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1914 - 2014 Hadley Farmer’s Elevator celebrates 100 years

By: Sheila Crowley, staff writer

July 23, 2014

Hadley Farmer Elevator Company  during the early 1950s 
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Hadley Farmer Elevator Company during the early 1950s
The first order of business for the new co-op was the purchase of the Hubbard and Palmer Elevator for $3,125.
In this day and age of mergers and ‘bigger is better’, the Hadley Farmer’s Elevator remains independent. In fact, on August 2nd the elevator will celebrate 100 years of business.

“I attribute our success to the loyal customers we have,” said manager Darin Wajer. “For many of them, their fathers and grandfathers also did business with the Hadley Farmer’s Elevator - it’s kind of a tradition.”

A meeting was called on March 28, 1914, to organize the co-op. About 40 farmers and business people were present.

A couple of private elevators already were operating in the town, built by the pioneers in the area along with train depots after the railroad came through in the late 1800s.

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