• 1948 Corn Bowl program

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This program for the 1948 Corn Bowl football game in Bloomington pitted the Illinois Wesleyan Titans against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The Corn Bowl football game, which started in 1947, coincide…

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  • Inside of corn kernel

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This diagram labels and explains the various parts of the inside of a kernel of corn. Knowing the biology of corn was important for men like Eugene Funk who utilized such knowledge in breeding corn. L…

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  • Metal Corn Bins

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Metal corn bins for the Ever-Normal Granary store corn of a Funk's hybrid. Metal corn bins for corn storage did not arise until the after the first third of the 20th Century. How we learn about commun…

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  • Corn Planter Advertisement

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    An ad for a corn planter with description. Planting corn became mechanized before harvesting did. Corn spacing became automatic and thick sod could be planted in with ease. A corn planter about 1912.…

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  • Chinch Bug

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The chinch bug in this drawing -- actual size is 1/16" -- destroyed millions of dollars worth of the corn in the 1930s. Collectively, chinch bugs are massively destructive. In 1922, they came in mass…

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  • Funk Warehouse

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Ears of corn fill a Funk warehouse in the early 1900s. Like many farmers, the Funks constructed large warehouses to store ears of corn. Funk warehouse in the early part of the century. (Funk Heritage…

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  • Funk Brothers Seed Advertisement

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    In order to promote their hybrids, Funk Brothers Seed Company advertised their new products. This ad for 90-day corn ran about 1900. 90-Day corn was designed to grow quickly, so farmers could plant it…

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  • Corn Exhibit Photograph

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    A photo of the 'Just Corn: The Amaizing Story' exhibit inside the McLean County Museum of History in 1997. Panels of related photos and logos of seed companies are shown. In 1997, in conjunction with…

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  • Traditional Cornfield Planting

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This is an example of traditional cornfield planting, with multiple plants per hill and space between hills of corn. Corn was planted in rows with adequate space between so the plants would have room…

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  • William D. Walters, Jr.

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    William D. Walters, Jr., a professor of geography at Illinois State University, researched and wrote 'The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County,' published in…

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  • Land Use on Adlai E. Stevenson Farm 46 in 1935

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This drawing shows how the Adlai E. Stevenson Farm 46 sectioned off farmland for beans, corn, pasture, and oats in 1935. Adlai E. Stevenson was a Democratic Party politician and dipolomat. He was elec…

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  • Man hits barbed wire fence

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    In this drawing, a farmer runs into a barbed wire fence between cornfields. Barbed wire helped separate fields and deter trespassers and stray animals. How we learn about communities 18 Social Systems…

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  • Youngsters with corn

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Three young children sit amongst corn piled on the sidewalk, spilling out of a basket, and housed in two crates. For farming families, the yearly crop was their livelihood. Bad weather and a poor crop…

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  • Husking Hook

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    A corn husking hook was used to strip the ear from its outer covering. It attachs to the hand with canvas and maintains a sharp metal hook. Every farmer in McLean County was familiar with husking hook…

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  • Low Density Corn Planting

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    A farmer walks a cornfield of low density corn in eastern McLean County about 1920. Wide rows and low plant densities still prevail in today's fields. Corn field in eastern McLean county about 1920. W…

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  • Planter, Hand

    Early American Museum

    1. Homemade corn planter, painted blue. No distinguishing marks. Has handle, seed hopper and hand-lever. 2. Wooden planter. Long square body, flat on one side and tapers to a blunt point on the front…

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  • Farmers inspecting corn

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Three farmers in hats wear pouches around their necks while inspecting Funk's corn. The right type of ears of corn needed to be selected in order to make a good hybrid. How we learn about communities…

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  • The Heart of the Cornbelt book cover

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This cover from The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County by William D. Walters Jr. covers corn farming from Native Americans to present. Filled with facts, st…

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  • Sommer Bros. Float in 1947 Corn Bowl Parade

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    A Sommer Bros. Seed Co. float travels in the 1947 Corn Bowl parade. A parade was held in anticipation of the Corn Bowl, a football game held on Thanksgiving between North Central College and Southern…

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  • Griesheim's Advertisement for Cornfest

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Griesheim's clothing store runs an ad for the Bloomington Cornfest. Local merchants thrived during the cornfest because it brought many people into town. Several ran ads promoting their stores and the…

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