The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 20, 1940 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 20, 1940
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FRIDAY, DECEiMBER 20, 1940 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)" COUKIER NEWS PAGE FIVE Published Every Friday In the Interest of Farm Families of This Agricultural Section. FARM NEWS -FEATURES Enter the PlanUo-Prosper Coil- tests sponsored by the Courier News and Commercial Appeal. LIFE COUPLE'S 'EMIR BIG PRIZE Mr., Mrs. Herman Gardes Get Big Trophy, $500, And $900 Tractor What Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gerries of Lsife. Ark., did to win < he 1940 Plant To Prosper sweepstakes as the champion fanner of Arkansas. Mississippi, Missouri and -which carried with it •' S5CO cash award and a $900 tractor in addition to a $100 state prize—can bo done by any farmer in Mississippi County who does not have unusual handicaps, it has been pointed out. i-uey had only '28 acres in cultivation but from that small amount of land not nearly so good as the land in Mississippi County, they made a living, planned for the future by carrying out a well balanced farming program and at the .vame time were happy. The story of their year's work is given below: Slim, wiry Herman Gerries, cx- t.enanl farmer of Lafe. Ark., who hitched his farm plans (o the Plant To Prosper star and wouldn't iurn loose. Is on top of the heap. This 29-year-old Arkansas farmer and his 28-year-old wife, who borrowed money to begin farming four years ago. were crowned Mid- South Plant To Prosper sweep-, stakes champions -at the .seventh annual Plant To Prosper dinner at the Peabody. Mr. and Mrs. Gerdes, who five years ago decided they would have a farm of their own. have overcome obstacles that would have defeated a less determined couple. Polks around Lafe will tell you that this slow-talking farmer wouldn't give up—so naturally he won. Started On $25.1!) "Wo were married in 1934." said Mr. Gerdes. "and we had $25.19 to buy our furniture and things we needed. We had to begin farming ar; sharecroppers and we lived in a small two-room house like many tenants live in. "(After sharecropping for hvo years, we decided that, we could clo " better, -.'it we-could"- get a - place oL our :6'wh:-'We borrowed money and bought a 40-acre farm in 1936 for $1000. and the next year we got 40 acres more. "The man I bought the farm Test Cotton, Soybeans And Corn On • Pemiscot County Plot TELLS SUM Of E A Cotton Christinas? Paul Hutchens. whcse research work as supervisor of thoj agricultural experiment station near Bragg City, Mo., may result in the improvement of certain cotton, corn and soybean varieties grown by farmers in this section, is shown in the above picture weighing and examining soybeans from a test plot. from owned it five years. He paid cash for it, but could not make a living on it. He worked hard but did not manage well. Some of the land was getting worn "out and the rest of it- was wet. He had pool- crops and his only income was from row crops. We didn't have very much of a house on it. but we made out." That's the story of his beginning, but won't you have a look now? "When I bought the farm, I followed a soil building- program and diversified my income by raising hogs and a few cattle. This way in two years I was able, to get 40 more acres and begin building my home •and out. buildings. I've got 32 acrp.s in cultivation and 48 acres in woods rrnd pasture.." '!•! Diversified Farming Mr. Gerdes learned while he was =i.' tenant, that the one-crop system of fanning was financial suicide for the small farmer, so when hr became an owner he diversified. His record book .show* that he has five sources of income from livestock and livestock products and five from field crops. The total income from the 38 acres $3042.51 against a little more than $1600 last year. Tn addition to increasing his income through diversified farming. Mr. Gerdes also icrak yood r;jrr of his land. Ho grew more small grain instead of so much corn. Ho sowed vetch ;t.s n JVin- irr cover crop and turned under a few acres of preen Icspcde^a. The practice increased both his corn :jnd cot-ton yields. Since his land is more or Ir.s.s level, drainage is a greater problem than rrosioi>. He ha-v kept hi.s small ditches open so that, ti'io land will have proper drainage. Soybeans are planted in yll corn. f With 40 acrrs hi woods. Mr. • Gerdes i-cnii/es that, his timber, if j properly cultivated, will continue 'u produce ;ui hicomc for him. tic IN using selective cut ting and will h?»ve timber to sell each year as well as snough I'or materials nepded for fences and repairs and Enlargements to hi.s iavm buildings. Mrs. Gcrrfcs. v v ho spends most of her U.-.iC in f.bc home preserving (ood lor Winu-r. taking care of Constance. Doris and Jo Ann, has IIV? same determination for success that her husband nas shown. In her pantry there tire more lhan 600 quarts ol Cinr quality fruit* and vegetables in iddition to '•& pounds ol dried vegetables. 26 pounds cf dried fruit and 21 quarts of kraut. They have 400 pounds of cured pork and 120 pounds of fresh pork: 20 quarts of beef; 35 pounds of fresh beef; four gallons of syrup and plenty of sweeLjmd Irish pota- j i oes. During the year they have ' used food from their farm valued at $351.50 and have food on hand valued at $257.45. '/i They believe in growing feed for Cotton, corn and soybean tests now being conducted on typical lelta soil in Pemiscot County, Missouri, may have a great deal to do with the future agricultural progress of this section. The tests which may hold important results for tlie benefit of delta farmers along this section of the Mississippi Valley .arc being conducted by Pnu} Hutchens, supervisor of the General American Life Insurance Company's experiment station near Bragg City, Mo. This man is testing under growing conditions about 40 of the leading varieties of cotton, 75 varieties ol corn and 35 varieties of soybeans, for yields, dates of ma- iurity and for many other factors. Breeding work is being done on ootron and soybeans, which includes both crossing and selection and this work has resulted in the development of some promising new strains or varieties, which will be joinpletely tested and approved before they are made available to Mississippi Valley farmers. their livestock as weii. The barn is filled with hay and grains valued at $512.75, an increase of $399.75 over last year. Their food bill, the food they purchased from the grocery, was only $36.21, a little more than $3 a month for a family of five. Fertilizer and variety work has been carried on in cooperation with the University of Missouri in addition to some tests which have been made under direct .station supervision. According to Jack KL Lindsey of Memphis, representative of the Educational and Research Bureau for By-Product Ammonia, one very interesting cooperative experiment, ha.s been made by the Bragg City station on a nitrogen fertilizer test on cotton. Sulphate of ammonia, was used a.s the source of nitrogen and was applied June L The test plots that did not receive fertilizer made an -Average of 1,305 pounds of seed cotton per acre, while the plots receiving 200 pounds of sulphate of ammonia per acre made 1.838 pounds of seed cottcm per acre, an increase in vicld of 533 Couple From Near Blythe- theville Praised At Farm Contest Banquet Winning the sweepstakes award! in the 1940 Plant To Prosper Contest for doing the best job of improving their farm ut- the least expense of any farmer in Arkansas, Mississippi. Tennessee or Mississippi in a contest entered by 41.239 participants. Mr. and Mrs. William KaUenbergor, of Gosncll, arc very grateful of tho wonderful things said about them by th« judges and speech makers at the banquet in Memphis Tuesday nighl. They received a total of $100 in cash and a trophy for the sweepstakes priy.e after winning n $25 state award, and a $10 county award, which was presented by the Courier News. Their record was so outstanding that Jack Lockhart. managing editor of The Commercial Appeal; which sponsors the contest., commented upon it when presenting the awards. He so id in part: "This is a story of the country boy who went, to the city and made good, then went back to tho country and made good all over again. and the- story of his wife, a city girl, who helped him achieve sue- It is the story of Mr. and Mrs. William Katzenberger. Route 1, : Blytheville. Ark., who wcru named a.s 1940 sweepstakes champions in the Home Improvement Division of the Plant To Prosper competition. Spent Just S22-1.5fl Making one of the most remarkable records in home improvement ever recorded by a Plant To Prosper participant. Mr. and Mrs. zenberger, with an outlay of only $224.50. plus a yeai' of hard work.' . . trinsfnrmoH ., dilnni- pounds of .seed cotton per acre compieic.iv uansionnea A cuiapi- . . ' > "-" ' "We have, finished our home this year," said Mrs. Gerdes, "it cost 3350. but everybody says it's worth $1000. We have built-in cabinets, ample working surfaces and the cabinets cost only 35 cents. We also built a clothes closet using left over lumber. We sealed and papered all the walls of the house and put facings on all doors and windows. We followed plans designed by the Arkansas Extension •Service. ' i "We have also built a back porch, screened it in and poured a concrete floor. We have concrete steps to both porches. We did all the work our.solves, so we were not. out any money on labor. We have added l-wo new congoleuvn rugp. .six dining chairs, made a new- mattress ami refinishcd most of our f urn i Mire." Not only have the Gerdes been good farmers, but they are also good citizens, taking part in many phases of the community activities. through use of the fertilizer. This experiment station was established .six years ago at Pine Bluff. Ark., but after three years" research there it was decided to move the station to the Missouri delta soils near Bragg City. plan in organizing the station at, Fine BlurT was to devote most, of the effort to cotton variety work, along with research to determine the best fertiliser practices for cotton. However, with the government's AAA program limiting the acreage of cotton planted. Mr. Hutchens decided that some time and effort should also be spent, on iinproving cash crops other than cotton. Breeding work with soybeans was begun at Pine Bluff and continued at Bragg City. Mr. Hutchens now spends much of his time in crossing and selecting good strains of soybeans in the hope of finding a -soybean that will outvield all HiHr> nine tnnnnf linn'ci* tenant Into an attractive four-room bungalow with most of Uie comforts and conveniences enjoyed by city dwellers. In remodeling their home, they made 57 different .improvements,, which ranged from adding a room on the left side of the old house to weatherboarding and painting, inside and out, the entire structure. New floors were laid in al) rooms and old windows were removed mid double windows were added to provide more air and sunlight. The yard and grounds are planted in native trees and shrubs. The Kntzcnbergcrs have not always lived on the farm. When they married two years ago they were living in St. Louis, where he wa.s a successful landscape gardener. Mrs. Katzenberger was a trained nurse. The 77-acrc farm was owned by Mr. Katzenberger's father, who moved away 10 years ago and ether known varieties. This in- rcn <-cd the land to tenants who eludes work in both edible and oil varieties of soybeans. The station i.s one of the few places in the South where a scientific study soybeans is being made, and results of this work alone may be of inestimable value to Northeast. Arkansas and Southeast Missouri in future vears. A baby whale i.s called a calf since whales arc mammals, •„!••!» --ame as cattle, elephants, and many other anim^h whose ? known as calves. had done nothing to increase its value. It's going to be a Cotlon Christ- inns lor Arkansas! And thore just doesn't seem to be any end to flic list of attractive, practical and inexpensive gifts that, can be made from Arkansas' greatest cash crop—cotton. They i-Hii^e from the serviceable pot lifter, and .shoe bag, to the cmidJewk'k bedspread, best dress, and studio couch. ... And for the person who adds the personal touch to her gifts by exercising har skill and Ingenuity to make them. Christmas isn:t far away, Miss Sue Marshal) of the University of Arkansas College of Agriculture points out. If the family is planning to make a large item, .such us a studio couch—which will really be: a family gift.' since everyone cun pitch in and help—they had belter save of the freshly ginned for the upholstering. And the same thing holds, trite for one of those comfortable all-cotton mattresses. There is still time for the wouwu with a Hair for sewing to make a lovely cotton velveteen afternoon dress. 11 set of curtains, dressing table flounce;;, quills, mattress covers, puds, hou.sccoiUs, nnd winter piny clothes for the children. And, Miss Marshall adds, wo .shouldn't overlook the Kil'ts that arc en.sler to mnkc. but that bring a world of pleasure to the friend who has been remembered—aprons, pajmuns. hand towels, ten towels, aiul handkerchiefs. The fine gleeful yip of approval will more than repay the time ll takes to mnke n stuffed toy for the favorite niece or nephew. A pnokage wrapping of colorful print or glnghnm will add a most uwisual note to'any gift, And while there still is cqtlon In'the fields, why not s«l«?t" a h«avi!y fruited plant that will make H reully different centerpiece for this year's holiday lablo, Miss M»r- slmll suggwU, A few heavily laden bolls dropped Into a Christmas box will be a pleasant surprise to friends living* out of the Cotton Belt, anti think of the fun they will Jmve "showing otr," But whether you make your gifts ov buy your gifts., let's make It a Merrier Christmas by making it a Cotton Christmas. ' "Paid In Full" Is Written On Three FSA Notes "Paid in ruJJ. 1 ' These words mean much to I he . three FSA families in Mississippi j County this week who mack their ' last payment on their Rehabilitation Loans. Their loans had been j mad*: on u five- yenr payment plan Um through careful planning and himl work they were able to pay out nhend of schedule. These three lamllic.s arc Mr. •we! Mrs. B. S. iSul)ank.s, Manllu Route '2. Mr. ,inul Mrs. Eugene Hanvcy, Route L, Blythcville, and Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Simpson, Route 2, Manila. They are now In position to vy on on their farm nncl home opurntlon without going Into debt. Their records show that their net worth has doubled in this time since they came ori the program. "Of course crops in Mississippi County have been good this year but the repayments these families have made is not dut} to this one factor/' the local F3A supervisors, Miss Frances Wall and David C, Neal said, "but is due to the-fact thai they have followed a' Uve at home program and have produced sufficient food and feed, for their families and livestock." A visit to each of these farm homes would reveal that each of these pantries are well stocked with from 10U to 700 jars of fruits, vegetables, and meals. Dried beans and pcftjj, lard and meat for home consumption. Each family has a nice sized flock of chickens and a cow that contributes much to the fr.mily living. , "Wivli a very few exceptions rvcry >';ivm Security borrower will muke their .payments this- fall," tlic -supervisors stated, "and in a. majority of thij cases will have their next year's furnish in the bank, and with a normal crop year in Ifl-li their indebtedness to FSA will be met and ut the. same time » good standard of living •maintained by each family;".'. Twice, hi a It is possible to -sec only two appeuraneoa of Hnlley't; comet in a lifetime. It appears once every 75 to 77 years. Last visible in 1010, it again will appear in 1085. Head Courier News want tidy. forsake city life and themselves on Ihn farm. Their enthusiasm was somewhat damperincl, however by the rain blowing in n\> ,the, windows and'the cold wind whistling through cmcks in th'fc old. .rundown house. They decided to transform the place into a comfortable homo, although the prospect was so discouraging at Mines they ' felt like abandoning their idea and moving back to the city. Gradually, the Improvements were made. First, repairs were necessary to make the house moro habitable, then tho occupants began a systematic program of remodeling and improvement. Today the house i.s worth 10 times iLs original value. Mr. KfitxenbcVgcr's talents in' landscaping show \|p in the flowers and .shrubbery • around the yard, and Mrs. Katxenbcrgcr. who learned the habits of orderliness In a hospital, carries them out in making her new home immaculate. After marriage they decided to' Besides Ihrir home improvement work. Mr. and Mrs, Kut'/cnbcrger much: » good farm record. ToLnl receipts for I ho year were S of which MSJO.O'.t was net. Cotton- uhd cotton seed accounted for about $750 of Mils' amwtnt. Livestock on the farm Is valued .at -M20 and the feed and seed inventory totals over $600. "The Plant. To Prospor competi-. tion lias made us prouder of l.lic efforts we have made in impvovc- ing our homo." Mr. FCntzcubergcr said. "We know that it. is n good prog nun for we can sc the results it has accomplished for u.s." With a comfortable new home, plenty of food and feed stored, for Winter and Spring use, a tidy bank account and a deep sense of .security fhHt .successful farming brings, Mr. and Mrs. Katsjenbergcr »re now convinced they made n wise choice when they deckled two ycnrs ago to "establish a nnw-wny of life for ourselves." Now there's no more talk about THE NEW INTERNATIONAL TRUCKS m*t >. •\.v Drivers and owners and everyone in the hauling •} business are talking about the New K-Line *hiter- If nationals— the better-than-ever, low-cost hauling ^ champions! Try the new double-anchor hydraulic ^ brakes . . . smooth, straight-line stops every rime! |l No grab. Less heat. New Safety! Come in and sec |f these new (rucks. We'll gladly demonstrate. f| DELTA IMPLEMENTS, Inc. 312 So. 2nd Phone 802 • his fanner b like mauy around here. He knows that a good \vay to save money is to keep his farm $in- clair-izedwith a full line of Sinclair products. For example, in buying Kerosene,^ to ask for Sinclair SupcrFlamc. This kerosene wiJJ save you money over a season. That's because it burns clean in incubators and brooders.Thcrc's no odor or gases to kill the hatch. Let me supply you with Sinclair SupcrFIame Kerosene and other Sinclair products when my truck calls at your farm. going back to the city. BY MERRILL 3LOSSEK SWELL ; MY' FACE is NEARLY SWOLLEM BACK TO ITS NORMAL SIZH NOW~~ ARE" YOU (SOING TO ZUL.A PARTY i SHE MENTION JUNE —-SO 1 6UES5 SHE HAS OTHER PLANS FOR ME/ • A DILLY b BRING HILDA TAKING JUME? ILL TAKE HILDA i K.AVBOV QA.Y5.ARe' .-.OVER.— VOU REACH- MY HOW DO YOU FEEL, LARD? PAOBABLV WANTS YOU TO BE A SOCIAL LION , SO SHE CAM WANT SECURITY/ IMROW FEMALE DANIELS TO YOU / COPR. I<MQ EIY KEf SERVICE. T. M. REC. u. s, PAT. orr.V RED RYDER BY FRED HARMAN STAY . 0EAMER-.-V1ATCH QRlXL BIAS FELLAS KILLLMA PROFESSOR WASH TUBBS BY ROY CRANE lef me deliver to your farm Agenf Sinclair Refining Company (Inc.) . I ALLEN Phone 200 AGENT Blytheville, Ark. ITS A TELEPHONE CALL FROM WILLIE,TKE OFF.Cc BOY I 1 RESUMED! THE CH'CF' DRIMKWATEP J HASBEEM NAMED PPKIDEMTOF DPWKWATeq AIRCRAFT! ~f JUST UKE I i CHIEF. PATRIOTIC. K1UT6 ABOUT AIRPLAMES. H6 AIN'T GOWWA LET OS PUN HIS AFTA1PS, MO vMOT HE HAS WANED A SUCCESSOR TO OLR LIKINfi, COMRADES, WE WILL F\yJD A MEAKiS OF DE5TSOYIM6 THE SUCCESSOR, AS WE f)ID AVJ. ACCtDEWT,' PEx ILLNESS! O 'Si A -DPHAD /'*. -SHH 1 } ETTER->...:SO^EOK^

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