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Sunday.'July 15, 1951 THE 0BSER ER EDH i0N' OF OUR"S UI DAY VISITOR News Section--Page 5A By Lynn Ruester In the rich soybean and corn land of central Illinois, a big farm family is just as much an asset as were numerous boys and generations back when the same land was being cleared and broken. Jacob Bammel, a Champaign county, Illinois, farmer, has four sons and two daughters. By ex- panding his operations, he has been able to keep them on the farm and busy--and also healthy, happy and contented with life. When he married Mi~s Rozella Kissel in 1930, Jacob was an average-size farmer, operating 160 acres as best he could with only a harvest-time hired hand. But as his boys grew into the farming operation, the Hammel farm was increased to utilize all hands--until now the family oper- ates 670 acres---one of the largest farms in the area. All of the land belongs to the three-generation family: grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Hammel, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob, and their six youngsters. The grandparents, both in their late 80s. live nearby. Cash Grain Farmers Cash grain farmers, the Ham- reels raise corn, soybeans, oats and some hay. They feed a good portion of their crops to five to 10 litters of hogs, feed a medium-sized herd of Red Polled beef cattle. Even now, the livestock opera- tion is limited by the family's time. Mr. Hammel has chosen to retain the entire family acreage in his operation, and to utilize on it the most modern soil conservation practices. His herds will increase as the younger members of the family are able to devote more and more time to the farm. With an operation of that size, the Hammels have had to divide Chores and responsibilities between the several sets of hands. George, the oldest boy, is the family mech- anic. He keeps the machinery in good working order, calls on pro- ofessional assistance in or emergency cases, only rare Second Oldest Is Carpenter Bernard, the second oldest, is handy with saw and hammer, and ~hus been designated the family carpenter. This summer he has been busy remodeling an old barn ---a job which at times has re- quired a little help from the others. The youngest lads, Richard and Ronald, are twins, eight years old. Imbued with the same love for farming as their parents, the twins help with milking, run errands, and care for the family pets--the pigeons. Rozella, 16, and Evelyn, 12, also have their responsibilities lined out for them. Rozella is her mother's assistant in the house, while Ev- elyn has charge of the poultry-and- egg ]~rojects. During the busy farming seasons ---at planting, cultivating and har- vest time--the oldest boys and their dad spend long hours in the fields. Mr. Hammel, 54, helps when necessary--but admits he can't keep up with the pace the boys! set. Wife Is Bookkeeper Mrs. Hammel assists her hus- band in maintaining the farm records and accounts---a chore which is becoming more and more a full-time job for a large operator in times like these. A Catholic family, the Hammels are active in church and commun- ity affairs and in several rural and urban activities. They typify mod- ern family farming at its best.-- (NCRLC) The Monsignor Says The eight-year-old twins of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hammels, Richard (left) and Ronald have several pigeons to take care of. They also help with the milking but leave the gatherings of eggs to their sisters. On nice Sundays the family visits with Mr. Hammel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Hammel, who live nearby. Both are in their late 80's. Seated in front are the oldest boys, George (right) and Bernard. In the second row are Evelyn, 12; Richard, 8, and Rozella, 16. Third rpw, Mr. Jacob Hummel, Ronald end Mrs. Ham- reel. Fourth row, the grandparents. Rosary in the little chapel and I prayed especially for rural youth. I did ask our Lady to bless them by making them realize how fortunate they are in the possession of their rural heritage. I lingered long and faithfully at the tombe of St. Is[dare and his saintly wife, Maria de la Cabeza, in the Madrid Cathedral. St. Is[- dare has been very good to the NCRLC. I visited the various spots connected with the life and work of S. Is[dare. Many of them were completely destroyed by the Cam- munists. Here in Rome we are very busy preparing for the first Internation- al Catholic Rural Life Congress. Easy Chair CHORE TI/vlE By Dan B. Murphy As a nation, we've been movin :o town pretty fast these last 25 years. Millions of people whose first job involved a barefooted trip through the pasture for the cows each evening are now concerned with cost accounting, lathe opera- tion and a thousand other city jobs. But farm boys are hard to con- vert. Most of them will tell you they wouldn't have any part of a farm again--wouldn't leave those eight-hour jobs for all the milking machines ever invented--don't care Gilts And Bequests the Diocese at Rockford will gratefully accept gifts and lega- cies from benevolent persons who desire to make on acknowledg- ment of God's goodness to them. Gifts to the Diocese will be used for Saint Vincent's Home for Children and Saint Joseph's Home for the Aged, for the education of worthy young men to the Pries~- hood, for works of charity in on ever-broadening field, and for the support of religion in the needy areas of the Diocese. Bequests of the Diocese should be made in the legal title: "John J Boylon, Catholic Bishop of Rock- ford." Bequests to on individual parish should be made in the above title but with o directive storing that the bequest be administe, ed for the benefit of the parish. Coming Events Aurora July 20-21-22--Summer Festival --Our Lady of Good Counsel Par- ish (;rounds. July 29--Ice Cream Social & if they never see a pumpkin or fat hog again. But they're kidding us--and kid- ding themselves. Because when we "farmers" walk through the saw- dust on our annual visit to the state fair, guess who'll be stand- ing four deep in front of the pump- kins and fat hogs. Sure enough, the "never farm again" boys. Fairs Have Appeal And we're glad they're going to the fair. Because all the gold in Hollywood and all the glitter of Broadway has never been able to set up a show that comes close to the state fair in out-and-out ap- peal. Why does the fair have such a 'pull" for all of us? I don't kno~q. Perhaps it's because progressive people like to look at the best ef- forts of their neighbors. But per- haps more than these, the state fair pulls because the average A- merican may live in town, but his heart "is still back on the farm. World' peace is an objective in which the efforts of diplomats are of prime importance, but more lives can be saved. With the mid- summer lull comes a campaign which needs the help of every fami- ly on every farm: National Farm Safety Week. This campaign is not one for the diplomats to handle. It is not a week when someone will l work magic and eliminate the care- lessness behind 100,000 farm acci- dents. It is a week when each of us must review some fundamental safety rules--and then make these :precautions habitual in our living and in our work. Stresses Safe Practices Most of us know these safe ~ractices. We have learned how to andle animals with caution, how to operate power machinery prop- erly, how to seek out and repair fire hazards, how to prevent falls But millions of us "take a chance" each day on the farm, in the home, on the highway--and hundreds of thousands of us wind up in the hospital or in the morgue each year, sentenced to painful and costly injuries or to death by care- lessness. Follow a farm safety week calendar this year. Eliminate hazards. Give your wiring a good checkup. Clean out your "Fibber McGee" closets and workshops. Handle that tractor like it were a killer, not a toy. And be a courte- our driver on the highway. Why not save a life ? An accident: After all, it might be your own. z. P- .cT ihle, In Each Room Of Hospital Alexandria, La.~--(NC)--A Bible will be placed in each room of the new St. Francis Cabrini Hospital by the Bishop Van de Ven Council a Barbecue -- St. Mary's School Grounds--5:30 p. m.--sponsored by St. Mary's Altar & Rosary So- ciety. Aug. 4-5 -- Annual Barbecue--- Classic Lanes Grounds--sponsored by Aurora Council, Knights of Co- lumbus. Sept. 27 -- Annual Fall Card Party--St. Joseph's Iiall DeKalb July 18--Annual Ice Cream So- cial-St. Mary's Hospital Lawn-- sponsored by St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary. Elgin Sept. 2G--Annual Fall Fashion Revue--St. Edward High School. Aug. 14-19--"Hillbilly Court- ship"-- St. Edward Auditorium-- presented by Elgin Catholic Youth. Freeport Aug. 8---Ice Cream Social--St. Joseph's Parish Grounds--spon- sored by Ladies Sodality of St. Jo- seph's church. St. Charles July 21 -- "Stardust Serenade" -- Hotel Baker -- sponsored by Catholic Youth of Elgin Spring Grove July 21-22--Chicken Dinner & ;arnival--St. Peter's parish. Sublette July 15--Annual Ice Cream So- cial-Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Lawn. OLT'S Arch Service Station CONOCO QUALITY PRODUCTS YOUR MILEAGE MERCHANT el Carney & Langenecloer ] Rochelle, Illinois Men's and Boys Furnishings Serving This Community nearly Forty Years I I II i Over 50 nations will be represent- of the Knights of Columbus. I have undertaken all sorts ofled. Our U. S. delegation will consist The four-story hospital of 175 Hickey Furniture pilgrimages during my day but [ of about 25 people, beds, dedicated in March last year none as exclusively rural as this The interest o" the Catholic is said to be among the most mod- ~on6 1 started in Portugal. The Fa-I. .~. z ........ ern in the country. " . ". teasers in ~urope ann me aengn~ hma Shtane is located ]n the midst .......... pf a rather poor agricultural coun-I Xroe~en~r~ areil?ml~ eV~esnl~" .rnnel [ Men PHONE 147' ILL. tryside. The children to whom ourlP~ue *i ~s .. p o s ea . IThe rt. Roy. Msgr. L. O. Lie- ~up ROCHE II,k u ~ me.msgr ravan, a most no~- Lady appeared were peasant chfl-I_ sect 1 " ~ "i ~i ~i q ,i.~[ utti, Executive Director, Nation- I Tokyo--(NC) -- Thirty leading ' ' . eu 00glSl;,s u r~CI~ rig ah ~,,~ dren. At Fahma, the pilgrims from|work ..~ m " .~ I al Catholic Rural Life Confer- I Catholic business and profession- . =. - . ~ne young en zrom ~ne the far off metropohtan centersJcatho.ic Action De artmen" -r~[ eats, participated in the meeting lal men, at a meeting at the Arch-I| I=[~F~AIm I['~Fgtlct [ rub elbows with the tillers of thel- t .... par . c . ~I of the Council of the Food and [bishop's House, established a sup- | .....v= v~.mva. I soil from Port,,e,a! -q-,o;-, .,A ~,, l aomg tne leg WORK. "~nelr cnarm, I Days an]'da~"th~"'h~velability and wholesomeness are be-[ Agriculture Organization of the [orate Catholic Action organiza-[I - IJgb'rlidt'= I :w'~k'ed a~o~ng_.dnsty oads ray ng[ynd description. . , i United Nations in Rome recently. It[on under the leadership of Arch-I| ,nhJ"~ll mll~l~ L [ He has Just been reappointed by [bishop Peter Do[ of TQkyo. Presi-][ WftAAg ~ADD! I.Akl~g{ | aria singing. They meet in Fatima [ And we know that we have your[ the Holy See for another S-year [dent of. the new org~dzatlon is [| w .v.v;--..-~ ..,~-~, ~.... [ '.the Americans who left Idlewild~prayerz back home.--B~ Msgr. L[ ~.r.~ ~ the OffidaLPermanent [Dr. Kotaro Tanaka, ~hi~ $ustlee]l R~h~lr.. Illinois I tim day before. I kneltto say thel{~, big~ttk' " - ' -' [ Ob~r~ ~ F.A.O. t~f Japan's Supreme ~ I ' ~:" =:-- -