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FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 1961 THE TK10 FARMERS e By Rev, John Gee. Weber "Sure was too bad about Bill's little boy, wasn't it?" "It sure was and Bill blames himself for it." "Well, maybe he has good reason, Nick. After all, a trac- tar isn't the place for a three- year old boy!" "Ires, but you know how kids are and how soft-hearted Bill is." "But after seeing the results of t hi s soft-heartedness it seems ~o me like soft-headed- hess would be a better descrip- tion." "Those are my sentiments f exactly, Ted. It's just too bad it had to be such a costly les- son." "You'd think t h at proven and pubiished statistics would help the situation a little, wouldn't you, Nick? Why just the other evening I was read- ing about how the death rate for the farm population runs 55.3 p e r 100,000 compared with 51.5 for the whole popu- lation of the United States. 3/ Since over ya of these a re men, you can imagine the hardship and sorrow this must put on the rest of the family." "Yes, Ted. And I'll bet that simple carelessness was a con- tributing factor in the biggest share of those a c c i d e n t s, wouldn't you?" "Yes, I agree. But let's also add ignorance and impatience. Some farmers get in serious accidents because they don't fully understand the operation of the machine." "Right, and I can see what you mean by impatience. We get in a hurry, especially dur- ing harvest time. The result is that we take chances and set the stage for a tragedy." "And you know, Nick, it's really an eye - opener when you stop to think that one lit- tle careless action can mean CHARLES the difference between a nor. real happy farm life and a mortgaged one with the fam- ily most likely moving into the city and the mother going to work." "I read recently about semi- nars that were being set np in different parts of the country to h e ! p solve the accident problem." "I've noticed that too, Nick, and I was thinking that if in this busy season of the year with few farmers being able to a t t e n d discussion groups etc. maybe posters would do the trick. We could have some of the local business firms sponsor some safety posters that could be tacked up in the barn or tool sheds and maybe some good could come from just a glimpse of a warning before starting out to t h e fields " d to me, Ted. "Sounds gee .~ But j u s t how WOUlu .~ go about it?" "Well, first of all there should be a particular theme. For example, stressing tractor safety one month and other various farm machines in later months. Along with this, cer- tain safety precautions could be suggested for the home and farm buildings. Since the cost involved may make it impos- sible for posters or leaflets to be printed by professionals wl~y not make it a family pro- ject with special attention giv- en to whoever comes up with the cleverest slogan, etc. Man- uals should also be handy with farm safety rules clearly de- fined for all ages." "Those are pretty good ideas, Ted. I just hope that same ac- tion is taken before more peo- i ple are hurt or killed." "I think each one of us has to make safety a personal thing. We have to be alert; not take chances; know our ma- chines. Our best safeguard is between our ears." I OMMERCIAL--INDUSTRIAL IJ I BUILDING I1 1133 So. Fifth Street St. Charles I JUno 4 0296 I ,q,N Your Guarantee of Satisfaction" Free Moth- Drapemes" Proofing Rugs and Fur Storage Carpets Waterproofing Suedes Dyeing Formals Shirt Laundry Specialty AURORA ELGIN ST. CHARLES GENEVA BATAVIA DE KALB SYCAMORE CARY EST. 1911 PARKER'S BUILDERS SUPPLIES, INC. SELF SERVICE THE BUILDERS SHOPPING CENTER WHERE YOUR CASH $% BUY MORE "'It's Easy Parking at Parker's" LUMBER @ ROOFING INSULATION HARDWARE A FULL LINE OF O'BRIEN'S PAINTS GOODYEAR: VINYL TILE COUNTER TOPS SANDRAN RUGS E. MAIN at 11TH AVE. PHONE JUNO 4-0057 ST. CHARLES FREEP RT . . . AO Plain folks but plenty smartl Gramps heads a house- hold of 3 generations -- all .with ideas of their own. Waiter Brennan stars. THURSDAY, 7:30 P.M. rREX-TV e PLUMBING & HEATING e 512 S. Cherry Freeport, III. Dial ADorns 2-5316 The Facts The Figures THE OBSERVER @ @ @ @. the Rural Life Page ' PAGE 7 THE REV. CLEMENT P. PETIT Diocese of Rockford Rural Life Director St. Charles Borromeo Parish : Hampshire, III. Prepared in cooperation with the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 3801 Grand Avenue, Des Moines 12, Iowa ' ' ' This Tag Save By Dana C. Jennings I Hank was cleaning out the l stable where he kept his cut- ting horse when the horse, ap-t parently startled, let fly and! caught Hank right in the solarI plexus. He wasn't hurt much--I just knocked out and the shoe i cut him a little bit. Horses arel. the world's best carriers of!' lockjaw so the doctors pru-I dently gave Hank an anti- t tetanus injection and wonder- ed why Hank went into con- vulsions and died before he] ever came to. They looked ins his billfold then and found aI card saying he was allergic tot ant-el t tanus serum ~o give nor a sno~ o~ penleliun The sheriff's deputy noticed to g ua r d against )nfeetlon . ~-.: 1.-,~. 4~ ~1. ].~.~ ~ ^* h-.~ I wnen ne noucea a Sliver tag a wc.r, uv ~r, ,t,~u t,L u~ton her wrist It had the medi- weaving dangerously along the[ . ' h' wa e 1 :n. l eel emmem -- a wlngea s~at~ ]gh y. H pu led along s~ r i n~ "h " iv t wl~n a snake arouna 1~ --- azla siren sc cam ng, a o t e ar -[ me worus lx~l~lglu Al~iXl ne er paid no attenhon. The dep- " - " "1 "" '~ " . . ~rememoerea a oui eun on mat u~y ioreea tne true~ Oli me . road, found the dricer half[7that such a tag nan memcal conscious and smelling like almf rmatl n on tbe back. He " " 1 turned it over ann s u r e brewry. They put him ;n a ce 1[ T" " s " a " " ~i - [enough it sale ~L,~.r~t l~ u to ooer up no ne a ect in a[ '. PENICILLIN That tag saved diabetic coma. (Diabetics in a] " coma Often have ketone on the[nor me. b e th w I Hank and the diabetic farm- r a men smells uKe aloe-/ hal) /or would not have died had Medic Alert [they worn such a tag. I Mrs, Hayes w a s driving] Started tn 1953 home from taking a load ofj Linda Collins, 13-year-old eggs to town when another carl daughter of Dr. Marion C. Col- failed to stop at a stopsign and/ line in rural Turlock, Cal. was plowed into her. She was/ undergoing some, medical pro, pretty badly scraped, w i t h] cedures in 1953 when she re- road dirt ground into her[calved a routine skin test to wounds and in a s t a t e ofIsee if she was allergic to tern- shock. The doctor was about|nusantitoxins e r u m. She T Anyone who eats, drinks, pays taxes or wears clothes has stake in rural America. Whatever effects field and forest affects you through prices and taxes, through the quality and even the avai[abillty of your food. It determinas the purity of the water you drink and, indeed, whether you can even water your lawn next summer. Events affecting agriculture to- day determine the kind of llfe your descendants will live, even effects the probability of their living at all. yours ;s a clfy family, you depend upon t~e rural family for everything you eat and drink, for much of what you wear and llve in. Milk does NOT come from a boHle. yours is a farm family, you work ;n partnership wlth God. IF *"'"'"''*""' "' ~*'~'"'"'""'0"+ in Ctllfomie, the price of eggs in New Jersey. yoursls a suburban family, all the above apply to you. In addition, you have opportunities for sanctification through work in lawn and garden if you are shown the way. yours is mall-town ramify, your living depends directly upon the farmer. As economic storms sweep farm families from the land, sooner or later they will uproot you, too. You cannot seal yourself off from rural wv~fm111 O ~ ~L) ~ affairs any more than you can keep from ~ eating. You must know what goes on clty I mlts. You must hsv. A beyond re voice in rural affairs. can kelp streng~en Church and nation by strengthening the foundatlon.stone of both: the rural family. You cen best do this as a member of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, the official work of the Church for the rurel f~m;ly. share in the splrltuel benefits of more than $00 MeSses offered each veer for NCRLC members. You receive guidance nt the parish and family level for utilizing the spiritual advantages of llfe on the land. You receive first-hand the teachings of the Church on rural prob- lems. are represented in Washington end ;n the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN by Rural Life priests. You recede each month a copy of CATHOLIC RURAL LIFE Magazlne, the only Catholic magezlne for rural femllles, the only magazine that considers the splrih~al as well as the economic side of country living. Send $S for I.year individual or family mambership to your Rural Life Director or to National Catholic Rural Life Conference Grand Ave. Des Moines 12, In. nearly died. Her medical fa. t h e r realized that, if she should ever be injured, a rou- tine precautionary shot would kill her. He thought of ways to protect her. A card in her purse might be lost or over- looked; the same might hap- pen to a note pinned in her clothing He suggested a tatoo- ed warning and she, lady-like, would have it not. Finally he hit upon the idea of a tag to be w o r n on neck or wrist. From this evolved the Medic- Alert tag. Hospitals, Police Notified To make the tag and its ben- efits known widely, Dr. Col- lins worked himself into a n e a r - f a t a 1 heart attack Friends took up the work, and today every hospital in the United States and Canada has been alerted to watch for the emblem on unconscious pa- tients that might be carried in. Every police and sheriff de- partment in cities of 10,000 or more have received similar in- formation. Non.Profit If you are allergic to any serum, drug or medicine -- if you are a diabetic, hemophil- iac, cardiac patient, epileptic~ if you are taking antabuse, di- gitalis, dilantin, anticoagulants or cortisone--if you use dan- gerous chemicals in your work ---if you are a deep sea diver who might be taken by t h e bends -- or if you only want your blood type readily avail- able to save the 20 minutes it takes to type it, simply send $5 and the information to the Medic Alert, Turlock, Cal (a non-profit service) and specify if you want a necklace, brace- let or charm bracelet. You will receive the Medic-Alert am- blem with that information en- i graved on the back wit h a registry number the informa- tion will be recorded at Medic- Alert headquarters; any phy- sician anywhere can call Tur- lock collect, give the registry number and get the necessary information The F i f t h Commandment bids Us not only refrain fromI murder but to take care of ourselves a n d those in our charge. July is Farm Safety Month Every day is Safety Day. CROSSROADS COMMENT 3y Rev. Edward W, 0'Rourke uation with a huge industrial farmers and industrial workers To the casual observer it might seem that farmers and industrial workers have m a n y conflicting interests Farmers seek higher prices for t h e i r produce. Industrial workers are displeased if this brings about an increase in the prices they pay for food. Industrial work- ers seek higher wages. Farmers corporation. The rapid growth could wield a terrific influence of labor unions is the result of on our economy and on the at- the laborers' realization of this fairs of government if they principle Social Upheaval were thoroughly organized with- Today the American farmer in their own ranks and with one is experiencing an economic another. In such a situation the and social upheaval c o m p a r- responsibility of farmers, indus- able in many ways to the indus- trial workers, their cooperatives trial revolution of the 19th can- and unions would be very are displeased if t h i s brings grave. Pursuing selfish interests mry it oecomes progressively about an mcrease m the cost of " more and more evident that the to the detriment of the whole ~ne manulactures gooss t n e y . isoiatea Iarmer is powerless to nation would be unethical and ouy. ' would make farmers and indus- . . bargain and compete w i t h Farmers and lndustmal work- ers have not always agreed on large integra.ted ,farming enter: trial workers exceedingly un- n 1 al i es The so prises anu wire nuge maustrmi popular. The modern popes sacral a d eg ssu . " have frequently urged agricul- , corporations Does It not IOllOW called right to work 1 a w s " have been oo~osed bv most in- mat iarmers must cooperate rural and labor organizations :~,-. ^:: ': 4z^, ~. ~, with one another in order to to seek the common good as oust~a~ wu~,~. ~, ~, . . well as their own just interests 1~ ~ ^ . +~ in sev gmnsecumty and a decent ln- ~ :.~. red^minant ,come? Will the farmer follow We sincerely hope that farm- c,m ~aL~ W~. ,~ u u " - ere and industrial workers will ]y rural population. In some of me example set. oy tne maus- see how much they h a v e in trial worker in this matter and . mrm his own farm cooperatives common. We urge them to re- gamzatlon campaigned for the vitalize their respective co- ann make mere strong enough operative organizations. In so enactment of these laws. Some Are Employers to accomplish their purposes? [doing, we hope they will be duly Some farmers employ labor- Weighty Responsibilities ,concerned about the common ere In not a few instances the ~, ~h~, f~o~ ~ ,~,~h~ ~ood. wages, tabor contusions ann la- ~--~- bar- management relationships created by these farmers have l['~r/~] L ,~ / t. the been contrary to good ethical Wltttt O01A and social principles. Efforts to create 1 a b o r organizations ~ -~ among agricultural workers ~4'flmlll# J~,~#ll~e Family? have been consistently opposed ][' IL~blllblblb~'~b~J by most farmers. ,/ ,J J[ From the foregoing it is evi- We hear a lot of gabble these ment and bridge that she turns cent tha~ a grea~ aeal oi con- d abe he th famil t aye ut w e y- ype her young out to asphalt pasture flict m thinking and pohcy has ~,^,a,~ r, + ,;,~, f s with murder and worse the re- exlstea oetween tne iarmer ann . t. - - . me ouggy Whip wmcn remmas sult. We country folk seem bent the mdustrlal worker In light "h " "~ fa "I " r r ' us t at me m~ y-type g ace y on imitating her horrible exam- of these conflicts, it is amazing is just about gone. There's a ple, letting our familles disinte- that the antagonism between farmers and industrial workers few, thank God, in the small grate more and more under the has not been more vehement, towns and at an odd crossroads, erosion of "activities.' We are of the opinion that the The R e d Russians and the Natural Habitat spirit of tolerance that s t i 1 1 Red Chinese tried to abolish the People from popes on down exists between them springs family. The result was disaster have repeated over the last half from a realization of common so they found they had to rein- ground in more fundamental vent it. They tried herding farm matters, families into communes and got Common Ground a fine fat famine for their pains The following are a few of the so they had to invent the family basic issues in which farmers farm all over again, too. and industrial workers h a v e Same Mistake . common ground and should as: We seem to be bound to make sist one another. Soon after the the same mistake in this coum beginning of the industrial rave- try. Besides exerting pressures lution, the laborer realized that both social and economic suffi- he had to cooperate with fellow cleat to drive a hundred thous- laborers if he was to have any and families off the land every bargaining power and any hope year, our city cousins seem to: for security and a decent in- think it normal for Mother to be come One isolated laborer is ' ivic im rove ', taken up wzthc p - powermss in a oargammg sl~- century that the countryside is the natural habitat of the fam- ily and that the more families that can be afforded the materi- ~al and spiritual advantages of country living the better the world, the better its citizens. That's the job of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference --to work in both the spiritual and economic realms to make it possible for more families to en- joy country life. Won't you join us? 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