Howard Edward “H.E.” Babcock

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Howard Edward “H.E.” Babcock

  • Birth 1889 Otsego County, New York, USA
  • Death 12 Jul 1950 New York, USA
  • Burial Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 113980343

Gilbertsville, NY
The South New Berlin BEE, pg. 1
Friday, 21 July, 1950
FUNERAL FOR HOWARD BABCOCK, FARM EXPERT, HELD FROM ITHACA
--Gilbertsville Native Known Nationally For Agricultural and Public Service--
The funeral for Howard E. Babcock was held from Sage Chapel, on the campus of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. last Friday.
One of the best known men in the nation, actively interested in the problems, the possibilities, the roots of agriculture, Mr. Babcock, a native of Gilbertsville, died in New York City on Wednesday, July 12, at the age of 61.
Among those who attended the funeral from Gilbertsville were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Freer, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Leland Freer, Mrs. William Hankey and her son, Robert, Mr. and Mrs. John Frone and their son, William, Mrs. Herbert Nearing, and Mrs. and Mrs. William Woodland.
Mr. Babcock turned, early in life, from law to agriculture, and in the latter field left his name indelibly etched. He was the organizer and former president of the Cooperative Grange League Federation (G.L.F.) Exchange, which buys farm supplies for farmers in three states on a non-profit basis. This organization today is a multi-million dollar enterprise.
H.E. Babcock was born in Gilbertsville on February 23, 1889, a son of Howard W. and Mary Donahue Babcock. He attended the local public schools and in 1911 graduated from Syracuse University. It was during this time that his interests and studies changed from law to agriculture.
After college, Babcock taught agriculture in the Albion High school and was a biology teacher at the Elmira Free Academy. Later he was county agriculture agent in Cattaraugus and Tompkins counties, assistant state director of Farm Bureaus, secretary of the New York State Agricultural Conference Board and secretary of the New York Farm Bureaus.
--Cornell University Trustee--
After service as World War I state director of food conservation, Babcock taught marketing at Cornell University. He was chairman of the board of trustees at Cornell from 1940 to 1947 and remained a member of the board until his death.
Babcock organized the Grange League Federation in 1920 and helped it grow to $2,589,831 organization doing a gross business of $49 million. He stepped out of league affairs in 1945 to work on his 1,000-acre farm near Ithaca and his Roswell, N.M., ranch.
--"Most Brilliant Thinker"--
Governor Dewey, who made Babcock head of an 11-member state Emergency Fund Commission in World War II, called his death a tragedy.
Dewey said Babcock was "the most brilliant thinker in American agriculture and on of the most constructive and creative men of our time."
The American Farm Bureau Federation in 1946 gave him a gold medal for distinguished service to organized agriculture. In the same year, Babcock became a member of a national advisory committee to set up a research and marketing program for agriculture.
Mr. Babcock is survived by his wife, the former Hilda Wall Butler.


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  • Created by: Steve Bissen
  • Added: 18 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113980343
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Howard Edward “H.E.” Babcock (1889–12 Jul 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113980343, citing East Lawn Cemetery, Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Steve Bissen (contributor 47946724) .