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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.
If you recognize anyone shown here please contact Museum librarian Bill Kemp at BKemp@mchistory.org.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

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

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