Friday, May 30, 2008

Potato King Dies........


I was cruising thru the lastest issue of the Beef Cow/Calf weekly on line and saw this obit - occasionally I read obits - I don't know why and I doubt I'm the only one that reads about people they don't know - this guy had an amazing life and I bet you've never heard his name - so read on.......

J.R. Simplot, Idaho's legendary billionaire potato king, cattle feeder and entrepreneur, passed away on Sunday. He was 99.
He dropped out of school when he was 14 to rent and farm 40 acres of land. He made his initial fortune of $100,000 in the hog business, which he parlayed into new investments in potato storage houses. That led to the construction of more potato houses, and eventually into shipping of Idaho potatoes.
At the advent of World War II, he figured out how to freeze-dry potatoes for shipment overseas to hungry U.S. troops. From potato processing, he began expanding his empire to include beef cattle, cheese and fertilizer Production. The Simplot cattle-feeding enterprise includes operations in Idaho and Washington turning out about 400,000 head of cattle per year.
Simplot pioneered the first commercial frozen French fry in the late 1940s, eventually becoming a major supplier to McDonald's and other fast-food chains. He said the secret to success was his willingness to work, reinvest and never sell out.
Read more about this amazing man at: www.simplot.com/company/jr_simplot.cfm.

9 comments:

buckatwos@gmail.com said...

Interesting fella.

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The Park Wife

LadiesoftheHouse said...

I like reading about people that start with nothing and achieve great things! Thanks for sharing the story.

Kris

threecollie said...

I read them too and often. People are amazing in their accomplishments and guys like him are so inspiring...thanks

kdwhorses said...

Very intersting. He worked hard and kept working hard his whole life. What a great man!
Thanks for sharing!

Meg said...

Interesting indeed. This man certainly accomplished some great things. Proof that a college education makes NO ONE successful, it's DESIRE. I read obits all the time too...and wonder what mine will read? I keep trying to figure out who will be the person writing it too, just so I can be sure and be super nice to them!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Cool! Shows you what hard work can accomplish!

Pony Girl said...

Thanks for sharing this, it was interesting, and, the Potato King appeared to be a northwest native so that was neat, too!

MAYBELLINE said...

Thanks for the interesting information. I thought Simplot was just the name of the fertilizer - something created rather than something born into. I followed the link you left on the Pioneer Woman's website because I'm a bit tired of Charlie as well.

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