TRIBUTE TO THE WEST BRANCH FARMERS COOPERATIVE; Congressional Record Vol. 141, No. 182
(Extensions of Remarks - November 16, 1995)

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             TRIBUTE TO THE WEST BRANCH FARMERS COOPERATIVE

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                             HON. DAVE CAMP

                              of michigan

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, November 16, 1995

  Mr. CAMP. Mr. Speaker, it is a great pleasure for me to rise today to 
celebrate the 75th anniversary of the West Branch Farmers Cooperative. 
The cooperative was recognized on October 28, 1995 at the Knights of 
Columbus Hall in West Branch, MI.

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  In 1917, the cooperative began under the direction and inspiration of 
a few local farmers who desired to decrease the number of middle men 
between them and their markets. The farmers progressed and organized 
themselves to form the Ogemaw County Livestock Shippers Association in 
1918. Finally, with intense determination and dedication, these men 
continued the cooperative by revamping its structure in 1946. Today, 
the cooperative serves not only farmers but retirees, hunters, and pet 
lovers.
  I want to join the people of West Branch in honoring those who fought 
to preserve the West Branch Farmers Cooperative's existence, services, 
and achievements. I also wish to thank them for their diligence and 
perseverance through difficulty and challenging times. I wish the 
cooperative the best of luck in the future, and look forward to their 
continued growth and success.

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