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100 Years of Extension in O'Brien County

Cooperative Electricity Becomes a Reality


April 19, 2018

In celebration of 100 years of Extension in O'Brien County, the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Primghar will be sharing photos and interesting facts from the past century all leading up to a 100 Year Celebration to take place at the O'Brien County Fair in July. We invite you to play along each week and see if you can recognize the individuals in photos and answer trivia questions from throughout the past century.

The answer to last week's trivia question was Irene Steuck. In 1937, Irene was recognized for having perfect teeth, posture and feet. Irene's sister Lorraine McCauley of Primghar identified the picture and shared that Irene is now Irene Smith. She is 93 years old and resides in Sparta, New Jersey.

Soil Sample Testing in 1939

Photo from Lester Crouse Farm, Paullina, June 7, 1939 - Pictured: Paul Farlow, Illinois Central Railroad, at left, is pouring test solution from bottle. Bruce Kilpatrick, Ames, center, studies results. S.J. Oberhauser, Milwaukee Railroad, Minneapolis, explains test to Burton Lundell and some of the other 14 farmers who attended.

Special limestone meetings were held in September to encourage more farmers to ship in limestone during the fall months. Farmers attended the meetings in Sheldon, Calumet and Primghar. Each farmer attending the meeting was asked by the County Agent to register by writing his name on a slip of paper and indicating the amount of limestone he might use within the next year. As a result of this survey, a total of 493 tons were listed. This was of assistance in grouping orders in carload lots.

A total of 101 samples of soil were tested at the meetings that year. Limestone requirement varied from ½ to 3-1/2 tons per acre.

Farmers who received limestone in 1939 are listed below:

Loren Drefke, Sutherland; Cleve Fisch, Gaza; August Jalas, Sutherland; Albert Engel, Sheldon; Chas. Bootsma, sanborn; Jacob Skaar, Gaza; Clinton Cooper, Primghar; Ernest Menke, Calumet; L.C. Carlson, Granville; Ray Miller, Sutherland; Henry Reager, Primghar.

According to records, "Arrangements have been made with the Farmers' Elevators at Paullina and Sheldon and fertilizer companies to furnish phosphate to these same farmers next spring for comparative tests. It appears that more farmers are interested in limestone and phosphate in O'Brien County than for many years, and with a reasonable amount of follow-up, a definite increase in use should be noted next year."


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