Minnesota River Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Minnesota River Valley (approx. 1.9 miles away); St. Jude's Episcopal Church Congregation (approx. 3.8 miles away); Joseph R. Brown State Monument (approx. 3.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Le Sueur.
 
Also see . . .
1. Green Giant. Wikipedia entry. "'The Valley of the Jolly Green Giant' refers to the Minnesota River valley around Le Sueur." (Submitted on May 19, 2013.) 

2. Green Giant. Our Story. (Submitted on May 19, 2013.) 

3. The Green Giant. History of the mascot. (Submitted on May 19, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Jolly Green Giant Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
4. The Jolly Green Giant Marker
south side of marker with duplicate text
The Jolly Green Giant and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
5. The Jolly Green Giant and Marker
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By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
6. The Jolly Green Giant
Product mascot.
 
 
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