The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 57
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
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WEDNESDAY; JULY j. iose KINQ-COTT (ARK.) COURII3U NHW8 SECTION G PAGE'1 L Remembers "Way Back When" Cotlon Didn't Mean a Greal Deal lo Illytheville in the cotton trade! Co., at thc site oi the present n. ; and Northeast Ark-11). l!ui;he.i Kin, lhe Farmer.; Un-. COUNTY A Piehirc Slory of A^rtonllnral Progress ftlylhcville's Rise as ion Center D;ile- Huildiru. of Press iuas arc recalled by P ("D.j in Hie :Un n! Ihc present' V) West, of thc llighflll Colion'Riernh,.,-., ,-i n . a,,,| ,„<> north; Co.. . I () c;\l liirlnelvv Piovirlpe .•o.. whose nearly HI) years «r| on Rnuih fiec-oiut siivel. A i.mi-lh. , . mcms ') 1 IOMC1CS Homo Mark el (01 Major ! c '° iictivily ;t.; a cotton buyer In thi leiTitnry probably entitle liliu lo •be Killed doAti of Hluhevllle coi- Blylheville's rise to a plnee jsrar the top unions the interior cot- 1011 markets of the country begun with ilu- building of The llisi, .•ompriw plant her?. 25 yi-ftrx ago.'!,!'.".'VriTi • -i' Today. Just a.-; cotton ha.s lx>-; • 1 """" alul come the chief product ot tin region of which lllyiheville is the center and the. handling of cotton has become Dlylhcvlllc'.s enter industry, so ihe Federal When Wesl, tame firm • for j was a raw sawmill town ol a iVv. 1 i ihousmd population. The .sireel.-i were of mud or dust, according to the weather, and maiiv of the buildings on Main streci, were of i frume constrneiion. The Chlcaicu lhe itolxri:; Cotton Oil Co. i;ln. probably lllytlipvill.-'s iriiu u;i; Idle In Wl. H wus ill the Roberts !;in, some years earlier, here | lhat Coie Waul, now manager of I'JO? j tht' bL'^esl cot.on oil mill in the . an j ir<:aihnn'(! On Pani 71 i''iinn Product i -- hn.s become the city's! plant largest Individual business Insliiu- tion and ihe .source of Its largest payroll. Well Kq OiiiH ] h^lp Keep Col [on Gr.ule U| cut century and for a considerable time thereafter, for that matter, till:; was primarily n sawmill ol the town west of ihe Frisco railroad and a i,ood pan of thej ~ Miuoundini: countryside, i 1! - <'• Wl ' sl H'vc.s , Mississippi county nart been; ll " ws <' f ent\an all III liie first decade of the pres- j producim; collon for a y.ood many ; '' rv <' n ' li > 1 for one and for a consider-1 years but Illyilicvlllc could make no claim Lo importance as a col- lon center. The county in Dint lime was producing from 30.000 to 3f>.tjl;0 bale.; per year. east ML-^ourt about an equal amount, but mast of it was h.mdled by buyers in other centers. In 1907 'blyihevillc had no compress facilities and only three j Mi. 1 ..,. -Such cotton nrms au thought ii worth while to have any representation here were tor ihe most, purl, to send a man here once a week during lhe Bin- nine, season lo buy from the nins nnd furnishing mcrchnnls, into of din Cottonseed, second In Importance only to lint cotton nmoiiB Ihe. ' cash crojx oi ihe mythevllta terri- ! tory, tinds „ i,o,n ( , market al the I lilniU of Die Illytheville Cotlon Oil company, just soul'h of town, which iinniinliy almitl $1,000,000 worlh of .seed, [mrchased chlelly from farmers and glimors wllhtn M miles of this city. The plant was established in 192:1 and lins since expanded Its friclll- tles until iioiy it represents an Investment, of $250,000. During thc cTiis'nluj; season, which usually be- -•liln- ..Kins In Seplembcr and runs Uiroui-h inostlKubuary. a furnishes employment Phaivses Hint ha.s taken | to about no llie n with a monthlv il-i 30 years ol exppr- payrnl] in the neighborhood of j'l,"- S(K). ThLs b; In addition lo I'nc supervisory and olllce stalf, which Is employed on a 12 months basis. W. V.. Gage. Memphis, Is president of the company and J. F Waggoner. : ,iso of Memphis, is years of e>:per- I'.ee in ihe collon iradc. l-'umieis of northeast, Arkansas and South- j and Foullieasi Missouri, he sa>s, an 1'imal! have always bi'en di.-.iinguislied for hick of c.ire In picking Uieir cciiim ami lhe years have broufib-. no improvement in this rospi'c-'.. vice-president and general manag- i:ut the boll cxlrncior.s. cleaners-! i'r. W. c. lli;;ahisoii. Dlythc-vllle end i-.Mditionini; rrinlpmenl which [ is secretary ol the company '1'he i* Bin inaniifHcuirer.-, have Plant Is under thc immediate ' talLsfled,! make a 1:!;; conlrlbutinii lo main- charge of is. 13. Lymnn, the real- "i ' Imnint; the ;;rade of lhe lint, i <lcnl manager. Mr. Hlgglnson ' I; ;A m. dern. wc!l-«mipj>e;i nin lo- j J'" sbl °i' »»<! bookkeeper, Marry Harp ' (lay «i:l ir> times ss , tlnf " c ""oingor, Lmc Loggias is ' much hulls and trash from 'iliM lllU1 superhilnufenl and Luthei ' whose hamls practically all of tlie: cc'.tcu as did a food ;iu of 2o i M| itlieny. Is uiaht superintendent. : ye.irs ajo. he .si.ys". c.ins in Ihi-if t'oreiBn Oils lluhl Tlirpul cotton slnrlcd When he cotton here, West immtdnte tei'lilory have Hie lar.j- i recalls, the only (inns ni all aclive.csl invr-simeiu in 'improved ' ill Uli-T 1 mi-H 1^1 I.Antrln . f*n,-.t.-. .. . . \ in Blyiheville, ! Bros., were Cotton Co., of St. Loins, repre-, r.ui]-l:(d • beiited by 11. A. Smith, now of i ihpville tlie besides coatc Lesser-Golilman any in the couulry. years have brought a improvemenl in the Illy- leni.c.ry \\itli respcc! IT I'arajioiikl. and the Newbergcrt uandardr/uiion 'on »oart varieties Co.. Memphis, represented: of pi.imina .seed. Less loin Maple l Cotton i U ini named Lewi. 1 ;. Three fllns Here . • • Tlie Due? sciive P,(KS In lily- ' Dieville at that time were oiiorat-j cd by ibe Phoenix Cotton Oil c(.iion ii:.. arc tumiiu; ' 10 ii:c!i to Inch i oilrn. which i than ;u I'.eni'rally C.ooil varii-'.ie.- i' ml a in I'ood Mr. Lyman, w'no has Imcl nitre Ihnn 30 years experience In the cotton oil ImUuilry, vlcws | ts fu . f-l lure with optimism despik- the ''••• tIll-cat involved from the comp.'tl- lion of other oils, chiefly of oriental or tropical origin. American collon growers and American processors of cottonseed need and should receive protection against lllf ' a l > find olls ' Inferior .siibslUnte C. 11. ll.U.I, ; l-'ecleral Co.inircss- and \Vnrcbi)ase ' Co. manager al Illytheville. town. A BOW! deal of cotton was Brown in the vicinity, Ihe amount- Incrcushij; padually as (he land WM.cleared, but mill! 1911, when • "cornprefi facilities were provided.! few. of. the Important cotlon nuns' cotdildoMd' it worlluvhlle to maintain full time buyers here. Instead l hey .sent men here once a week froni Jonesboro, Memphis and elsewhere to deal wllh the furnishing merch wlio..bouglit tl fiu-mer.s. In 1911 fi. L. Taylor. riTfcntly president of the 000,000 Federal Compress Warehouse Co.. which, operates plants throughout Ihe mid-south, together with the lute Joe Newburger and others, organized the Dlytlievillc Compress Co., and built a of 25,000 bale. 1 ; capacity. Board of Trade Kurnishes 7 iYIarkei News lo Collon "Men The BlythevUlu Hoard of Trade, the membership of which Is composed of rotten ascnls, brokers nnd representatives of the various businesses anil Industrie.-, of the collon trade, was organi/fd In 11122, primarily for lhe purpose of providing . . " means of regulation of cotton j ami _ gmper.-,, lm} , lllEr ftm| [ratlin.; wifhin the cotton irom the | VRnks „,- Us own racillter:f ,,„„ ( , )n . | scquently to ptomulgate an;! main-! until j tain .a standard of fair trade forj S25.-: Ihc entire Held of such (ictiviiy in i and : this principal collon trade center j One ot the Incidental purpose::; of thc organization al tlie lime : which has since become probably i Us principal service, was t'ue pro-! vision for telegraphic reports, o: press j ticker service, to keep its members j which np lo the minute on market quo- j Hoan! of Trade Preside n I. Cause Here ]]. Years Asro ( appeared ample lo serve the! fntlons. During most of the years' needs of the community for some j of its existence the Board of Trade time io'come. C. E. Durrell was parlinliy—subsidized such markst Ihe first- manager and later a mini i .service by contributing funds to en... . ' able brokers who operated the ser- nametl Fugal. now {general mini- ager of the Atlantic Coaipress ; vice lo meet their expenses. Co., with headquarters at Atlanta. I which .serves the Atlantic coast! states, was placed in chaise. : ' Expansion liaphl j t Tlie press was built jit an op- ; Jiortunf: time. Cotton pi'othictiou i was expanding rapidly bolh in ! Mississippi county and in South- \ cast Missouri ami Blythcville vmsi the logical concentratto.i point. ! f-eadlns cotton firms promptly recognized the situation and ^oon had full time buyers here. Bly- Jhcvllle rapidly oulslripped Jones-' ' Iwro and Other town;; as the cotton center of northeast Arkansas ' and har. maintained Us primacy i i ver since, Expansion of compress facilities j became necessary. The Blytheville | Compress Co. built additional storage sheds and in I9?:i a new Lasi RTOt.p, Including this city, lliehnil of Lesser-Goldman hi- leresls of St. Louis, Lee Wilson, organhcil R. E. Arkmo 515,000,000 Badness By Local Cotton Men The buying and selling ;»{ cotton is by Ion? odds Uiy- llwville's bi'.sincss. l!e.iidcnt iin-mbcrs. olficcr.-i of lhe Board oi Trade estimate, handled about, 200.cnt> bales of inss crop cotton, wortli nearly S15.000.MO. Cotlon hotinru. oy local men is produced chiefly in Mississippi county ami in .southeast Missouii. A lilllc comes Horn nearby Arkansas counties. \V. r. Oslioiu year over the ticker service was taken i( by t'he Board and operated j jj'jj W. i. Osborn, president of the ; Ulvlhevillu Hoard of Trade and . manager of the Dlytlievillc ter; litory for Hie Anderson-Clayton , Cotton company, has been in the i cotton business for ^0 years. j Starting in a in j West Point. Miss., his first job he believes, bin regardless, of di'iiiiii'dJ wllnl ts <lol1c nlo »f lhal line he is . . .._j confident, thai n.s scientists Ihid j more and more luse.s for cotton oil I and other cottonseed products there will always be a good market for lhe .seed. Mr. Lyman's experience in the collon business dales back to 18!)9 when he sorted as a clerk with tlie American Round Halo Colton co'n- I Pliny in Oklahoma city, in 1(104 I'he entered the cotton oil business I in Litlie Rock, and since thai time I has also had charge of oil mills at 1 Mulberry, ,\rk., ., m | ail& i m[t L3 lie came to Blylhevillc in i(j->(; t 0 manage the local mill and has'becn here since that lime. Jlis fii-sl ex|»rlcnce in the cot-1 ton business caused him to become a nrm advocate of the round bale of cotton instead of the square bale BMii-rully used now. The round bale method of pressing cotton never became general in spit,. of u , e fact thai, it would not burn U|> nm | I'int it guaranleed the grade staple and weight for a period o f (luce years. "It was tho test bale 1 ever saw" Lymnn said, "bolh for (|, c farmer »nd for (he manufacturer, but, like many other good things pcopb diclnl want if." Si-eil Is nought „„ f; rai | e . During Hie 32 years he has b-«n connected wllh the cotton oil business he has seen many changes He recalls Hie time when ,,u cottonseed was bought "as is," without legaid to grade. Then cnme the cut and count" system, with which good and bad grades were determined. This was one pro»rcs- sivc step, in time tiiis gave away o the present system of buying on the basis of chemical analysts where the grade of all seed is "determined by laboratory tests Ol .samples. Under the present system of buy- ng Mr. Lyman said, he has ne.ver had a complaint f,- 0m a ginmr „,,,. corning the grade. He has seen tin opment of collon oil from gradual devcl- modily shipped to forcig directly by it when brokers decided ] lo discontinue vne service. Blythe-! and sampling collon. <Z">™« « « "live,- a coin„» markets wncrc it was sold to the poorer dasses of people, to its present im- Comp.e.'s Co. and built the big ! vlllc Is now the only town In Ar- plaut- between (he Cotton Belt and j kiinsas besides Little Rock having J. L. C. and ' E. tracks, west of j a direct market wire open the year when he Ill-others lhe 100 by-prorhicls. !of "i° ; "Chemists discovered it was fine | J'orlenlnir for all purposes when Ala., which concern he represent.-I'" 6 ""Or could be removed nnrt n-n iwl AI * _1 _.. >,j... .. f. I (lnnl)t> »n^ ...;-.., . . <"m VSv. was Of '.! t vhlch als fi fits. Tr ' • railroads Division street. In 192tj the Federal Compress nnd Warehouse Co M round. The Board of Trade, now localca Montgomery, i., \\ : hich concern 1 cd at Ackcrman, Miss. for five years. Mr. . Osfcorn bought cotton lor . I •<• , wllh which Ihe Blytheville Com- 1 on the second floor of ths Grand press Co. had been merged the ! Leader building, Main and Second ' year before, bought out Ihc Arkmo i streets, has never owned Us own! company. It now oixirates bolh building, plants, "with a 'combined storage 24 Charier Members capacity of 125.000 tales. The j when its original charter was ob- 13o.000-bale Ugure is purely a i tained flic Board of Trade was nominal limit. Uy doul)lc-dccl:lng | comixxsed of U cotton a?cnts busi- got American bakers to use n large quantities, its uss zrad- ly Increased until today it would - , -,. 0 .Il/ V.UUUU Ivli , - --« »•..*. iwvluv u W. Ar. Hannay nnd Co., of Liver- ) Dc " arcl lo 'umtsli any me al 1 lhe UHe " r0d " Ct ° f COUo " £Ced °" XIr._Lyman recalls whc n the price only 2 3-40 and other expedients it. can and (ness firms nnd Individuals with va- • on n number of occasions ha.s been | rious Interests In thc cotton Indus- j exceeded by a substantial amount.i try. Tlie charter meiiiVrs man-' In their record year the ' ' record year presses handled 256,000 local bales of cotton, though naturally not all, Hirsch, A. M. of whom are still members, were: S. S. Sternbcrg, Max Meyers. C. A of It was in thc sheds at time. •* I'l.inls Cover 29 Acres C. H. Hall, pre.«cnt mrnaser .the local plants, came here from . Butt. T. K. Griffin I •"''•'i M. A. Isaacs, R. £. L. Wilson'I sto "' Wolfe & Ba.scho. C. H. Bond, I] Highfill, A. C. Robinson, Cochran I eight year;-, representing this firm ! f.t ShrcveiXH'i, LiUle Keck and | ! Memphis, I He came to Dlylhtville In 1S25 us local manager for tiic Anderson-Clayton company, which he represents In Mississippi county find in Southeast Missouri. He j War. has been a director of thc Uly- ' Ihevillc Board of 'IVadc for eight years and this year was dectcd succeeding C. C. Lan^- Blytheville. -shows second a Ls tlie same growth tim!/-:i" andjufter live mine years ; it appeared some | had made it a well land formerly owned by th< Stales Li'ailx-r Co., a iV..- miles .'.oulh of here, are typi ai of the kind of development -.vlilch has made Mississippi county AMcric.i's leading countv ill cotlon jjroduc- lioti and OIIL- of tli' nation's after Un- it- I farm. These improverl | tirsi fountics in value of mi inrm pictures, trikin rn products. Ye ,' |of Celoa ars Bring Crop rogress In place of the commun- Methods ^..tra ' the meetiiv ; Uy. Not Always Profitable as not business man, his pound. He Paris, Tex., as manager for Arkmo Comprcfs Co. When acquired tho Arkmo Hall retained as manager o! both plants, a position he has held ever since, Under his direction local plants have established • Continued On Pasc 5) of j Brot'ncrs. S. L. Thomas. S. Z. Or- Fle, Clyde Robinson. Newburgcr Cotton company, iiahan Slore company, Gray &. Molt, W. E. Tucker United Farmers of America, J, „ Bollard. Browne ar.d Billings, A J Haaga and H. A. Smith. Memberships In Trade 01 cnrcftil l the Board t S150. Tliroi of period of years the Board oi \ * * c J yJ pouna. He has also watched the price of wed ™ n !,, 0f1 '™ 1 *. 5 J'^^' lo as much ar ' ' dllnn 8 thc Workl CompctiUon i s Keen Tlie industry U |,t gh i y comvcti . m mills, lo C!C p fr[cnw , i Trade built up a sizeable, surplus j tion." he said. , my 0(m C!C p fr[cnw , have seen at 30 cotton oil mills in the state of Arkansas dLs- mantled because of keen compstl- | present day critics tell 113. Ills profits were book Crop, World's Makes Countv Loader in Value of Farm Products I'Vir better or for woisc lhe -economic life of Mississippi (Oiil)lv and Us 75.000 people Is wedded', to cotton. This couiily leads the. world "hi cotton production and cotton !m« made it one. ot' this ten lending counties of the nation In the \t\hii of fiinn prodiicls. Pi-aellcally nil of lhe lO.OOtl funiis In the county produce col- lon and on most of (hem It Is the chief crop. The handling aii.l inoce.sslni; o' cotton nnd coltbn- .secd Is lhe chief Industry of tho county's towns and cities. Cotton by an overwhelming margin is the principal source of Iho county'.'! wealth, There arc fow residents. ol the county who are not ;dl- rci'ily or Indirectly dependent, upon I'oUon for a major poilloi) of their Income. 'Accordhii; to the 103S fill'iu census the farm population of Mississippi county Is fi'J.'IOH. ol whom derive their livelihood i chlelly from cotlon. KevenlJ' ijacllvp sin plunl.s provide employ- moiil, for hundreds of city nnd j town residents for five months \ 01- more of citch year. ComplP>.> !' j phniLs hi Ihls city nnd ixl Lcach- ville nnd WHson give woil< lo . ,.,, hundreds more. There are. collon • • ijjoil mills at Illytheville nnd Oeeoln t vhlch hnve substantial pa>rue): operalor.s and Ilu and Ihelr cmplojes io]> ,^| \ hugely upon colton for lhe business to sustain them. The bu}Jp£{ i 'ind shlpplns of (he erop reciHlrea j lhe .services of several sroie nun ' Collon l-'nlluws Timber | When llu> Hist setllers appeared i practically all of Mississippi eoim- ly's fil)(i,8IM acre. 1 ; of rich alluvial ; soil wus covereii by one, of .the I finest stands of hardwood 'nnd | cypress timber found anywhere in ' the world. Defore the Civil Wnr - tile cutting of wood lo be sold lo . Mississippi river steamer'.- lor fuel 1 was a lirinclpal Industry. Foi de cades, hi Inter years, lni t 'e senle jloasjlnt; ciierallons and the iwu- • facture of wood products >\K > 1 dominant In the countyV ciouohii i Hut as the forests gave way before the axe, agriculture, advanced nnd cotton tonic the plnco .of lumber as the county's chief product. Today limio tcale tlml.'ei opeia- llons are virtually at nn end. The, 1 Three Slates Lumber coiiipanv s mill at lliudcllr. ended Its .opera- yenis ago; the Chicago Mill and Lumber company has dismantled. Its bii; plant here; thc Chap- .mati-Dewey ' company's holding largely been converted into farms, and thc Lcc Wilson company Is nl. the end of its cut Manufacturers of handles, st-nes and other wood products fqr'lhe most part have moved,-- their plants to new sources o'f'raw nil lerials. , Tint expansion of nijrle.uHhre.-ahd particularly of cotton production has l:cpt pace with lhe decline of the timber industry. From 1010 to IMO thc fnrm . acrenye of the county Increased from 170.747 to 'i'lS.O.'M. or at the rate of over B.500 acres per year. The piesent decade promises (o self i new record. Between 1930 and 1115 tho farm area of the comity was expanded 'by 81,490 acres nnd the clenrhifj and pulling inlo ciilllva- tlon of new land Is continuing" at a rate lhat promises thai before long almost the entire county \rlll hn in forms. Ideally Suited lo Cotton In climate and toil county apparently Is nlmo't adapted to the production of cot,ton. The counly'.s average per acre. ; yield is well above 405 ponmls of j lint, more than double the Ark| ansas average and nearly; three ' times that of the enllro cotton belt. A production of one to two bales per acre on the best lands is not unusual and selected, small plots have produced ns much n.-i 1,500 pounds of lint per acre'. Tiie soil, deposited through centuries by overflows'from the Mississippi, is so deep that spoil banks thrown up by dredges doing drainage work nre often ns productive, as the natural top soli. While thn growing season is not as long as most par Is of the cotton belt The supply merchant, his shelves, linquish tlie "linnuchig" of the ! "Furnish," often provided profits. well tilled with slock ranging Irom needles lo horsa collars and Hour to liniments, supplied the "furnish" for the early fanners of this .section, bill as he gradually gave way lo ll:e cash merchant nnd lhe specialized trader, so did he ve- rather than through the merchant, r, r S" or Its funds over! until 1933 when the Hoard voted to reorganize, dispose of Its funds by dividing the surplus among the members and establish a new membership fee of iaO, with a yearly associate membership fee of J35 and similar annual dues for full msm- fanners to the bankers who came ily on the word and character of his to deal directly with the fanner i customers, and occasionally bjcause. by e.\teudlng loans lo the Inttsr. i ot a sympathetic mie,. frequently failed to produce Incomo when the crops MHIO in. TOD. while he usually rwiuircd collateral security, thc ci-'ieral morchant of lh: rnr- In Mosl of it us ample to mature For the pMt 15 to 20 years the financing of farm operations has followed a fairly welt established system, farmers borrowing from and other landing institn-1 licr ll!1 > s was not particularly con- lions on crops, stock and other s:-1 001 '™' 1 with this manner in which curity, but there were days v.iiJii • 1:c P^ ol(!C l-d himsr-lf, clmttjl mort- 8'vcn to secure! him against ' (Contlnutd On Pase S) w' local Ollt . boars tho reputation O f being one ot the most cfflehnt and cleanest plants In tho entire til. stato territory and that It his never been the subject of adverse com. rnent by competitors. ''We are always glad to show our friends nnd customers through our ctV c 'de o meal Inters ind farmers rarely sccured-or espccted j p3os ? iven lo secures him a-ainst u«s- ; hf «°U1 ' to ^"'•c-c'^ with \vhlcli to buv| lc " bclns carele^ly drawn by tl.s , ' e " '- , , i their own supplies but only "the: !11 "^'a:it wV.o was Intersswrt more We own and maintain our own , (lln ,i s hln 3S " from their .imralv mer- ' '" ll ' 5 bushier thin In "drawln' right-oJ-way and tracks on 12 acres j chanls . nc latUir me&y ^ re . l paiMrs." of property and haw a storage ca-1 spo , 15 i b!e 1>c) ,, t grand i y dur , aT lhc : Of wars:, this mount that when paclty of 10,000 tons ot teed. We I tlm , of gr5 . lt , st i, ec «j!ty, hls'ttova he '» tur " borrowed nionty Irom v™^L?' n «l",'\''l,S a .l 6 S ^"'^ not oiily as source ot artl- horsepower manufacture 6ur oven lights and maintain our own raid from th city U-nlts to tlie mill.' the. bankers that ha was forced to c,e S wwch even ous and Ingenious of farmers could .; crs T ,. a;nt always up to re()ulrc •not provide for himself, but. also as 'Continued On Kasje 71 crop. The. county is north of the boll weevil belt nnd ha; never differed serious loss from that Insect. Although collon remaiiii .'and probably always will bo Mississippi county's chief cash cro]). lt« production lias not incrca.wj' in recent years in proportion to.tha Increase in farm acreage: Allowing for the clfects of floe<is in I9J7 nnd 1928 nnd of drouth hi ,1930, cotton production expanded at a fairly steady rate from ll.lai baler, In 1321 to 320.137 In lhe record year of 1931. Due to a less favorable growing season It fell bao'i in 1932 to 194,015 50o-]:ouuct talcs end slnca that time, duo to tha government's acreage contro! ptxi- ariun. It his keen hcW to lower levels. In 1933 li was H3,17S bales, In 1934 It was 134,971, and ' In 1935 It was slightly over 117,CM .Continued On Page 51

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