Read It Again – Week of Dec. 28, 2000

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80 years ago this week.


At the 1920 Ohio State Grange convention, the following officers were elected: L.J. Taber, Barnesville, master; C.A. Dyer, Coalton, overseer; H.A. Caton, Fresno, lecturer; G.F. Mason, Lisbon, steward; C.S. Randolph, New Lexington, assistant steward; Emma J. Linker, Huron, chaplain; O.J. Demuth, New Philadelphia, treasurer; W.G. Vandenbark, Zanesville, secretary; H.A. Atwood, Garrettsville, gatekeeper; Ora Snyder, Basil, ceres; Mrs. A.P. Roudebush, Batavia, pomona; Hazel Zwayer, Columbus, flora; Almyra Pontius, North Canton, lady assistant steward.


The salary of the state master was raised from $1,200 to $2,400 a year and that of the state secretary to $1,500 a year.


50 years ago this week.


According to W.N. Bruce and G.C. Decker, entomologists of the Illinois History Survey, an increased production of butterfat of dairy cows and an increased weight of beef animals resulted from the use of sprays that protected the animals from biting horse flies.


Bruce reported that the spraying of dairy cows resulted in the production of from 13 to 14.8 per cent more butterfat, because of the protection from the large biting horse flies.

In other experiments in which Hereford steers were grazed on clover and grass, small amounts of a concentrated spray applied about twice each day permitted an average gain of 90 pounds per steer in 38 days, while animals that averaged 11.83 flies per animal gained only 59 pounds during the same period. These gains certainly suggest flies cause hidden losses.


25 years ago this week.


Six United Farm Workers backers were found guilty and fined $100 each for trespassing in a Shaker Heights, Ohio, supermarket. The women, attempting to dissuade customers from purchasing California lettuce, table grapes and Gallo wines were also placed in one year’s probation.

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