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Sheep grazing in Pennington County, May 1936.
Sheep grazing in Pennington County, May 1936.
Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Library of Congress.
July 8, 2016

IN HISTORY: A Wooly-Headed Argument

Rapid City businessman Harry J. Devereaux sent a blistering telegram to the federal government in 1951. President of the American Wool Council, Devereaux was furious that Eric Johnston, the Director of Economic Stabilization, had told the New York Times that synthetic fibers would soon replace wool, just as nylon had supplanted silk. As reported by the Times on July 9, Devereaux accused Johnston of jeopardizing the stability of a basic agricultural industry that was important to the economy of fourteen western and southwestern states—including South Dakota.

To read more about Harry J. Devereax and his thoughts on the South Dakota economy, see this 1954 article, published in The Rotarian magazine.

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