The League was organized by a small group of far-seeing commission merchants at a meeting in Chicago, Ill., in January, 1893.
In the early years of its existence its membership was confined to commission merchants only. However, keeping pace with the changes occurring in the perishable industry, its gates were opened and its membership now comprises not only commission merchants but wholesalers, receivers, distributors, carlot shippers and shipping organizations, jobbers, brokers, auction companies, cold storages and banking institutions.
A visit to the headquarters of the League is a revelation. Members who visit headquarters return to their homes with a firmer conviction of the value of the League to their firms in particular and the perishable industry in general.
The offices of the League are located on the sixth floor of the Munsey Building and occupy a suite of four rooms. This building is one of the foremost office buildings in Washington and is within a short walk of the Capitol, the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce and the Interstate Commerce Commission, all four of which branches of the Government have a vital bearing on the interests of the members. The League's counsel is also located in this building.
The activities of League headquarters are divided into four departments; i. e., Administrative, Service, Legislative, and Membership Departments.
The Administrative Department carries out the policies of the League as formulated by the Officers of the Advisory Board and the members in convention duly assembled.
The Service Department attends to requests of members for information, assists them in solving their problems, advises on matters of traffic, transportation, and, in general, acts as the representative of the members in Washington.
The Legislative Department watches both national and state legislation having a bearing on the interests of the members. It analyzes bills introduced in Congress and keeps the members informed of their progress,
The Membership Department keeps a record of the membership, stimulates interest in membership in the League, and arranges for the election of applicants to membership.
Every progressive and responsible marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables, be he receiver in the city market or shipper in the producing section, would do well to look into the advantages of identifying himself with the League.
1. "History of the League and What It Does," Membership List of the National League of Commission Merchants of the United States, July, 1926, pages 97-98.