The Common Touch: Story of Henry W. Collins, Oregonian - Biography - Pendleton - Oregon - Grain Broker - 1950s

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Title: The Common Touch: The Story of Henry W. Collins, Oregonian

Author: Pete & Jeanne Pedersen

Description: No publication date (circa 1955). Inscribed by Collins on ffep (plus laid-in letter from Collins on his business letterhead). Beige cloth boards. Interior clean. 17 pages of photographs. 118 pp. 7.75 x 5.5 inches.

Biography of Eastern Oregon businessman, Henry W. Collins. The account, full of anecdotes, covers his family background and early life in and around Portland, life and work in the grain business in Pendleton and Umatilla County, prominent involvement with the Pendleton Round-Up, his acquaintance with various Umatilla Indians, and his equestrian interests (noting horses and jockeys) including his stint on the Oregon Racing Commission.

Biography of Henry William Collins (1884-1970), an Eastern Oregon grain broker and horse enthusiast. He began his long career in the western grain market in Pendleton in 1906 when he joined Balfour-Guthrie & Co. and where, in 1919, he built the Collins Flour Mill. In 1930 he became the West Coast Vice President of the Farmers National Grain Co. as well as for the government-owned Grain Stabilization Corp. Around 1934 he joined Archer-Daniels-Midland Company as west coast manager, later becoming a vice president and director. He also served as the president of the Pendleton Round-Up Association from 1921 to 1932. The laid-in letter is addressed to A. F. Pavenstedt, who served for many years as the vice president and general manager of the Balfour-Guthrie Co.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: [privately published]
Place: n/a
Year: No publication date (circa 1955).

Keywords: Pendleton, Oregon, Umatilla County, grain brokers, Collins Flour Mill, Pendleton Round-Up, equestrian, western grain market, Balfour-Guthrie, Stabilization Corp, Archer-Daniels-Midland,

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