Read it Again: Week of June 5, 2003.

80 years ago this week. W.W. Hendricks of Ellsworth Township, Mahoning County, presented his sons, Paul and Floyd, with a Ford coupe as a reward of merit for services rendered on the farm. Mr. Hendricks is one of the most progressive farmers in this neighborhood. His sons operate a tractor which, with other farm machinery, is making possible the profitable cultivation of many acres.

And this from the newspaper, the Leetonia Magnet: “We have observed that in every public meeting there is at least one ass who is in misery until he has forced an opportunity to hear himself bray.”

50 years ago this week. Serious damage to crops by army worms has been reported from many parts of Columbiana County, according to county agent Floyd Lower of Lisbon. Millions of worms are hatching in pastures, hay and wheat fields and are now starting to migrate to adjoining fields of grain and corn. Heavy infestation has been reported from West Knox, Butler, Fairfield, Elkrun, Middletown and other townships.

Toxaphene is a chemical used for killing the worms. Three pints of the emulsion are used per acre. Farmers who have wheat sprayers are spraying their pastures, corn fields and, in some cases, the grain fields. Airplane dusting of grain started Sunday. Poison bran mash is being scattered in grain and other fields by some of the farm operators.

25 years ago this week. The new $2.5 million OARDC Dairy Research Center at Wooster is now in partial operation. J.W. Hibbs, associate chair of the department of dairy science, hopes the other portion will be ready and in use by the August dedication of the facility. Plans call for expansion of the herd to about 200 milking cows. The new center provides room for a pool of animals large enough for a better selection of experimental animal groups.

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