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is a Virtue
Now all of us know that fault-finding isn't '
the recommended short-cut to winning -*
friends and influencing people. Still, there
is a place for it-even an honored place
-in industry. That's when fault-finding is
the by-product of fact-finding, basic func- o.
tion of a practical Quality Control pro- -
We see it work every day at John Deere. Here,
dozens upon dozens of "professional fact-finders"
are stationed at strategic points throughout John
Deere factories, charged-with the help of tens of
thousands of instruments and gauges-to probe
the vital statistics of manufactured parts, record
them, and to expose fault where fault exists.
These men, of course, carry out but one phase-
the inspection phase-of the John Deere Quality
Control program-a program, incidentally, that
Here an operator is grinding the body diameter of
a cotton picker spindle. The control chart on this
machine is similar to thousands of control charts on
machines or work stations in the John Deere fac-
tories and is designed to assist the operator and su-
pervisor in maintaining tolerances.
Quality Farm Equipment
embraces the entire scope of manufacturing.
Others are just as busily engaged in tabulating
these facts and translating them in terms of
indicated manufacturing procedure.
The Quality Control program is John Deere's
way of making sure that each unit leaving the
assembly line stands, trim and efficient-a quality
product-ready for the field and ready to serve
the cause of better farming.
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This chart is much like the one in the picture at
the left and shows how statistical analysis is used to
indicate the ability of the process to maintain es-
tablished tolerances. The projected lines are guide
lines used by the operator to aid him in maintaining
these tolerances-all part of the John Deere statisti-
cal quality control system.
S"DE Moline, Ill.
THE FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER
NORRIS CATTLE Co.
Ph. MA 2-7151
We salute the University of Florida. The training of our people
helped Florida make tremendous strides forward. This twenty-one (21)
aware of the contributions to agriculture by the College of Agriculture
and the Extension Service.
When in need of fertilizers, pesticides or lime to produce,
"The most of the best for the least"
use the qualified field staff and the facilities of:
GROWERS FERTILIZER COOP
LAKE ALFRED, FLORIDA
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PAUL N. SIMMONS
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The Florida College Farmer
Volume 8, Number 2 January, 1956
George Milicevic, Jr .................. ........... Editor
Richard McRae ......................... Managing Editor
James Quincey ........................Editorial Assistants
William Timmons................................. Ag Economics
Steve Hudson ............................. Alpha Zeta
Bob Croft ...................American Society of Agronomy
Paige Choate .................Amer. Soc. of Ag. Engineers
Bill Gunter............................Alpha Tau Alpha
Anne Cawthon........................... Block and Bridle
Alberto Finol............................... Dairy Science
Roy Royal ....................................... Forestry
John Johnston .................Future Farmers of America
Angelo Massaro .....................Lambda Gamma Phi
Gerald Herring.............Newell Entomological Society
Herman Jones.................... ...... Poultry Science
Fred Saunders. .... .............. ........... Thrysus
Albert Rice ......................................... 4-H
Tom Chaires........................... Business Manager
Gene Mixon .......................Asst. Business Manager
Wayman Smith.......................Circulation Manager
Fred Saunders....................Asst. Circulation Manager
Ann Wallis........................Circulation Assistants
Faculty Advisory Committee
J. Clyde Driggers..............................Chairman
Entered as second class mailing matter at the Post Office at University
Station, Gainesville, Florida, December 8, 1938, under an Act of Congress
of 1879. Fifteen cents per copy, fifty cents per year, $1.25 for three years,
$2.00 for five years. Published four times during the year: November,
January, March, and May. Address all correspondence to Florida College
Farmer, Florida Union Building, Gainesville, Florida.
Contend t ...
William H. Danforth............... ............... 6
We Salute ................... ...................... 7
Blue Key .......................... ............... 9
Campus Comments ................................ 10
F.F.A. ................... ...... ....................... 12
Dr. Palmer ........................................14
Graduating Seniors .................................16
Index to Advertisers. ............... ............... 18
William H. Danforth-past president and founder of the Ralston-
Purina Company. He has done much for young people all over the
world. See story on page 6.
THE MASSES-the 95%-will be content to go along
their own way. Their plateau is comfortable. Why
be disturbed or excited? But that other 4% and
the Kingly 1% will never be held down until every
unused capacity has been marshalled for service.
What is it that lights the fuse of the 4% to the
higher leadership level and then that other 1% to
the Kingly group? Why do the 95% never get their
second wind? If the habits of the 95% keep them
on their plateau, don't you think by grim determina-
tion, you, with your marvelous unused capacities,
can form just as strong a habit to live on the 4%
Leadership level or rise to the Kingly i%? But it
takes real stuff to do it.
Courage for your tasks, that's what's needed.
Courage of the lasting kind, too. Many start. Few
finish. Many "mount up with wings like eagles"
but only the select few continue to "walk without
Your adventurous spirits will meet obstacles, but
dare to map out a program of life with a sense of
direction, but with no sense of obstacles.
Alexander the Great heard of India's fabulous
wealth and splendor. There he would go. He had
no maps but he had an objective and a sense of
direction. Rivers and mountains and warlike na-
tions had no terrors for him. Through the Khyber
Pass he went with no sense of obstacles. His eyes
were on his destination.
Caesar saw Britain-not the grueling marches,
treacherous tribes, and danger on every hand be-
tween him and his goal. He had an objective and a
sense of direction. Napoleon saw Italy but not the
Alps. Washington saw the Hessians at Trenton. A
smaller man would have seen the ice-filled Delaware.
The 95% see the obstacles. The 4% and the 1%
see the objective. Small men painstakingly survey
the first obstacle which dwarfs their natures and
foreshortens their vision. Great men with a sense
of direction have that confidence and determination
which trample obstacles under foot.
Dare to make a start. All the plans in the world
will not help you so much as one small deed. These
words will not have served their purpose unless it
starts you living the complete life. It is human to
put things off. It is divine to start things off. Your
daring program begins not next month, not next
week, not even tomorrow. I dare you to begin to
live the Four-Square life today.
-by William Danforth from "I DARE YOU."
The FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER is the student publi-
cation from the College of Agriculture of the University of
Florida. It is compiled, edited, and distributed by students
of this college. It is the privilege of any ag. student to use
this publication as a media of expression. It is the voice of
the Florida Agricultural student.
THE FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER is printed by Cody Publications,
Inc., of Kissimmee, the publishers of the FLORIDA CATTLEMAN.
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We dedicate this cover and this space to
William H. Danforth in the same spirit that
he has served the Ag. students of the Uni-
versity of Florida through scholarships-and
more through the sharing of his philosophy.
by George H. Kyd-Ralston Purina Company
W ILLIAM H. DANFORTH was known to
the American business world as a
rugged pioneer of a new industry and
the founder of the far-flung Ralston
Purina Company, but the youth of
America will long remember him as a
special friend and counselor, a benefac-
tor, and a magnificent example of the
philosophy of life he has sponsored.
From the time Mr. Danforth was a
sickly farm boy in the Southeast Missouri
swamp country and was "dared" by his
school teacher to become "the healthiest
boy in the class," he built his life on the
proposition that to live is to dare.
How well the dare idea served him was
witnessed by his success in pioneering
the commercial feed industry, and in
being his company's active Board Chair-
man and a tireless traveler and leader of
youth until his death on Christmas' eve,
1955, at the age of 85.
The Ralston Purina Company, which
Mr. Danforth founded, has 45 manufac-
turing plants in *the United States and
Canada. The company is the world's
largest manufacturer of balanced rations
for livestock and poultry. It is a major
manufacturer of breakfast cereals, and
one of the hundred largest corporations
of America. Mr. Danforth was also a
director of several large corporations.
But his work with and for American
youth was the source of his greatest satis-
Upon graduating from Washington
University in St. Louis in 1892, young
Will Danforth found a job in the brick
business. Since building material sales
were seasonal, he was not satisfied. With
characteristic directness he observed that
"animals must eat the year round," so in
1894 he and a partner went into the
business of mixing formula feeds for
Two years later a tornado wiped out
their mill. Will Danforth went to the
bank and negotiated a loan solely'on the
strength of his determination to make
good. From these beginnings grew the
Ralston Purina Company, and the man,
William H. Danforth.
The year 1894 was doubly important
to Mr. Danforth, for it was in that year
'that he was married to Miss Adda Bush.
In the succeeding years two children were
born, Dorothy, now Mrs. Randolph P.
Compton, and Donald, now president of
the Ralston Purina Company.
Always interested in Christian leader-
ship principles, Mr. Danforth and a
group of friends organized the American
Youth Foundation in 1924. It has as its
purpose the training of young men and
women in Christian ideals and helping
them prepare for a life of responsibility
and leadership. A 3oo-acre campsite near
Shelby, Michigan, was acquired. As
president of the American Youth Founda-
tion, Mr. Danforth helped establish
Camp Miniwanca there. For more than
3o years up to the time of his death he
spent his summers at Camp Miniwanca
where he met, counselled and inspired
thousands and thousands of young men
During the First World War, Mr.
Danforth served with the Third Division,
American Expeditionary Forces. His
keen sense of sales promotion, which
characterized his entire business life, fol-
lowed him to the battlefields of France
as he observed the enthusiastic connota-
tion that the word "chow" seemed to out-
taste and out-satisfy just plain food, so
when he returned to his business after
the war, he applied the name "Chow"
to all livestock and poultry feeds which
his company manufactured. Thus came
into being the famous "Purina Chows,"
known to farmers throughout the United
States and in Canada and other foreign
Another manifestation of Mr. Dan-
forth's sales promotion genius was his
early realization of the value of a dis-
tinctive trademark. In a time when
standard packaging was practically non-
existent he bagged his Chows in sacks
marked vividly with a uniform red and
white checkerboard pattern. He remem-
bered the children of a family in his
boyhood who were always clothed from
the same bolt of checkered gingham.
The checkerboard shirt or dress quickly
identified each member of the family,
and Mr. Danforth thought it would work
with the products he manufactured. The
Purina Checkerboard has become one of
the most famous and effective trademarks
in American business.
For all of Mr. Danforth's heavy execu-
tive schedule over the years and his
"daring for high stakes in the business
world, he avoided letting business crowd
out a happy balance of living. This
represented ,the essence of his personal
philosophy, the "Four Square" life.
Mr. Danforth outlined his philosophy
in a number of books, the best known
of which is entitled "I Dare You," now
in its sixteenth edition. He believed
that a person has not one, but four lives
to live, and to illustrate he would draw
a familiar "checkerboard" on a piece of
paper. On the left side of the checker
he would write "Physical"; at the 'top
he would write "Mental"; on the right-
hand side he would write "Social"; and
at the base of the checker he would write
A man's ingredients for life are a body,
a mind, personality and character, Mr.
Danforth would say, and all four must
grow in balance with each other. The
mind should not be developed at the
expense of the personality, nor the body
at the expense of character.
Mr. Danforth made no secret that he
took his health seriously. He would
proudly relate that he had never lost
a day at the office on account of illness.
He walked his mile a day because it made
him feel better, and his rule was to get
eight hours of sleep a night with the
windows open. He ate moderately and
kept his weight down.
In 1927, Mr. and Mrs. Danforth set up
'the Danforth Foundation as a personal
family trust fund for the purpose of
working through schools and colleges to
aid young people in their development
toward becoming wholesome and useful
citizens. The Danforth Foundation has
extended help in the form of fellowships
(Continued on page 16)
THE FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER
by Anne Cawthon
WILLARD F. FIFIELD
W E HAVE the special privilege of salut-
ing the Provost for Agriculture at
the University of Florida. Actually, we
owe Willard Merwin Fifield a double
salute, for he was the first Editor of the
FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER. Agri-
culturalists everywhere, and especially
those of the State of Florida, are fortun-
ate and can well be proud to have a
man of such ability and charm in their
The difficulty in saluting a man of
this caliber is where to begin. There is
an impressive list of twenty-three years
of accomplishments in the field of agri-
culture. Reviewing the accomplishments
of Willard Fifield, one thing is im-
mediately evident-here is a leader, a
man who has lead practically every organ-
ization of which he has been a member.
While he was a student at the University
of Florida, he was Vice President of the
Senior Class in 1929-30, President of Al-
pha Zeta, President of his social Frater-
nity, President of the Agricultural Club
and Editor of the FLORIDA COLLEGE
FARMER. He received his BSA degree
But let's go back to the beginning and
talk about a boy growing up on a dairy
farm in New York State. Willard Fifield
was born on January 17, 1908 at Schenec-
tady, New York. By the time he was in
grade school, he knew he wanted to go
into agriculture. Years went by and it
seemed that he would go to Cornell Un-
iversity, but, fortunately for Floridians,
the Fifield family moved to Florida in
When Willard Fifield entered the Uni-
versity of Florida, graduate school was
the last thing he had in mind. He worked
his way through school and his senior
year he was offered an assistantship to
work on a problem connected with pecan
production. During his assistantship, he
shared an office with G. H. Blackmon,
who was to become the Head of the Hort-
iculture Department, and Harold Mowry,
a future Director of the Agricultural Ex-
periment Station. Through his association
with these two men and another, Dr. A.
Camp, who was then the Director of the
Experiment Station, Willard Fifield be-
came interested in experiment station
(Continued on page 15)
The Borden's Award
by Mary Ann Pownall
THE BORDEN'S Agricultural Scholarship
was awarded to Carlos Gieseke Cev-
allos, 24, foreign student from El Salva-
dor, for having the highest point average
among agricultural students. To be eligi-
ble for this award candidates must also
have completed two or more dairy courses
preceding their senior year.
The award has been given by the Bor-
den's Dairy Company to the University
of Florida's Agricultural College and the
presentation will be continued in the
future. Paul Thornhill won this award
last year and Courtney Stephens in 1953.
The winner was awarded a check for
three hundred dollars and has had his
name placed on a plaque in the Dairy
The Borden's Scholarship Award was
presented to Carlos on January ninth in
the Dairy Science Building. The presenta-
tion was made by Assistant Dean Brooker;
Dr. T. J. Cunha, head of the Animal
Husbandry Department, gave Carlos'
background; and the speakers were Mr.
Shortlidge, from the Borden's Dairy Com-
pany; and Dr. Fouts, head of the Dairy
Department. A few of those present in-
cluded Mr. Shortlidge Sr.; Professor Scott,
past State Dairy Supervisor; and members
of the Dairy Science Club.
Carlos Cevallos was born in El Salva-
dor and at the age of two moved to Ham-
burg, Germany. He was in Germany until
after the second World War, and in 1949
he returned to El Salvador. Carlos, who
Inspecting the fruit? Left to right: John C. Norris, Hugh S. Rummel, Jr., Mrs. Richard L.
Ganin, Robert O. Brown, and Corland C. Rudolph.
attended the Pan American School of
Agriculture from 1951-1954, received a
three year diploma in Agriculture. Sep-
tember, 1954 Carlos decided to attend the
University of Florida, where he is active
in the International Student Organiza-
tion, French Club, and the German Club.
He will graduate from the University in
June, 1956, with a Bachelor of Science in
Agriculture Degree. In the future Carlos
plans to attend a Veterinarian School or
do graduate work in the University School
of Nutrition in California. After complet-
ing graduate work in America Carlos will
return to El Salvador.
Presentation of 1955 Borden Award to Carlos Gieseke-Cevallos. Front row: (ce-ter) Awa-d
being presented by Dr. Marvin Brooker Asst. Dean, College of Agriculture, to Ca los Giereke-
Cevallos (at left) E. L. Fouts, Head of Department of Dairy Science (at right) R. H. Shortlidge,
representative Borden Company Group: Students and staff gathered to w;tne:s the
Sixth Annual Fruit Fair
by Contland Rudolph
N MONDAY, November 28, 1955 the
horticulture department's exposition,
planned and executed by Dr. Ziegler and
his citrus students, took place in the
Several weeks of planning were neces-
sary before the complete display could be
accomplished. First, it was arranged that
each student should bring back from the
Thanksgiving Holidays one or more va-
rieties of fruit in groups of 25 fruits apiece.
Oranges, grapefruit, pummelos, limes,
limequats, lemons, tangerines, tangelos,
and others were brought in with several
varieties of each being used. Arriving
iust before the exposition the groups of
fruit were arranged in individual dis-
plays on tables placed in a horseshoe
shape. The individual displays were in
pyramid form, and before each pyramid
was placed a card giving such information
as species and variety, the rootstock used,
where the fruit came from, and the name
of the donor.
The second important item that had
to be planned in advance was the pro-
curement of a young lady to act as Miss
Minnesota. Since Dr. A. A. Piringer of
the horticulture department at the Uni-
versity of Minnesota had sent us a box of
apples earlier in the semester, it was felt
that a box of citrus should be sent them.
It was also felt that pictures of the dis-
play and the box, before sealing, should
accompany the box, and a box of Florida
citrus without a pretty girl behind it is
out of the question. Since the box was
Minnesota bound, Dr. Ziegler asked that
(Continued on page 18)
THE FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER
by Gene Mixon
UST A few weeks ago, one of the finest
young men on the University of Flor-
ida Campus was initiated into Florida
Blue Key. This was twenty-one year old,
William D. Gunter, Jr., of Live Oak,
Florida, better known to his friends as
Bill was elected to Florida Blue Key
with his major in Organizations. He has
been very active in Future Farmers of
America, Baptist Student Union, and
Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity.
Bill is also a member of Alpha Tau Al-
pha, professional fraternity for men ma-
joring in Agricultural Education; member
of Alpha Zeta, honorary agricultural fra-
ternity; and was a past member and
state delegate to the National Young
Farmers of America Conference, in Kan-
sas City, Missouri.
Gunter has been very active in Future
Farmers both before and after his col-
lege career. He has just retired from the
office of National President of the Na-
tional FFA Organization where he spent
a year of traveling and speaking, repre-
senting 383,000 FFA members. Bill was
selected as one of two boys to represent
the United States and the FFA organiza-
tions in England during the summer of
1954. These and many other activities
in the FFA were carried out by Bill.
Bill has been very active in church
activities and especially the Baptist Stu-
dent Union on the University campus. He
was President of BSU in fall of 1954, he
was Associate Director of Young Peoples'
Training Union in 1953-54 and is now
Superintendent of Student Department
of Sunday School.
During 1953, Bill became a member of
the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity
where he has served as Assistant Pledge-
master, Rush Chairman, member of the
Grand Council and was elected to attend
(Continued on page ij)
by George Milicevic
BORN IN Yonkers, New York-moved to
Florida in 1943-graduated from Mi-
ami Senior High in 1952-entered Univer-
sity of Florida in September of that
year. The above statements might be used
to outline the steps of progress that
Joseph Block has made thus far. But if
the introduction of Joe was left here, it
might be assumed that he was "just an-
other person." So to do justice to him
and to vindicate his membership in Blue
Key, let's glance at his record of accom-
Joe was active in student government
in high school and has made expression
of this experience by continuing his stu-
dent government work at the University
of Florida. His freshman year may be re-
lated thusly: He was selected to the Ex-
ecutive Council as the representative for
the Freshman Class; was president of
pledge class of Tau Epsilon Phi; was as-
sociate member of Lyceum Council; was
associate member of Florida Union Soc-
ial Board; served on homecoming commit-
tee; and was a member of the Orientation
Joe's sophomore year found him: Man.
ager of the varsity track team; serving on
the National Executive Committee of
Books for Democracy; I.F.C. representa-
tive for TEP; active in campus politics;
secretary of Hillel Foundation; assistant
business manager of the Lyceum Council;
member of F Club; continuing service on
the Executive Council as chairman of
the Florida Union Executive Council; on
the Finance Committee; and on the Sem-
inole Investigation Committee.
Junior year; Florida Blue Key Speaker's
Bureau of Radio and Television Commit-
tee member; assistant chairman of Flori-
da Party Presidential Candidate Commit-
tee, also one of the Florida Party Leaders;
manager of the track team; serving on
(Continued on page 18)
by Jimmy Cummings
EGINNING AUGUST 11, 1933 in Wauchula,
Florida, "Shack" has been elected,
selected, recognized, and chosen for many
things. Here again, he has received an
honor. Anyone who is acquainted with
Blue Key "tapping" procedure knows
that decisions for selections are not made
without thought. This is needless to say
in Lawrence's case, however, because
even back in high school he was an ex-
pressed leader. His leadership technique
may be said to be one of a "come on,
follow me," attitude rather than one of
"you go that way."
Getting back to high school. In poli-
tics, he was outstanding. He was vice
president of his class for two years, and
in his senior year, was president. Some of
his high school clubs were Key Club,
Lettersman's Club, Speech Club, and
Future Business Leaders of America
Club. In outside clubs he held a State
Farmer's Degree, and was State President
of the 4-H Club. He also was awarded
the Danforth Leadership Award. As well
as being a leader in politics, he was also
an excellent football player; in fact, he
was awarded a football scholarship to
When he entered the University, Larry
didn't stop. He played with the Florida
Gators until he obtained a leg injury
and had to leave the team. As in any
good leader, he has a well rounded, per-
sonality. One of the organizations that
he made part of his college life was the
Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural-social
fraternity. Some of his campus activities
were the University 4-H Club, Agricul-
tural Economics Club, Agricultural Coun-
cil, president of Scabbard and Blade, Col-
lege of Agriculture's representative on the
Executive Council for two years, and was
company and batallion commander in
(Continued on page i3)
by Herman Jones President
As THE new year starts it finds the Ag.
Council halfway through its projects
and the ones to come are in need of help.
The Agricultural Barbecue last October
was-a success and those who worked on
this outing did a very remarkable job.
The Turkey Shoot sponsored jointly with
the Rifle Team was very much of a suc-
cess and I am sure the Clubs in the Col-
lege of Agriculture were pleased with the
new policy set up this year in which the
clubs will receive twenty cents back for
each-ticket they sold.
This-year for the Ag. Council's part in
Religion-In-Life week we want to have
an assembly and we would like for each
person in the College to attend. Notices
will be posted.
I would like to see the different Clubs
in the College become better acquainted
with each other. Have the president of
each club invite another president to
his meeting, hereby letting all presidents
become acquainted with the operation
of other clubs. Closer cooperation is the
key for better times for all.
The Ag. Fair sponsored by Alpha Zeta
will be here before long-March 23 and 24.
Start on your exhibit early and let's make
this year's Fair the biggest and best yet.
As June approaches some of us will
be leaving the nest to seek out fortunes
in the world, but don't think that we
will forget the many activities that have
been experienced since our first year at
the University of Florida.
With my closing words I would like to
say that one word will make the College
much more to each one of us. The word
'WEALTH, NOTORITsY, place, and power are
no measure of success whatever. The
S only true measure of success is the ratio
between what we might hase done and
what we might have been on the one
hand, and the thing we have made of
ourselves on the other."-H. G. Wells.
He who stops being better stops being
by Fred Saunders
W ITH TH election of officers, Thyrsus
student Horticultural Club, began
its activities for the 1955-56 school year.
The following officers were elected. Presi-
dent. Wes Sch'lling, Vice President, Will
Phillips, Secretary. Fred Saunders and
Treasurer. Pete Zarrella.
Under the direction of these officers
the main activity for the year is the ex-
hibit in the annual Ag. Fair. to be held
. This with the various activities of the.
entire college in which Thyrsus partici.
pated has made a busy semester outside
of club meetings.
During the regular meetings there hase
been some very interesting speakers on
the different phases of Horticulture.
-ny one who is majoring or is interested
in any phase of horticulture is eligible
for membership and is invited to an. of
the meetings which are held the second
and fourth Tuesday of each month in
Lambda Gamma Phi
by Angelo Massaro
rnE PRIMARY purpose of our organiza-
Stion is to better acquaint ourselves
with the opportunities available in the
veterinary profession and to give assist-
ance and information to students inter-
ested in veterinary medicine. Monthly
programs which consist of movies such as
"The Battle of Brucell6sis" and speakers
serve to achieve this purpose. At the
present there are eighteen members, but
next semester a greater membership is
expected. The officers of Lambda Gamma
Phi are Henry Baket of Daytona. Presi-
dent: Robert Whitty of Lee. Vice-presi-
dent; and Angelo Massaro of Tampa.
OUR MOST valuable possessions are those
which can be shared without lessening:
those which. when shared, multiply. Our
least valuable possessions are those which,
when divided. are diminished.
The Forestry Club
by George Eubank
NEs EVENING early in October, 1935. a
group of students and faculty. mem-
bers of the School of Forestry walked
into the Agriculture Building. Late that
evening these people emerged from the
building as members of the Forestry
Club. Thus, the Club was born.
The Club has a number of objectives.
First, to supply a feeling of friendship
between the students of the Forestry
School and members of the faculty. This
is accomplished by the faculty attending
meetings and joining in the discussions
in a man to man manner, and also by
officers of the Club and committeemen
seeking out members of the faculty to ob-
tain aid in certain problems pertaining
to Club work. The Club also realizes
that it has an educational purpose. As
an answer to this, each year a number of
speakers prominent in various phases of
forestry speak to the Club.
Another of the Club's purposes is to
provide social activities, which include
an annual "Smoker" held at the begin-
ning of each school year where the faculty
and members of the Club with their wises
and dates meet with the incoming stu-
dents of the School of Forestry. The Club
also has an outing or two each wear and
a couple of picnics in conjunction with
Last but not least is the Club's ob-
jective to sponsor leadership among the
Forestry School students. This is done by
electing officers each semester to carry
out the duties of the Club. The fall sem.
ester officers were: President. Dan Haus-
man, Vice-President, Gene Cocke, S.c-
retary-Treasurer, Henry W. Martin, Re-
porter, Bill McKay, and Faculty Advisor.
Professor P. Warner Frazer. The elections
are held during the last meeting of the
s nester. Officers elected for the spring
semester, 1956, were: President, Bill
Moody, Vice-President, Jim Sands, Sec-
retary-Treasurer, George Calloway, Re-
porter. Paul Crowson, and Faculty Ad-
sisor, Professor Jim Willingham.
The fall semester's activities of the
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THE FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER
Alpha Tau Alpha
by Bill Gunter
T E A.T.A. FRATERNITY major accomplish-
Sments for 1954-55 were:
i. Held two banquets in honor of 19
2. Represented the Epsilon Chapter at
the National Conclave.
3. Sponsored the Agricultural Queen
4. Assisted with the administration of
the FFA activities at the Fla. State Fair.
The club officers for the past semester
Pres., Bob Morris
ist Vice Pres, Dick Wheaton
2nd Vice Pres., Bill Fish
Treasurer- ohn Johnston
The Club Officers which have recently
been elected for this semester are:
Pres.. Charles Shackleford
ist Vice Pres.. Zack Wuthredge
vnd Vice Pres.. Jim Cook
John Johnston represented the A.T.A.
at the National Conclave at Kansas City,
Mo. this past semester. John brought
back a lot of valuable information to the
During the past semester seven new
members were initialed who were:
Thein Sein Ba, Tom Rowand, lim Cook.
Charles Shackleford, Zack Wuthredge.
Edward Horton, Glen Wade
Also the A.T.A. Fraternity has helped
supervise and conduct some local FFA
contests during the past semester.
The fraternity plans to help assist with
the administration of the FFA activities
at the Florida State Fair at Tampa which
begins on January 31st.
The fraternity sponsored the Ag-
ricultural Engineering Queen Contest in
the Agricultural Fair which was held
in the new Agsicultural Engineering
Building on March twenty.third and
Block and Bridle Club
by Anne Cawthon
T H FORTY-THREE members and the forty.
four pledges of the Block and Bridle
Club have enjoyed a busy semester of
Club activities. The Little International
Livestock Show, the big activity of the
fall semester, was held on December 9,
at the University Livestock Pavilion. Ac-
cording to the reports of the attending
staff and faculty and the members of the
Clib, this show was very well organized
and a big success. The square dance held
after the Little International was well
attended and enjoyed by all.
This year. as in the past. the members
and pledges of the Block and Bridle
Club were asked to serve at the Legisla-
t'v- Barb-cue sponsored b; Blue Ke).
The barbecue was held on Saturday
afternoon of Homecoming week end. In
return for this service, the Club mem-
bers and pledges received free date tickets
to the game.
The Livestock Judging Team, after
being placed among the top ten teams
competing at the American Rosal at
Kansas City, made the trip to Chicago
for the Chicago International during
Thanksgiving. Those who went to Chi.
cago were team coach, Don Wakeman.
and team members Tom Braddock. Alto
Straughn, Jerry Spears, Gene Harr;son.
Ralph Cellon and Bob Hooker. The
Block and Bridle Club pays the entrance
fee for the Livestock Judging Team at
Chicago. This year the Club voted to sup-
port the Meats Team as well by contribu-
tine to this team's Chicago trip.
The members of the Lisestock Judging
Team will be the happy recipients of
some special prizes this ,ear. A few weeks
ago. a representative of the Twin A. A.
Cutlery Company, located in Abilene,
Kansas. spoke to Club President Tom
Braddock about donating ten sets of
knives to the Club each year. These
knives are to be used as prizes or awards
by the Club. The members of the Judg-
ing Team will receive the awards this
One interesting new side-light about
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Amer. SOC of AG. Engineers
by Prige Chorte
THE FALL semester of 1955-56 has proved
to be one of the most successful for
the Society of Agricultural Engineers. We
have participated in many activities on
campus including assisting at the dedica-
tion of the new Agricultural Engineering
Building. sponsoring a float in the Home-
coming Parade in cooperation with the
We feel, however, that the most success-
ful part of our program was in the type
programs which were made available to
us through the efforts of our Program
Chairman Fred Cros and our Faculty
Advisor Professor Choate. During the sem-
ester we had speakers from industry or
business who gase very interesting talks
on their particular branches or fields of
agricultural engineering. There are five
major fields and they were represented
I. POWER AND MACHINERY-Mr.
Robert Bailey of the J, I. Case Co.
2. RURAL' ELECTRIFICATION-Mr.
John Folks of the Florida Power Corp.
3. CROP PROCESSING-Mr. Mills
Byrom of the Dept. of Agriculture Crop
Processing Station, Belle Glade, Fla.
4. RESEARCH IN AG. ENGINEER-
ING-Mr. J NMostella NMers. Engineer at
the Experiment Station, Gainesville.
We surely hope that more and more
of the students enrolled in this curriculum
will avail themselves of this opportunity
to become better acquainted with the
activities and possibilities in their chosen
field. This particular activity of our club
is especially designed for freshman and
sophomore students who may not have
yet decided upon their job preference
and they are urged to attend our meetings.
We are already making plans for en-
tering the Ag. Fair as well as the Engi-.
neering Fair with Bob Adams as Chair-
man of the Fair Committee. One indica-
tion of the interest and success during the
semester may be noted in the rise in mem-
bership which is now 30. due to the hard
work of four officers which include Har- ,
old Spell, President; Fred Cross, Vice-Pres-
ident; and Tom Criswell, Sec.-Treasurer.
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Vocational Agriculture and
Future Farmers of America
by Dempsey Thomas
Vocational Agriculture Establishment
VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE courses were
first established in public high schools
back in 1917 under the provisions of the
National Vocational Education (Smith-
Hughes) Act. Students having a similar
background and an inherent love of
nature and it's multitudes of ramifications
began to congregate and share their
mutual interests. Under excellent guid-
ance and leadership; educational, self-
improvement, and cooperative features
began to be evident although at this early
stage in the program, recreational and
social aspects were stressed more so than
they are today.
Conception of the F.F.A.
As the local organizations grew in
number, size, and importance, a need
was felt among progressive leaders for an
integrated, cooperative system whereby
each school of vocational agriculture
could band together and form an exten-
sive organization on a state level. This
plan would provide an opportunity for
farm boys to pool their common ex-
periences and establish contacts and
definite ties of relationships which would
greatly benefit them socially and educa-
tionally. This general concept acquired
overwhelming approval and the struggle
for accomplishment commenced.
Beginning in 1923, men and boys of
great leadership and enthusiasm labored
fervently to convert a dream into a
reality. Rewarding results followed and
by the year of 1928, a number of states
had actually formed organizations' of
vocational agriculture students. Com-
mendable pioneer work along this line
was initiated in Virginia, Tennessee,
Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York, Ohio,
Utah, California, and Wyoming, as well
as in certain other states.
During this period, the banded or-
ganizations began to receive national
recognition for their outstanding ideals
and accomplishments. The organization
had made its debut, thus providing im-
petus to confirmed believers who began
to work more ardently than ever before.
The "Future Farmers" of the state of
Virginia, having one of the more progres-
sive programs which was developed
around an excellent core of ideals, pur-
poses, ceremonies, and a definite con-
stitution, became a standard which was
soon to be used as a pattern by other
states. Within two years after the F.F.A.
was formed, six southern states had in
operation similar organizations designed
after the Virginia set-up.
F. F. A.-Of National Importance
From all parts of the United States,
the call for a national association became
very strong. The Western states, in con-
junction with older pioneer sister states',
began to combine their efforts in a con-
centrated attempt to reach the coveted
goal of national acknowledgement by
forming an organization on a country-
wide basis. Agricultural leaders and
competent business men, realizing the
need for one large network integrated
programs, spearheaded this all-important
movement. A temporary constitution
similar to that of the Virginia Association
was drafted under the leadership of the
staff of the agricultural Education Service
of the Federal Board for Vocational
Education in the summer of 1928. The
general public approved it and the first
national convention was held in Novem-
ber of that same year. Since then, all 48
states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico have
enacted programs under the title of
Future Farmers of America. The "Future
Farmer" concept has been accepted and
initiated in several foreign countries.
F.F.A.-WHA T IT IS
The Relationship of Vocational Agricul-
ture and F.F.A.
As roots are to a tree, nutrients to a
living animal, purpose to human achieve-
ment, so is the F.F.A. program to voca-
tional agriculture. It is an integral part,
and without it, the agricultural course of
study would be greatly decreased in mean-
ing and value. The F.F.A. is not an extra-
curricular activity with mere social and
non-educational merits. It is not a club
that meets in accordance with a prear-
ranged and pre-designated school calendar
for the purpose of channeling students
into activities that hold little or no in-
terest to them, or for the purpose of
disposing of students during social club
hours hoping that motivation can in
some way be stimulated. No, it is neither
one of these in particular.
Due to the fact that it is an inherent
part of the total vocational agriculture
course of study, we may define it as an
intracurricular activity because it has it's
very origin and roots in a definite part of
the school curriculum-vocational agricul-
ture. It vitalizes, motivates, and correlates
the systematic instruction offered within
a carefully outlined course of study. It's
members meet, organize, and carry out
definite objectives established in national,
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The Collegiate Chapter
by John Johnson
T HE COLLEGIATE Chapter of the Future
Farmers of America held its last meet-
ing of the fall semester on January -o,
1956. At this time the officers for the
spring semester were chosen. We congrat-
ulate the following members on their
election and are looking to them for
guidance and inspiration: President,
James E. Cook; Vice President, Curtis
Marlowe; Secretary, Alto Straughn; Re-
porter, Tom Rowand; Treasurer, Dick
Wheaton; Sentinel, Billy Fish, and Ad-
visor, Mr. W. T. Loften.
The Collegiate Chapter has been very
active during the past semester, and has
plans for another full schedule.
Among the accomplishments of the
past few months are found: the building
of a portable exhibit featuring the FFA
and the Vocational Agriculture Program.
This exhibit has been shown in Jack-
sonville; and, since it was well received,
will be shown at other times at different
fairs throughout the state. The Chapter,
also, took an active part in the super-
vision, and ticket sale at the "Turkey
Shoot" sponsored by the Agriculture
Some of the individuals which should
receive recognition for their hard work
and achievements in recent weeks are
Walter Massey and Jim Spieth, student
teacher trainees at the Trenton High
School. They did a fine job in the prep-
aration for an assistance in the con-
duction of that chapter's "Fat Steer
Show" which they co-sponsored along
with the Trenton Adult Advisory Com-
mittee. Several others of our student
trainees also participated in this event.
Alto Straughn assisted by other members
of the University of Florida livestock
judging team were the official contest
judges. Many of the local schools were
represented by judging teams, which re-
ceived valuable training, which will aid
them at larger contests, and on the farm.
It was an all FFA contest and was con-
sidered a big success by all concerned.
We are especially proud of Bill Gunter
who was presented the Annual Alpha
Zeta Award for being the outstanding
student entering the College of Agricul-
ture. This award which we all feel he so
richly deserves, was presented to Bill by
Dean Brooker at the Agriculture Bar
B-Q, for his outstanding leadership,
scholarship and character.
During the Spring Semester the Col-
legiate Chapter members will attend the
Tampa Fair, where on February 4, they
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THE FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER
Will Gunter Florida Blue Key
(Continued from page 9)
the SAE Leadership School in Evanston,
Bill has been active in serving on var-
ious publications on the campus of the
University since 1952. He has been a staff
writer and Associate Editor of the Florida
Alligator and in the fall of 1954, was
elected Managing Editor. Bill has served
on the staff of the FLORIDA COLLEGE
FARMER as well as on the Seminole
Literary Staff. He was also appointed F
Book Organizations Editor in 1954.
In 1953 Bill was elected to the Execu-
tive Council where he led the slate over
thirteen other candidates. He has been
on Florida Blue Key Speakers Bureau,
Orientation Group Counselor and has
served as Chairman of various committees
in several activities on the campus since
Bill was recently awarded the Alpha
Zeta Leadership and Scholarship Award
where he was selected for his outstand-
ing leadership and scholarship accom-
plishments. He has won several scholar-
ships throughout college, such as: Winn-
Lovett, Dupont, Sears and Roebuck, Flor-
ida Bankers, and Work Scholarship at
the University of Florida Cafeteria.
With Bill's busy schedule at college, he
also has a project at home to think
about and that is his dairy. Bill has sev-
eral head of registered Guernsey Cattle
which serves as a source of income for
him while in school. He has won several
honors with his cattle at various fairs and
livestock shows. Bill has several acres of
land which is planted into pastures where
he carries out recommended practices for
improvement of his farm and also pre-
vents soil erosion.
After graduation, Bill plans to serve
several months in Uncle Sam's Army, and
then return to the University of Florida
to work toward his Masters Degree in Ag-
ricultural Education. He also tells us that
he plans to get married within this time.
One can certainly see why William D.
Gunter, Jr., was tapped by the Florida
Blue Key with all these accomplishments
since his entrance to the University of
Florida in the fall of 1952. Our congratu-
lations go to Bill once more for another
honor well deserved.
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Larry graduated in January with a
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree
with a major in Agricultural Economics.
This spring he plans to enter the service,
and after that he is still uncertain. But,
one thing for sure, wherever he is he will
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Dr. Arno Palmer
by Harriet Henry
DR. ARNO Zane Palmer, who prefers to
to be called "Zane", was born in a
small town near the central part of Okla-
homa, called Ada. He was raised on the
Oklahoma Agriculture and Mechanical
College Swine Farm where his father was
During high school he was active in the
4-H Club, being on both county and
state 4-H livestock judging teams. In
the fall and spring of each year he fit-
ted barrows for the shows. In high school
Dr. Palmer lettered in wrestling for four
years and during his senior year he was
the captain of the team.
Dr. Palmer majored in animal husban-
dry at Oklahoma Agriculture and Me-
chanical College. During World War II
he served three years in the service. He
completed his B. S. after service. While
at Oklahoma A. and M., he was on the
livestock judging team, wrestling team
and belonged to the social fraternity
Sigma Chi. In 1950 Dr. Palmer received
his PhD at the University of Missouri in
Animal Husbandry in the special field
of Meat Technology.
Dr. Palmer went to Swift in Chicago,
where he worked in Table-Ready-Meats
Division for two years. Then he became
in charge of the personnel procurement
for a research laboratory. Later he work-
ed with a new division on Restaurant
Research Division that dealt with sales
In January, 1955, Dr. Palmer joined
the University of Florida as Associate
Professor in the College of Agriculture
and Associate Animal Husbandman in
Florida Agriculture Experiment Station.
Since he has been here, a new course in
meats-AL429-Meat Selection and Grad-
ing has been added and he has been con-
ducting research in the continuation of
Brahman crossbred studies, the usefulness
of aureomycin in the preservation of
meat, and the hardening of peanut fed
pork by the feeding of high levels of
The honorary societies that he belongs
to are Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta.
Scientific Association Institute of Food
Technology and the American Society of
One of his favorite hobbies is fishing.
Companions-just anyone will be fine,
but some of his faithful ones are Dr. Wal-
lace, Dr. Combs and Mr. Loggins.
Dr. Palmer, his wife Dorothy Jeanne,
and their three children, Charlotte Sue-
8 years, Robert Zane-7 years, and Rebecca
Jeanne-2 years, like the warm weather
and the community spirit in Gainesville.
He likes the opportunities and the admin-
istration's aggressive outlook on good re-
search as it pays off in many ways for
the livestock producer in the state.
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Forestry Club came in this order. The
annual "Smoker" was held September 27,
1955 in the Social Room of the Florida
Union. Allan Campbell, Head Forester,
Levy County Tract, International Paper
Company, was the guest speaker.
The next event the Club participated
in was the University of Florida Home-
coming. The Club sponsored Miss Ade-
laide Gonzalez as Forestry Club Queen.
The Club was proud that she was one
of the four runner-ups in the Miss Un-
iversity of Florida contest.
The Club entered a float in the home-
coming parade. After much sweat and
toil on the preparation of the float, the
Club was awarded first place in the in-
dependent division, a real accomplish-
Another homecoming activity was the
dedication of a monument in the Plaza
of the Americas. The Club in conjunction
with Xi Sigma Pi and the Forestry School
Alumni Association bought and placed
a bronze plaque mounted on a granite
base bes;de a pine tree in the Plaza. The
reason for the dedication of this monu-
ment is explained by the inscription on
the plaque which reads "Slash Pine Tree
Planted October i, 1935 to commemorate
the establishment of a four year profes-
sional curriculum at the University of
Florida." The tree, along with the Fores-
try School, seems to be thriving on the
The Club's last activity of the fall
semester was the annual Field Day in the
Austin Cary Forest. This event, as usual,
had a fine turn out of students, faculty,
wives, dates, and visitors. The program
got underway at 1:30 p.m. November
18, 1955 with the following contests held
in the afternoon: Tree heights and dia-
meters, pacing and hand compass tra-
verse through the woods, chain throwing,
wood chopping, log sawing and a bait
casting contest for the men. The women
had a rolling pin throwing contest, (only
distance, not accuracy) and estimation of
number of beans in a jar. Late that after-
noon the Club had a delicious chicken
barbecue and afterwards sat around a
big campfire and swapped woods stories
(Forestry war stories).
On the agenda for next semester will
be a fund-raising pulpwood operation.
The Club will buy standing timber from
the Austin Cary Forest and hopes to sell
twenty or more cords of pulpwood. On
this operation the Club usually has plenty
of help from the Forestry students in fell-
ing, trimming, bucking, and loading the
wood on pallets to be shipped to the pulp-
The "Slash Pine Cache," an annual
publication of the Forestry Club, will
be published this spring. The "Cache"
reports on all the important events of the
year in the School of Forestry, along with
other articles pertaining to Forestry. Ed
Hinkle, Bill McKay, Woody Haines, Ray
Mason, Dan Stewart, George Calloway,
and others have done a great deal of work,
so it should be a good "Slash Pine Cache."
The Forestry Club has been with the
University of Florida for a long time.
The students and the faculty greatly ap-
preciate the Club and it should be a big-
ger and better Club in the future.
Block and Bridle
(Continued from page ii)
the competitions at Chicago this year
was our entry of an official Club scrap-
book in the national competition. Th;s
is the first time that the University of
Florida Block and Bridle Club has b-"n
represented in this contest. The Un;ver-
sity of Tennessee Block and Bridle Club
received first prize for their scrapbook.
but we were proud to receive honorable"
mention. Our entry for the National
Merit Trophy Award this year was Bruce
Christmas. Bruce graduated last June
in Animal Husbandry with a high grade
average and excellent activities.
Plans are under way for the annual
Club field trip. At the last meeting, the
Club voted to set February 18 as the
date for the trip. We did not go to the
Tampa Fair as we did last year, but
attended some other shows and visited
various ranches and feed-lot operations
around the State. This four-day field
trip is one of the high-lights of the spring
semester and is eagerly anticipated by
the members and pledges of the Club.
THE FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER
Tom Chaires and Son
Registered and Commercial Brahman Cattle
Featuring Manso & Imperator Breeding
(Continued from page 7)
During the next two years, Willard
Fifield kept his assistantship and com-
pleted his graduate work in citrus. The
subject of his Master's Thesis was, "The
Affects of Various Wrappers and Temper-
atures on the Preservation of Citrus
Fruits in Storage." He received his MSA
degree in 1932 and did further graduate
work at Cornell University. He now has
a record of over twenty years with the
Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.
During these years Willard Fifield has
distinguished himself as a horticulturist
and administrator. His ability as a toast-
master and banque'r speaker is well known
and he has constantly been in great
demand in these capacities.
Looking back on the early years with
the Agricultural Experiment Station, we
find our Provost doing research with
winter vegetables and subtropical fruit
at the Sub-tropical Station at Homestead.
After nine years as Assistant Experiment
Station Horticulturist, he became Assis-
tant Director of the Station system in
July, 1941. Shortly after this, on March
8, 1942, he left to serve with the United
States Air Force from which he was sep-
arated on December 31, 1945 as a Lieu-
tenant Colonel. On March 1, 1950, Will-
ard Fifield was appointed Director of the
Experiment Station system, five years
later he became Provost for Agriculture.
It was during his stay at the Sub-trop-
ical Station that Mr. Fifield met his fu-
ture wife, the charming daughter of a
pioneer Homestead family. On July 22,
1935, about two years after they first met,
they were married. Mrs. Fifield graduated
from the University of Miami, but she
spent her first two years at Stetson where
she majored in dramatics and public
speaking. She is now teaching fourth grade
at J. J. Finley School in Gainesville. Mr.
Fifield says that his wife has taught him
all that he knows about public speaking.
All of his successes he credits to his "pa-
tient and understanding wife."
Leadership is the distinguishing mark
of Willard Fifield. He is the immediate
past Chairman of the Association of
Southern Agricultural Experiment Sta-
tion Directors and of the Committee of
nine state experiment station directors
who coordinate regional research proj-
ects throughout the country. He is now
Vice President of the Southern Agricul-
tural Workers and a member of the
Governing Board of the National Agri-
cultural Research Institute. Other ac-
tivities include technical advisory com-
mittees to the State Commissioner of
Agriculture and membership in various
Outside the field of agriculture several
organizations have claimed the capable
leadership of Willard Fifield. Nineteen
years a member of the Rotary Club, he
is past President of both the Homestead
and Gainesville Rotary Clubs. He has
been President of the Gainesville Chapter
of the Reserve Officers Association.
One might well ask at this point;
"Does a man with such a full load of
responsibility possibly have time for any-
thing else." He does. Our Provost is a
fishing enthusiast. A man of many talents,
one of his hobbies is making craft art-
icles, especially lamps, from cypress knees.
He likes camping and eating out-of-doors,
barbecues etc. There is a story that Mr.
Fifield tells about himself in this connec-
tion. One day, Mrs. Fifield was preparing
for an outdoor supper. She put a can of
string beans on the corner of the tin
stove they used for these occasions but
neglected to punch a hole in the can.
When Mr. Fifield came home, he saw
that the can of beans had expanded and
looked about ready to explode. Gingerly,
he picked it up using a stick and a long
fork. Just at that moment the top and
bottom of the can blew out, spattering
everything with a puree of beans and
burning the Provost rather badly about
the face. For ten days he was in bed.
During that time, President Miller sent
a sympathy note part of which read
something like this: "Thought something
was going to blow up in your face but
didn't think it would be beans." Perhaps
this little story and his manner of telling
it characterize somewhat the friendly,
pleasing personality of Willard Fifield,
a man we of the University of Florida
may proudly call our own.
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or scholarships to many college students
and teachers. In addition, the Founda-
tion has helped to build 18 meditation
chapels on college campuses and in
Through the activities of the Danforth
Foundation and the American Youth
Foundation, great groups of young men
and women came to know his buoyant
personality. A new acquaintance was
always an adventure to him, and he
never overlooked an opportunity to meet
a stranger. A familiar scene in St. Louis
often occurred at noon when Mr. Dan-
forth took his walk. If he had been
stopped for a few seconds by a red light
at a street intersection, he would look
around to see who else might be waiting.
He would often walk up to a stranger,
introduce himself and start a friendly
conversation. By the time the two of
them started across the street together
they had found an area of mutual in-
terest and were carrying on an animated
Typical of Mr. Danforth's interests
was his work with the Christmas Carols
Association in St. Louis. About 19o9,
he and a group of friends revived the
old custom of meeting to sing Christmas
carols. They did this for the sheer
pleasure of singing and of bringing
Christmas songs to others.
The group of carolers grew each year,
and they found themselves the recipients
of many gifts, wholly unsolicited. Such
gifts were turned over to the Children's
Aid Society. Then in 1924 the Christmas
Carols Association was formed and the
Danforth genius for organizing was ap-
plied. Up to the time of his death he
had been the Association's only president.
Strangely yet appropriately, death came
to him suddenly as he waited at home
for the arrival of a group of Christmas
Carolers on Christmas Eve.
Today the Christmas Carols Associa-
tion in St. Louis embraces some 2000
singing groups each Christmas season with
about 40,000 singers. They try to cover
the entire city, block by block, to bring
Christmas songs to stores, public places
and homes. The thousands of gifts are
divided among 56 children's agencies.
Mr. Danforth's life-long adventure to
"dare" for new and bigger stakes was
anchored in-and stabilized by-a few un-
changing fundamentals he considered
basic. For nearly 40 years he wrote an
inspirational "Monday Morning Message"
each week for his associates and em-
ployees. In one of these in 1955, while
he was in his 84th year, he pointed out
the significance to him of some of these
"Some folks are continually making
changes," he said. "I flatter myself that
GRADUATES OF JANUARY 1956
Helen Therese Blake (Miss) ......... ......... .................. Orlando
Eugene Casey Holly ............... ............................ Oklawaha
Lawrence Frazier Shackelford ................................... Wauchula
Willard Lawson Anderson. ........................................... Altha
John David Carver, Jr.............. ......................... ....... Millican
Edmond Wendell Horton. ................... .......... .... Gainesville
Glenn Franklin Wade, Jr................ ....................... ... Bushnell
Hugh Tommy Criswell. ............ ....................... Jacksonville
Edwin Russell Fatic. ................ .......................... Brooksville
Gene H. Gore ............... ..................................... Oviedo
Attice Curt Haygood..............................................Apopka
Alfred Joseph Larson*................................. Minneapolis, Minn.
Ly Chanh Due. ................................................ Viet Nam
Charles Otto Rieff, Jr.................. ..... ..................... Marianna
Dario Restrepo ................ ........ ............ Colombia, S. America
Wallace Lowell Rushing. ............................................ Tampa
Harld Ernest Spell .................... ....................... Anthony
Donald Eugene Stokes. ................. ................ DeFuniak Springs
Animal Husbandry and Nutrition
Robert Edward Chapman ...........................................Orlando
Marvin David Kahn.... ................... ....................Sebring
Alfred Joseph Larson* .... ............................... Minneapolis, Minn.
Julian Lafayette Spruce.............................................. Starke
Louis N. Trad, Jr ................................................Bunnell
Mel Clifford Hall .............................................. Jacksonville
Norman Lee Farmer.........................................Zephyrhills
Lawrence Edwin Davis. ..................... ........ ........... Callahan
David Leves McCullough, Jr........... ......................... St. Petersburg
James Julian Stephens. ................ ................... .. .Clearwater
Dan Wolfenbarger .............. ........................... Homestead
Morris Durrance Anderson .............. ................... .. Mulberry
George Edward Williams ....................................... Orange Park
I like new ventures and new experiences.
But when it comes to fundamentals I
believe in finding the right foundations
and building on them. I'm a poor
changer. For instance, here are some of
the fundamentals I have never changed:
I have been a church member for over 60
years, married to one wife for over 60
years, a lodge member for over 60 years,
a Purina man for over 60 years.
"Four Square" principles have been
pillars of strength in my life. I have
never had cause to change. The longer
I live with such fundamentals, the more
valuable they become."
From a solid base of unchanging funda-
mentals, Mr. Danforth flung his "dare"
in many directions. His living monu-
ment stands in the hearts of American
Youth who remember his magnificent
challenge to them-"Aspire nobly, adven-
ture daringly, serve humbly."
(Continued from )f ae 12)
state, and local programs of work. Its
activities are promoted during every hour
of every school day, and in addition to
this, it provides opportunities for out-of-
school participation in events such as
sports, agricultural fairs, musical events,
and other leadership developing contests,
such as public speaking and parliamentary
procedure. It is a tool and without it,
accomplishments would be greatly di-
This organization is designed to provide
additional experience for boys who are
progressing toward the goal of satisfactory
establishment in a farming business.
Through it's activities, individual talent
is discovered, the cooperative spirit foster-
ed, and much needed rural and agricul-
tural leadership developed. Here is a
real school of experience in the art of
THE FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER
Florida Growers Have Been Buying
TRUEMAN'S BETTER QUALITY
fertilizers for nearly a half century. If better ferti-
lizers could be obtained Trueman customers would
not continue to use these good, old brands.
TRUEMAN FERTILIZER CO.
working well together for a common good.
F.F.A.-A Teaching Device
When F.F.A. was added to the voca-
tional agriculture program, a key was
provided with which doors to new horizons
of human resources could be opened. It
provided the vocational teacher with a
device of untold value that could be
utilized to develop the farm boy's evident
and hidden potentialities to the highest
degree possible. It provided interest and
a renewed enthusiasm for farm life that
had not been there before. There was a
new appeal and a challenge that brought
out the very best in the individual. That
same spirit and enthusiasm still continues.
The Resourceful Future
After studying the history and realizing
the ideals and purposes of vocational
agriculture and the integrated F.F.A.
program, it is relatively easy to com-
prehend the great significance they have
upon America's most valuable resources-
it's young people. There is no other
comparable organization in the United
States, so we can adequately say "March
onward Vocational Ag. and F.F.A."
Cameron & Barkley Co.
,,, Dept. FC
107 S. Franklin Street
SI'' Tamoa. Florida
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_(Continued from page 9)
the Executive Council.
Finally, in his senior year, the greatest
event of all, of course, was his being
selected for Florida Blue Key. In addition
to this, however, he served as Secretary
of Finance of the student body in the
president's cabinet; as a member of the
Budget Commission; as finance chairman
of the Ladies Homecoming Banquet; on
the finance committee of Men's Blue Key
Banquet; and as a member of the Con-
stitutional Revisional Committee.
College life is not over for Joe Block
CAMPUS SHOP AND
"Everything for the Student"
LOCATED ON THE CAMPUS IN THE
STUDENT SERVICE CENTER
yet so this story must remain unfinished.
As for the future-plans say that he will
graduate in June and will enter Law
School next September.
Sixth Annual Fruit Fair
(Continued from page 8)
a Minnesota girl be found for the job.
The pleasant task was given to Keith Nor-
ton, who responded in fine fashion by
providing Mrs. Richard L. Gavin, wife of
an agriculture student.
After the colorful display was com-
pleted under the direction of Marvin
Kahn, pictures were taken of the group,
Dining Room & Curb
THE PARK INN
One block north of
campus on 13th St.
American Gem Society
237 W. University Ave. Gainesville
the display, and Miss Minnesota with the
Minnesota bound box. Bags of mixed cit-
rus were made up of the choicest fruit
and given to Dr. Reitz, the photographer,
and Mr. F. B. Borries, who so graciously
gave his time to help us with the exposi-
Shortly after the picture taking was
completed the students began eating the
fruit as a means of "cleaning up." What
wasn't eaten was taken home.
The complete success of the exposi-
tion was assured when a letter arrived
recently from Dr. Piringer. In it he stated
that a box of citrus had arrived in good
condition and was well enjoyed by his
students. Also expressed his approval of
our choice of Miss Minnesota.
Collegiate Chapter Reports
(Continued from page 12)
will supervise the judging contests sched-
uled in connection with FFA day. This
promises to be an interesting and educa-
tional phase of our training as future
Index to Advertisers
Campus Shop and Book Store. ....... 18
Chaires Ranch ..................... 15
Growers Fertilizer Co................ 3
H. O. Partin & Sons..................17
International Harvester ............. 20
J. I. Case .......................... 19
John Deere & Co.................... 2
Johnson-Faris Feed Co...............18
Kilgore Seed Co ..................... 5
Norris Cattle Co.................... 3
Respess-Grimes Engraving Co......... 5
Robertson Jewelers ................. 18
Southern Dolomite .................. 13
Superior Fertilizer Co............... '15
The Early & Daniel Co.............. 13
The Park Inn......................18
Trueman Fertilizer Co............... 17
Wilson & Toomer Fertilizer Co....... 5
W R. Ames Co....................17
Seed, Feed, Fertilizer
224 N. W. 8th Ave., Phone 2-0476
THE FLORIDA COLLEGE FARMER
... the Automatic Baler
designed to delight
farm boys and girls...
Every farm youth has a burning desire to tackle the really big field jobs ... be the "boss" on a
corn picker, combine or baler. But-it seems that Dad usually takes over where these machines
are concerned. And-he's right in doing so... unless there's a machine for the job that requires
no extra strength to operate ... no intricate adjustments or years of experience ... yet delivers
the crop in its finest form, whether that be husked ear corn, clean grain or neat, square bales.
Typical of just such a machine is the new low-cost, farm-size Case "130" Baler. Its simple
construction and automatic operation require no effort, practically no skill. Yet, it makes smooth,
sliced, twine-tied 14 x 18-inch bales just right in density for easy handling, storage and feeding.
See your Case dealer about the modern, amazing Case "130" ...the big-tonnage, wire or twine-tie
"140"... and other hay machinery.
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Coming...daringly different 3-plow
Heart-warmingly new from hood to hitch, the Case "300"
Tractor will thrill you at first sight with its beauty and design
... performance that any operator can point to with pride...
power, speed and handling qualities and conveniences never
before built into a 3-plow tractor. Keep in touch with your
Case dealer.., wait for the surprise that's in store when you
see the Case "300" the tractor that's as modern as the
ideas of farm youth. J. I. Case Co., Racine, Wis.
UNIVERSITY MAI', LIBRARY CAMPUS
A report to you about men and machines that help maintain International Harvester leadership
How IH engineers
brought new ease of handling
to the farm tractor field!
IH engineers didn't overlook the tractor driver in their search for
greater farming efficiency. They talked to hundreds of operators
S. made studies like those that boost factory output .. used
scientific methods to measure operator fatigue and figure ways to
reduce it. Out of this study came reach-easy controls, key starting,
and many other advancements that make farming with a new
McCormick FARMALL 300 or 400 tractor easier than most
farmers ever thought possible.
INDEPENDENT PTO-the big,
easy-to-reach pto lever starts or
stops pto-machines anytime-
with tractor moving or standing
-to head off slugging.
Tip-toe pedal pressure sets
double-disc brakes for fast, safe
stops or pin-point turns.
FAST, SIMPLIFIED SHIFT-The
"tall" gear-shift lever is close to
the steering wheel. A neutral
slot the full width of the shift
pattern makes shifting easy.
ROAD-EASY STEERING-Big, 18-
inch steering wheel lets opera-
tor's arms relax teams with
bearing-mounted worm and full
gear to reduce steering effort.
TA-10 SPEEDS FORWARD-Just
pull the handy TA lever for two
speeds in each gear. This can
save downshifting... speed farm-
ing... reduce operator fatigue.
gauges are grouped for a one-
glance check-up. Ignition key,
choke and light switch are at the
HYDRA-TOUCH The operator
just drops his right hand from
the steering wheel onto hydraulic
control levers which hold and
cushion, hydraulic shock ab-
sorber, and variable-rate spring
soak up jolts. Seat adjusts .
tilts up for stand-up driving.
IH engineering teamwork has given new Farmall tractors comfort and convenience
that improves operating efficiency. This typifies the way IH research, engineering,
and manufacturing men pool their talents to make farming easier, and more profitable!
International Harvester products pay for themselves in use-McCormick Farm Equipment and Farmall Tractors ... Motor
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