This is the "Program" for the Seventh Annual Farmers Institute which met in Forest. It was printed by the Forest Review. This Seventh Annual meeting is followed below by the Eighth Annual meeting in 1904. In December, 1910 the first annual Farmers Institute took place over the 12th & 13th. From this we assume that the Farmers Institute was local and, in Forest, began in 1890. We do not know if it met annually as the program's title leads us to believe.
Mishawaka Rubber goods are mentioned on the cover of the program. This was probably in reference to goods manufactured by the Mishawaka Rubber & Woolen Mfg. Co. of Indiana. The name Mishawaka was derived from the term Native Americans used to identify an area of the river at Mishawaka, Indiana. It translates to mean swift flowing water or heavy timbered rapids." Three years after the Civil War, the Palmer and Worden Wollen Mill was purchased by a prominent local family who started manfacturing on the site. After several years it became Mishawaka Woolen and Manfacturing Company, a predecessor to what later became known as Mishawaka Rubber and Wollen Manufacturing Company, the Mishawaka Plant of the United States Rubber Company, and finally Uniroyal.
The Officers for Forest in 1902 were; A.T. Price, Wm. Wooley, O.J. Mansfield, and Mrs. J.H. Chance. J. Wharman, Wm. Forney, and H.E. Gardner were the Executive Committee members. Invited speakers were C.G. Williams and J.F. Gordon.
C.C. Kennedy, Ina McElree, D.C. Garrison, J.F. Gordon, B.F. Purdy, ? Moon, Geo. W. Smith, C.G. Wiliams, Martin Van Buren, P.A. Reigle, Ezra Van Buren, Hortie Gardner, Gladys Worley, Edwin Craven, P.Z. Berlien, Ira Parsell, F.H. McElree, Bessie Webber, D.S. Gano, Iva Johnson, Anna Trissler, J.B. Durban, Mrs. F.H. McElree, ? Caughey, J.W. Cook, Thomas Chamberlain, Lulu Gano, Edna Grafmiller, Mrs. J.C. Poling, Reva Price, Willie Crooks, Annie Trissler, Jessie Nye, Victory Mansfield, Della Grafmiller, Harold E. Gibson, and Dora Wynn were attendees and participants in the Institute's Program.
This is the first reference we can find for the A.E. Bower and M.L. Wolf & Son groceries (pp. 7 & 8 respectively). And it can be established that a Mick was in business with a McKean (p. 8). Could this be A.N. Mick who operated the grocery listed inside the back cover?
On January 29-30, 1904 the Farmers Institute met in Forest. At that time, A.T. Price was President of the organization. His officers were Martin Vanburen, O.J. Mansfield, and Mrs. J.H. Chance. On the executive committee were J.W. Harman, W.H. Wilson, and A.M. Hougendobler. State speakers invited were John L. Shawver of Bellefontaine, Logan county and R.Y. White of Chandlersville, Muskingum county.
Other attendees and participants of the 1904 meeting were the Rev. D.C. Garrison, the Williamson Sisters' Quartet, the Rev. Edwin Craven, John L. Shawver, B.F. Purdy, D. Dubbs, Wm. Kurtz, Wm. Wooley, Mrs. H.F. Shields, Mrs. McMillen, the Rev. Long, Inez Purdy, Mrs. L.H. Caughey, Mrs. Ira Parsell, Mrs. Martin VanBuren, Mrs. P.Z. Berlien, Mrs. Loretta Durbin, Mrs. E.A. Spencer, Mrs. O.J. Mansfield, Miss Mayme Morrow, Mrs. Wm. Switzer, Mrs. F.H. McElree, Mrs. T.H. Trissler, Miss Annie Purdy, Bessie Webber, Della Grafmiller, Edna Grafmiller, John L. Shanover, J.W. Ickes, James W. Cook, Wina Purdy, Ruth Crooks, Harley Price, Jessie Grafmiller, Freda Lotz, Gertrude Young, Earl Newell, Lulu Craven, Jessie Nye, Edith Webber, Mayme Morrow, Willie Crooks, Alice Purdy, Victoria Mansfield, Elic McCleary, Dora Wynn, Edith Munsey, Harold Gibson, Lalah Berlien, Mozelle Emmons, Lizzie McKinley, Roy Thompson, Grover Thompson, Gracie Hougendoubler, and Reva Price.