The Day of the Bonanza

The Day of the Bonanza

by Hiram M. Drache



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The Day of the Bonanza by Hiram M. Drache

The conquest of the West includes some of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the United States. The successful experiment of bonanza farming in the Red River Valley of Minnesota in the latter part of the nineteenth century is an important facet of this ever-moving frontier. This book reviews and describes the giant bonanza farms of up to 100,000 acres with as many as 1,000 field employees, 40 cooks and housekeepers, and up to 800 horses need to run these giant farms.

Prairie Homestead to Wall Street tells the story of four generations who, in their own way and without any great fanfare, lived the American Dream. Hard work, determination, and faith led the Jones family to establish the Metropolitan Building and Loan Association, which became a multibillion-dollar firm and the first North Dakota company to be traded on Wall Street. The first generation of this industrious family was Henry Jones, who immigrated to America from Norway. After enlisting in the military and serving in the Civil War, Henry settled in Minnesota and became a successful homesteader. Henry's son Martin, after several business ventures and missteps, learned from his experiences and at the age of 50, he founded the Metropolitan Building and Loan Association. Martin and his son Maurice nurtured Metropolitan from 1926 through the 1930s and into the post-World War II years. Using sound conservative, ethical principles and a customer first philosophy, Maurice grew Metropolitan into a multimillion-dollar firm while earning respect and leadership in regional circles. In 1967, his unassuming son Norman took over and successfully weathered the savings and loan crisis. In the process, Norman became a nationally recognized leader in the industry. Metropolitan became the first North Dakota company to be listed on Wall Street and became a multibillion-dollar firm, rewarding those who had faith in the firm his grandfather had started.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813419954
Publisher: Interstate Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/1964
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x (d)

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