Read it Again: Week of July 18, 2002

80 years ago this week. Horses in North Baltimore, Ohio, are shut off of their regular drinks because of a fight between the city and the water works company, involving the watering troughs. The council wanted them metered, and the company, displeased with the plan, shut off the water.

The Portage County Elevator company has taken in about 500 bushels of new wheat, paying $1 a bushel. The new crop is said to be of excellent quality and averages between 25 and 30 bushels per acre. Most of the grain already delivered was raised near Atwater.

50 years ago this week. Farmers are receiving consideration from Democratic policy makers in convention. Remembering that the rural vote helped keep Harry Truman in the White House four years ago, Democrats are working hard to cultivate the rural citizenry, and Ohio, particularly.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce advocates the following:

“Farmers should be protected against an undue share of the burden of price decline by the use, in emergencies only, of price supports, which will be flexible and at levels that will not cause the production of unmanageable surpluses.

“The farmer is among the most resourceful and independent of businessmen.

“He should be left to his choice in his use of land, labor and capital. Determination of the levels of farm production should be left to the price workings of the free market system.”

25 years ago this week. Ginger “Gigi” Withers of Honey Creek Farms, Petersburg, Ohio, was selected as Ohio Milking Shorthorn Princess for 1977-78. Withers, the dauther of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Withers, was the 1976 grand championg dairy showman for 4-H at the Mahoning County Fair and is in her seventh year of 4-H.

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