Oakford Grain Business
Soon after Oakford had been surveyed and rail
traffic was operating demands were made by the
farmers for an elevator to ship their grains.
In 1877 Low&Foster erected a one story
elevator operated by horse power on the site of the
present north elevator. They hired a local school
teacher, Oscar Hubbard as manager.
At the same time. Hubbard opened an
implement business employing John Armstrong of Revis
Springs Mason County as clerk in 1878.
Hubbard managed these businesses until 1894
then moved to Petersburg. Robert Anderson purchased
grain for McFadden & Company for some time.
Robert Dick also worked here until his death in 1904.
In the early 1890s George Sloan came to Oakford
to manage Turner Hudnut's new elevator at the south
crossing. he too, entered the implement business
Later, he took in a Mr. Shankland as a partner.
Shankland eventually sold to Henry Baker; thus
it became known as Sloan & Baker.
Sloan moved to Havana in 1901. Ryal Armstrong
took Sloan's place at the elevator and the implement
Around 1900. both elevators burned and new ones
were built which are still standing although obsolete.
Our new elevator has replaced them.
For a time Elmer Hameline operated the Hudnut
elevator and an implement store in the Lutes building
at the same time.
After Robert Dick's death the McFadden elevator
was operated by John Armstrong along with his
implement store. In the early 1920s Cecil Taylor
took over the management until 1956. Since operators
have been Virgil Combs Leo Reiser and the O.K.
In 1916 Walter McFadden became manager of
Turner Hudnut elevator. Since the new wagon
bridge was built connecting Menard and Mason Counties
all the Hergert Bottom grain came to Oakford making us
one of the leading grain centers in central Illinois.
McFadden continued until the elevator closed in 1940.
Later, Paul Friend obtained the elevator hiring
George EilksSr., operator. Later through an
exchange ownership went to Leo Reiser. Today O.K.
Grains owns the property.
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