|Birth: ||1853, Austria|
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 1909|
Well-known as the Great Northern Immigration Agent who convinced groups of people to settle along the route of the Great Northern thus ensuring a profitable freight business across the Northern Plains states; and ultimately in Wenatchee, Washington.
Educated in Vienna, Bass came to America in 1877; Max Bass moved to Bismark, North Dakota in 1886, where he was Deputy Commissioner of Immigration.
At a State Fair he met the passenger agent for Great Northern Railway, F. I. Whitney. Whitney saw much that impressed him about Max Bass and hired him as Great Northern Immigration Agent.
Bass soon learned the essential qualities required of those who would be successful settlers in the difficult climate of Minnesota and worked to promote settlement in that state for about ten years.
G.N. included special immigrant trains accommodated with stoves for heating coffee, and sleeping accommodations for women and children. Immigration numbers for these special trains grew from 350 in 1894 to 10,056 in 1900. Not all immigrants used the special trains so these figures do not present the total picture for those years. Bass did not entice farmers to move to Minnesota with a promise of government aid; individual enterprise was stressed.
Max Bass convinced others to assist him in promoting the immigration to Minnesota. The venture was so successful he scouted out other promising locations including the Wenatchee Valley of Washington where the climate proved welcoming to apple growers.
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Record added: Nov 29, 2011
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