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Northampton Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, 1934 - Present
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1934-Present

The Northampton County Farm Bureau, Inc. entered the petroleum business in January of 1934 purchasing three bulk tanks and three truck tanks which were installed on trucks owned by their driver-salesmen. This expansion was funded by a $900 stock offering and Clarence T. Dewalt securing a $2,000 personal bank loan.

The Northampton Cooperative Farmers, Inc. was thriving and expanded with the purchase of a grist mill on February 28, 1934 for $6,500 from Robert and Grace Messinger. This mill was located along Bushkill Creek in Tatamy, Pennsylvania adjacent to our current facility. The miller's salary was set at $50 a month and Charles Fogel was hired.

The Northampton Cooperative Farmers, Inc. and Northampton County Farm Bureau, Inc. recognized the duplication of their efforts and the resultant synergies a combined organization would yield for their members. Both operations were consolidated by establishing a charter for the "Northampton Farm Bureau Cooperative Association" on December 18, 1934. The merger was completed March 26, 1935 and the Northampton Cooperative Farmers, Inc. was dissolved within the year.

Clarence T. Dewalt was elected the first president and manager of the Northampton Farm Bureau Cooperative Association. He held both positions until February, 1937 when he resigned as a director to become the full-time manager.

The Northampton County Farm Bureau, Inc. operated an additional five years as an educational and social organization until it was fully assimilated into the Northampton Farm Bureau Cooperative Association via amendments to its constitution which instituted automatic membership and governance by the same officers.

Northampton Farm Bureau Cooperative Association

Presidents

Sterling Ritter

1936-1971

David Houck

1971-1977

Clifford J Bonney

1978-1982

Harold Fabian

1982-1984

Clifford J Bonney

1985-1994

Clarence Fehnel

1994-1999

Roger Wolfe

1999-2004

Clarence Fehnel

2004-2007

Roger Wolfe

2007-2011

Robert Hoyer

2011-Present

General Managers

Clarence T. Dewalt

1937-1949

Albert Anthony

1949-1953

N. Dale Detweiler

1953-1972

John E. Linde, Jr.

1972-1987

Rich Bickert

1987-Present

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