A Guide to the Croushorn Family Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau Papers, 1932-1958
Collection Number SC 0261

Compiled by: Sarah Roth-Mullet, January 2018

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Croushorn Family Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau Papers, 1932-1958
Collection No.: SC 0261
Creator: Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau
Extent: 4 folders; .32 cubic feet.
Language: English
Abstract: This collection is comprised of Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau receipts, newsletters, correspondences and ephemera related to the Croushorn family farm and business, in Augusta County, Virginia, from 1932-1958.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.
Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).
Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau Papers, 1932-1958, SC 0261, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Acquisition Information: Items were donated by Kate Morris on December 6, 2017
Provenance: Items were purchased on eBay on October 24, 2017.

Bio/Historical Note:
The Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau was founded in 1921, with headquarters in Harrisonburg, Virginia. By 1948, it had branches in Timberville, Bridgewater, Elkton and Cross Keys, Virginia. In 1948, it did approximately $5 million in business, marketing eggs, livestock, wool and poultry for member farms.

Lettie Florence Landes Croushorn was born in 1883 in Augusta County, Virginia. After her husband’s death in 1914, Lettie ran the family farm and dairy operation, located about three miles west of Burketown, in Augusta County. After her death in 1953, two of her children, Ruth Lillian (1907-2005) and Tracy Eugene (T.E.) Croushorn (1912-2000), managed farm operations and lived in the family farmhouse.

Scope and Content:

This collection is comprised of Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau receipts, newsletters, correspondences and ephemera related to the Croushorn family farm and business, in Augusta County, Virginia. The collection contains a 1943 Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau membership certificate for Lettie Croushorn, and 1947 receipts for various farm and household expenses. The collection contains Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau newsletters from 1951, 1953 and 1955, including the first issue (Vol. 1, No. 1) in May, 1951. Newsletter topics include Co-op membership, and articles about the poultry industry and poultry care. The collection includes letters from C. V. Smith, Secretary and General Manager of the Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc., about annual meetings, meetings related to dairy operations and mail-in ballots. Among the ephemera are a needle book and calendar from 1932, an order for Southern States hybrid corn from 1946, a Virginia feed inspection tag, and brown paper with Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau advertising.

Arrangement:

Items are arranged by material type.

Bibliography:

Find A Grave. “Lettie Florence Landes Croushorn (1883-1953)” Find a Grave Memorial no. 26867584. Accessed January 30, 2018. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26867584.

Find A Grave. “Tracey Eugene Croushorn (1912-2000)” Find a Grave Memorial no. 28224003. Accessed January 30, 2018. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/28224003.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Receipts, 1947 1:1
Correspondence, 1951-1954 1:2
Newsletters, 1951-1958 1:3
Ephemera, 1932-1943 1:4