The Wellington Leader from Wellington, Texas on May 7, 1964 · Page 4
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Wellington, Texas
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Thursday, May 7, 1964
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Save The Soil Area Winners ,. ,..,.. ,; . ./ or Range Progress J . , - .-.• ,. H ^^ • "' '.' ' ^^ ' ,' A typical Texan in looks and heritage is Austin'(Polly) 0'- Neil.'Va )typ,ical 'Texan, too, in the way he reclaimed the ranch ion"which, he lives in th,e north part' of -Salt* ;F,ork' Soil Conservation ': District. His remarkable joib, brought his. nomination as the rancher who has done r Hie greatest job of reclaiming an eroded place he owns and operates. He tackled this tremendous job at a time when many men are thinking of retirement. Now 12 years later, he shows no signs of slowing down. He also has been ranch manager for a famous southeastern Panhandle ranch, and a district game warden. , O'Neil bought his 1767 acre ranch in 1952 from ihis employer, the Mill Iron Ranch; The place was away from the main ranch and, according to (Bob Crawford, work unit conservationist of Soil Conservation Service, it had (been cash leased. The drouth of the 1950s lay (heavy on Salt Fork SCD School Closing Events Planned at Washington The closing events of Booker T. Washington School were announced this week by W. E. Franks principal. These include: Thursday, May 7: Primary operetta, "A Rose Dream," by the first grade, Mrs. W. E. Franks, sponsor. Wednesday, May 13: Operetta and plays by the second and third grades, "Three Little Pigs," "Betty Be Careful," and other numbers, Miss P. Randle director. Sunday, May 17: Baccalaureate service, with the sermon by Rev. iL. B. George, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Am- arilJo. The service will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Greater Mt. Zion Church. Tuesday, May 19: Class night exercises, at the school, sjpon- sored by Miss M. A. Rider and Lorenza Person. Wednesday, May 20: High school play, "If You Knew Susan," sponsored 'by Miss Franoine Childs and Mrs. Helen Miner. Thursday, May 21: Graduation exercises, with Prof. E. S. Davis, principal of Lincoln high school, Altus, Okla., as speaker. This will be held at the Church of God. All evening programs will begin at 8 p.m. when Poly O'Neilf bought the land. All ranges Were suffering. O'Neil's first big job was carrying ,the land through the remainder of the drouth, repairing the damage it had,done and carry out a soil conservation program centered on deferred grazing, reseedihg of grass, and brush control. Startin from scratch on has ranch, O'Neil continued to work for the Mill Iron until 1959. The first year he owned the ON ranch, he deferred grazing on the entire [place. The second year h*e had a few steersi. The third-year he put 28 head of cattle on it, feeling that was as much as he should. Now the ranch will carry 80 head of cattle and not 'be overstocked. He has always Hooked for quality in -the animals he buys. The fine knowledge gained during his years as ranch manager helped him to avoid some of the pitfalls the new ranch operator may encounter. Nevertheless, there were the old problems with which nature confronts every man who would Ibe a rancher. His first piece of work was to ibuild corrals where they were needted, and put up more than 11 miles of fence. He drilled a well to furnish livestock water and installed three troughs. Mesquite and other brush saps much good range land in this* part of Salt Fork SCD, and O'Neil sprayed 985 acres to give the fine short grasses a chance. He felt thai? around 500 acres should be se-seeded, including both range land and cropland he wanted to turn back to grass. This year O'Neil seeded another 255 acres. It goes without saying that no cattle are grazed on these re-seeded sections until the grass- has made a good growth. Proper range use and deferred razing is practiced on every one of the 1767 acres the ON Ranch. He never overgrazes his land. It is to .be remembered thai during the time he was carrying out much of tihis conservation work, O'Neil was stil holding down a full time job In one way, O'Neil and his wife, Leatrice, were no (better off than his ipioneer parents There was no house to live in The beautiful ranch style house O'Neil built himself, and 1 hac it in livable condition when th couple moved there. He still is READING RELAXED — Some new readers might hold their books upside-down, but Janice Pape, 8, of Sheboygan, Wis., knows the right way—it's that she chooses this posture. O'Neil's concern' for soil and! range conservation goes back 'ar before he owned his ranch. Two of his sons chose to make a living from the land: Austin Jr., farms at Cotton Center. Ted is ranch manager for one of Texas' finest ranches at Whitney, and is himself a wan- ner in the Save the Soil and Save Texas Awards program. Their youngest son is a awyer. A Salt Fork SOD cooperator during most of the time he has owned the ranch, O'Neil has most phases of it completed. But conservation-minded that lie is, O'Neil is aware that conservation of 'his grass, the soil from which it grows, and the water that falls on it, is a never-ending job. A fine sportsman, this former game warden now has the opportunity to make his land atrractice for some of the Panhandle's game birds—clove and quail. Polly O'Neil is truly a typical Texan of the modern breed. The largest osage orange trees in America are found in the Red River Valley. Wilnulcer Group Soil Work of Four Men Cited by SCD Chosen as- the Conservation 1 Grouip of Salt Fork Soil Conservation District this year is the Wilnulcer Group, four men who together operate 629 acres of fertile land lying near Buck Creek, one of the district's! major streams.- They are the late Judge 'Luther Gribble,' Robert Posey, a retired (businessman and extensive landowner; and James W. Wilson, youngest of the gr.>up, and Ray Null, the latter two dirt farmers. They have as a common bond the love for their land and a consciousness of need to conserve at. Their four farms' for the purpose of soil and water conservation are handled as one unit), consisting of 494 acres of cultivated land and 164 acres of grass. Some of it is rough; erosion could ibe a threat to all of it if conservation measures were not applied. These men found that conservation was more effective and easier if they carried out their program together rather than as four separate units. They began working together in 1958. Because of the nature of tihe terrain, 20 miles of terraces came first. When the terraces were built the farm land was put under a conservation crop systfcem which has been continued. That fall, crojp residue use was practiced on 164 acres. As this is naturally fertile land, these measures put the cultivated land in good shape. The next year, 1959, the four took up conservation measures on their grass land and carriec out the five practices mosl needed. Improvement measures were needed on 1 only 70 acres of pasture and most of this was re- seeded to give better grazing. It was felt deferred grazing would also benefit some of this THE WELLINGTON (TEXAS) LEADER Thursday, May 7» 1964 pasture land and this was ibe- in 1959 and continued through 1963. 1963 was another key year in the development of their conservation program Iby. the Wllnulcer Group. The four got together three times to plan and carry out their jprogram. A major decision was to enter the Great Plains Conservation program, which they did in November. Believing additional erosion control was needed, they worked .with Soil Conservation Service technicians to plan and build the one dam needed, and to plan the waterways and terraces needed to make it completely effective. The four .grassed water ways that were needed also were put in during 1963 and additional livestock water was completed. Supervisors of Salt Fork Soil Conservation District consider this one of the outstanding example® of cooperation among SOD cooperators. It is further evidence of the fine itown-rural relationship that can exist. Judge Gribble. wihose career was far removed from plowing and (planting, had a deep love for the soil and spent .more time on his land an many men who live on their farms. He studied its problems in the same thorough manner\that he did a case tried in. his court. Mr. Posey In his years as a Wellington merchant had an opportunity through his many farmer customers to know what the problems of the land .are. He applies itihe 'businessman's approach to <the big business of farming. Null, long .known as a good farmer, fits in perfectly with the others of the groujp. He has spent most of his life on farms and has great Awareness of what conservation cam do for his land. Wilson, farm- reared, returned! to farming^ as a way of life when he completed his military service. He carries out his conservation program with mature judgment. Most native plants are best raised from seed. Sell it with a Classified Ad. building onto it), however. Situated high on a hill, it /overlooks a broad sweep of fine ranching and farming land that make up the north part of Salt Fork SCD. •Miss. Myra Keesee returned to her home in Amarillo last week, after spending two weeks in the home of her sister, Mr. and Mrs. Bura Handley. Mrs. Handley returned home with her and spent the week with her son, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Brock and baby daughter, Jill. Mr. and Mrs. John McGill and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McGill of Amarillo were in Childress Thursday, April 30, to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alma 1 Avery, Mr. John McGill's sister. SPECIALS MAY 7 through 14 $10.00 Permanents $Q50 $8.50 Permanents $"J50 $7.50 Permanents .... ${J50 Pauline's Beauty Shop Phone 2459 Mrs. Verd Jones of Hollis. Okla., spent last Wednesday night in the home of Mrs. Stella West. Sunday visitors in Mrs. West's home were her sister and niece, Mrs. Ella George and Mrs. Ethel Brickey of Shamrock. Week end visitors in the home of Mrs. J. L. Hays and Miss Larlu Hays were Miss Myra Hays of Plainview, Miss Merle Hays and Mrs. D. R. Biter and children of Wichita Falls. ATHLETE'S FOOT GERM HOW TO KILL IT. IN 3 DAYS if not pleased with strong T-4-L liquid, your 48<S back at any drug store. Watch infected skin slough off. Watch healthy skin replace at! No more itch and burning! Use antiseptic, soothing T-4-L FOOT POWDER too—fine for sweaty feet, foot odor; stays active in the skin for hours. NOW at PARSONS DRUG Thanks Friends I want to extend my sincere Thanks to the people of Cqllingsworth County who supported me in my race for Tax Assessor-Collector and those who worked actively in my behalf. The many courtesies I received from all of you are and will always be appreciated. Hubert Mauldin MOTHER NYTKX. NYTEX- NYTEX • MY Jj New! I < m x n x z n x z H SEIBERLING NYTEX The tire with the difference $1395 < Six* 6.70-15 Black Tub«-Typ« Plui Tax qnd WhitowolU $3.00 additional HAMILTON BEACH (Mixette) Portable Mixer Six. 7.30-14 Black Tub»l.»» Plvt Tax and X YTEX $1495 Whitowalli (3.00 additional Strength of Nylon, comfort of Rayon one tire! X Z 5 Hamilton Beach Hair Dryer.. $14.95 WEST BEND NYTEX* NYTEX- NYTEX- NYTEX* NYTEX* NYTEX 3-GAl. TANK SPRAYER (No. 13E). Complete with nozzle and hose 2-SPEED 20-INCH PORTABLE FAN WAV 1C QQ •24.95 13.00 9-cup Perculator ........... $6,99 Sunbeam Electric Clock ...... $3.95 CLOCK RADIO A 5-tube powerhouse. 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