Christian Musser family won farming award
Select Mussers No. Farm Family Christian Musser and family, near ' Manchester, picked by state groups as Pennsylvania's "Outstanding and typical farm family." Selected because of success in conversion from square to contour farming. Manchester The title of Pennsylvania's "outstanding and typical farm family" went to Mr. and Mrs. Christian Musser and their , seven children, Mt. Wolf, R. D. 1, near here, at the third Conservation Forum held at Philadelphia yesterday, the Associated Press reported. The session was jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Land and the Pennsylvania Horticultural society. The Mussers, selected because of their success in converting from square to contour plowing in a year's time, have a 120-acre farm, raise livestock and tend market in York. Helping in the work are five of the Musser children Gordon, 20, who has a temporary draft deferment; Paul, 17; Alvin, 15, and twin girls, Mary and Martha, 12. The eldest son, Christian, Jr., 24, is an Air Cadet in Alaska and the youngest is Glenn, a year old. State Attorney General James H. Duff, who addressed the forum, said "I am sure the governor is going to tell the legislature that Pennsylvania must join in the Interstate pact to establish decent water." The pact is with New York and New Jersey. A U. S. Department of Agricul-. ture film called "Primer of Conservation", showing 15 months of seasonal activities on the Musser farm, was filmed as the switchover was being made with the help of the York Soil Conservation service. With only his sons to help, Christian Musser in 1944 farmed his own acres and nearly 200 more. He raised fruit and farm crops which last year included 3,-500 bushels of potatoes. The movie of their year-round work was . flown with former Vice-President Henry A. Wallace to showings in Russia and China before it had its U. S. premiere in York in November.