History on Third Thursday
“History of Western Grocer Mills and Marshall Canning” by Rev. Doulas Harding
This event is open to the public at no charge. Light refreshments will be served following the program.
This month’s program will cover the history and development of the Wester Grocer INC along with Marshall Canning. As Harding’s interest is railroads, it includes railroad related information.
Western Grocer was one of the largest wholesale grocery distributors between Chicago and Denver 1901-1947. Based in Marshalltown, Iowa, they owned Marshall Canning with canning factories and pickle works located in several states. At warehouses in Iowa & Minnesota, they repackaged foods for their Jack Sprat, Mayflower, Brown Beauty and other brand names. They were served by the Minneapolis & St Louis Railroad.
Rev. Douglas Harding, United Methodist Clergy, published author, speaker, researcher and model railroad layout builder/operator. Member of the NMRA, Mid-Continent Region, LDSIG, OPSIG and several railroad historical societies. He models the Minneapolis & St Louis Railroad.