80 years ago this week. The Federal Trade Commission ruled that the L.B. Silver Company of Salem, Ohio, must “cease and desist” from representing that the Ohio Improved Chester, or OIC pig breed, is a separate breed from the Chester White breed. Several hearing were held locally, in Cleveland, Columbus and the Washington. The company was also ordered to stop advertising the OIC hog is less susceptible to cholera and that it enjoys special express rates in interstate shipment.
Practically all the stock sold by the L.B. Silver Company is bred by farmers in Columbiana and Mahoning counties and are affected by the controversy.
50 years ago this week. Representing northeast Ohio, the Cortland Grange quartet won the state championship in the contest sponsored by the national grange at the Ohio State Fair. The quartet, which will represent Ohio at the national contest in Atlantic City in November, is composed of Larry Stahl, Gerald Conley, Norman Fobes, and Walter Churchill. They were accompanied to Columbus by Paul Allen, master of the Trumbull and Pamona granges, and Carl F. Scheig, director of choral groups around Warren who has coached the quartet since it won the district contest.
25 years ago this week. Restaurateur Bob Evans of Bob Evans Farms set a new Ohio State Fair record for the grand champion barrow with his bid of $8,640. Kevin Under of Eaton, Ohio, raised the champion.