SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS & FAMILY

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SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS & FAMILY,

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FARM BUSINESS
In the 1930s, bought grain farms and planted trees. Also had livestock -beef, chickens. Through the 1940s and 50s. Roadside stand became a grocery. By 1970s saw grocery consolidations. Changed our format to seasonal country store. Market to St. Louis.
FAMILY
Alvin's son Kurt Eckert (grandfather) who married Ruth Staab, had three sons. Built the current home. Miller home burned by lightning strike. Neighbors saved all the material goods, as family was not at home. The three sons formed a corporation in the 1950s. Passed shares to children and grandchildren. So large number of owners. Planning for the future generations. All the sons graduated from university - in agricultural economics, ornamental horticulture, communications, education.