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- The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, October 4, 1990 7A / ' The Joy of Farmin good" cane mo- cool fall weather rae that it is molasses- was a child we always Cane. Sometimes we also raised Cain. instance I mean we atch of cane sorghum. is very susceptible to one of the last crops The young seed- looked very much had to be weeded and As the cane grew resembled corn. The fall saw the tassel- Ls develop into thou- Small seeds that glit- tiny black beads. As shortened and the chilly, we children time to get ready to Ella S. Galford / pan with its ttom and ends was 2 feet long. It was the loft of the stor- and placed beside the It must be kept Water for several days sides would swell so tightly bonded foetal that it was leak- must also be This was a that had flat the top edge to form for the pan. At of the trench was a The other end was left poles of wood could the fumace and to home from school this would admon- }ave to get the cane it comes a frost." if the blades were on even the slight- give the molasses rUshed home, changed clothes and, row by each blade from The blades were left Plies and Dad would for cow fodder. kept a pile handy for the mill feeder, someone collected the full containers of sap from the feeder and strained it into the pan while another kept the fire going and cleaned the crushed stalks from underneath the mill. Grandma Josie liked to visit and help with the molasses making. After all she was the expert who had taught Dad the right way to make molasses. She sat on a split bottom chair be- side the pan and commenced skimming the molasses from the time the sap began to boil until the molasses were done. Her skimmer was a lard bucket lid punched full of small holes and attached to a long handle. This was an important job because if the molasses were not kept skimmed they would be strong tasting and even bitter. Finally the mill was stopped and the evening shadows began to lepgthen. As the sap began changing to an amber color neighbors and children arrived. The pungent smell of wood smoke mingled with the sweet steaming molasses as we chil- dren played hide-and-seek in the early twilight. Then someone would yell that the molasses were running a river and we gathered around the pan. The molases were so thick that the entire pan looked like a flowing boiling river and we knew it was time to take them off the fire. The hot molasses were then poured through a closely woven cloth strainer into large contain- ers and carried into the kitchen to be put into the hot sterilized jugs. We each had a saucer of the warm molasses flavored with chunks of melting butter which we sopped with biscuits. Neigh- bors left. taking sample jars of molasses with them. We made 30 to 40 gallons each year. Some of these were sold. Dad had regular annual customers be- sides adding new ones occasion- ally. We used several gallons ourselves. We ate them either on on molasses making biscuits and pancakes or used the cane patch -, ...... &hero.to rmlk - gt rbread, cook- s, wagon and corn ies and taffy. of cane were piled Wagon and brought to lll. We children then topping the cane -- cut off the seed of these were saved another year and was stored to be mill was set about the ground. It was platform built two big metal I stood in an upright rollers turned t other when the mill Under the rollers metal bottom that so the cane sap into a container set mill. A long sap- fitted into a metal top of the mill. A end of sap- Was fast , T thte the of the horses. This horse to walk in a the mill. As he lever turned the cogs the rollers to rotate. a small pile of cane SOmeone began feed- between the rollers crush and squeeze them. warmth of the clopping of the droning of bees .'a-green sweet sap we were working. cane, another Recalling the wonderful taste of those cane molasses has tempted me over the years into buying an occasional pint. I was always disappointed as I had a product which I could only util- ize for baking. I supposed either my taste had changed or my memory of the taste of Dad's cane molasses was a figment of my imagination. And then Dr Crag Mohler brought me a jar of molasses his father had made. Here was "sopping good" molas- ses. Tasting like that of yester- year. How sad that most of the cane molasses sold over store count- ers are made by folk who do not know the art of making "sopping good" molasses. Special Fund Fastablished To Help Obtain Speech Aid A private citizen's project is currently underway to provide speech aid. The goal of the group is to raise over $4,000; half of which they have already re- ceived. Fifteen-year-old Melissa Amos has spastic cerebral palsy, that has severely disabled her move- ments and speech. One example of confinement Mellssa endures occurred during her aunt's wed- ding In July. Melissa was able to serve as maid-of-honor and was wheeled into the gazebo at the Marlinton Park. Although she New 200 Page Real Estate Catalog Includes 1000's of pictures & a lavish "page Premier Properties color sectioll! arnas, Country homes & farmettes, historic PrOPerties, retreats by the lake, river & sea, mountain & forest hideaways, & income properties, glamorous estates, plus many unique properties! 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Her greatest frus- county, as well as the nation, 4- tration is to have people respond H'ers will be celebrating the ac- to her attempts to speak with complishments of this great "what did you say?." youth organization the week of Sister Mary Weatherly, who is October 7-13. Greenbrier County Melissa's speech therapist, is 4-H'ers join 4.9 million members spearheading the drive to pro- nationwide in being involved vide the teenager with a touch with the 4-H program. talker. Using this people could Through 4-H, young people then understand what Melissa was saying. The price of a touch acquire and develop life skills that enable then to become self- talker is financially out of reach directing, productive, and con- of her parents, Sister Weatherly tributlng members of society. explained. The device costs an They learn good health habits, estimated $4,350. "Our hope is develop respect for themselves and others, explore career and leisure time opportunities, share responsibility for preserving the environment, learn how to use modern technology, and develop leadership and citizenship skills through participating in 4-H. Melissa Amos Makes a World of .... Difference The four H's stand lor head, heart, hands, and health. These are the four aspects of people that are stressed through 4-H. Members learn to use their heads for clearer thinking, have greater loyalty in their hearts for the thing America stands for, use their hands for greater serv- ice, and promote their health for better living. Through projects, programs, and activities these things are stressed in the clubs. 4-H has a special meaning in this area. In West Virginia this very special program was actu- ally started in Monroe County when a group of farm boys formed a club to grow corn in 1909. At first the club centered around such projects, then it began to include other activities. One of these activities was the world's first 4-H camp held in Randolph County. Even though agriculture and home economics were the origi- nal purposes for early 4-H clubs, the leaders felt the clubs should offer more and so the name and ideals of 4-H were born. The activities and opportuni- ties in this program are unlim- ited -- not just for youth but for adults who want to be volunteer leaders. Volunteers are a vital part of the program. Youth and adults alike benefit from this or- ganization and develop skills used throughout life. Call Patri- cia Crane at the Greenbrier County Extension Office, 645- 1525, for more information. Bluegrass Market Saturday September 29, 1990 826 head sold to 132 buyers Amounting to $285,078.40 STOCKIER & FEEDER STEERS: Under 500# 70.00 105.00 500-750# 55.00 90.50 Over 750# 66.00 76.50 HEIFERS: Under 500# 60.00 89.00 501-750# 58.00 80.50 Over 750# 45.50 68.00 BULL CLVS 71.00 87.00 BABY CLVS 30.00 125.00 SLAUGHTER CATTLE STEERS HEIFERS COWS 32.00 52.00 MOST SOLD 46.00 48.00 BULLS 54.50 63.50 Under 1000# 58.00 60.00 Over I000# 58.00 63.50 COW & CALF PAIRS 590.00 COWS, BH 960.00 HOGS SLAUGHTER 38.00 52.25 SOWS 32.00 46.00 BOARS 33.50 43.00 PIGS & SHOATS By Head 6.00 PONIES 38.00 HORSES EACH 350.00 450.00 MULES 145.00 SHEEP & LAMBS BLUE 47.00 RED 44.00 OTHERS 20.00 EWES 8.00 BUCKS 13.50 WETHERS 29.00 49.00 19.00 22.00 GOATS By Head 19.00 50.00 A Pa International JIM JACKSON Insurance Division Manager MOUNTAIN INTERNATIONAL - 536.2000 TRUCK USERS, FORESTERS, AND FARMERS You are our NUMBER ONE customers! We have expanded our business include CMOPLETE INSURANCE . 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Settlement Day of Sale Lunch Served Sale Conducted for the heirs, to settle the late C.E. (Toe) Campbell Estate Campbell's Real Estate & Auction Franklin Campbell- Broker- Auctioneer #202 Rt. 1 Box 51, Gap Mills, WV 304-772-5524 Not responsible for accidents Blackleg 7 way 50 dose BRD3 (IBR-BVD-PI3 killed)50 dose Discovery 4 (killed) 50 dose RALGRO 24 count spool IVOMEC 200cc .Tramisol Injectable 500cc Tramisol Pour-On 500ml Tramisol Boluses 50count LA200 500cc LA200 250cc 3 Day SULFA Boluses 50ct. SPECTAM 500cc Aeromycin 4G crumbles 50# Penicillin 250cc Oxy.Tet 100 500cc WARBEX gallon TRICHLORFON gallon DeLice gallon Regular SALE $9.50 $8.60 $61.25 $50,90 $86.99 $74.50 $28.99 $24.99 $120.99 $106.90 $56.99 $49.99 $83.99 $73.00 $67.50 $62.50 $72.99 $59.00 $38.99 $29.99 $54.00 $47.00 $39.95 $34.00 $16.95 $14.99 $15.29 $13.90 $12.99 $11.90 $30.59 $28.85 $19.99 $17.90 $19.95 $17.90 Store Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday 8:00- 5:30 Saturday 7:30- 12:00