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April 18, 1952

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144- NOtTHWBT ARKANSAS TIMIf, taycttovlKf, Ariumw, rrMay, April II, 1951 Rabbit Business Expands In Qzarks, Otters New Product . The pioneers of (he "Quark bunny" business in Northwest Arkansas feel that they have arrived; in » modest way. No., 1 they BIT expanding and improving, and Inaugurating a by-product which is unique-- the "bunny pot pie." The story of the Oziirk bunny -- of: the production of meat nnd by-products derived fra.i the domestic rabbit-- began about three years ago with three men and an ideaj The men are Harry McBride, DeHiert Powell, and Robert Poage, all of Ciifty, Ark. The idea was a new one for this area. TRe three men decided to learn all Jhcy could about the rabbit business. First, they went to one of tile firms handling chickens to inqjlre about the rabbit market in Uie East. They were tolr- t h a t the 'demand was great, an-., that Jf the supply increased "'.ifficicnt- ]y ^he company would orocew then). However, since {he- supply was not "iorthcomlng, McBrlde, 1'owell and". Poace found the processing WHIT up to them. They decided to protest something they did not Jiavi in the first place. The next step, was obvious: They needed rabbits. Each man bought .i;ur mature doe rabbits and a buck nnd began raising fryers. In their first proc- eselflg of nine fryers in a chicken .brooder house, they used a piece of two-by-four with two spikes driven through it to hang two rabbits; on, and used kitchen dishpans to wash the rabbits. They sold those nine fryrs. but it took them most of a cby. They encountered jokes, iaughs, rldltule. But .they reasoned and that others had made a. business out of rabbits, and they could, too, htbhit In Dernund The markets In the East and West were crying for rabbit; rabbit wa. delicious and healthful, and as a food product was a re' peatcr If prepared correctly nnd acceptably. They appeared cnn- litarttly with their story and product In places which they fell would do them the most good. Span they reached the stage where a dozen rabbits would not supply (he Sore! Demand, so they organized gome farmers who were mildly Interested In raising rabbits and'founriod the Clifty Small Slock Firms, Inc. The Clifty Farms later Incorporated nnd began looking for larger markets, found business methods, and new products. Each member of t h e - f i r m held in equal share of stock and was a Babbit breeder, Troflts--when they came about--were to be di- vldid as dividends. For Ihelr plant, they converted the brooder house in which Ihe first nine fryers had What Really Makes An Acre Is Question Raised; Not The Same In Every Country Scene in the processing plant of Clifly Small Stock Farms, Inc., at Clifty shows the "Ozark bunnies" before and a f l e r processing. The plant has been expanded since the photograph was made. been processed. They guarsnteed their product. They knew nothlno at first of i the equipment they would need. Hut they learned. They ran Into trouble In refrigeration and iwlcc spoiled a load of fresh rabbits. My Sincere Congratulations to My Many FARMER FRIENDS of Washington County on their wonderful and richly merited success in recent years, They are making this county one of the best in ffie nation for profitable a n d diversified agriculture. May continued success reward the untiring efforts of our Progressive Farmers. Richard B. freer Circuit Cltrk And by this, time a load of rabbits meant $300 to $600. Everybody Worked When additional p l a n t space wan needed, nil the corporation members would agree on a day, bring covered dishes of food, land spend the day together getting the work done. The rabbits paid for tho materials, and the members supplied tho wnrk. *\monfi the membership wore plumbers, elect r i c ! a ns, carpenters, farmers, preachers, mechanics--almost any trade the Job called for. In their first yen in busincfls, 1948, they processed $480 worth o( rahbils. The next year their output was valued at Jfl,6 r O; nnd In their third year they processed $8,300 worth of rabbits--which amounted to 3(1,000 pounds of live rahbils. Now in its fourth year in business, Clifty Farms is Inaugurating Its f i r s t - hy-product--the "bunny pot pie,' 1 which is the flrrt such product to be introduced commercially In this country. It was do. velnned during seven months of paper work and research. Samples thus far have brought favorable comments. Quick Hot Mc»l The pic, an individual frozen product Id be marketed as a quick hot meal, will be icady-cooked except for the pastry, which Is baked when the pie Is heated. It will be m a n u f a c t u r e d In Eureka Springs from Ozark bunnies, nnd its market Is already secured. The pies are already being e? pected by Marshall Field Company of Chicago nnd by whocsale dealers in Tulsa and elsewhere. The pie has been approved--as has the processing plant -by liic federal food inspection authorities. The corporation is growing; there arc 5li members now. R. Toombs is president, and C. Kemp is vice president. E. Wheeler is secretary, P. Kelzor treasurer. Members ot the Board of Directors are Mcr 'ide, I... Kcizor, ind Powell. They have visions of a "good 'utiire for rabbits in Arkansas, Parents Honored At Banquet Given By Harmon Club As a special activity for* the observance of National 4-H Club Week, the Harmon 4-H ^lub held a banquet for parents at the Harmon Umoh room, with 40 present This club, one of the smallest in the county, has 19 members ranging in ngc from 10-12. The club members planned the banquet u n d e r the supervision o| their local leader, Mrs. Ethel Wright. The girls helped cook the meal and the boys served. Green and white invitations verc sent to the parents and guests. These 4-H colors, green and white, were used throughout all the decorations. The centerpieces for the tables were white gum drop trees with green four- leaf clovers on the branches. A white nut cup with a green four- leaf clover on the handle*.WAS given to each guest as a favor. The club president, Danny Mc- Caniey, .acted as master o: ceremonies, and J. D. Ford, assistant county agent, and H. R. Sharp, mayor of Springdale, were guest speakers. By FRED 8TARR Every now and then we get to thinking and when we do, something is bound to happen. Sometimes it's a splitting headache, but once in a great while it results in something worthwhile. A few day* ago we got to discussing with 'a neighbor weights and measures, both liquids" and Bolids, and wondering why there could not be a workable system for everybody instead of different values for different countries. After turning from this discus- tion, the neighbor asked how many acres of land we owned, and that started me wondering just how they first arrived at. how much good earth actually makes an acre. Why is the word "acre" used? What does it mean, and whn started it anyway? There arc many obvious things In our lives, things like an acre, that we ju,st take for granted-until we start wondering. Then our curiosity won't let us see a minute's peace until we've found out. That Is just exactly what happened in this case. We started in to find out about this thing called an "jrre." First we went to the dictionary which said t h a t an acre is "a measure of land, 43,560 square feet (4,840 square yards)." An acre-foot is "the amount of water required (o cover one acre to a drpth of one foot; 43,560 cubic feet; used by writers on irrigation and geography," and God's acre was listed as a "burial ground." Then there is. the book "God's Little Arre," where the people who owned it set aside so much land on which they were to grow produce for the Lord's cause. The best 1 could gather from reading the affair, they never did get around to sowing, much less reaping. They were too busy working for the opposite party to do much for the Lord, So there we had several meanings, none, of which was entirely satisfactory';. On the other hand they served to whet our curiosity to a much keener edge. Next we made a trip to the Encyclopedia Britannica. There we got a corn crib full of knowledge. As a measure of land, an acre was first defined as the amount a yoke of oxen could plow in a day. Whn made this decision? Well,' it was made in England, and statutory values were enacted by Acts of Edward I and III, Hnnry VTIT, (the boy who had so many wives) and George IV. The Weights and Measures Act of 187fl defined the acre as 4,840 square yards- This is the American acre. The measure is used only by English-speaking people. T h e word is derived from the Old English, acer, and the Latin, ager, and even today retains its original meaning, "open country." Made its wonder how they go about measuring land in Chinese, and if you want to know how much a man might call his own what you would ask him. There are, however, o t h e r "acres" in addition to the Imperial or statute acre of 4,840 square yards, although they are rarely used. The Scottish acre contains j 5,15p square yards, the Irish acre 7,840 square yards, and the Cheshire acre 10,240 square yards. All of which makes us prefer to be a landowner in Cheshire than any other country. We'd just plain have more land to the acre. We also found that Acre, with a capital "A," is a harbor town of Palestine, Egypt, In the Old Testa- nent it is named as one of the places from whence the Israelite. 1 ; did not drive the Canaanite inhabitants. Acre was a city for hundreds of years before Christ was born, and in 1 1189 one of the famous Crusades battles w a s fought there. Today Acres has n population of 6,500, several' less National H-D Club Week To Be Observed April 27-May 4 is National Home Demonstration Club Week. The theme for the celebration all over the U n i t e d Slates is "Today's Home Builds Tomorrow's World." In Washington County OH eh demonstration club will plan a special way to participate in the event. Some members will attend church sprvkcs as a group, others will sponsor special meetings, picnics, teas, or lours. Each group A'ill have a special celebration. For n county-wide activity, the ,,,,, ............ ,,. ,,, -- , ,,,..,..-. .,..,o Washington County Home Dem- { t h a n the bugs on one acre of our I onstralion Council is planning a n j ground that gather to destroy any open house at the Girl's 4-H Club ! and every thing we plant. House on Douglas and Lindcll f o r ! members for and guests the event iccording to McBridc. They hnvc j Tentative date already created a demand outside j Wednesday. Apr'u' 3oTTh'is"win of Arkansas for "Ozark b u n n y , ' j l a k e ( n c p ', ace of (he a n n u H , B e t _ just as Ozark strawberries, t n m a - i t c r n omcs Tour. tors, and other products are in j -- ·---- demand. Nov.-, they say.- make j. is bolirvrrt lhat no part of the. The tempL-rature of the sea at great depths is only two or U.rce degrees above the freezing point of fresh water. for. the "bunny pot pie." I ocean is lifeless. "Mandarin" was common name for a I rials in China. formerly the ll public o f f i - We appreciate the continued patronage of the Farmers of Northwest Arkansas. Our fine line of Quality-Balanced Feed will give your Hogi, Cattle and Hens the most protein, mineral and vitamin food values. We are Exclusive Dealer in the Fayetteville Area for ALL SQUARE MEAL FEEDS. We also supply the entire line of PURINA FEEDS. Let us supply all your needs for these HIGH GRADE FEEDS. WILKINSON MILLING CO. PRAIRIE AVENUE PHONE 2M Broiler Record Wins Honor For 4-H Member Helping to prove that Washington County is an outstanding broiler raising- area. Wade Bale of the Baldwin communiey turned in a 4-H broiler record that made him state 4-H poultry winner for 1951. Wade got started in the poultry business by winning a prize of ion baby chicks at the Fair. After feeding these 100 chicks, of which he sold 96, he bought 1,000 White Rock chicks and sold 980, losing only 20 of the chicks paid for. The 980 chicks averaged 3.2 pounds per bird. Wade's father helped him to build a new 5,000-capacity broiler house. In June of 1951 he bought 4,500 chicks and when the chicks averaged 2.85 pounds each he sold 4,440 of the 4,500 purchased. From this one bunch of broilers, Wade mad* a net profit of $1,200.71. Wade now has the housing- for 7,000 broilers and he plans to build another 5,000-capacity house this summsr. He aims to be a" national 4-H poultry winner. At 14, Wade was the youngest boy to win a trip to Chicago from Arkansas in 1951. By protocol, arriving or departing presidents, ex-presidents, foreign heads of state or members of a reigning royal family receive a 21-gun salute and- four ruffles and flourishes. Tha first Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London in 1844 by George Williams and a RToup of associates cm- ployed byia drapery firm. Builds Outdoor Fireplace At West Fork Home Like many other women, Mrs. j George Freeze long desired a n ' outdoor fireplace on her place, 11 miles south of Fayetteville, at West Fork. She built one to satisfy that desire. For three years the project was in the "rock 'gathering stage." Mrs. Freeze collected rocks from four different states. Mrs. Margaret Brownficld, home demonstration agent, helped to organize A Common Sight in Area encouragement, decided to make More and more registered Angus cattle, along with ether breeds, are seen on .Northwest Arkansas farms these days as the livestock industry takes hold in this area. The black cows shown abov* graze on EwinK Jackson's River Ridge farm west of Fayetteville. Room Improvement Project Is found To Be Educational MM. Freeze And Fireplare "It was more experimental than anything else," she says. "I had never done anything of. this kind before," The work was started the first of last J u n e and completed that same month. Her husband made the grates and arranged them -so there can be, two fire levels. Jf fast cooking is required, the high grate is used--the lower prate takes care of slower cooking. Frances Garrett of the Prairie Grove 4-H Club chose room improvement as a project last year. She has learned to refinish floors, put on wall paper, remodel furniture, and to use some of the basic principles of interior design. She chose to re-decorate her j bedroom. She hung a door and filled all erevices in the door and wood work, and painted all the wooH v/ork white. The floor was covered with several coats of dark paint, which was removed, then the floors sanded. They wore v a r - nished and waxed for the finishing touch. Several pieces of f u r n i t u r e were made over. The head of the old iron bed was removed, leaving a low Hollywood style bed. A riress- inp table was made from an old wash stand. A new lop for the dressing table was made from a piece of plywood which had been varnished and waxed, A stool for the dressing table was made from a n a i l keg. An old kerosene lamp \v a s converted into an electric I lamp for use on th-: dressing table. A chest of drawers and a small desk completed the furnishings , for. the room. Colors chosen for the room were dark green and white .with deep rose as the accent color. These colors were used throughout the room, which was papered with a ·^reen and w h i t e striped paper. The head board of the bed was painted white. The bed was covered with a white bedspread with a green dust ruffle made from dyed feed sacks. White organdy eurtains and white shades were used to cover the windows. A rose shade was used on the converted kerosene lamp. The rocker w a s covered with a green material. Next year she plans to add a closet to the room and to remodel the chest of drawers into a modern looking piece of furniture. When she completes that room, phe plans to redecorate the guest bed room. Frances was county winner In h o m e improvement a n d placed third in the state contest. ATTENTION, DAIRY FARMERS We buy Grade A Milk and Cream in Benton, Washington and Madison Counties. ATTENTION, CONSUMERS We Process, in our local plant, all COLLEGE CLUB DAIRY PRODUCTS Milk, Pareurized and Homogenized, Butter, Fresh and Sweet Cottage Cheese -- None Better Chocolate Drink Help Us Boost the Dairy Indutry in Northwest Arkansas THE PASTEURIZED MILK CO. 1 PHONE 530 207 WEST DICKSON · *» » » · · · .V We Congratulate Our Many FARMER FRIENDS throughout Northwest Arkansas, and appreciate their loyal patronage through the years, Complete Line of Highest Grade Groceries at Lowest Prices. Also Seeds and Feeds to meet all your needs FARMER'S MARKET -- Free Delivery -120 West Center Phone 652

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