Near Detroit in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Earl C Smith
Nationally, Smith was active in the fight for "Parity for Agriculture," a goal that sought government action to help farmers achieve income levels comparable to those earned from 1910 - 1914, a time of profitability for farmers. Smith's work brought relief to farmers through US President Franklin D Roosevelt's first and second Agricultural Adjustment Acts.
Under Smith's leadership, the organization established businesses to help serve farmers: Growmark and the FS member companies, Prairie Farms Dairy, and Country Insurance
In retirement, Smith continued to farm in Pike County. He died on June 30, 1961. Earl C. Smith was a clear voice and a steady leader for agriculture -- A pioneer who advanced the philosophy that farmers need to take action to protect their futures and cooperate with others to achieve success.
Erected 2006 by The Illinois Farm Bureau, the County Farm Bureaus in Illinois, and the The Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 19, 1917.
Location. 39° 37.216′ N, 90° 40.435′ W. Marker is near Detroit, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is on Illinois Route 106, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45612 State Highway 106, Pittsfield IL 62363, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. East Pike General Store (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mormontown Site (approx. 3 miles away); The Ninety-Ninth Illinois Infantry (approx. 3.6 miles away); Troutner Dam (approx. 3.8 Welcome to Lake Pittsfield (approx. 4.2 miles away); Lime Kiln (approx. 5.1 miles away); Colonel William Ross House (approx. 5.9 miles away); Michael J. Noyes House (approx. 6.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 428 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 5, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 3, 4. submitted on July 24, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.