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Soybean Dust


Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

My family and I went on a short shopping trip last Saturday. It turned out all right despite having to go into stores and having to buy things. Our almost-sixteen-year-old son tried on navy blue blazers in several stores. He seemed uncharacteristically clumsy as he tried them on because they didnít slip on over his head like a T-shirt. It was such formal attire that he looked like someone elseís kid when he had them on. He gave new meaning to the phrase "it fits like a saddle on a sow". When we finally found a jacket that fit, it seemed to settle in on him and he made it look good.

After shopping, we went to visit my wifeís parents. We noticed a combine working in a soybean field next to the four-lane highway about two blocks from her parentsí house. A strong south wind was blowing the soybean dust across the highway and into town. We remarked on how the city dwellers probably did not like the soybean dust blowing into their yards and houses.

We stayed for supper and chatted until well after dark. When we came out of the house to go home, the air was filled with soybean dust and chaff. It was almost like snowflakes. A thin layer of soybean dust covered the car. The dry, sweet smell of soybeans permeated the air. I got in the car, sneezed a couple times, and thus transported myself back in time about forty years.

My family didnít raise many soybeans then, just enough to be troublesome. There was little extra land for soybeans because we needed oats, alfalfa, and corn to feed the livestock. On the few acres of soybeans we did raise, we spent most of our time on weed control. We made sure we worked the ground late in the spring and then planted the soybeans late to give the weeds a chance to grow, only to be destroyed when we worked the ground for the last time. I hated cultivating soybeans with the old Farmall "H". It seemed that many a snail might have outpaced me as I drove slowly down the rows, trying to avoid burying the tender soybean plants. At the height of summer, my grandfather made it a point to spend what would otherwise have been his spare time hoeing thistles out of the soybeans. The soybeans would have been a mess without him.

Maybe that is why, on a crisp fall evening with the smell of soybean dust in the air, I can see my grandfather in my memory as he worked on the soybean harvest. We stored our soybeans in an old granary a half-mile away from our house. The walls of the old gran .....
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Hoffman Stables

A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Samís bath

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, a day that you might expect to enjoy in June rather than September. My dog, Sam and I took a walk through the woods while my wife was entertaining some of her friends out on the d ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Buttered Squash Bake

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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1/3 cup soft margarine
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 (5 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups cooked squash
ē Place in greased 7x11 in pan. Bake, uncovered, 45 mins.
Topping:
1/2 cup Rice Krispies
2 tablespoons marga ..... 
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10/9/00

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, October 2, 2000

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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NO LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WERE RECEIVED THE WEEK OF OCT. 9


To the Editor,

The question has been asked, "Are we better off today?" The answer would be "NO" for us who live in Rural American.

There are many so-called s ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr., 98, formerly of the Mabel and Burr Oak areas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Harmony Health Care Center where he had resided seven years.

He was born June 21, 1902, in Henrytown and attended school there. On ..... 
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Mildred S. Livingood

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Mildred S. Livingood, 94, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

Mildred S. Johnson was born March 31, 1906 at Amherst, Fillmore County, grew up and attended school in Fillmore County. In ..... 
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