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Bell, Florence C. (Florence Colfax), 1899- / Farmer co-ops in Wisconsin

Central sells to 200 associations,   pp. 40-44 PDF (1.3 MB)

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  Central Cooperative Wholesale.
It is patronage that builds cooperatives.
op also sells petroleum products, hav-
ing a refinery connection and shipping
tank cars of "Fox Co-operative" gaso-
line, kerosene, and tractor fuels on a
commission basis to its members. All
petroleum products are being prepared
according to specifications designed to
meet the requirements of members.
  Many other commodities such as
roofing, wire fencing, and nails are
shipped direct to retail co-ops from
the manufacturer in carload lots. In
1940 the Fox River Valley Cooperative
Wholesale had jobbing connections
with more than 150 manufacturers of
various commodities which are either
distributed under its own trade-mark
or national trade-marks.
  Other uholesales in Wisconsin.-In
addition to the cooperatives which
have just been described, there are a
number of other wholesales operating
in Wisconsin. The A & B Cooperative
Oil Association at Ashland in north
Wisconsin is making bulk sales of oil to
cooperative member-groups. Cooper-
ative Services, Inc., located at Maple,
in northwest Douglas County, makes
oil sales at wholesale to gasoline sta-
tions owned by the five local coopera-
tive stores that organized and own
the wholesale. It also makes retail
sales of building material and farm
machinery directly to members of the
stores. Some 20 local cooperatives
formed the Central Wisconsin Coopera-
tive Warehouse Association at Camp
Douglas in Juneau County, to pool
their orders for supplies. Representa-
tive from the locals in this wholesale
usually meet once a month and decide
on the placing of pool orders. Each
local handles its own orders and pays
for its supplies, the only funds the
wholesale handles being the commis-
sions received on the bulk orders.
  Aided through the years by the in-
terest, and often the active assistance,
of the State organizations of the general
farm associations-the Grange, the
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