The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 9, 1965 · Page 11
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 11

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Tuesday, March 9, 1965
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frees and his wife, Delia, at lunchtime. Carl Slunt, background, drives workhorse while plowing garden while Rees pulls weeds. Notice the rocky soil. Rees "feels" his way along, searching for the door to enter his barn with a milker. When its time to spray his 30 apple trees hell ask for help and summon his retired farmer friend, Carl Slunt, to give him a hand. Slunt leads a tired-looking workhorse and an old wooden sled through the rows of trees and points a small-nozzled sprayer at the fruit while Bees pumps chemicals from a barrel. Slunt sometijmes helps cultivate the garden ic horse to an old rusty plow and turns the dry soil Rees' 70-year-old wife, Delia, feels she can leave her husband a few moments when Slunt is around and she backs their 1948 Chevrolet - it doesn't have a scratch on it — out of the barn and drives to Neosho to buy groceries or other household items. Rees asks no sympathy from anyone and I formed the impression any acts of charity would hurt him. He's a proud man — possibly because he's never asked for a dime from, a government that oftentimes seems eager to dole out welfare. His undeniable success made me bubble with pride — and ache with compassion. When I near of farmers of rich 200- acre plots in Illinois and Iowa claim their land holdings are too small to make a decent living and that low market prices are forcing them out of business, I wondered what the future of Ernest Rees might be. He's getting along in years and though he keeps himself physically fit with a regular program of exercises, he's not as strong as he was 20 years ago. He owns little mechanized equipment. His cattle barn is small, antiquated and would never pass Grade A standards. I doubted the 10-acre plot of wheat he had planted would yield more than two bushels. In fact it was so thin I mistook the field for an uncultivated hilltop until he advised he had "probably wasted money for the seed." His home is adequately, but modestly furnished Talk of the future almost brings tears to Mrs. Rees' eyes and she peers off into the distance and quietly asks, "I wonder if he realizes how much he depends on mer (I ferventiy bit my lower Up to keep my own eyes dry.) Yields? ... then get your SEED CORN now For the thousands of farmers who harvested DeKalb Corn—1964 was a splendid year. In normal areas; many reported new high yields on measured acreages, In areas hit by heat, drouth and winds, many DeKalb Hybrids showed their ability to stand and hold their ears well, and deliver surprisingly good performance. Several DeKalb Hybrids are sold out, so plan to get your 1965 seed corn early. See your DeKalb dealer NOW. DEKALB AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION, INC, Comatrdal Frvductn 4 Diriributon of DfKalb Cora, Chix & Sorghum DEKALB, ILLINOIS MORE FARMERS PLANT DEKALB THAN ANY OTHER BRAND

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