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A Centennial History of the Rhode Island Red Breed of Poultry Developed at Little Compton, Rhode Island.
It is true that much progress takes place within a span of one hundred years. Who could have thought, back in 1854, that the experimental breeding of Asiatic fowl would, in 1954, be a basic contribution to a four billion-dollar industry. The articles following are an attempt by the Rhode Island Red Centennial Committee to compile, in one pamphlet, thoughts pertaining to the background and development of the Rhode Island Red, for it is recognized that this breed was the principal factor in developing the poultry industry in this country to its present position. As General Chairman of the Rhode Island Red Centennial Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the various committees and representatives of the many organizations throughout the state, for the untiring efforts of these groups, in bringing together the necessary factors resulting in this commemoration of the rooth Anniversary of the Rhode Island Red breed of poultry; and, of course, it must be realized that none of this would have been possible without the complete support of Governor Dennis J. Roberts and the members of the Rhode Island General Assembly.
JOHN L. REGO, Chairman Rhode Island Red Centennial Committee