IOMSA History

In 1894 growth of the cottonseed crushing industry in Texas was at the rate of 20 new cotton oil mills per year. By 1914, 233 of the country’s 817 oil mills were located in Texas. Out of this situation came the idea for an organization serving the needs of superintendents of these mills.

And so, in Waco. Texas, in 1894, the birth of an idea in the mind of one person-George C. Walsh, superintendent of the Empire Oil Mill of Temple-was followed by action and spawned the organization known today as the International Oil Mill Superintendents Association, or IOMSA. Mr. Walsh served as the association’s first president, holding this position for its first four years. He organized that first meeting of the association, held on May 2, 1894 in Waco, and the principles laid down at that meeting still live within the present IOMSA.

From the beginning, the IOMSA has held annual summer conventions to learn and improve job performance by way of an association of oil mill superintendents, which was the mandate of the founding members. The convention continues today, without interruption since 1894.

The IOMSA is led by three officers and a four-member board of directors and follows strictly a constitution and bylaws, which govern all actions of the association. A secretary-treasurer carefully maintains records of all board meetings and membership rosters. The president, appointed annually, presides and organizes the year’s convention and oversees all business of the organization.