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(1913-1919)

Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 53: "when a feller needs a friend" PDF (1.1 MB)



Friend No. 1-Tbe Country-Minded Banker.
   When Ed. Wilkins found out this fall that he had a bunch of soft
corn on his hands, but didn't have a silo or enough stock to feed either
(being strong on field crops) where did he get help? In Wall Street?
Or from his wife's relations? No;-but he hit straight for the State
Bank and fixed it up with Byron M. Sweet, who believes in growing
his bank by growing his community.
   What did Frank Jones do the other day when he decided to take
out life insurances Why, he went to Jim Wilson, cashier of the City
National, and Jim helped him unravel the tangle of insurance finance,
showed him a safe policy to buy, and cautioned him against buying too
much. Frank says he's going to fix it up with the bank to look after
his boy's property and general training, too, in case something hap-
pens. "Jim," he says, "would be like a second father to the
lad."
   And there was Fred Bowers, who went into the State Bank and
was just making out a check for some stock in the
Company Consolidated when Mr. Sweet stopped him.
   "Hold on, Fred, you don't need water stock so much as you need
more stock for your water. I don't like to see our community's money
go out without good security!"
-Friend No. 2-The Agricultural Representative.
   When young George Martin saved up enough money working for
farmers around here and decided to get married to Lucy Mills and
clear a farm, who helped him the most to get the right start I Why, the
county representative in the place he wanted to go. This chap looked
up the soil survey records and got a good lawyer to fix up the abstract
all ship-shape for him. He met George at the depot and advised him
all he could about blasting and pulling stumps. George says he never
could have managed it alone in that new country and done as well.
Friend No. 3--The Good Landlord.
    You wouldn't suspect that Carl Johnson doesn't own that farm he
 lives on, would you? He takes so much pride in it and his children
 stick by him and are working to build up the community social and
 religious life. The reason? Carl has a good landlord-his best friend,
 Carl says. Abe Jarvis is the man-retired; and living in town. Abe's
 philosophy is, as he says:
    "We must work out a system of land tenure that will make the
 tenant regard the farm as his home-where his children can grow up
 and go to church and school, and get attached to the community."
    "The richest lands," Abe says, "if properly managed will
provide
 plenty for renter and owner without any fuss, if the renter and owner
 follow the Golden Rule."
    Abe Jarvis appreciates Carl Johnson's friendship, too, just as much
 as Carl values Abe's goodwill. Carl says, "A tenant knows that he
  .NJ


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