Two of Hoover's principal assistants were a former lumber shipping clerk from the West Coast, Prentiss Gray, and Julius H. Barnes, a grain salesman from Duluth.
Both men became partners in J. Henry Schroder Banking Corporation
in New York after the war, and amassed large fortunes, principally in grain and sugar.
With the entry of the United States into the war, Barnes
and Gray were given important posts in the newly created U.S. Food Administration, which also was placed under Herbert Hoover's direction.
...Barnes became President of the Grain Corporation of the U.S. Food Administration from 1917 to 1918, and Gray was chief of Marine Transportation.
Suite 2000 was also shared by the grain tycoon and partner of J. Henry Schroder Banking Corporation
, Julius H. Barnes