55 years ago
Real estate for sale: A cattleman’s dream, 500-acre farm, 200 acres tillable, lots of water, large barn, large house, adequate fencing, $40,000 – Tom Mattox, Milroy, Ind.
Bossy the cow was roaming down State Road 234 east of Road 9 early one evening and was hit by a car driven by James Pollitt of New Castle. The driver of the car was unhurt, but Bossy, belonging to Frank Rothermel of Greenfield, had to be exterminated.
Everett Baker, Rays Crossing, Shelby County, doesn’t go for “newfangled” corn pickers and the like. He has an 11-acre tract of corn which he picks by hand, and uses a wooden wagon and team of horses.
40 years ago
On a cold, wet day at the Souder Brandywine Farms Charolais sale, 87 lots sold for a total of $84,945, for an average of $953 per head. About one-half of the cattle were purebred and 15/16 were the balance being lower-percentage Charolais. A full-blooded cow with bull calf sold for a total of $4100. The calf went to Raymond Espy for $1,400 and the cow sold to Dr. Don Strickleather of Bloomington for $2,700. High-selling bull went to Dr. McFadden of Lafayette for $1,750.
Linda Kay Crandall of Cambridge City exhibited a Guernsey cow, Sandcut Andy Alvina, who captured first place in the four-year-old class and later was named Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion in the National Junior Guernsey Show at Madison, Wis.
Mark Pickering won big at the Henry County 4-H Grain Harvest Show. He was named Grain King, Best Exhibitor of Grain and Grand Champion exhibitor of 25 ears of corn, 10 ears of corn and the single ear of corn. This was the third year he won the Single Ear Grand Championship and now has permanent possession of what had been a rotating trophy.
25 years ago
Real estate for sale: 470-acre northern Fulton County farm with 414 productive tillable acres. The well-maintained improvements include a large nine-room modern home, tenant house, drying system with 22,500 bushels of storage, 40-by-80-foot pole machine shed, 38-by-106-foot cattle shed, 20-by-80-foot silo and bank barn, 10 miles of recently installed tile. 229-acre corn base and 57-acre wheat base. Also, there are 25 acres of excellent woods; $900 per acre – Schrader Real Estate & Auction Co, Columbia City, Ind.
Nearly 65 percent of Kentucky farm families depend on income from off-farm jobs and the percentage is likely to increase. Of the 65 percent, nearly 28 percent reported that both husband and wife were employed in off-farm jobs.
10 years ago
Illinois agriculture reporter Orion Samuelson was awarded the 2002 Illinoisan of the Year Award by the Illinois News Broadcasters Assoc. Samuelson recently marked 50 years in broadcasting and has been agricultural services director at Chicago’s WGN Radio since 1962.
A fire destroyed a 120-foot grain dryer at the Walton, Ill., Elevator. Owner Tom Drew said the dryer had 3,000-4,000 bushels of grain inside and is insured for the grain and dryer loss, and for the interruption in business at the height of the harvest season.
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is taking state officials to task for considering an extension of Interstate 69 that would cut through a mile stretch of his family farm in Marion County. In a letter to INDOT Commissioner J. Bryan Nicol, Lugar also suggests state officials should “go well beyond the requirements of the law” to inform affected communities and landowners about potential routes.