Farmers’ Co-operative Grain and Supply Company (Minden, Neb.) [RG3953.AM]


RG3953.AM: Farmers’ Co-operative Grain and Supply Company (Minden, Neb.)

Minutes: 1902-1980
Minden, Kearney County, Neb.: Co-operative association
Size: 2 volumes on 1 reel of microfilm


On December 29, 1902, the farmers near Minden in Kearney County, Nebraska, met to organize a local co-operative association under the name of the Farmers’ Co-operative Grain and Livestock Association. This was the third co-operative organization to be formed in the county, following the Scandinavian Mutual Insurance Company begun in 1886 and the Kearney County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company founded in 1892.

In January of 1903 the name was changed to Farmers’ Co-operative Grain and Supply Company. Its purpose was to buy and sell on commission grain, livestock, lumber, coal, and other farm supplies. J.S. Canaday, president of the Nebraska Co-operative Elevator Association, was chosen as the first president.

The company’s elevator was finished in August of 1903. In 1946 the company purchased another elevator. The principal business of this organization has always been the buying and selling of grain, although it also deals in feed, coal, and farm machinery.


This collection consists of one reel of microfilm containing two volumes of minutes dating from 1902-1980. These records are primarily minutes for the regular monthly meetings of the Board of Directors, although the annual stockholders’ meetings are also included. The minutes give information on elections, policies, membership, and finances, as well as committee, secretary’s treasurer’s, and shipping agent’s reports. Regular financial reports show profits, expenses, liabilities, and assets.

Note: These records are on microfilm only. History Nebraska does not hold the original records.


Reel 1

  1. Minutes, 1902-1959
  2. Minutes, 1959-1980

Subject headings:

Cooperative associations — Nebraska
Farmers’ Co-operative Grain and Supply Company (Minden, Neb.)
Grain storage — Nebraska
Kearney County (Neb.) — Cooperative associations
Minden (Neb.) — Businesses

Revised 08-24-2007 TMM

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