“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mineral Point in Iowa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Laurence F. Graber

“Mister Alfalfa”

Laurence F. Graber Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Kuntz, February 9, 2014
1. Laurence F. Graber Marker
Inscription. In 1887, Professor Laurence F. Graber was born on a nearby Mineral Point farm about three miles southwest of this location. In 1910, he began his career as an agronomy instructor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and was given the responsibility of increasing alfalfa acreage throughout the state. Graber received his doctorate from the University of Chicago and became an eminent agricultural scientist. He helped to develop superior winter hardy varieties of alfalfa seed and discovered new methods for planting and pasture renovation. Graber dedicated his life to educating students, farmers and the public about the benefits of alfalfa planting. He stated that (alfalfa is) "one of the greatest forages of the new hemisphere, and also one of its principal sources of renewable wealth." Because of Graber's efforts to promote this productive feed crop he earned the title "Mr. Alfalfa" and Wisconsin became the leading state in alfalfa acreage.
Erected 1999. (Marker Number 433.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 51.491′ N, 90° 11.804′ W. Marker is in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, in Iowa County. Marker is on Fair Street, on
Laurence F. Graber Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Kuntz, February 9, 2014
2. Laurence F. Graber Marker
the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the Iowa County Fairgrounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Fair Street, Mineral Point WI 53565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Mineral Point (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wisconsin Territory (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Fort Jackson (approx. one mile away); Shake Rag (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fort Defiance (approx. 5.5 miles away); Dodge's Grove and Fort Union (approx. 5.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); Iowa County Courthouse (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mineral Point.
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