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Vol. I, No. 20 Carl Drepperd Farm Museum Director, Dies Funeral services for Carl W. Dreppard, noted authority on Pennsylvania farm lore author of many books, and resident di rector of the Landis Valley Farm Museum, will be today at 2 p.m from St. John’s Episcopal Churcn Lancaster. Mr. Drepperd,' 65, died Tues day noon’ at Lancaster General Hospital where he had been a patient since Feb. 2 He had been in ill health several months Before developing Landis Val ley Museum into the finest of its kind in the nation Mr Drepperd was, advertising director of Ha milton Watch Co from 1929 to. 1932. Between 1934 and 1936 he was director of the creative div ision ' of the Federal Housing Authority. Author of Several In addition to helping restoer buildings at the Museum to them original -state Mr v Drepperd and his wife restored the oldest pri vately-owned home in Lititz built in 1757 by the Moravian Congregation for its warden Co-founder of the Amencan 'Foundation and editor of Pro ducts of Freedom USA, since 1950, he was well known as- an author and authority on antiques His books included “Early Amer ican Prints!’ (1930); “Americ'ali: Pioneer Arts and Artists” (1942? “American Advertising Art” (1943.); “Primer of American Antiques” (1944); “First Reader for Antiques’ Collectors” (1946); “Pioneer America, Its First Three Centuries” (1949); “Treasures In Truck and Trash” (1949); “American Clocks and Clock makers” (1947)' and “Handbook of Tomorrow’s Antiques” (with Mrs Mariorie Mathews Smith, editor of Spinning Wheel maga zine) in 1953. Also, “A Dictionary of American Antiques” (1953). Wife, Sister Survive The son of William J. and Mane Barbara Rossman Drep perd, he_was married June 5, 1918 to Miss Margaret Hartman. She survives, with a sister, Miss Helen Drepperd of Lancaster. Mr. Drepperd found greatest delight in studying and restoring relics of an age of living that is gone. Many visitors encountered him on the lawn or in the'Shops of the Museum carefully super vising the restoration work others were doing, or digging debris and rust from an ancient stove, but always with a kind word and full explanation of what was under way. Services are in charge of the Fred F. Groff Funeral Home. 'Burial will be in Lancaster Cem etery. FIRE DESTROYS BARN Fire Monday morning destroy ed a frame barn on the D. C. Shelman farm on RD Avondale. Origin of the fire was not de termined A cow and pig were lost in the fire. Fire Companies from West Grove and Avondale responded to the call. Don’t let Monday’s flurries of snow or snappy temperatures at night fool you. Spring is juSt around the corner in Lain caster-County. Here two registered Guerin Polled Hereford Show and Sale Here March 25-26 Due to increasing interest in Polled Herefords throughout this section, Lancaster will play host to the fifth annual show and sale of the Eastern Polled Here ford association at the Guernsey Sales Pavilion, March 25-26. Two prominent agricultural ists will be on hand, Dr. William L. Henning, Pennsylvania Sec retary of Agriculture, who will speak at the banquet Sunday evening, March 25 m Hotel Brunswick, and Dan Thornton, former governnor of Colorado and well-known Hereford breed er. Lancaster thus moves into the position as host held in former years by Frederick, Md. Dr. Hen ning will present the new Gov ernor Leader Cup to the owner of the show’s grand champion heifer Monday morning. Nine states will be ed, according to Leon Falk, Jr., EPHA ■president, and John H. Royer, Jr., secretary. They are Pennsylvania, Maryland, Vir ginia, West Virginia, New Jen sey, New .York,'Maine, Connecti cut and Massachusetts.^ The schedule of events in cludes the Sunday evening ban quet, the Monday morning show and the sale, begunmng at 1 n m. Monday. Quarryville, Pa., Friday, March 16, 1956 Just Like Spring Fulton Grange 66 Asks Tax Refunds Fultoh Grange 66 legislative committee has been instructed .to write state legislators seeking spport of, a bill providing 100 per cent refund of tax paid gaso line purchased for off-highway uses. On April 12 and 14 the Grange will present the play, “Aaron Slick from Punkin Creek” at Oakryn Hall. On April 13, the Grange will hold its annual Tal ent Night Program. Mrs. Esther Graybeal is chairman. Salisbury Grange will visit Fulton Grange and present the March 26 program. Farm Price Index For Pennsylvania Drops Six Points HARRISBURG Dr- William Lu. Henning, State Secretary of Agriculture, today said the index of prices- received by Pennsyl vania farmers dropped six points during the month ended Febru ary 15. There was no change in the national index for the month, he pointed out. A sharp drop in the average price received by farmers for eggs contributed most to the Pennsylvania decline, Dr. Hen ning explained- The down-trend in egg prices was. tempered some what by a less than, usual season drop in prices received for whole sale milk, be added. June September Gain Between June and September of 1955 the Pennsylvania index for all farm products showed advances following a three-month .period of decline. The index advanced one point in (Continued on Page Three) seys five months old on the farm of Snavely Garber, R 1 Willow Street, seem well aware of the greening grass and the touch of spring in the air. Watershed Meet At Millersville Club .Saturday In a public meeting sponsored by tlie Millersville Men’s Club Saturday evening at the Fire Hall, the possibility of forming a Conestoga Valley Association to clean up the 475-square-mile watershed drained by the Con estoga River will be studied by a panel of speakers. President of the club is Robert Glick. Amos H. Funk anfi Ho ward Sighn will be committee chairmen in charge of the an nual Farmers Night. Robert G Strugle, advisor consultant to the Pennsylvania State Soil Conservation Com mission and assistant executive director of the Brandywine As sociation, will be principal speak er and show color slides illust rating his talk on “How Team work Builds a Better Valley.” He will illustrate means used to eliminate pollution, to refor est barren hillsides, reduce soil erosion, and improving natural beauty. Speaking to the "group also will be Earl Rebman, Lancaster sportsman and civic leader who first advocated the association; Henry H. Hackman, vice presid ent of the Lancaster County Soil Conservation District; W. Martin Muth, unit conservation ist. Also invited are County Farm Agent M. M. Smith; John Haver stick, district game protector, and Robert Betts, state fish warden- John Smucker, R 2 New Hol land, purchased the 108-acre farm owned by Mrs- Elmeda Kurtz, a half mile north of White Horse, for $49,000. Auc tioneer was Leßoy-Zook, Atglen. WHITE HORSE FARM $3 Per Year Snows Proving March Still Unpredictable Whether it’s the “Robin Snow" or the “Onion Snow,” storms this week in Lancaster County prove March is still one of the most unpredictable of months weather-wise. Almost an inch of rain Tuesday night and Wednes day morning sent several Lancaster County streams over their banks. From the first of March to the mid dle of this week, 2.64 inches of rain has fallen more than three-fourths of the nor mal March precipitation of 3.45 inches. Rain reports in the county varied from .70 to .80 of an inch. Ovei the weekend, the Susque hanna reach 8% feet above nor mal Flood stage is 238 at Co lumbia pumping station, where 235 % was reported Saturday. Saturday Safe Harbor reported a peak between 10 a. m. and 2 p m. Midwest Blanketed Lancaster County’s weather was an aftermath of storms that blanketed the midwest, leaving many persons snowbound in Wis consin. In one city, where a bas ketball tournament was in pro gress, homes were opened to 3500 stranded by heavy snowfall. Drifting was heavy throughout parts of South Dakota and south ern Minnesota, with Mitchell, S D. reporting 24 inches. North western lowa also reported a foot of snow in places. These minor flood waters on the Susquehanna during tlie past weekend recalled the major flood of March 20, 1936, when ah all time record Orest of 875,000 cubic feet per second was oflicially re corded at the Holtwood dam, re sulting in great loss and suffer ing to urban residents and farm ers located in the weekend peak was recorded at 350,000 cfs, at Holtwood,c , .. Floods have been kncr&n to sweep down the Susquehanna from the time first white men settled along the river. The first authentic record dates back to 1784, when the swollen waters of the stream rose to the front steps at the home of John Har ris, founder of Harrisburg. In more recent times great floods have occured in 1846, 1865, 1889, 1894, 1902, 1904, 1913 and 1920. Recalls Johnstown Flood Of these, the greatest and most destructive was the flood of June 2, 1889, long before the Holtwood dam was constructed, referred to in the records as the ’“John town Flood” because the rise of the Susquehanna resulted from the same storm which caused the great flood at Johnstown on the Conemaugh River. The 1889 flood rose to a height of 26.8 feet at Harrisburg. On March 19, 1936, the river stage at point Was officially reported at 30.33 feet. In addition to million of dol lars in property" damage, ex tremely great suffering "was ex perienced by residents along the river in 1936, including many farmers who were hit hard. At many places the flood waters carved out new shore lines. Above Marietta and points fur ther upstream, long drifts of rich top soil, some measuring nine feet in height, were in plain evi dence of the great loss suffered by up State agriculture.