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 and Financial Services, which today are among the largest and most successful businesses in Illinois.
In retirement, Smith continued to farm in Pike County. He died on June 30, 1961.
Erected 2006 by The Illinois Farm Bureau, the County Farm Bureaus in Illinois, and the The Illinois State Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormontown Site (approx. 3 miles away); Commemorating (approx. 7.1 miles away); Pike County's Lincoln (approx. 7.1 miles away); Lincoln's Pike County (approx. 7.1 miles away); Reuben Scanland House (approx. 7.3 miles away).
Categories. • Agriculture •
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