My family from Essexville Michigan
were Sugar Beet Farmers
Spiegel Family was sugar beet farmers
Sugar beets became a cash crop for the area. With the lumbering age at it close and cleared land what to do but plant Sugar Beets.
above pictures from: http://www.michigansugar.com/about/history.php
above pictures from: http://www.sweetbeet.com
Since I grew up in Michigan we had Beet sugar. Then when I moved back east to Boston, I could not find beet sugar all they had was cane sugar.