Ralph A Bartlett, Whittemore Creamery Manager - From Algona Upper Des Moines, 1/18/1934
Who's Who and What They Do No. 13 of a Series of Thumbnail Tor raits Nothing is of more interest to the I pregntion that went to fchc state semi- average farmer than his creamery and I finals, its management, and there is no in- ' dustry of which Whlttemore can be prouder than its cooperative creamery—which brings us to a little story about Ralph A. Bartlett, for the past two years manager of the Whlttemore Cooperative Creamery. Work in behalf of dairy betterment has been Ralph's chief interest in life, outside of his home. Born in Illinois, where <he lived on a farm most of his c-arly life, he graduated from Iowa State in 1925, and then taught in the dairy extension department for a year, before doing work for the dairy extension division. While at Iowa State in these capacities, he earned his M. S. degree, awarded in 1928. He recalls that he wrote his master's thesis in a Mason City hotel. Referring to the administration's agricultural program, Ralph stated that he felt the program has possibilities and calls for everybody pushing it, but he added that the dairy program has yet to be worked out. He anticipates a dairy control program. The Whlttemore Creamery has 268 patrons, a substantial Increase in the pact two years. Ralph was recently elected secretary for district 6 of the Iowa BUttermakers Association. He has accepted the burdens of responsibility of several civic enterprises, and is a member of the executive committee of the Whlttemore Community :lub. He drives a Chevrolet, and does not smoke. Last summer he enjoyed playing klt- tenball in the Algona league, and is also a golfer. In high school he played basketball, and the Manly team is still remembered as the surprise ag- Ralph A. Barilett ! His other hobby, dairying, calls for a | quality program in dairying, so that much premium butter as possible may be made. He Is a strong exponent of alfalfa and believes that all dairy cows, to be kept, should be fed with the Idea of production in mind. "If a farmer does not feed his cows right," he believes, "so that they produce they might just as well be sold." He is married and has two twin boys, Ralph, Jr., and Richard, both two and a half years old.