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1973: Indiana shoppers no longer pay tax on groceries
55 years ago

A Spotted Poland China boar and gilt, purchased from the Florea & Heck herd of Fayette County, was being shipped to Africa by Lutheran missionary Mrs. Marion T. Miller of Monrovia, Liberia. The gilt was reportedly doing well, but the boar became victim of extreme heat and died before getting there.

The trip was a 5,000-mile journey by rail and sea.
Winter wheat production in Indiana is forecast at 37,584,000 bushels, which is 16 percent above last year, according to Purdue University statisticians.

Bill Conder of Hagerstown and Cap Prewett of Eaton won two of the top individual awards at the annual convention of the FFA held at Purdue. Conder won the essay contest and Prewett, the public speaking contest.

40 years ago

Complete Holstein herd dispersal sale: 30 cows to be sold as a herd, from 2-8 years old. D.H.I.A. test for seven years with three gold awards and four silver. Records available on each cow. High herd in Decatur Co for four years; TB and Bangs tested. Financing available. Robert Tellman, Columbus, Ind.

Beginning May 1 Indiana shoppers will no loner pay sales tax on the purchase of most food for home consumption, according to the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Revenue, Donald Clark.

Indiana farmers for the first time in history likely will plant more than four million acres of soybeans this spring, says Marvin Searingin, Purdue extension agronomist. This will represent about one-third of the state’s tillable acres.

25 years ago

Case Power & Equipment in Hunting-ton, Wabash and Marion, Ind., has the following used equipment for sale. Tractors: IH 1486, trans, overhaul, duals, $17,800; Case 1390, 1091 hours, clean, $10,500; JD 850, 184, 293 hours, turf tires, $8,500. Implements: Brillion 16-foot packer, $1,500; Brillion 1230, 12R cult., $3,500; IH 800, 1987, like new, 6 x 30 with liquid fertilizer, $13,500.

Public auction south of Pierceton, Ind., property belonging to Deeter Farms & Others: two IHC 806, Gleaner G Combine, Corn head, grain head, Melroe Bobcat, GMC 4000, Ford 600, Ford 100 cab & 1/2, IHC Wheel Disc, IHC 400 Cyclo Planter, two IHC 540 plows, IHC 133 cultivators, New Holland 329 spreader, New Idea 12A spreader, Cub Cadet – Mark Metzer, Ray Clark and Larry Evans, Auctioneers.

Christi Lynn Bentley of Sabina, Ohio, was crowned the new and last National Pork Industry Queen during the National Pork Industry Forum in Nashville; Tenn. Julie Ann Kropuenske of Minnesota was first runner-up. Julie Funk of Michigan, Belinda Joe Weaver of Indiana and Heidi Bruns of Iowa were finalists. Laura Ann Thomas of Morganfield, Ky., was Miss Congeniality.

10 years ago Inventory Closeouts – Ag-Chem 5-gallon stainless steel foam marker, $599; 3/4-inch EPDM sprayer hose 100-foot lengths, $40.06; Chemical Inductor Mix 15, $259.37; Raven SCS 440 Console Non-Serial Interface, $641.13.

Mocha refused to surrender to a broken leg that wouldn’t heal. Her patience paid off. With the help of llama specialist David Anderson at The Ohio State University of Veterinary Medicine, the Llama now stands, walks and even trots around Linda Kubiak’s farm on an artificial leg.

Jackson’s Nursery, Inc. of Greensburg, Ind., has landscape plantings; save huge dollars and buy at wholesale prices. Multi trunk white spire birch and river birch, 10- to 12-foot, $100 each, 14- to 16-foot, $150 each. Aristocrat, Bradford, Cleveland select flw. pear 2.5-inch Caliper $95 each; White Pine, great for windbreaks, $85 each.