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Ben Gustafson & Son Manufacturing Company building in Moorhead, Minn.
Ben Gustafson & Son Manufacturing Company building in Moorhead, Minn.
TitleBen Gustafson & Son Manufacturing Company building in Moorhead, Minn.
Date of Originalbetween 1947-1957
DescriptionA view looking across the cobblestone street, the building on the right says "Ben Gustafson & Son Manufacturing Co. Seed Treating Equipment" and then there are two smaller buildings on the left. There are also two street lights, one on each side of the street.
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Industry
Industrial facilities
Street lights
Cobblestone streets
Personal NameGustafson, Ben F., 1888-1954
Organization NameBen Gustafson & Son Manufacturing Co.
LocationMoorhead (Minn.)
Clay County (Minn.)
AddressMoorhead (Minn.) - Center Avenue
Item Number2070.238.4
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original11 x 23 cm.
Transcription"Moorhead or Fargo?"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle supplied by cataloger.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryBen Gustafson was born in 1888, he started developing treatments for small grains to control seed borne diseases like smut. In late 1932 they moved to Fargo and changed the name to the Ben Gustafson Seed Grain Machinery Company. By 1945 Ben F. Gustafson is listed in the Fargo directory as having a machinery shop at 401 Front Street in Fargo, N.D. He lived at 301 10th Ave. S. Ben Gustafson & Son Mfg Co. moved to Moorhead, M.N. in 1947-1948, they manufactured machinery used for treating seeds. Ben F. Gustafson died on January 18, 1954 at the age of 65, after being a resident of the Fargo- Moorhead area for 18 years, and leaving behind his family, his wife, only son Wayne, and brother Chester. In 1957 Gustafson moved to St. Louis Park, M.N. and in 1962 moved to Hopkins, M.N. Chester Gustafson is listed as a Fargo-Moorhead resident in 1960 and as working as a purchasing agent for Ben Gustafson Mfg. Ben Gustafson & Son Manufacturing Co. was renamed to Gustafson Inc. In 1998 Bayer CropScience acquired fifty percent of Gustafson LLC, and by 2004 Bayer CropScience acquired 100% of Gustafson LLC. - some information from HTML article "The History of Gustafson."
Repository InstitutionCass County Historical Society
Repository CollectionCass County Historical Society Photography Collection 2070 (Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo)
Credit LineCass County Historical Society, Bonanzaville, West Fargo (2070.238.4)
Ordering Information,
(701) 282-2822
Cass County Historical Society
1351 West Main Ave.
West Fargo, ND 58078
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdm20702384
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