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Albert Lea Evening Tribune Farm Tab Newspaper Archives Oct 19 1942, Page 13

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Albert Lea Evening Tribune Farm Tab (Newspaper) - October 19, 1942, Albert Lea, MinnesotaCHUT ^ANfryVitamins To Keep ’Em Fit (Continued from pug*' 12) of other Kansas men and the present manager of the farms, John W. Taylor, an expert in veg •tables. A week or so ago, when the grading and loading of onions and potatoes was at its height, the Tab folks called to see how thins were getting, on arid four: i Mr Haney seeing that all went well. A sea of burlap bags filled with onions was being moved by motor trucks to the onion warehouse, and the wbolo scene was bustling A bri^k wind, collaborating wit ti the sun. bad nicely finished up the job of drying out the onions that only ten day- before bad been covered w ith a six-lneb blanket of heavy wet snow and subjected to the biting of several good fit' frosts Irater, rain bad added i* bit to help the sogginess and worry the owners, but the onion? emerged practically a? good a-if nothing had happened, when J dumped from the sacks that had been so wet at the bottom w here they touched the ground that rom*- of them had broken through. Sleek Yellow Onions Ragged, skinned and untidily flecked with soil just as they came from the diggers* hands, the onions in a moment or two rolled j out of the long, noisy contraption ; in the warehouse that graded and brushed them, sleek and gleaming as pearl Those that came out of the end of the grader were all about the same alae, SH to 3 inch- j es. They were fumbled into DO-( pound re d mesh sacks, and each . sark looked so enticing that the T a b photographer immediately embraced one and carried It out into the sunshine to take Its picture with Mr. Haney and Charlet E. M‘- tea if, a buyer for the Houma un Produce Co. of St, Louis, J who val at the farms that day.. Other red rn* sh bags, 10-pound-er-, contained smaller onions, called boilers, that had come mn-nine out of the grader at one side.; They were for general retail sale. People In different section* of the country like different sized, onions. In the Eaat they want them big and in the South they want them little. Big Hamburger Onions Kansota Farms raises other onions, huge, ruddy skinned, sweet Valencias* most of them fully four inf IHS across their mid die, destined to make the barn burger fan happy. IJttle biti of onions will later appear on the tables as pickles. Rut the greater crop by far is made up of th* good keeping Globes, Red, White, and yellow. At the moment Yellow Globes were cascading off the grader brushed to a golden glow, fiver at I one side of the warehouse there was a ghostly stack of Whit* Globes, in snow white mesh sacks, which are going to make the housewife buy twice what she wants, and ber family will b< eat ne filed onions, boiled onions or Just plain raw onions, which will be very good for them, Al most mahogany hued are the Red Globes in their red sa* k». Fvery sack is branded, so that the Compare at $99/MODERN BEDROOM 3 beautiful modem matching pieces. Big roomy aile. Beautifully finished walnut veneer*. Full waterfall atyling. Large 32 inch by 32 inch plate glass mirror. 5 drawer drop center vanity. CONVIMIIHT PAYMINTI fiig Saving* ! 46-INCH OILCLOTH New cheerful patterns. Smooth floaty, easy to keep rlaan finish Sayest Gamble's price. pgg VAIA Ha I ft abl* JiberWINDOW SHADES All popular color* 36 inches wide, 6 feet long. Completely mounted on spring rollerGAMBLE STORES ON IAH IN OUK fUHNIIURi DIPARTMINT MONDAY, OCTOBER IS, 1942ALBERT LEA EVENING TRIBUNE FARM TAB. PAGE THIRTEEN‘KANSOTA’ POTATOES GO FAR In the picture above, Melvin Hanson, engineer for Kansota Farm* Corp., and John W. Taylor, local manager and part owner of the farms, are looking over a bag of newly dug Irish Cobblers. Below is shown the combined brusher and grader, similar to that which takes care of the onions in the onion warehouse. This machine is in the potato warehouse and is doing the preliminary cleaning and grading of potatoes to be stored for later shipment or local sale in bins in the basement. The potatoes are running from the grader into the bine. names of "Kansota* and Albert Lea go far afield. 115 Carloads of Onion* Already 90 carloads of onions had been shipped from Kansota, and Mr. Haney estimated that j around 25 more cars would be sent out. Six hundred and fifty sack a go into these cars, which are refrigerated. The onions are stacked against the sides of the car, with an aisle down the cen ter for ventilation. There will be in all around 60,000 bushels, and It took IOO acres to raise them. The onion crop was very good as to yield this year. Mr. Haney said, in spite of the continual wet weather In August. The potato warehouse next door was as busy a place as the onion warehouse. This will hold 55 carloads of potatoes in the basement and 35 carloads on the ground floor. A grader * brusher stood there, hustling the freshly dug Irish Cobblers along InU> the base , ment bins, graded and cleaned, and to be held there in bulk un til they are wanted for shipment. Then out they will come to be again graded and brushed slicker than before, packed into IOO lb new burlap branded sacks and loaded Into refrigerator cars to be sent out over the country on the trail of the onions, north, south, east, and west. Potatoes Go to California You might not believe it, but some of these potatoes with their Kansota brands even go down in to California to nudge the western spuds on the grocers* display shelves, and put homesickness into the iieaiis of Freeborn county folks who in fancy will see again the lush green of the potato fields of their old home state. In Pittsburgh and Chicago people will be eating veal steaks and Kansota Cobblers, and down In New Orleans fluffy mounds of them will vie for a place on the plate with Southern fried chicken. Some Russet Rurbanks are raised for home consumption, very fine bakers and popular with many of our local potato fans. The Irish Cobblers that are not shipped out are also stored in the cool bins of the warehouse to sell locally daring the winter months, and in the spring. Ship! log Two Week* Late The shipping wa a two weeks behind this year, because of the unfavorable weather conditions, and it took twice the work to hail die the crops. This, when labor is very scarce and hard to hold if better offers come from war in dustrles. There have been about 125 people working at the Kanso ta Farms during this fall season, helping with the harvesting, grading and shipping of the crops That means that the firm will pay out considerable money to local workers. Last year the labor bill was 525,000. "Because we are Kansas people operating this farm,” said Mr. Haney, "the local people may think that we do not have their Interests In mind, or that we send all the profits out of the community. This is not true. We not only pay out a great deal of money each year for local labor, but we buy In the Albert I^ea stores and business places our supplies for run ntng the farms, gas, oil, cement, tile, lumber, hardware, farm machinery and so forth. I^st year this amounted to over $10,000. Also the firm has paid taxes here to the tune of $2,500 a year." An Asset To Us From this It is plain to be seen that the Kansota Farms Corp. is certainly not an unimportant asset In our community life. It gives local employment, buys local goods, pays local taxes, furnishes local tables with pep giving vitamins, and all that makes up a good job done. “What Is that green field Over there?" Mr. Haney wan asked. (Continued to page J4)

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