Joseph E. Wing

Joseph E. Wing (HM8XB)

Location: Mechanicsburg, OH 43044 Champaign County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 4.021', W 83° 32.073'

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Joseph E. Wing was one of the first persons to identify, promote, and grow alfalfa as a forage crop east of the Mississippi River. He developed his interest in alfalfa while in Utah, where he worked on a cattle ranch. When he returned, Wing began promoting the alfalfa culture, traveling among farmers in Champaign County and neighboring counties. Eventually, his travels, lectures, and study of soils, crops, and animals took him around the world. Wing also worked on the staff of the Breeders Gazette and authored many agricultural books and articles. In 1913, he hosted the first annual alfalfa picnic at his home, Woodland Farms. Over 3,500 people joined the crowd, including Ohio's governor, James M. Cox. For his contributions to the alfalfa culture, Wing was inducted into the Ohio State Agricultural Hall of Fame in the 1940s.
HM NumberHM8XB
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number9-11
Year Placed2004
Placed ByWoodland Farms, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 4:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 283851 N 4438273
Decimal Degrees40.06701667, -83.53455000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 4.021', W 83° 32.073'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 4' 1.26" N, 83° 32' 4.38" W
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Area Code(s)937, 740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5498 Township Hwy 200, Mechanicsburg OH 43044, US
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