Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 27, 1976 · Page 32
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 32

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 27, 1976
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And Here's the End Product Done-io-a-Turn Barbecued Beef Is Sliced for Sandwiches Cattle Fanciers Have Field Day A t Morlunda What the Morlunda Farms' Field Day Was AH About C. B. Coffindaffer Exhibits Morlunda Majestic C425 By Delmer Robinson LEWISBURG-Beef . . . on the hoot, in the making, and in sandwiches . . . was featured at the biennial field day at the famed Morlunda Farms. Special guest at the traditional showing of cattle was Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.. northeastern area director of the American Polled Hereford Assn. Mure than 1.000 people from 21 states attended the day's festivities which included a quarter horse demonstration by Richard Harvey showing the ability and versatility of the animals in "working" a herd of cattle. There was a roping demonstration with the explanation by Oscar Nelson Jr. that they "gentle" their cattle rather than roughing them up unnecessarily. This was combined with the administering of medicine for pink-eye in the beasts. This was followed by cattle judging contests in which participants were able to compare their evaluations of young animals in groups of four with those of acknowledged experts. · And of course one of the great features of the field day is the pit-cooked barbecued beef prepared by Truman Lawrence, manager of the 2.000-acre operation. Two fatted animals were slaughtered for the huge picnic and were pit-roasted for more than 24 hours. A team of men including Bob Jeffries, G. B. Jeffries and John Tuckwiller trimmed and sliced the beef. And members of the United Methodist Women of R i c h l a n d s Calvary United Methodist Church joined with members of the Richlands Homemakers Club to prepare food for the picnic, making such traditional goodies as slaw and baked beans to go with the beef barbecue sandwiches. And pies, lots of homemade pies, and cakes were the sweet ending for the meal. It was q u i t e a task, and the women headed by Janet Jeffries and Edith Wilson did a good job. The stars of the entire day. of course, were the prize-winning bulls, who were displayed along with their numerous progeny. This was not a sale, more ; get- together of the Nelsons, their neighbors, and people interested in cattle-breeding. It wasn't a cattle auction, as Truman Lawrence explained: 'We do not believe in the artificial fattening and grooming associat- ed with a sale. Every day is sale day with us.' Oscar Nelson Jr. told the audience of his father's efforts to find just the right f a r m . 'He traveled along the roads 2! miles from Charleston, seeking a place. Without luck. Then he searched within a 50-mile radius. S t i l l no l u c k . He t h e n broadened his search area to 100 miles, and he found this place, then the Knapp farm. He knew his search was over." In the years since those depression days 1 of 19,'U, the farm has prospered and has been enlarged greatly until there are more than 2.000 acres Moriunda-owncd. It is still a family enlerprise. Many of the third generation of Nelsons are working on the f a r m . D u r i n g the f i e l d day Oscar Nelson had all the family conn; up and he introduced. There wore 14. Charleston, Wrsl Virginia ID --June 27. 1976 Jess Minor, 91 Me Showed the Nelsons the First Hereford They liver Bought T 1 Jan Roux of South Africa Rests His Horse ' Kristal Ehrhardt (left) and /fegela Ehrhardt of Camden, Ohio, Admfre the Steed A Cool Visit on the Front Porch Erc Nelson (lefti. Franklin 1). Roosevelt.Jr. mid Tom Nelson

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