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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: DECEMBER 5, 1909.
Men Who Have Brought the Great Corn Show to Its Splendid Success
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a. W. WATTLES.
hi power he has thrown Into this corn
ihow. He not only ha looked after execu
tive matter, but the minutest details as
well. evn down to the hutn!)le service of
going out and retting; the money. During
Intervening months he traveled extensively
over the country, securing concessions for
the expoHltlon and spreading Its good will
Rial iAerelt Buckingham.
Everett Buckingham is a big man In
more ways than one. He will tip the scales
ut over 200, but his poers of mind and
heart are even bipger than that proportion-
ately. Mr. Bucklnitham Is general manager
of the t'nlon Stock Yards company ofj
south umaiia, but ror ninny years ne was
one of the executive offlclnLs of the Union
Pacific and later of the Oregon Short Line.
What of tills? Nothing, save that It has
been one of the best resources at the com
mand of the National Corn exposition. A
man wfth such experience knows best how
to negotiate business relation with rail
roads. All the acumen of his splendid rail
road mind Mr. Buckingham has freely
placed at the disposal of this exposition.
He has gone hack and forth personally to
and from Chicago and other cities when
necessary to make direct solititatlons for
railroad patronage and concessions. He
has been Indispnnslhle. ,
Jnmea .1. Hill.
Jjincs J. lliil Is preeminently the friend
and counsellor of the farmer. He believes
that -before the country can enjoy sub
stantial and permanent prosperity Its farms
and farmers must be prosperous. And he
believes that more of the best young men
of the day should go back to the soil. Mr.
Hill, by building und developing his great
railroads, has opened up to high grade set
tlement and cultivation 314,000,000 acres of
as good land as there Is on the northern
hemisphere. This land holds within It mln
ersl and vegetable wealth of inestimable
moasure. It took years of patient struggle
on Mr. Hill's part to place this empire at
the disposal g the common people. He
ITHOUT the right aort of men
T1FI this national exposition could
yy I never have become the success
ii is. uui 11 uhi naa ins rigm
sort of men from the first.
Men of peculiar ability and
forceful characters were selected and they
have worked out wonder for the Institu
tion. Some of these men have national and
International name and some are pillar
of the country8 prosperity. The personnel
Of the promoter of the National Corn
exposition has been one of It soundest
and most valuable assets. The country
ha had Its attention arrested, first, be
cause men of such serious minds have
riven their best efforts to the Institu
tion. President Wattles.
The president of the National Coin ex
position, Gurdon W. Wattles, is also presi
dent of the Omaha and Council Bluffs
Street Railway company and he has a
habit of being; president, possessing ex
ecutive abilities to such a marked degree.
Mr. Wattle has had little to do, but his
influence, which is large, has been with
the enterprise and his mean have not
been tintingly given. He Is one of the
men of large financial Interests back of
the exposition and he ha been needed more
than once. Moreover, when he ho been
needed he ha come to 'he front with the
counsel or coin that wa called for.
Vice President Belden.
C. C. Belden has from the first been one
of tha liveliest hustler who ha had any
thing to do with the National Corn ex
position. He and Tom Bturgess fairly
haunted the business men of this city
last year when the enterprise was new to
Omaha in their vlgllent pursuit of the
elusive dollar. Did they get It? Well, take
a, glimpse of Mr. Beldon's make-up and
decide. A member of the Thompaon-Belden
company, one of the largest retail firms of
the city, Mr. Belden' personal position
wa such as to give tremendous weight and
prestige to the exposition, and it was for
thl purpose that he was selected as one
of the directors and prime movers of the
exposition and made vice president. No
man has done more persistent pounding for
the success of the institution.
Charles C. Itosewater.
Charles C. Rosewater, general manager
of 1)he Bee Publishing company, was one
of the prime mover In the National Corn
exposition. After the first show of the
National Corn association had been held
In Chicago the officer were dissatisfied
and decided that It would be better to
hold the exposition In a city mure centrally
located In the corn belt. After studying the
xnap and conditions they decided Omaha
wa the best. They came to Omaha and
first called upon Mr. Rosewater, who called
lata consultation T. F. Sturgess, editor of
tha Twentieth Century Farmer, published
hr Tha Bee Publishing company.
These gentlemen then decided to put the
proposition before the buklnesa men of
Omaha, and several of the leading mer
chant and Jobber were Invited to a lunch
eta, where the proposition was put bi
tuit them. They explained the scope of
the show with the result that $10,000 was
subscribed for putting on the exposition.
That these citizens themselves did not
comprehend the great scope of the ex
position 1 Men by . this small guarantee.
But It wa a beginning.
JjCr. KoMwater ha devoted a large part
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KENTON L. BUTTERFIELD.
T. F. STURGESS.
of his time to the work of promoting the
exposition and has made extensive trips
all over the country. Ho has given adver
tising space In The Bco and. the Twentieth
Century Farmer without stint, realizing
that the exposition meant a great deal
mora than simply bringing a few thousand
people to Omaha, but rather looked at the
brcader side of the exposition In the great
good It would do to the west in teaching
the farmers how to increase Vho yield of
General Manauer Ntiirne.
Thomas F. Sturgcss Is the general man
ager of the National Corn exposition, and
that's one of the big reasons why it is
moving on to such a splendid success. Mr.
Sturgess only assumed the title of tho of
fice after the show of lust year had been
cleared up and plans for the one this year
set on foot, but his activity last year In
helping to bring tho show to Omaha and
conducting it placed him under the burden
of the Institution. His training as editor
of the Twentieth Century Farmer gave
him a good insight Into the details of
much that was necessary to make a
National Corn exposition. Mr. Sturgess Is
nothing If not a student, and next he Is a
worker, a persistent, patient worker. All
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had to build 7.000 miles of railroad for
one thing and he built those 7,000 miles of
road without asking or receiving a cent of
government subsidy or lund grant. Mr.
Hill is a severely practical man. He be
lieves in knowing every detail of his own
business and so when he undertook the
task of building one of hi great railroads,
the Great Northern, he walked every foot
of Its length to get the lay of the land and
know for himself its possibilities, and the
topography of the country In which he wa
to expend millions.
Believing that Americans should pro
duce all those needed agricultural products
to which the soil and climate are adapted,
and that a farm or given tract of land
should at the same time be made to "pay
dividends" Just the same as a railroad or
manufacturing enterprise pays on Its cap
ital stock, Hugene Funk of Shirley, 111.,
was one of the first men to demonstrate
that farming can be reduced to the same
basis as any other business.
Take tho great Funk farms in Illinois,
owned by Mr. Funk and his brothers. They
have 23,000 acres and have put the hand
ling of these farms on the sain basis as a
great manufacturing enterprise. Suppose
the land is worth $160 an acre. The Funks
said: "It must be made to pay us divi
dends, on this valuatlon;Vno difference
what the crops are, it must earn, say, 8 per
cent net." '
It took some time to get farming on
this basis, but in tho last few years the
farms have paid dividends on a valuation
of $200 per acre. In other words, by Intelli
gent work the Funks have pushed the
value of their "farm stock" up 50 points or
To aid in getting other farmers to put
their farming on a business basis, Eugene ,
Funk becanie Instrumental in organizing
the National Corn association and Is now
Its president. Not only does this organiza
tion urge more and better corn, but con
duct a campaign, to popularize corn' as a
human food. When corn is more generally
used for human food, its price will be like
wheat more fixed and always higher Thus '
the farmer Is benefited, and Eugene Funk
has had an influence in getting corn used i
not only in this country but abroad. I
The National Corn exposition Is sup-1
ported by the National corn association.
and the influence of the organization I
more potent than is generally supposed.
Every exhibitor who sends samples of grain
to Omaha is a member of the organization,
while those who arrange the state exhibits
are the vice presidents of tha organiza
tion. Thus Eugene Funk has put his Influence
and that of the organization which he
heads behind the National Corn exposi
tion, believing the $10,000,000 spent annually
by the government and the states In build
ing up the science and practice of agri
culture can give a greater benefit to the
farmers If they can attend a great exposi
tion and see what Is being done. The result
of the corn show, to Eugene Funk, means
a large net Increase In the value of pro
ducts per acre and per worker, for Funk
is a business man above all else.
Secretary James Wilson.
While James Wilson, secretary of agri
culture and president of the American
Breeders' association, will not he In Omaha
during the National Corn exposition be
cause of the opening of congress, there
are fevmen connected with tho exposition
whose influence has been more potent to
make the latest of western enterprises a
To James Wilson Omaha owes the fact
that the exhibit of the government at
Seattle Is coming to the "corn show." By
his direction four special baggage cars
were loaded at Seattle during the last week
and are now on their way to Omaha.
Mr. Wilson entered the cabinet under
President William McKinley, and at that
time those who knew said: "It may be
doubted whether there Is another man In
the United States who united In Ills own
person so many admirable qualifications
for the position of secretary of agricul
ture." Mr. Wilson has the tact and shrewd com
mon sense of his Scotch ancestry, a high
conception of his department, ' a remark
able appreciation of the manner in w filch
theoretical and scientific work can be ap
plied directly to farm improvement and
plenty of the political sagacity that Is re
quisite In a member of the president'r ad
In Tama county, Iowa, Secretary (?llson
has a great farm of 1,200 acres, "which
bears evidence of his practical skill and
scientific nttalnments In agriculture and
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C. C. ROSEWATER.
For six years Mr. Wilson served in con
gress and was a member of the commit
tee! on agriculture, also speaker of the
house. During his service In congress Mr.
Wilson was Instrumental in getting. many
measures through which were beneficial
to agriculture and assisted In planning the
work of the department of which he has
been the head for many years.
John H. Worst.
John H. Worst, president of the North
Dakota College of Agriculture at Fargo,
might be called the author or inventor of
a system to Avoid, "agricultural bank
ruptcy," and naturally he Is one of the
men "behind the Corn Show."
In North Dakota new settlers have been
pouring In until the movement is called a
second coming of pioneers. To get these
new settlers started on claims, to show
them how to make a living the first year
on a wild tract of land, is one of the
problems which President Worst has con
fronted. The problem hus been solved to
a large measure. Flax is one of the crop
planted the first year, and the new set
tler makes a profit. Many of them come
from states where flax Is not known as a
farm crop. The colleRe In North Dakota
has been of great assistance lo the new
Then President Worst realizes the neces
sity of getting crops for the farmers to use
in rotation. North Dakota is advertised
as a wheat state. Farmers go Into it to
grow wheat and they keen growing it as
long as the land will produce a wheat
straw. Retaining the fertility of the soil
is a far-sighted policy of John H. Worst.
He Insists on crop rotation on the plant
ing of a crop now and then which will put
back In the soil elements of plant food
taken from It by continuous wheat crop
Something of the way In which this man
has been called to labor among new set
tlers may be realized from the fact that
In the off.ee of W. C. Gilbrtath, commis
sioner of agriculture for North Dakota,
t.tfiO mailing cards' of the Postofflce frpart-
Ilirill limy u rccn uu inc.. iiv-do vmuw
give notice to the commissioner of changes
of address. He has been sending bulletins
to farmers all over the United States.
In four years 6.200 have changed their ad
dress from other stats, to North Dakota.
John H. Worst has work to do, but he Is
coming to Omaha to deliver an address at
the National Corn exposition.
Kenya- V. Batterfleld.
Kenyon L. Btterfleld, president of the
Massachusetts College of Agriculture, Is
one of the big men interested in the Na
tional Corn exposition at Omaha and his
Interest has mad good exhibits possible
from tha New England state.
President ButUrfleld wa a member of
the Roosevelt Country Life commission
and visited the exposition In Omaha last
year. This commission may yet become a
permanent organisation a congressional
oonunlaslon rather than a president's com
culsslon and thus com to do much In be
half of American country life.
The New England people, after looking
over the plans of the National Corn expo
sition, decided that New England should
give a corn show, and next year a big
show will be held in the states on the
north Atlantic and the prize winners
brought to the National Corn exposition.
This la a Butterfleld Idea. He has been
aware for some time that Now England
was buying altogether too much food
products from the west and middle west.
The New England states have soils which
will produce all the corn they can consume
If the farmers will get seed adapted to
the short seasons and cold soils. It grows
In northern Wisconsin and matures. Why
can we not grow corn In New England,
says Butterfleld, and he has put his work
erg on tha task. New England will still
buy corn in the west, but In smaller quan
tities each year.
That President Butterfleld appreciates
the National Corn exposition and realizes
Its worth to the farmer, Is shown by the
fact that New England Is nw to have
such an exposition.
RACE TO SAVE BABY'S LIFE
Snrsreona Cut n Hole In Its Throat
for Air and Ilemore a
Mary, tho baby duughter of Mrs. Bertha
Flngerhut of 312 East Twenty-first street.
New York, was saved froth death by chok
ing through the quick work of two sur
geons In performing an operation of trach
eotomy. The mother was breaking peanuts into
fine pieces with her own teeth and feeding
them to the baby, when the latter, unob
served, seized a whole kernel and tried to
swallow It. She began to choke, and when
slapped on the back failed to dislodge tha
peanut. Mrs. Flngerhut hurried with tha
child to fc. drug store at the corner of First
avenue. The druggist said he could do
nothing and urged her to hurry the baby
to Bellevue hospital. Mr. Flngerhut was
almost frantio and commenced to run up.
First avenue In the middle of the street,
Behind them was a Board of Health am
bulance driven by Albert McNeil. lie
turned to Dr. Earl H. Welcome, a United
States army surgeon attached to the WU
lard Parker hospital, who was also on the
ambulance, and suggested that tha baby
might have been run over.
Dr. Welcome Jumped from the ambulance
and asked Mrs. Flngerhut what the mat
ter was. She was so excited that she could
say nothing but that the child must be
hurried to the hospital.
Dr. Welcome snatched the baby from
her. Jumped to the seat beside McNeil and
told him to drive with all speed , possible.
The ambulance reached Twenty-sixth street
In quick time and went Into the hospital
yard at a rate that made the gatekeeper
Dr. "Welcome rushed Into the ' reception
room of Bellevue, where he was met by
Dr. Hooker. f
"The baby la choking," said Dr. Wei-
The other physician looked at the child,
isvho was unconscious, and said: "I m
airaiu you ro iuu mie, uuuiur, uie uau
"No, she Isn't," said Dr. Welcome. "Her
pulse Is fluttering. Get your instruments."
They hurried the child Into another room.
In scarcely a longer time than It takes to
tell It one of the surgeons had made an
Incision In the baby's throat and Inserted
a tube for her to breathe through, while
tlte other thrust a forcepi down her throat
and withdrew the peanut. They then sewed
up the Incision and bandaged It. The baby
was revived with stimulants, and when her
mother arrived Mary was in condition to
bo taken homaNew York Pre,
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