Excerpt from The American Elevator and Grain Trade, Vol. 35: January 15, 1917
It is useless for any grain shipper to get the notion in his head, as do a great many new men in the busi ness, that he can buy every crop of grain that is raised in the territory tributary to his elevator, because he cannot, and the disappointment results in trouble and loss. If you cannot buy the crops of grain that really should go to your elevator, possibly on account of some little former difference between you and'the farmer, you should not harbor an enmity toward your competitor because he gets that certain crop of grain. You will find this trouble has existed in a great many localities and has been the cause of much anxiety and loss of money and friendship, the latter being the more serious loss when it exists for years as has been the case many times.
It is often the case where one shipper has to do a great deal more Association work in his locality than he thinks he ought to, but nevertheless, if he is fitted for it and is called upon to serve in that capacity, he should do all he can to keep the spirit and good will of his fellow men alive and together. It is the duty of every member of this Association to make himself one of a special committee to see and urge, by every means-that he can, his neighbor dealers, not already members, to join the State Association. The little amount that it costs each member to belong to and sustain the organization is but a trifle, and no one in the grain business can afford to stay outside.
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