Read it Again: Week of March 15, 2001

80 years ago this week.

One of the largest public sales of farm equipment and stock was held recently at the farm of Charles L. Grove, north of Alliance. Attendance was estimated between 700 and 1,000. Twenty head of horses sold, with one team bringing close to $600; one horse sold for $307 and others brought about $250 each. The 20 head of cattle averaged from $50 to $70 per head. Butler and Dellenbaugh were the auctioneers. A free lunch was provided; each was given a sack containing both a cheese and minced ham sandwich and two cookies. Hot coffee was provided.

50 years ago this week.

It will cost you more to attend the Ashtabula County fair this year. At the gate each person will be charged 50 cents, plus 10 cents federal tax. In addition, the grandstand price will be 50 cents, including tax and another quarter-dollar for auto parking on the grounds. The new gate admission, which for the past 10 years has been absorbed by the fair board, was made necessary to meet increasing costs.

The first Farmers Home Administration housing loans to be made in Trumbull and Mahoning counties were closed Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. The first loan in Trumbull County was made to a disabled veteran to finance the construction of a new poultry house; while in Mahoning County the loan was made to aid a part-time farmer in putting an addition to his home and do repair and remodeling work. The number of Housing Loan applications received by the office in Warren has not reached the number it was anticipated.

25 years ago this week.

The National Dairy Herd Improvement Association Inc. is planning to start a “Verification Identification Program,” and details will be worked over at the annual meeting which will be in Baltimore from March 28 through 31.

In essence, the identification program would be a dairy cow registry for cows now not registered. The idea is that if more unregistered cows could be used in proving of sires, then the would be more rapid and more accurate. It is necessary to keep track of successive generations, in order to do this.

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