Minnesota Valley Canning Company, LeSueur.

Minnesota Valley Canning Company, LeSueur.

Minnesota Valley Canning Company headquarters, c. 1937.

Green Giant display of canned goods in a grocery store

Green Giant display of canned goods in a grocery store

A grocery store display of Green Giant canned goods, 1969.

The Green Giant Company

First founded in 1903 as the Minnesota Valley Canning Company (MVCC), the Green Giant Company, as it later became known, became one of the largest producers of canned corn and peas in the United States. From its base in Le Sueur, the company developed new ways of growing, manufacturing, and marketing canned vegetables. Its mascot, the Jolly Green Giant, can be found in grocery stores around the United States.

Alexander P. Anderson

Alexander P. Anderson

Photograph of Alexander P. Anderson, inventor of puffed grain cereals, c.1920.

Alexander P. Anderson

Alexander P. Anderson

Photograph of Alexander P. Anderson with the cannon he used to invent puffed grain for cereals. March 1933.

Anderson, Alexander P. (1862–1943)

In December 1901, botanist Alexander Pierce Anderson created puffed rice while experimenting with starch crystals in his laboratory. Although he did not yet realize the significance of his discovery, Anderson's new breakfast food would make him a nationally known figure and the face of a Quaker Oats advertising campaign for almost a decade.

Aerial view, Elevator, Freeport

Aerial view, Elevator, Freeport

An aerial shot of the flour mill, 1962. Photograph by Mart, Vincent H.

Freeport Mill.

Freeport Mill.

The Swany White Flour Mill,1977. Photograph by Frame, Robert Murray III.

The Swany White Flour Mill

Before burning to the ground in 2011, the Swany White Flour Mill was the last remaining 19th century mill in use in Minnesota. Located in Freeport, the mill produced white flour, mixes, and other grain products for more than a century. It was a local landmark and was a frequent stop for people interested in the history of milling and bread baking.

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