80 years ago this week. Garver Brothers’ store in Strasburg, Ohio, recently took in 41,400 eggs in one day from area farmers, breaking the store’s previous record for one day.
During May, prices paid for fluid milk ranged from $1.14 up to $4.65, with an average of $2.08. The lowest price, $1.14 per hundred pounds, was reported in the east north central states, which includes Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Prices in the Cleveland market ranged from $2.15 to $2.30, delivered at the city plants, or $1.70 to $1.85 at country stations. The Pittsburgh price was $2.79 at the city plants; $1.91 at the country stations.
50 years ago this week. Central Ohio Breeders Association bought the Jersey bull, Jester Standard Advancer, for $9,000. He will be used at the insemination farm just west of Columbus. Jester is 6 years old and topped the 25th annual Jersey classic sale.
Four fine registered Holstein cattle from Damascus, Ohio, breeders were the only Ohio cattle consigned to the National Holstein-Friesian sale in Roanoke, Va. Caroldale Mistress Edith, consigned by Mrs. C.T. Shreve, Caroldale Farm, Damascus, Ohio, sold for $1,550. Larwood Damevar Adantha, consigned by Glenn Shreve, Larwood Farm, Damascus, sold for $1025. Delwood Sally Lynn Jewel, consigned by Don Phillips, Delwood Farm, Damascus, sold for $900.
25 years ago this week. The Dale Hoover barn on Route 619 west of Alliance burned to the ground May 31. Dust from chickens and feed grinding contributed to make this one of the hottest barn fires in memory. Lost in the fire were 900 laying hens, three cattle, about 2,000 bales of new hay, 300 bushels of oats, some soybeans and chicken feed and farm machinery. Volunteer firemen responding from Lexington township, Marlboro, Atwater and Hartville were said to have saved the property from disaster. Firemen saved two small sheds fairly close to the barn but agreed that if the fairly strong wind had taken fire toward the house, all would have been lost. Trees across the road from the farm were burned and the meadow there caught fire.
For many years the barn housed Hazen Farm Holsteins owned by A.F. Hazen and Son and was a model for the Ohio Public Service Company’s use of electricity on the farm. A booklet was published in July of 1918 with 20 pages telling about the uses of electricity there for a milking machine, pumping water, lights, refrigerated water tank for milk storage and a feed mill.