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June 16, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 71

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16.1974 How Does Your Garden Grow? Fig Trees Find Home for All Seasons Here By ABM Howard Htwirt Editor WouW you believe it if I toW you there was a grove of fig trees in Charleston? Well, there is. Perhaps not a "grove" as we usually think of it. but what else would you call a planting of 20 or so 15-foot tall fig trees? Mitchell Rashid of 107 Forest Dr., in the Edge wood sec- Z-WmiSiSStiwi of Char- jleston. has } fig trees ga- |lore. But the | big story at ;the moment 'in connection h the j Rashid figs is 'that one of fine trees has ripe fruit on right now. "They're two months ahead of time." Rashid said with pardonable pride. "It's extremely rare." he added, "I've never heard of it before." And I'll tell you something else that's extremely rare: Rashid has built what he calls a "winter greenhouse" to protect his trees. It is an 18 x 36 foot structure with upright two-by-fours, resembling an arbor in the summer but with plywood panels which can be inserted when cold weather comes, making it winter- proof. During the winter months a small heater inside the "greenhouse" keeps the tr?es comfortably warm. "People who dp not have such enclosures must trim their trees," he explained,' "and cover them individually. Such trees take longer to produce. With my 'winter greenhouse,'" he explained, "I can hav£figs for 100.to 110 days. If I .Had to trim my trees, I would have figs for only 50 days." - V ; ' "· :i . '·'·.,-· ·'·, * RASHIp, A retired coal operator, is a native of Lebanon, but has been in the United States for 54 years -- 37 years in West Virginia. We asked him if he had been back to Lebanon. "No," he replied with a smile, "I haven't had time!," Mr: and Mrs. Rashid have five children, three girls and nioa will be in full swing. It'll be the first time the West Virginia branch of the Rashid Family Club of America has been the host for this annual convention, now in its 46th year. There'll be Rashids from all over the country, and possibly some coming from Lebanon and South America especially for the event. And who is the chairman of West Virginia for this convention? Mitchell Rashid. His son. Dr. Richard C. Rashid of Charleston, is second national vice chairman. The family tree goes back to the Sixth Century, aad there are over 1,000 members at present, about 800 in the United States. The Rashids even have an international family telephone directory, with addresses, names of children, etc. "But no ages." chuckled Mr. Rashid. After the convention, however. Mitchell Rashid will be happy to talk about fig trees. So if you have a problem, or would like to start a fig tree of your own. get in contact with him. Stationery JM Ttirtf-Mtk it.SJ. IMUWM CIH MtO«t«5-l«02 /7/Q VILLAGE MCr WARDROBE Summer Fashion SALE MITCHELL RASHID AND HIS FIG TREES Arbor Converts To Greenhouse In Winter two boys, and their love of the soil is reflected in the flowers, shrubs and trees surrounding their home. In addition, there is a sizeable vegetable garden: But the main attraction is the fig trees. There are two smaller "groves" of figs, also capable of being enclosed during the winter. All in all, the Rashids must have 20 or so . good-sized trees. * » * RASHID CLAIMS to have had the largest figs in the world. A couple of years ago one of his trees produced figs that were seven inches in diameter at the top, tapering down in pear-shape fashion, to three inches long. That particular tree has no ripe fruit on it at the moment, but there are plenty of figs in evidence and a bountiful crop is predicted. Rashid's ripe figs are from a 12-year old tree that came from Lebanon. He has trees also from Turkey and, sur- Clapter 131, OES Mrs. Betty Jo Chisler will be installed as worthy matron ofjutli Charleston[Chapter;. l31v : ^0rder of Eastern Star,"at ; '" 8^f ;m. Tuesday in the South Charleston Masonic Temple, and Clifton L. Chisler will take the office of worthy patron. installing officers will be Mr. and Mrs. Bill B.. Nester, Mrs. Naomi Layer, Mrs. Norma Thompson, Mrs. Phyllis Given. Harry Hoff, Mrs. Hilda Thomas, Miss .Betty Jo Johnson and David E. Johnson:. . . . . . * . * * ^ ;. · ., . ' ' OTHERS.!AKING office will be Mrs, Pauline.:Thohip- son. associate matron; Alvin Thompson, associate patron; Mrs: Virginia Nester, secretary: Mrs. Veva McFadden. treasurer; Mrs. Drussie Hartley, conductress: Mrs. Dorothy Stewart, associate conductress; .Mrs. Geneva Lanham. chaplain; Mrs. Delores Cottrill. marshal; Mrs. Phyllis Bush, organist; Mrs. Sharon Taylor, Adah; Mrs. Ada Pauley, Ruth; Mrs. Nori- taSpradlingrEsther Miss, Joyce'; Taylor;: Mar^gM^^; Marguerite NeWhouser'Eiet- "*' ' ta:,:|Mrs; Valarie Hoff, warder; James Thacker, sentinel: and Milton Carnes. trustee. Mrs. Norma Thompson will be in charge of the social hour following the installation cer-,, emony. How Can can I remove static electricity from sweaters and ' ' ' ' A. Try going over them lightly with a damp sponge or cloth. This can be done even while you are wearing them, since the sponge should be only slightly damp. Q. How pan I prevent the metal Candles of a handbag from tarnishing? A. Cover this metal with shellac, or with colorless fingernail polish. The six children of Mr; and Mrs. Martin L, Skiles were hosts for a party Friday night honoringtheir parents as they celebrated their golden weeding anritver- .sary in their home at 3409 Clover Dr. Married June 14. 1924 at Coal Fork, Mrs. Skiles is the former Lula Blount and her husband is a retired coal miner. Their children are Jesse E. and Martin Meal Skiles, Mrs. Janice Brown, Mrs. Luetta Belcher, Mrs. Nellie Kozen, all of Charleston, and Mrs. Anice Soward of Che-, lyan. They also have 16 grandchildren. prisingly, Michigan, and others that he started himself. It takes three years for a fig tree to produce fruit. The "winter greenhouse" structure is of Rashid's own design and he knows of no one else in the state who has such an enclosure for their fig trees. He'll be happy to tell anyone how to go about building a similar one, however, so if you're interested, give him a call (346-7873) or drop him a note. Better still, go by his home and look at his trees. · . . . i ; . ' · · * ' * · * WHAT'S THE secret of Rashid's success? "Fig trees take a lot of water," he explained. "Most people don't know-this: "He pointed to a .50-gallbn-barrel with a hose running from it to the f ig arbor. "One day I'll mix soap powder with the water in the barrel;" he said. "The" soap contains phosphate which figs nje^\The;,n^xt day Til mix fertiliser 'in the barrel. Another day 'cow manure tea.' The hose trickles among the trees all the time." Rashid says people come from all over the state to get information on growing figs. "Call me and Til be glad to help," he said. * * * AND THIS charming man will do just that. But don't call him July 5, 6, or 7. 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