The North Dakota Milling Association, founded in 1892, was supported by the North Dakota people. The majority of the officers and directors were from North Dakota, with the exception of two. The Milling Association had thirteen mills in the North Dakota area and three on the Minnesota side of the Red River Valley. They had the capacity to produce 5,000 barrels of flour a day from all of the mills and in the late 1800’s had no problem keeping busy and meeting their quota. The Vice President, Mr. John M. Turner, was constantly in Europe looking after their interests in the market. The Association traded often, but was not content with the market. They sent multitudes of flour through the Dakota Territory and into Montana. Thus, alongside the international trading with Europe, they tried to obtain potential investors in China and Japan.
– Mathias Zastrow, Digital History, 2012