For sale is an original large, mid-century HOG RATION FEED SACK from the Martin Milling Company, Lattimore, NC. That NC pulled pork sandwich all starts Martin’s Hog Rations. This New Old Stock paper 25-lb size sack is in excellent condition. The sack features a bright and vivid color hog graphic. This sack probably dates to the late 1930s or early 1940s. The sack measures about 25 inches by 13 3/4 inches. Suitable for framing or display.
The F.M Martin Grain & Milling Company was founded in August 1907. Wooden buildings, wheat, and flour can be a dangerous mix as was demonstrated when a fire in 1912 caused over $20,000 in damage. But the company recovered and by 1916 paid substantial dividends to its stockholders. The original wooden mill structure burned to the ground in a spectacular fire in 1918 while the concrete and brick mill just to its west was under construction. With the new mill structure, the company not only had the capacity to store large amounts of grain, but also to mill it into wheat at the same location. The nearby Northern Pacific Railroad tracks facilitated this operation. Harvested grain could be brought to the storage elevators by train, milled into flour, and then shipped to clients. A 1919 news story declared that the company, back in operation after the fire, was operating at a daily capacity of 800 barrels a day. Larger concrete elevators were built in 1922 and 1923. There were more additions to the complex in 1933. The Martin family sold the mill to Nabisco in 1943. The business was subsequently operated by several companies, including Ralston-Purina, Centennial Mills and, the present, ADM Milling Company.