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Creator: Florida Citrus Growers' Clearing House Association
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Place of Publication: Winter Haven Fla
Publication Date: November 1, 1928
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CLEARING HOUSE


NEWS
Published Semi-Monthly by the
FLORIDA CITRUS GROWERS CLEARING HOUSE ASSOCIATION
Representing More Than 10,000 Growers of Oranges and Grapefruit
Headquarters, Winter Haven, Florida
Volume I November 1, 1928 Number 3


He Means Just What The Sign Says
Above photo shows how Pinellas County growers are guarding their fruit from
inroads by thieves. Story is on Page Six.


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FLORIDA CLEARING HOUSE NEWS


Robinson Chosen General Manager


DIRECTORATE'S


SELECTION


OF TRAFFIC EXPERT


PUTS AN END TO BICKERING OVER THE PROBLEM


(By the Adv. Comn.)

J CURTIS ROBINSON, general
manager of the Florida Citrus
Growers' Clearing House Associ-
ation, brings to the growers' organ-
ization qualifications that are certain
to make of the Association one of
the most successful agricultural
groups in the country. This may ap-
pear to be an over-enthusiastic state-
ment in view of the fact that Mr.
Robinson's name was not mentioned
as one of the so-called ."popular
choice" candidates previous to his
selection but this Committee, suppor-
ted by the opinion of many others,
as well as Mr. Robinson's record,
stands firmly on its recommendation.
Mr. Robinson, a native of Oregon,
has been a resident of Florida only
five years but during that time has
won favorable commendation through
his successful operation of the Grow-
ers and Shippers League of Florida
in this organization's fight to obtain
lower freight rates for the growers.
Mr. Robinson is first of all a "pro-
ducer's man." By this is meant that
he has appreciated for many years
the difficulties confronting the pro-
ducer of agricultural products in the
matter of making a satisfactory
profit on his stock in trade, for he
has the grower's viewpoint.
Well known in the citrus fruit and
vegetable freight rate line, Mr. Rob-
inson began his career as traffic man-
ager of a large lumber corporation
in the northwest after having spent
10 years in the general offices of
Pacific Coast railroads. He spent
three years with this organization
after which he affiliated himself with
the Northwestern Fruit Exchange,
holding the position of traffic man-
ager there for 12 years.
He came to Florida in December,
1923, as secretary-manager of the
Growers and Shippers League of
Florida. His record with this organi-
zation is of course well known and
the victories won by the League
which he literally built by his own
efforts, also are too well known to
be repeated here. His service in the
transportation phases of the citrus
fruit industry has resulted in his
assignments on numerous commit-
tees and boards. He was general
chairman of the transportation com-
mittee of the "American Fruit and
Vegetable Shippers Association, is a
members of the national claims com-
mittee of the same organization and
a member of the contact committee
to discuss claim principles with the


Statement To The
Membership

T HE Board of Directors of the
Florida Citrus Growers' Clearing
House Association have honored me
by electing me General Manager of
the Association. The fact that this
election was unanimous indicates to
me a spirit of cooperation on the part
of members of the Board and other
members of the Association which
promises to assure the future prog-
ress of the Association.
Those familiar with the conditions
of the fruit industry in Florida dur-
ing past years must realize that the
task of combining in one organiza-
tion a large number of growers and
putting into smooth working action
plans which will put the citrus in-
dustry upon a basis more satisfac-
tory to all concerned is no small
task. I feel, however, that with the
organization of the Clearing House
Association, the progress made so
far and the almost unanimous appro-
val which is being expressed by in-
terests in all parts of the State that
the building of this organization into
the most important factor in the de-
velopment of the citrus industry of
Florida is only a matter of time.
I am happy to announce to the
members that the Clearing House al-
ready has put into. effect two of its
objectives, viz; standardization of
grade and pack and a unified nation-
al advertising program.
In entering the present marketing
season with two objectives accomp-
lished, I sincerely hope the Associa-
tion may in a large way and by the
hearty cooperation of its entire mem-
bership, very greatly improve and
ultimately effect its third objective of
orderly marketing.
It is my firm purpose to spare no
effort to bring about this result and
with the cooperation which I am re-
ceiving from members of the Board
and others I feel confident of the
outcome.
(Signed:) J. Curtis Robinson.

freight claim association of the car-
riers, is now chairman of the fruits
.and vegetables committee of the
Southeastern Shippers' advisory
board. In addition he gave disting-
uished service during the embargo
period of the Florida regional advis-
ory board.


HE keen interest of the Clear-
ing House membership in the
selection of a permanent gen-
eral manager, interest which has
been almost at fever heat for the
past two months, was satisfied Oct.
25th when the Board of Directors ap-
pointed J. Curtis Robinson, formerly
secretary-manager of the Growers
and Shippers League of Florida, to
fill the position. Mr. Robinson, who
has been acting as temporary man-
ager since Oct. 1st, took over his du-
ties immediately.
Following the action of the Board
appointing Mr. Robinson, a formal
and complete report of the actions
taken by the Board since Aug 10,
was made public. In addition to this
report the Board gave a direct state-
ment to the executive committee of


J. CURTIS ROBINSON
the Committee of Fifty (now known
as the Directors' Advisory Commit-
tee) in which the Committee's legal
and proper status as an advisory
body was accorded formal recogni-
tion.
The selection of Mr. Robinson has
been greeted generally with much
enthusiasm, not only by the grower-
membership but by the state as a
whole. It is felt that a chasm of ra-
Continued on Page Six


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November .1, 1928.








FLORIDA CLEARING HOUSE NEWS


Board Issues Complete Statement

DETAILED REPORT OF ACTIONS TAKEN SINCE AUG. 10
SHOWS GROWERS' INTERESTS HAVE BEEN PROTECTED


AT the meeting of the Board of
Directors of the Clearing House
Association, held in Winter
Haven Oct. 25th, the following state-
ment, reviewing the actions of the
Directorate since last August 10th,
was issued for the benefit of the
Association membership.
The statement follows:
To the members of the Florida Citrus
Growers' Clearing House Association:
At this time, following several
weeks of intemperate discussion in
the public press and in public meet-
ings of affairs pertaining to the wel-
fare of the Association, it seems;
right and proper that the Board of
Directors of your Association should
make to you a full and complete re-
port of all of its acts and doings
since August 10th at which time the
full membership ratified certain mod-
ifications and changes in the charter,
by-laws and contracts of the Associ-
ation, by an affirmative vote of 7,797
to 9, and authorized the election of
four directors-at-large, increasing
the Board to eleven, in compliance
with charter and by-laws provisions.
Your attention is invited to the in-
disputable fact that your duly consti-
tuted Board, by the official action of
a majority of its members, is the
only authorized method by vhich
your Association can enter into any
binding contracts or obligations bind-
ing this Association, and that all acts
of agents, officials, employees, or
committees are not binding upon the
Association until ratified and approv-
ed by the majority of your Board of
Directors.
Your attention is invited to the in-
disputable fact, which needs no fur-
ther discussion, that this is a GROW-
ERS' ORGANIZATION, BY GROW-
ERS AND FOR GROWERS, and by
appropriate action of its membership,
the growers themselves may at all
times control its Board of Directors
and the acts of its Board. In order
that there may be no possible room
for misunderstanding of the attitude
of the present members of your
Board of Directors, we now say to
you that the Board is without auth-
ority to make any amendments or
changes whatsoever in the charter of
your Association or its by-laws, with-
out your specific approval by a ma-
jority vote, after same has been for-
mally submitted to you and you have
had ample opportunity to study, con-
sider, and record your vote on same.
You are advised that your Board


of Directors, as now constituted, will
not knowingly violate or permit any
of its officers, agents, employees or
committees or any persons whomso-
ever, to violate any of the provisions
of your charter or by-laws, or the
laws of this state or the laws of the
United States of America under
which you are organized.
You are respectfully advised that
this Board is not aware of any crit-
icism whatsoever from either Federal
or State authorities or any depart-
ments thereof, or any of its acts and
doings and it confidently believes that
your Association has the support; co-
operation and good wishes of all De-
partments of both the Federal and
State governments that have any-
thing whatsoever to do with any of
its affairs.
You are especially requested to. not
give credence to any statement of any
person or persons whomsoever com-
ing into the state and suggesting
through the public press or by public
utterances that the lawful acts of
your Association may be interfered
with by the Federal authorities un-
less your Association employs or
does not employ certain persons.
You are advised that all contracts
with marketing organizations, ship-
pers and other associations, and all
contracts with growers are uniform
in language and strictly comply in
letter and spirit with the adopted
contract-, of this Association without
exception, and are open covenants,
openly arrived at, after mature con-
sideration, and should be scrupulous-
ly observed.
You are advised that an Inspection
Department has been created for the
standardization of grade and pack
under the direction of Mr. Harold
Crews, formerly chief inspector of
the Florida Citrus Exchange; this
Department has already put into op-
eration a standard of grade and pack
which is uniform and meets fully
with the recommendations of the Un-
ited States Department of Agricul-
ture, and fully complies with the re-
quirements of your charter and by-
laws, and has been unanimously ap-
proved by your Board of Directors,
thus putting into effect the first ob-
jective of this Association, to-wit:
Standardization of Grade and Pack.
You are advised that through the
earnest* labors of your Advertising
Committee, the Board of Directors
has employed Erwin, Wasey & Com-
pany, under a contract which may be


cancelled or modified on short notice;
they are capable and experienced in
their line and familiar with the Flor-
ida citrus situation and growers'
problems. You are advised that your
Committee and your Directors re-
frained from making this contract
until the agency had cancelled all
representation of any marketing or-
ganization or any commitment on its
part to represent citrus fruit in this
state or elsewhere, agreeing to repre-
sent in advertising matters the Flor-
ida citrus fruits of this Association
alone. You are advised that this has
been accomplished with the unani-
mous approval of all marketing
agencies and with the unanimous ap-
proval of your Board, thus putting
into effect the second objective of the
Association,to-wit: A Unified Nation-
al Advertising Program.
You are advised that your Direc-
tors have discontinued the position
of office manager created temporar-
ily during organization, as an unnec-
essary expense to the Association.
You are advised that your Associa-
tion has this day unanimously elect-
ed Mr. J. Curtis Robinson as general
manager of the Florida Citrus Grow-
ers' Association, as the best available
man for this important position.
You are advised that the members
of the Operating Committee have
diligently and faithfully discharged
the duties imposed upon them and
have scrupulously observed the spirit
and letter of the Charter and by-laws
of this Association, and it is our de-
liberate judgment that if given prop-
er support by the membership, and
proper support by the entire body of
operators, and your Board of Direc-
tors, they will succeed in achieving
the objectives for which this Associa-
tion was organized.
You are advised that in the judg-
ment of your Board of Directors, the
Committee was entirely within its
rights in nominating one of its own
members for manager of the Associ-
ation, upon the condition that he
would disassociate himself with any
marketing organization and devote
his entire time and abilities to the
affairs of the Association. The only
difference between the Board of Di-
rectors and the Operating Committee
is that the Board is unwilling to com-
ply with their request and write a
three-year contract, which it believes
it is without authority to do, there-
Continued on Page Five


November 1, 1928.


Page Three






FLORIDA CLEARING HOUSE NEWS


Members Helping

Inspection Staff
T HE wholehearted support and co-
operation given the Clearing
House Inspection department by the
Sshipper-members has been the cause
of considerable gratification among
Association officials. The Inspection
department's work has been greatly
minimized by this cooperation, ac-
cording to Harold Crews, supervising
inspector.
"When some seventy organiza-
tions," Mr. Crews said in referring
to the matter, "operating more than
200 packing houses, decided to lessen
the confusion in the markets and
establish more confidence in Florida
citrus fruit by standardizing the
grade and pack, even the most opti-
mistic members felt that we would
have to take a long time for organi-
zation and educational work before
we would be able to accomplish a
great deal.
"However, the zeal and determina-
tion with which these organizations
went about this work was underesti-
mated. Notwithstanding the fact that
we have what, in all probability, is
the hardest crop of fruit to grade we
ever have had, with the percentage
of culls and storm-marked fruit, ev-
ery member-operator who has star-
ted packing has agreed that the U.
S. grade and pack standards adopt-
ed by the Clearing House are reason-
able and can be put into effect with-
out working a hardship on anyone.
"With the intelligent effort and co-
operation the various shippers are
putting into this work, we will be
able to attain a degree of success by
Christmas which will be very grati-
fying.
"We are very grateful for the won-
derful cooperation the shippers are
giving the inspectors and the inspec-
tion department."

Joseph Brennan of Winter Haven
recently purchased the 52-acre grove
of Lat Maxcy in the Lake Buffum
section near Homeland. Forty acres
of the tract is in bearing grove. The
price paid for the land is reported to
have been $50,000.

Victor M. Johnson, owner of a 100-
acre grove at Groveland, has started
work clearing 150 acres more to be
set out in citrus. David Kjellstrom
is in charge of the property, Mr.
Johnson's home being in Munroe,
Michigan.

R. P. Burton of Emerelda, member
of the Committee of Fifty and W. W.
Trowbridge of Sunnyside, have just
been elected directors of the Lees-
burg Citrus Growers Association.


The Month

In The Grove
Published by the Agricultural Ex-
tension Division, College of Agricul-
ture. University of Florida. Gaines-
ville, cooperating with the United
States Department of Agriculture;
Wilmon Newell, Director.
D ISC the middle of bearing
groves and turn under cover
crop in young groves during first
part of month. If clean-up spray
for whitefly and scale has been
neglected, apply it. Put out fall
fertilizer last of month (less ni-
trogen and more potash). Bank
young trees latter part of month
with soil free from rotten wood
(to avoid damage from wood lice).


STATEMENT or OWNERSHIP
MANAGEMENT, ETC., OP THE FILOR-
IDA CLEARING HOUSE NEWS, PUB-
LISHED SEMI-MONTHLY BY THE
nPLORIDA CITRUS GROWERS CLEAR-
ING HOUSE ASSOCIATION AT WIN-
TER HAVEN, PLA., AS REQUIRED
BY ACT OP CONGRESS OP AUGUST
.24, 1912.
FOR THE PERIOD ENDING OCTO-
BER 1, 1928.
Publisher: F lorida Citrus Growers
Clearing House Association. Winter Ha-
ven, Fla.; editor: T. G. Hallinan, Win-
ter Haven, Fla.; owner: Florida Citrus
Growers Clearing House Association, a
co-operative organization of Florida cit-
rus growers. incorporators for which
are:
Allen E. Walker, Winter Haven, Fla.;
T. S. Carpenter, Jr., Crescent City, Fla.:
V. M. Igou, Eustis. Fla.; Dr. E. C.
Aurin, Fort Ogden, Fla.; C. 0. Andrews,
Orlando, Fla.: R. E. Mudge, Fellsmere,
Fla.; James T. Swann, Tampa, Fla.;
James Harris, Lakeland. Fla.; Norman
A. Street, Winter Haven, Fla.: James C.
Morton, Auburndale, Fla.
There are no bondholders or mort-
gagees.
(Signed) T. G. HALLINAN
Editor.
Subscribed and sworn to before me,
Olive Der, Notary Public on the 17th
day of Oct.. A. D. 1928. (SEAL). My
commission expires Dec. 9, 1931.

Mr. and Mrs. G. Klink of Daven-
port, are building a new home in
Poinsettia Hills.

H. C. Howells of Winter Haven
has started erection of a new home
on Lake Florence south of the city.

William F. Gillies of Lake Chau-
tauqua, N. Y., recently purchased the
20-acre tract known as the Bailey
Grove, from Mrs. Lillie H. Water-
house of Maitland. The grove con-
sists of 16 acres of budded orange
and grapefruit trees 11 years old.
The price paid is reported to have
been $20,000. Mrs. Waterhouse sold
another 20-acre tract of bearing
trees, the purchaser being Dr. B. A.
Burks of Winter Park. This tract is
part of an 80-acre grove owned by
Mrs. Waterhouse.


Members Decrease

Fruit Movements
ARLY though the season is, the
Clearing House already has served
its membership well in the matter of
preventing disastrous collapses of the
market. Twice last month when the
market sagged, once with oranges
and once with grapefruit, the Asso-
ciation members curtailed their ship-
ments and although this did not halt
the price decline, it did serve to leave
the buyers in a far more receptive
frame of mind than would otherwise
have been the case had the fruit con-
tinued to pour into the north.
On Oct. 12th, the Clearing House
issued a request to its shipper-mem-
bers to stop picking oranges for a
week or ten days and on Oct. 17th
a request was sent out asking mem-
bers to reduce by one-half their ship-
ments of grapefruit. In the first case
the request was issued because of
heavy discounts on small oranges
which were being levied by the buy-
ers. This was largely because of the
condition of the Florida fruit upon
arrival as well as the fact that Cali-
fornia oranges in the market were at
their season's best in regards to size
and quality.
Small sizes of grapefru:' .ed to a
similar condition in the niz.-ket the
middle of the month and picking of
grapefruit smaller than 64s was rec-
ommended.
While it is difficult to point out
what might have happened to the
market had not the shipper-members
curtailed their output, market ex-
perts readily declare that the slowing
up unquestionably aided conditions
in that the buyers are not prejudiced
now against Florida grapefruit. The
ready response of the shipper-mem-
bers in cutting down their shipments
on the two occasions named, greatly
pleased the Association officials and
increased considerably the growers'
confidence in their organization's
powers.
Since the move to cut down grape-
fruit shipments by Clearing House
members, the fruit whith has left
the state from member packing
houses has averaged less than 60 per
cent of the total amount moved.
When it is remembered that the
Clearing House controls more than
80 per cent of the fruit in the state,
this figure looks even better.

The 25-acre tract known as the
Cribbs place at Blanton was sold re-
cently by E. A. Marshall to R. Cole,
prominent St. Petersburg grower.
Mr. Cole is reported to be contem-
plating the building of a home on the
site and living there. Fifteen acres
of the land is in citrus.


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November 1, 1928.







FLORIDA CLEARING HOUSE NEWS


by attempting to bind its successors
or any future Operating Committee,
in order to induce their nominee, Mr.
A. M. Pratt, to sever a pleasant and
agreeable existing connection and ac-
cept the position.
You are advised that this Board
has confidence in the capacity, exper-
ience and integrity of Mr. Pratt, and
his loyal support of this organization
and the purposes for which it was
organized. It may interest you, to
know that Chase & Company have
evidenced their support of the Asso-
.ciation and a recognition of their ob-
ligation to the Association after ac-
cepting membership, by having pled-
ged to the Association a larger per-
centage of fruit handled by them
than any other major marketing or-
ganization. We believe this has been
accomplished largely through the
personal efforts of Mr. Pratt.
You are advised that it is the pur-
pose of your Board of Directors not
to make any contracts which will
bind the Association or our succes-
sors in office beyond the next annual
election. Your Board has made no
such contracts, and it is our purpose
not to do so unless urgent necessity
should arise affecting the business of
the Association.
You are advised that your Board
of Directors has courteously request-
ed the Advisory Committee of Fifty
to call on it from time to time for
full and complete information as to
the acts and doings of the Board, and
has respectfully suggested that
monthly meetings be held at Winter
Haven, Florida, where all of the rec-
ords of the Association are available,
and that whenever it is deemed ad-
visable or desirable, to request con-
ferences of the full Committee and the
Board of Directors with open minds,
in an endeavor to find a right and
proper solution of any problems that
may arise.
You are advised that your Board
of Directors has not approved the re-
quest of the operators to remove Mr.
Joseph C. Jenkins from the Operat-
ing Committee, but because of his in-
temperate acts and utterances both
before the Committee and in the pub-
lic press, the Florida Growers, Incor-
porated, have been courteously re-
quested to designate some other offi-
cer or agent as its representative on
the Operating Committee.
You are advised that to provide
funds for the proper carrying out of
this program, and to pay the expen-
ses of this program and its other ac-
tivities there has been levied a uni-
form assessment of 4 cents per box
on all fruit passing through the


hands of the marketing organizations
represented in the Association, and
this applies not only to fruit produ-
ced by members, but tq all fruit that
may be purchased by authorized mar-
keting agencies in the Association
for their own account. This has been
put into effect without objection so
far as the Directors know, from any
marketing organization, or from any
group of growers, and with the unan-
imous approval of your Board.
You are advised that in our sober
judgment the above acts and doings
of your Directors put the Association
in a fairly good position to enter the
present marketing season and we sin-
cerely hope that with the co-opera-
tion of the membership and all of
our accredited representatives, the
Association may be useful to its
membership and to some degree at
least effect Orderly Marketing, there-
by achieving the third objective of
your Association.
Respectfully-
(SIGNED) Allen E. Walker
"T. S. Carpenter
W. M. Igou
"E. C. Aurin
SC. 0. Andrews
R. E. Mudge
James T. Swann
John A. Snively
J. A. Griffin
R. B. Woolfolk
J. C. Chase
Directors
Dated at Winter Haven, Florida,
October 25, 1928.


Advisory Body

Meets Nov. 9th
T HE Directors' Advisory Commit-
tee, formerly known as the Com-
mittee of Fifty, will hold the second
of its contemplated monthly meetings
in Vero Beach, Nov. 9th at 2 p. m.,
it was announced by W. M. Reck,
chairman of the Committee. A meet-
ing at Vero Beach was decided upon
at the meeting held in Winter Haven
Oct. 16th, and the date and hour was
selected a few days ago.
Requests at the office of the Com-
mittee Secretary, C. D. Gunn of
Haines City, for information concern-
ing hotel prices and accommodations
at Vero Beach, has given rise to the
belief that many members of the
Committee plan to make something
of an event of the meeting and will
in all probability be accompanied by
their families.


Board Issues Statement
Continued from Page Three


Refrigeration Rate

May Be Given Cut
PROSPECTS for still more saving
for the citrus growers of Florida,
already assured of a decrease of
about $1,000,000 in freight rates this
season, are being held out now by
the report to the interstate com-
merce commission made by its exam-
iner recommending a cut in refriger-
ation rates. The hoped-for cut in
rates recommended will amount ap-
proximately to $600,000.
The commission was advised the
middle of the month by two of its
representatives, W. P. Bartel, direc-
tor of service and John L. Rogers,
special examiner, that the present
refrigeration charges maintained by
the railroads and the fruit growers
express are unreasonably high. They
advanced suggestions for a specific
reduction averaging $12.68 per car
or 17 per cent.
While the proposed reduction may
of course be contested by the car-
riers and the express company be-
fore any action is taken by the com-
mission, the recommendations of the
examiner were based upon a large
amount of evidence including com-
plaints by fruit grower organizations
and public service bodies in the state.
In this last case the carriers asked
the interstate commerce commission
to conduct an investigation of the re-
frigeration charges and the Growers
and Shippers League and the State
Railroad Commission insisted, after
the case had gone to hearing, that
refrigeration rates from Florida were
already too high and should be ma-
terially reduced.
After the commission granted the
carriers' request for an investigation
of refrigeration rates, a large number
of inspectors for the commission were
assigned to check the icing service on
shipments from Florida. The commis-
sion also assigned accountants to
thoroughly check and analyze the
books of the refrigeration company
to determine what it cost to perform
refrigeration service. The examiner
had the benefit of a vast amount of
evidence prepared by their own in-
spectors and accountants in addition
to that presented by the carriers, the
Growers and Shippers League and the
State railroad commission.

The Satsuma growers in the Mari-
anna section will hold their Satsuma
Orange Festival in that city Nov. 8
and 9. The event is expected to bring
together the growers of that fruit
and enable them to benefit by the
educational convention which will
provide the feature of the two days.


November 1, 1928.


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FLORIDA CLEARING HOUSE NEWS


FLORIDA
CLEARING HOUSE
NEWS
November 1, 1928.
Published Semi-Monthly by the FLOit-
IDA CITRUS GROWERS CLEARING
IOUSE ASSOCIATION, De Witt Taylor
31dg.. Winter Haven. Florida.
Entered as second-class matter
August 31, 1928, at the post office
at Winter Haven, Fla.. under the
Act of March 3, 1879.

DIRECTORS
. ANDREWS .................. Orlando
3. C. AURIN .......................... Ft. Ogden
rOM S CARPENTER JR. Crescent City
J. C. CHASE ..................... .... Orlando
I. A. GRIFFIN .............................. Tampa
\V. M. IGOU .................................. Eustis
R. E. MUDGE .................. Fellsmere
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Citrus Patrol Guards
Groves From Thieves
T HE Citrus Patrol will get you if
you don't watch out!
This of course doesn't apply to the
readers of the NEWS but Pinellas
growers will tell you that it does not
apply to chance light-fingered parties
who aren't particular whose fruit
they pick at night. And this is what
it's all about.
The Pinellas Citrus Patrol is a mu-
tual-protection organization of Pinel-
las growers, formed for the purpose
of protecting their fruit from theft.
A per-acre subscription charge is as-
sessed each member of the associa-
tion, this assuring the member of,
what has proven to be, quite an ef-
fective guardianship of the fruit.
Two officers authorized by law to
make arrests, whose sole duty it is
to patrol the association's district,
make nightly rounds of their mem-
bers' groves, astride fast motorcycles,
and see to it that fruit thieves have
no opportunity to practise their
trade. C. E. Ware, attorney) of Clear-
water, organized the Patrol last year
and the movement met with enthusi-
astic approval from the growers and
shippers in Pinellas. This season two
motorcycle guards are carrying on
the work by themselves and the ser-
vice promises to solve one of those
problems which long have vexed and
irritated growers in many sections of
the state.
Growers in the Homestead section
also are taking steps to guard their
fruit from thieves. These growers,
like those in Pinellas County, had an
organization in operation last sea-
son which is said to have been quite
effective. This organization, known
as the Growers' Protective League,
succeeded in convicting 28 of 32 per-


7 Shippers Join

Clearing House
O NE of the most encouraging signs
of the importance attached to
the operation of the Clearing House
has been the increasing of its ship-
per-members in point of numbers.
During the past month seven new
shipper-members signed contracts
with the Association, bringing the
total shipper-membership to seventy
and adding, materially to the tonnage
which will be handled through the
Association this season.
The seven new members which
have just joined are as follows: S. A.
Fields & Co., Leesburg; Lake Wales
Fruit Packers, Inc., Lake Wales; J.
M. Mitchell, Elfers; Pinellas Fruit
Co., St. Petersburg; Sebastian Land
Co., Wabasso; Ufco Packing Co.,
Fort Pierce and Ebe Walter Co.,
Plant City.
For the benefit of those growers
who may have mislaid the list of
shipper-members, as published in the
first issue of the NEWS, the com-
plete list, including the seven new
members, is being printed herewith.
The names of the members and
their address follow:
Acme Fruit Co., Ft. Pierce; Adams
Packing Co., Auburndale; Alexander
& Baird, Beresford; American Fruit
Distributors, Inc., Jacksonville; Am-
erican Fruit Growers, Orlando; F.C.
Armstrong, Palmetto.
David Bilgore Co., Clearwater; El-
lis G. Blake, Lake Helen; A. H.
Bourlay, Leesburg; F. W. Bredow,
DeLand; R. W. Burch, Inc., Plant
City.
G. A. Carey, Inc., Plant City; W.
C. Cartledge, Crescent City; Chase &
Co., Orlando.
Demand Packing Co., DeLand; Ed-
wards & Weller Fruit Co.,Thonotosas-
Sa; Ellis Chase & Co., Lakeland; Emca
Fruit Co., Crescent City; Estate of
John B. Stetson, DeLand.
Fellsmere Growers, Inc., Fellsmere;
S. A. Fields & Co., Leesburg; Florida
Citrus Exchange, Tampa; Florida
Mixed Car Co., Plant City; Florida
United Growers, Inc., Jacksonville;
Cf. er O. Fosgate Co., Orlando.; Ft.
Meade Packing Co., Fort Meade; F.
il. Godfrey, Orlando.
A. C. Haynes, DeLand; A. S. Her-
long & Co., Leesburg.
W. A. Johnson, Ft. Ogden,
J. W. Keen, Frostproof; R. .D.
Keene & Co., Eustis.
Thos. E. Ladd, San Mateo; Lake
Charm Fruit Co., Oviedo; Lake Wales

sons arrested for stealing fruit. The
organization was formed primarily
for the protection of avocado grow-
ers but citrus growers have been ad-
mitted to membership.


Fruil~ Packers, Inc., Lake Wales; The
Lakeland Company, Inc., Lakeland;
Lee County Packing Co., Ft. Myers;
J. C. Lee, Leesburg; Lovelace Pack-
ing Co., Winter Haven; J. P. Lyle,
San Mateo.
Mammoth Groves, Inc.,
Lake Wales; Gregg Maxcy Co., Se-
bring; L. Maxcy, Inc., Frostproof;
Milner O'Berry Packing Co., St. Pet-
ersburg; J. M. Mitchell, Elfers; Mont-
gomery-Snyder Co., Inc., Tampa; W.
H. Mouser & Co., Orlando.
Nelson & Co., Oviedo; Noggle &
Kirkpatrick, Winter Haven.
Okahumpka Packing Co., Oka-
humpka.
K. S. Parrish, Parrish; Peace Riv-
er Fruit Co., Ft. Meade; Pinellas
Fruit Co., St. Petersburg.
Richardson-Marsh Corp., Orlando;
Roberts Bros., Co., Inc., Avon Park;
B. H. Roper, Winter Garden.
Sebastian Land Co., Wabasso; S. J.
Sligh & Co., Orlando; St. Johns Fruit
Co., Seville; Forrest B. Stone, Mait-
land; Sunny South Packing Co., Ar-
cadia.
C. H. Taylor, Wauchula.
Ufco Packing Co., Ft. Pierce.
Valrico Growers, Inc., Valrico; P.
H. Varn Co., Plant City.
Ebe Walter & Co., Plant City;
Welles Fruit Co., Arcadia; West
Frostproof Packing & Canning Co.,
W. Frostproof; G. H. White, St.
Cloud; White City Fruit Co., White
City.

Robinson Chosen
General Manager
Continued from I'agt' Two
other fearful size has been bridged in
that there has been considerable dif-
ference of opinion as to the right se-
lection of the general manager.
Prior to the Board's action, or on Oct.
16, the Committee of Fifty in a meet-
ing at Winter Haven passed a resolu-
tion recommending to the Board that
the members consider Hon. J. S.Tay-
lor of Largo, W. M. Jardine, Secre-
tary of the U. S. Department of Ag-
riculture; L. M. Rhodes, state mar-
keting commissioner or Paul Arm-
strong, assistant general manager of
the California Fruit Growers Ex-
change. Various factors affecting the
consideration of each of these men,
as well as the fortunate qualifications
of Mr. Robinson in his past experi-
ences, particularly in traffic matters,
led the Directorate to. a unanimous
selection for the position.

Cabbage hammock is regarded as
the best land for grapefruit in the
Indian River section, according to W.
E. Evans, County Agent of Indian
River County. The land produces a
smooth, thin-skinned fruit of high


November 1, 1928.


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