In 1914, William T. Creasy, master of the state grange of Pennsylvania, spoke at the Chautauqua Amphitheater on The High Cost of Living from the Farmer's Standpoint. Creasy had been a farmer all his life and had been engaged in farming on his own for the past 40 years. He began his remarks by stating, "The higher cost of living is due to various causes. It is looked at generally from the angle that hits the pocket book of the consumer. To the city consumer the high cost of living is an ever present fact, a painful fact and it is quite a common thing to blame the farmer. This makes the farmer mad clean through, for he is getting mighty little of the increased price the consumer pays."