History

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1873

R.J. Ackley Born In Winchester, KS

1906

R.J. Ackley arrives in Garden City from Osborne County

1915

First Charter Signed

First charter for the Garden City Co-op signed by R.J. Ackley, T.M. Jones, A.R. Towles, D.D. Moore, C.P. Hamilton and contained the names of 20 stockholders.

1915

First General Manager

L.A. Dockum – First General Manager

1916

Woodworth Becomes GM

Charles G. Woodworth, G.M.

1917

Co-op Disbands

Farmers vote to disband after Dr. Samuel E (S.E.) Ball convinces them to invest in a chain store catalogue business venture that turned out to be a scam.

1919

Re-Chartered

Co-op is chartered again

1919

R.J. Ackley begins his role as Secretary / Treasurer of the board.

1919

RJ Ackley becomes Vice President

R.J. Ackley requested to be removed of Secretary/Treasurer duties and take on the role of Vice President and nominated Charley (C.E.) Adams to the role of Sec’y/Treas. Motion passed. Other members present: T.M. Jones, L.L. Crabb, Henry Myers (Meyer?).

1919

1st GM

Howard H. Everly (1st G.M. under new charter)

1919

First Elevator Purchased

First wooden frame elevator purchased from J.E. Kirk with a 10,000 bushel capacity for $10,750.

1920

1920 Board Election

Board of Directors were as follows: Frank Reed - President (Chairman) of the Board, R.J. Ackley - Vice President, Charley (C.E.) Adams – Sec’y/Treas, T.M. Jones & Henry Myers - Directors.

1921

Contracted with U.S. Grain Growers

1921

RJ Ackley Elected As President

R.J. Ackley is elected as President / Chairman of the Garden City Co-op Board of Directors. Henry Myers – V.P., C.E. Adams – Sec’y / Treas, T.M. Jones & Frank Reed - Directors

1924

Second Elevator Purchased

Second wooden elevator purchased with a 60,000 bushel capacity

1924

G.A. Smith Hired as GM

Everly is let go, G.A. Smith hired as G.M.

1924

Frank Beaty Hired as GM

Smith resigns, Frank (L.F.) Beaty hired as G.M.

1927

The GCC begins handling cream

1929

Walter Hopkins becomes GM

Frank Beaty leaves, Walter (W.G.) Hopkins becomes G.M

1929

Investment in Union Oil Company (later became Farmland Industries)

1929

First Gas Station

The GCC buys and operates its first gas station and feed store station for $1,150.

1930

The Farmer’s Cooperative Commission Company.

The Garden City Co-op takes a leading role in forming a regional co-op involving cooperatives in the Southwest Kansas area called The Farmer’s Cooperative Commission Company.

1931

Pierceville Elevator Built

Pierceville Elevator was built, a wooden frame elevator holding 18,000 bushels, purchased for $12,519.

1931

Peterson Elevator Aquired

Peterson Elevator, belonging to former G.M. H.H. Everly of Everly Grain Co. (1.5 miles East from the current Wolf Elevator) was sold to the Garden City Co-op.

1933

Tennis Elevator Acquired

Tennis elevator acquired for $12,870.58. This wooden elevator had 15,000 bushels of storage and was named after E.A. Tennis - the general manager of the Garden City, Gulf and Northern Railroads, having access to railroad service.