William George Eckhardt (Site of Eckhardt's Home and Seed House)
339 West Roosevelt Street, DeKalb
Sponsored by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (www.DAAHA.org) and the Illinois State Historical Society.
In the early 20th century William George Eckhardt (1879-1959) was a pioneer in DeKalb County's leading role in agricultural innovation. Eckhardt, an agronomy professor at the University of Illinois, was an expert in the blossoming field of soil science. On June 1, 1912, the DeKalb County Soil Improvement Association-predecessor to the DeKalb Agricultural Association (DAA)-hired Eckhardt as a soil scientist to "establish permanent and profitable agricultural practices." Eckhardt's charge was to "improve farming practices within the County."
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