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‘Tomatoes for Victory’ Owen Nursery, August 1942

Owen tomato nursery, 1942.

The James W. Owen Nursery maintained a 100-acre “Victory” tomato field east of Bloomington. “Victory” in this context meant food for U.S. troops fighting overseas and food security on the homefront. Back in 1942, Owen Nursery was located on the 1200 block of East Oakland Avenue. That’s where Jewel-Osco is today.
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Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History


Peggy Herrell Herrell1/03/21 10:01am

We were hsving s discussion about owen nursery on Oakland, thought it used to be where state farm is on oakland next to jewel osco now,, do you know when about what
Yr. State Farm annex on Oakland was built that sits next to jewel osco mow thank you very muchi

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