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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 13

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MARCH ii 1931 MASON BETTER ROADS BETTER FARMING AN VIEWS OF INTEREST TO FARMERS THIS PAGE EDITED BY ARTHUR PICKFORD 716CERROGORDQ COWS TESTED IN WORK OF GROUP A. D. Reynolds Makes Annual Report; Average Income Is $93.79. The annual report of the Cerro Gordo herd improvement' association No. 1 for 1930 has been issued by A. D. Reynolds, tester. , ! .There are 30 members and in the 30 herds there was an average of 388.07' cows in cow years, giving an average of 314.3 pounds of butterfat. The average income above feed · cost was 593.79. , The' actual number of cows tested was 716,. of which. 123 were pure ·' . bred and 593 grades. Seventy-three I : . were sold as being unprofitable. There were -29 pure bred sires in the association, 17 bull pens were I used and 20 had milking machines, | 14 used drinking cups and 29 fed ' silage. · ) . . Top IJerd in County ' 1 Twenty-six fed a balanced; ration, 23 fed grain when cows were on ~ pasture,- 21 -fed grain to dry . cows i and 25 fed legume hay. 1 -The 16 Holstein cows in the ' Keeler and Connolly herd topped I the association with an average of 402.6 pounds butterfat. So far as of-' ficial records show, this is the highest herd record ever had in the county and Mr. Connolly ascribes j ' it tp his knowledge of his cows thru ^ belonging to a cow testing associa- , tion and feeding according to pro} duction. J There were five cows^ above 500 pounds .of fat, 3.9 between' 400 and 500, 147 between 300 and 400 and 98 between 200 and 300 Ibs. Some 500 Pound Cows .The five highest cows were owned as follows: . Dave Ryan, 540.5 pounds, Keeler and Ford, 536.5, and the nekt three by Keeler and Con\ nolly, 534.9, 531.2 and 512.8 pounds . of butterfat. . Those 'Owning herds giving over 300 'pounds. are: '. v- ·.' ' · · . Owner -- ·, Ave. Fat . Keeler and Connolly ..... 402.6. . iR^-B. Dunn .... ____ ..... 371.7 ', '"Keeter 'and Faktor ...... 358.7 ; '. ......'. ,351.9 BETTER SCHOOLS BETTER SOCIAL LIFE OLD WORTH COURTHOUSE The courthouse, one, of tho'.survivinff buildings nt Bristol, was built in 1885. It is now'the homo of B. C. BurdlcU, for 70 years a resident of Bristol. PULSE OF THE FARM ,' ';F. A. Btsbeefand Son ' . ; . . .-.3484 · , '^Keeler and Ford ...... . .347.7 ·Glen Bishop ... ... ...... 336.3 Bryant and Thompson . . . .332.1 Paul C. Spotts ..... '. . . . .329.2 Keeler 'and Millington ____ 327.6 F. W. Brown and Son ____ 316.9 Dave Ryan .............. 310.8 ,J. C. Me Arthur ........ .309.8 Ellsworth Treloar ....... 308.3 ,M. T. Henrichsen - ____ : . .306.5 ;'Blmer Smith . . . : ....... 304.4 -The average value of the fat from the 10 high herds was $247.12 and of the" 10 low herds was $67.51, difference of $179.61. ·-Average' cost of feed for the high 'herds was $88.15 and for the low herds $53.41 with a difference 'oi 534.74. but the high herds returned $153.97 above the feed costvwhile the low herds returned only §14.10. The report states that the average Iowa cow produces 150 pounds 'a year and that there are far . more cows in Cerro Gordo coun,ty producing less 'than 250 pounds than there are producing 300 pounds. Special Meetings Are Held. BRISTOW, March 11.-- Special meetings are in progress at the United Brethren^ church under the leadership of the pastor, 'the Rev. Mr. Hedges. Pastors and singers from neighboring sisting. towns are as- W.J. Murphy Livestock and Farm Sale Auctioneer Arrange for Your Spring Sale Date Now. Phone 1977 Mason City, Iowa Farm'Sale Dates Claimed March 12--George H., Raymond, Fertile, lown. March 12--E. J. Fritz, Mason . City, Iowa. March 16--1981 Spring Sate, Iowa Holstein Breeders' association, Waterloo, Iowa -Dairy Cattle Congress grounds. To Get Your Sale Date in "this Column Just fill out coupon and mail it to the GIohe-Gnzetfe, care of ,'V, O. HTCKS (Please Write Plainly) Name ·. Town Date of Sale. By ARTHUK PICKFORD : While much of- southern Iowa is buried in snow- and fighting snowdrifts this north central section is witnessing a dust storm in March. Fifty/years from now some old settler will be saying: "Yes sir, I remember in 1930-31 we had no winter; Just nice fall weather. Not enough, snow to .make sledding a any time. I drove my car every day It was the winter after we buil' 1,000 miles of paving. Yes sir, that was, some /pen winter." LEARNING BY\ DOING The farm crops class at the'high school/in Lake Mills is testing- seed corn .for farmers and offers to test soils for acidity. The shops class is building chick feeders, waterers and individual hog houses. The proo] that they are learning is the facl that the boys in the vocationn courses won nearly 520 in the' loca poultry show and grain judging contest. LOST--A MIUXION DOLLARS Former county agent H C Aaberg of Winnebago' county -calls attention to some "leaks" that his seven' years as county'agent has con vinced him could be stopped- anc the farmers \pf Winnebago wouk increase their.. Income . $1,000,000. -d^H»2iu»ya lithat^farm ers i-jhuyje, :·'.', as yet;."only '.'scratched/the I surface' in agriculture. .What he says will no doubt -be true of adjoining counties Read his story In another column. FACTS FROM THE CENSUS ~ .Some of the items released from the report of the 'last census are interesting. '. As expected, there is a steady decrease of land and building values, an increase in the size of farms and in the number of renters and a decrease in owner operated farms, horses and cattle, but a» increase in milk cows.' i -7 -The average size of farms in Cer- rq Gordo is 181.4 acres. Farm managers are fewer, but operate more acres.' Land values as reported are Cerro-Gordo $115.78 an acre, Butler $111.65, Wright $140.08. A special report sent out bv Iowa State college'says: Thus far tho mechanization 'of agriculture has not changed the fundamental nature of the farm unit The family farm is still tlie prevailing- type. Mechanization has enlarged the acreage and increased the necessary investment, but has not, to any significant de- pTee brot about corporation farming-. .-A few large scale ventures have been undertaken, some of which seem to be meeting with success. The great bulk of the output, however, even in areas of maximum mechanization, is coming from the family farm and may be expected to continue to come from that source: DO YOU BELIEVE , TN.A WATER WITCH? ' A farmer down near Ida Grove recently paid five dollars to a wa ter witch to show him where to dier a well. Forty years ago a farmer who believed in water witches, followed the indications of- the driving- rod and had . a well drilled about twenty rods away from his barn and, as long as he stayed on the farm, both he and .his stock tramped thru sun, snow and storm, back and forth, from the barn to the well. But ,the next owner had a well drilled just where he wanted it and it has given him all the water he has needed. What did the water witch cost the.first owner? Another farmer had this experience with'his well. Beginning in 1885 he found water at 42 feet and then at successive times he had to ?o down in the same hole 64; 100, 150 and 200 feet, and now the well ives plenty of water whether the season, is wet or dry, summer or winter,-and there is not a good well n several miles around that is not somewhere between 100 and 200 feet down and one is 310 feet. Isn't drilling a well something 01 gamble? "" - · / HE WANTS THRM YOUNG "I:never made a nickel on a pig that had a birthday on my farm," said Rex Beresford as he quoted a well known -hog man irj bringing out the importance of procuring apld daily gains in order to get the hogs ready for early market. A variety of different small grains fer) with a full feed of corn proved n etter ration than where small grain was fed to replace the corn in the ration, and- also'made more economical gains .according to experimental esults. In other words, "pigs like corn," stated Mr. Beresford. One hundred pounds of skim milk was found to be equal to 6 pounds of corn and 6 pounds of tankage a protein supplement. Also a mixture of protein supplements made higher gains, and were more economical than a straight 60 per cent tankage supplement. Mr. Beresford recommended a simple mineral mixture because thi has given the best results so far. FARM DEPRESSION AND PSYCHOLOGY It is generally understood that business is slow and that farmers are not buying anything; but, that depends. This from the Drovers Journal: At the farm sale of E. ,C. Buten- .bach near Klemme 'two hundred head of livestock .were sold and a full line of farm machinery. This sale started at 12_o'clock and was closed at 4:30. Horse sales were: One 5 year old gray mare $190; one pair 4 and 6 year old mares $300; one 3 year olc mare $154; one 3 year old gelding $154;-one 5 year old gelding $140; one 3 year old gelding $125; one pair-mare colts -2 and 3 years olc ,5126: each; one- yearling colt brol *152^i vWV h,m^n^ ' ' · ' - - :.:- - .; VTOne; h'unflred ''and : fifty',' head'.- of stock steers brot'from-?38 to ?5{ a head. Thirty-flve'brood-sows'brol from $25 to $30 each. Fall pigs brot from $6.50 to $9.50. Machinery sold well. There was no. hay or grain. Total amount of this sale $11,000. j At a sale east · of Osage: Cows rated from $40 to $76; horses from $125 to $170; hogs, all pigs weighing about a hundred pounds, averaged $8. Corn sold for 47c, 43c and 40c; oats at 25c. WHO WILL START THE MERHY-GO-KOUND? I. recently received a letter from a relative in Pittsburgh who is superintendent of a blast furnace. He mentioned the great number of unemployed who are standing around with hands In their pockets and nothing to do, and, naturally, are buying as little "as possible. They, are out of work because don't or can't buy. We can't buy because they don't buy our food stuffs. The bigr question is not who is 'to blame for stopping the merry- go-round but how are we to get it going again. Will it start if the farmer begins to buy? TRUCKS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES Speaking of the ^menace to traffic that comes from the wide bus or truck combined with the speed at which they are driven the Dumont Journal says: But the man to be really afraid of is the farmer who loads 'his truck with hty or a miscellaneous load of furniture and, who .recognizes no limit to .width but the' ability to make his !oad stay on. It is disconcerting to estimate his position on the road from the front and then find that a chair back is sticking out a foot further from the back of the load. Of course, moving season will soon be over, and furniture will not bother us so much, but the hay and straw and the weaving trailer behind the, passenger car with us. will stay 500 Farm Bureau Signs Are Mailed to Members Farm Bureau membership ' signs for 1931 have been mailed to 500 members this year, and a number of memberships are still unpaid and as soon as these dues are received the membership signs will be sent out. The Farm Bureau officers and directors wish to urge all Farm bureau members to put these signp In a prominent place either on their jatepost or on their farm buildings where they can be easily seen from the road; This method of advertising is not only good for the organization but every Farm Bureau ·nember should be proud that he belongs to the largest farm organization in the United States, In lown and in Floyd. County. Baptlst Men Entertain Women. CRESCO, March 11.--Men of 'tht, baptist church entertained the wo- 'nen with an oyster supper and Hunt program in the church dln- ng room Monday evening, there be- ng about 80 present. . MILLION DOLLARS LOST IN "LEAKS," AABERG ASSERTS Some of Possible Increased Returns Suggested Deal With Cattle. By H. C. AABEKG - I contend thai-farmers have only "scratched the surface" in agricul ture and that time and proper leadership will prove tny statement. In the following paragraphs I will endeavor to point out n. few of the "leaks" as well as suggest the possible increased returns: '· ' 1. ' Our average hen produces 72 eggs a'year valued at '$1:4.4 which is less than the cost of production. It Is possible for every farmer to cut the number of birds in half and double the production a hen making the average production 12 dozen a year valued at $2.88 and at considerably less" feed cost realizing at 'least $1 more profit a hen or $284,391 on the 284,391 hens in the county- ' · \ · ' 2. W,lnnebago' farmers market 2,400,000 dozen eggs annually: The price variation between No. 1 eggs and common run averages 4 cents a dozen. By producing No. 1 eggs, the county income would be $96,000 greater. ProductionvTJnder.!j6o Pounds. 3. The average production of our ·dairy cows is less than 200 pounds of fat a year which is worth'about $70 leaving little or no profit. We have several cows ip. our testing association and better herds which average 300 pounds or more which amount is worth $105 at 35- cents a pound,or $35-more than the 200 pound cow. The extra feed cost would be about 515 a cow leaving $20 additional profit a cow. It takes 30,000 two hundred pound cows to produce our 2,000,000 pounds of butter or 6,666 three hundred pound cows. By culling about 3,000 cows and feeding the good cows Winnebago farmers can realize at least $100,000 more ^profit for less labor, investment anU equipment. 4. Fifty thousand hogs are produced annually in Winnebago county yielding 10,000,000 pounds of pork: The average cost of producing a pound of pork Is 7 cents more. .Our beter swine raisers have been [ tfble to'^pi-CHJuce"porkf 7 at',6 · cents" .a pound or a saving of 1 cent a pound This would amount to $100,000 in the county. 5. The recent Iowa Livestock Marketing Corporation operating at Cedar Rapids has been able to procure 25 cents a hundred weight more for bogs than the individual shipping association or shipper. If every farmer in Winnebago county could receive this addition price it would amount to $35,000 on the 10,000 pounds of- pork produced. Crop Worth §12.50. 6. A 50 bushel crop of oats at 2.T cents a bushel is worth $12.50. An average crop of soy beans yield 20 bushels an acre valued at $25 or twice as much as oats when fed to hogs or dairy cattle. If every farmer would grow five acres of soybeans and realize $10 an acre.more profit this would amount to $50-a farm or $75,000 for the county. The soybeans would replace some of the protein feeds such as oil meal and cotton seed to advantage. 7. . Winnebago farmers are growing nearly 4,000 acres of alfalfa at present which' is an increase of 400 per cent in the last five years. This amounts to 2% acres a farm valued at $100 or a gross income of $40 an acre. Winnebago farmers are growing 2,000 acres of timothy which yields less than 3,000 ton's valued at $15 an acre. By replacing' this acreage with alfalfa they would make $50,000 more profit. ,, Raise 3,000,000 Bushels. 8. Our farmers grow 3,000,000 bushels of corn on about 78,000 acres with an average yield of 40 bushels an acre. Thru proper seed selection and improved varieties, we have found it possible to get 10 bushels more an acre and at 50 cent-? a bushel this would amount to $5 an acre or about $40,000 for the county. 9. There are 5,000 acres of peat land in the conuty which at the present time are too wet to farm or are in pasture. Two thousand acres of this soil will grow vegetables especially potatoes and will produce yields of 200 bushels an acre valued at $200 and at an increased profit of ?100 an acre over, the present income or a totalsof $20,0,000. 10. Weeds in Winnebago county cause an average annual loss of one-half million dollars a year or $300 a farm in decreased yields and extra expense in cultivating and preparing the soil. If each farmer would spend $200 a year to fight weeds he would be $100 to the good and on 1,500 farms this would be a saving of $150,000. These additional profits and sav- STORE AT BRISTOL This .old building \V«B I one-' of tho stores and Is the birthplace of Fred'and Burr Kccler whose father kept a country store at Bristol before there was any Manly and when Northwood was just a-dot on the man. . . ( . . . . · Iost Town of Bristol Once Worth County Seat FOR SALE Purebred Hereford Bulls All serviceable age. 3 miles east of Chapin. L. M, CROM Hampton, Iowa Old Residents Recount Story of Change Made in Civil War Days! By ARTHUR riCKFORH In the west side of Worth county about midway between Joice and Lake Mills is the almost forgotten village of Bristol. 'The casual traveler might pass thru the^ remains of the village and not suspect it was there; and would be surprised to learn, that this spot was once'the county seat of Worth county. But ,B. · C. Burdick who has lived there 70 years, is authority for the statement that at one time there were about 50 residences,.the courthouse, .two blacksmith shops, three stores and a hotel in Bristol. There are not many left who knew Bristol at its best. Mr. Burdick was born in Cedar Falls and,brbt there by his parents when three weeks old and has lived there and in the vicinity ever since. His present residence shown above was the old courthouse built in 1855. The otaer building was one of^-the stores and is the birthplace of ,Fred' arid Burr Keeler · whose fattier kept a ^country store there before there was any.Manly and when Northwood'was just a dot on the map. · Named by Englishman. The town was named by an Englishman named Todd after his hometown in England. This, however, is not quite clear. Some say his name was McPherson and some aay Lane but all agree that it got its name from Bristol, England. Another old resident is McWiggens who is 73 and was born at Bristol and is an authority on its early history. When the town was founded there was plenty of timber and it may have been a sawmill which was built on Elk creek that formed the 'nucleus of the settlement. Court Moves to Nortluvood. Mr. Burdick relates how during Civil war times, whe nearly all the men were in the army, Northwood took the county seat from them by outvoting them on the location. In those- days county seats were tossed here and there like handballs and of course the possession of the county seat had much to do with the location of railroads in . those pioneer days. It was Bristol's misfortune to be missed by all the railroads that came into that locality. Stories are told of men who walked on snow shoes to Cedar Falls, pulling a hand sled - behind them, on which to bring back a few groceries that'could not be grown around Bristol, and there were tragedies when men froze to death in blizzards or lost their feet from exposure. One wonders if there are any of that type of men and women in this easy going age! ings total!more than a million dollars and are enough to build two hundred $5,000 homes and Buy 75 automobiles. FARMERS! . Wo Fay a Premium For Quality Poultry FOOD PRODUCTS CO. Phone 99G 2322 S. Federal RAY R, BOGARDUS Drainage Engineer and Surveyor Mason City, Iowa. Baby Chicks Custom Hatching Simplex and Newton Brooders Vitaline Starter Peerless Hatchery PHONE 1339 404 S. Fed. Mason City Happy HomeMakers Will Hold Meeting Saturday Walls and woodwork as a proper background will be the lesscin studied at the-meeting of the Happy Homemakers, 4-H girls club' of Bath township at a meeting at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Arthur Zirbel, one- half mile south of the schoolhouse in district one. All girls of Bath township are invited to the meeting-. BABY CHICKS ! and Custom Hatching PHONE 1339 Peerless Hatchery 404 S. Federal Mason City Over 100 Bushel Per Acre in 1926 and 1930 In Cerro Gordo County five acre yield contest. Was produced from Schumacher's Yellow Dent Corn. Has been among the high varieties in state yield plot during past two years. Artificially dried. Priced reasonable. R. G. SCHUMACHER Phone 604 Thornton, la. Good Farm $35 Acre Conditions force me to sell my 300 acre farm.' It's well improved; good average house and barn; fair granary and corn crib; new modern chicken house; all well fenced-; 1%, miles from town on county gravel road; 2 miles from Iowa line; rich productive soil; lays fine; no trade considered; must have 50% cash; an exceptional bargain; should be inspected at once. Write Sir. E. C. M. Box 385 Austin, Minn. A verq low price for verq good verall B'GQSIf Get to Know WE SMOKE MEATS WANTED! LIVESTOCK G. GRUPP'S PACKING BOUSE flome-Made Bologna Phone 23 401 So. Federal FOR SALE ROAN BULL S years old weight about 1,350 ROY EIBY G miles west, 1 mile north of Manly. Phone 181FS. AUCTION SALE A Combination Snlo to be held at East city limits of Mason City on tho Nora Springs road, on Thursday, March 12 Wo already have a nice list of horses, fresh mllU cows, broo£ sows, farm machinery, spy beans and so forth. If you have anything to sell, list it with E. J. FRITZ, Manager W. J. MURPHY, AUCTIONEER Watch for Monday, March i), issue of the Globe-Gazette for complete bill. If* grm fun to gatltr the cggj ioiB Vfih and summer where bciu ta this high ' Ketp your rush fecde u filled wi th Wsyn e all tht time. TTxn watch your tgg record! climb-and your cost of egy pti dozen go down. If you'll givt Wayne Egg Ma A i fair uulTM. We luiow you'U soon come back for more. Sold By CERRO GORDO FARMERS CO. Phone 270 500 3rd N. E. LOOK FOR THE SUNRISE A8 Raise More and Better Chicks use MOR-GAIN Chick Starter Mash and MOR-GAIN Growing Mash MOR-GAIN REG.1N Your chicks will be healthy and develop quickly You will be pleased at the low cost of MOR-GAIN CHICK FEEDS A"ND MASHES Northwestern Distributing Co.inc. 436 2nd St. N. E. Muson City, Iowa Phones 301--363 Insure MorePoultry Profit! CUSTOM HATCHING " BABY CHICKS and POULTRY SUPPLIES The Peerless Hatchery Phone 1399--404 S. Federal Ave.--Mason City, Iowa FIRST HATCH MARCH 9

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