Forbes K. Merkley Collection
c.00627

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Merkley, Forbes K.
Title
Forbes K. Merkley collection
ID
c.00627
Date [inclusive]
1948-1970
Extent
0.25 Cubic feet , 6 folders
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Forbes K. Merkley originally served as the president and manager of the Genesee Dairy Company from 1929 until it ceased operations in 1973. Both he and his wife, Martha, owned a large amount of land in Genesee County which they continued to expand. They eventually began farming operations and called the farm, For-Mar, which is named for Martha. During its operation For-Mar produced many prize-winning cattle. Most specifically, Minnow Creek Eden Repeat, was one of Merkley’s most prized cows and Merkley subsequently appeared in many magazines and articles due to his success. In 1970, the Merkleys’ donated For-Mar Farm to Genesee County as the For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum.

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Scope and Contents note

The Forbes K. Merkley collection contains materials relating to the For-Mar Farms and Merkley’s livestock. Included are letters of congratulations to Mr. Merkley for his prize-winning cattle, photographs, newspaper clippings and articles. There is also magazine printed by an association of which his wife was a member. In the articles she is mentioned for her charitable donation of For-Mar farm to Genesee County.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 2010

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

A gift of William Messina.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Dairy farming
  • Dairy farming -- Michigan
  • Farms
  • Farms -- Michigan -- Genesse County
  • Holstein-Friesian cattle
  • Livestock -- Breeding

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Collection Inventory

Folder

Correspondence 

1

Holstein-Friesian World January 1950  

2

Holstein Michigander August 1949 

3

Newspaper Clippings 

4

The Woman’s National Magazine December 1970 

5

Photographs 

For Mar Farms 1948-1949