The Dillon Examiner (Dillon, Mont.) 1891-1962, May 16, 1956, Image 12

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I Donald Danforth, president of the R a lston' P u rina Company, sews the gold checkered bag holding the first 100 pounds of the 50 mil­ lionth ton of, P u rina Chows. .The event took place in Purina’s St. Louis mill on April 5. A t right is M att Siecknaus, retired Purina m ill foreman who used to help make Purina Chows in the old days of scoop shovel mixing. A t left are J. F. Austin, superintendent of the St. Louis Purina mill, and.H. L. Colwell, m ill manager. Founded 62 years ago by the late William 'H. Danforth, the Ralston Purina Company was a pioneer in the field of balanced rations for livestock and poultry. Indicative of the American farmerfs trem endous pres- \en t day use of m o dem feeds and feeding practices is the fact that over one-third--of the 50 million tons of Purina Chows has been m anufactured and fed during the past five years. FAMOUS FARM FEED * COMPANY REACHES OUTPUT MILESTONE A milestone in the progress of both anim al agriculture and the commercial feed- industry was reached April 5 when the 50 m il­ lionth ton of the famous Purina Chows was m anufactured at the Ralston Purina Company’s home office plant at Checkerboard Square in'St. Louis. Donald Danforth, president of the Ralston Purina' Company, himself took over operation of the bagging’machine that packed and sewed the bags holding the 50. millionth ton. The bags were spe­ cially decorated with gold colored checkers. . Lyle Eliason, high school FFA winner of the Williams Feed & Machinery award trip to St. Louis last fail,. visited the famous re­ search farm and laboratory of the Ralston-Purina Company last September. Part of the tour his group 'made was conducted by William H. Danforth, the com­ pany’s founder and father of President Danforth, and the Mon­ tana group found him a genial and interesting guide. He died last Christmas Eve. In observing the making of the 50 millionth ton, Mr, Danforth ex­ pressed the appreciation of the entire Ralston P u rina Company to. the 'countless livestock and poutry feeders who have made P u rina Chows' the most widely used of a ll commercial feeds. “The American farm er is a progressive individual,” he said. “The growth of the feed industry, the farm im­ plement business, the fertilizer industry, and th e hybred seed business, is evidence of his pro­ gressiveness. The tremendous in­ crease irr farm production is proof of it., “We are prbud that our indus­ try and our company have had a p a r t in the ;e advancements in agricultural production. As we m anufacture the 50 millionth ton of Purina Chows, we send a sin­ cere ‘Thank you’ to the millions of farm ers whjo have accepted our products!” The Ralstoh Purina Company was founded 62 years ago by the late W illiam H. Danforth. Its main product at the beginning Was a feed for horses and mules,, made of corn, oats and molasses mixed by scoop shovel. T h a t feed was a far cry from the precision-mixed rations manufactured today in Purina’s 41 Chow mills over the United States [and Canada. Many of today’s Chaws contain as many as 30 ingredients, including such substances as ¡synthetic hormones, trace mineral^, vitamins, antibi otics, and arsenics. WING Vigilante League Jack’s M arket won 3-1 over the Montanan] on scores of 716 to 12 DILLÓN EXAMINER Wednesday, May 16, 1956 Free Trial on Your Farm N o O b ligations Let us hook up and demonstrate on your farm our New 180 amperes weld­ er, which conforms to R.EJL. specifica­ tions. Weld, cut, braze, solder, heat for bending and shaping. Thaw frozen water pipes. Easy Payment Terms 677, 833 to 727, 827 to 753 and 2276 to 2196. | The Oasis took three from the Beaverhead Laundry, on scores of 808 to 754, 764 to 758, 797 to 759 and 2369 to 2201. Vaughn and Ragsdale won all but the last game from the State Bar, on scores of 769 to 714, 776 to 675, 744 to 748 and 2389 to 2139. A tie third game m arked the match between-Electric & Variety and Roberta, w ith E & V taking 2Vz to \Vz for Roberta. Scores were 846 to 770, 803 to 824, 778 to 778 and 2427 to 2372.. Treasure State League M inerals Engineering made a clean sweep of their match with Moose Lodge, winning on scores of 886 to 835, 878 to 795, 862 to 786 and 2626 to 2416. Farm ers - U nion won 3-1 over Montana Motor Supply, bn scores of 961 to 990, 856 to 815, 900 to 817 and 2717 to 2682. . W arners took, all but the last gam e from Cochrane Motors, win­ ning 3-1 on scores of 831 to 824, 939 to 830, 8291 to 858 and 2599 to 2512. Gib’s Union [76 took three from Hignight Plumbers, on scores of 912 to 849, 922 to 822, 821 to 843 and 2655 to 2514. In the roll-oif in the Vigilante league, Beaverhead Laundry won over Roberta, \on scores of 739 to 717, 793 to 756, 732 to 754 and 2324 to 2232. Norfolk, Va., “Cradle of In World War II was known as 1 vasion” durii for it was that the Atlantic ^.mphibic Force was created on March 1942. NO COMMENT By JAMES W. D0UTHAÏ . T h e c o l u m n , “No Comment,” should not be regarded as necessar­ ily reflective of NAM position . or policy, for It is a reporting of Inci­ dents and conversations which its author thinks might be of general Interest. > Washington — Political attacks on the private enterprise system are picking up in intensity and frequency. They are directed against business, and against the adm inistration — charges of “bus­ iness domination” of government, “special interest” influence, etc. The point is to offset the theme of good times, peace and prosperity, and to appease the big union poli­ ticians .— to try to give them an issue to stir up the members. Friends of business in Washing­ ton have difficulty identifying thisi A d m inistration as especially friendly to business. They point to renewal in 1953' of the excess profits tax — renewal this year of the 52 per cent corporate tax rate — to the Labor D epartm ent’s attem p t to promote a uniform (greatly liberalized) state work­ m an’s compensation law — public housing — federal aid to schools — liberalized minimum w a g e laws, and m any others. The chief contribution of this administration, they say, has been the absence of punitive approach to businessmen that characterized previous administrations. . This, plus sound fiscal policies, have produced the confidence underly­ ing our expanding economy—and good times. I So, New Deal attacks on busi­ ness today could strike at the yery confidence on which current p ros­ perity is based. W. O. C.’s Under Fire — One line of attack has come-to the fore again. It is called a low blow at businessmen working with gov­ ernm ent for peace — a blueprint for disaster by robbing defense agencies of expert industrial ad­ vice — an expression of venom against the private enterprise system. This is how Rep. Kenneth K eat­ ing (R.-N.Y.) described a m a jor­ ity report of the House A n titrust Subcommittee, which attacked W.' O. C.’s (businessmen serving gov­ ernm e n t w ithout compensation) aiding in preparation of mobiliza­ tion programs. Previously Praised — The role of businessmen d u ring Wbrld War II is well known. They served as “dollar-a-year” men, as W. O. C.’s — and some accepted regular government jobs at a big sacrifice — all to help win the war. , The late President Roosevelt praised the services of “dollar-a- year” businessmen — and the New Fair Deal adm inistration called businessmen back during the Korean war. And now under thé Defense Production 'A c t — businessmen have been asked to serve in the Business and Defense Services Administration without compen­ sation — and now the defense m o b i l i z e r, A rthur Flemming, wants a trained executive re­ serve. B u t a drive against businessmen in governm ent developed. New Fair Dealers and self-styled lib­ erals in Congress seek to replace them w ith bureaucrats, and oth­ ers seek to discredit businessmen. This culminated in the report of the House A n titrust Subcom­ mittee. Rep. Keating summarized the indignation of the minority. He charged the m a jority with seek­ ing to drive businessmen out of government, and thus “to rob our government of the effective serv­ ices of experts from the industrial machine that produces our w eap­ ons.” In a nutshell, he added: “In ad­ dition, the pen that wrote the m a jority report—I am very sorry to say—drips with venom against private enterprise and even advo­ cates measures to check prosper­ ity. It copies the class hatred spirit of extrem e radicals against, the free system that is providing record employment and record economic growth.” Washington—New Deal attacks on businessmen in governm ent — and on private enterprise itself— brought a prom p t and forceful counter-attack from Secretary of Commerce Weeks. Denouncing radical attacks on business, he r e ­ minded businessmen of their own responsibility for preserving pri­ vate enterprise and our form of government, declaring: ‘T h e more I study m o d em con­ ditions the more I am convinced that the w ay to preserve private enterprise is to preserve sound government. I doubt th a t we pan keep government sound unless the champions of private enter­ prise spend ju s t as much tim e fighting for sound politics in gov­ ernm e n t ds they do in making and selling a product. Government Competition—Pol­ itics produces strange proposals. The House Appropriations Com­ m ittee —' p resum ably a “watch­ dog of the Treasury” — has pro­ posed a “rider” on the defense ap­ propriations bill which would make it more difficult to get rid of governm ent businesses Vthat compete w ith private industry. The “rider” would force the De­ partm e n t of Defense to submit proposed elimination of business- type activities to the committee for approval or veto. The Hoover Commission re­ ported that the D epartm ent of Defense operated 2,500 commer­ cial and industrial-type facilities — it recommended wholesale elimination — and strengthening private industry. The Defense D epartm ent has made much progress — but it ran afoul of a few members of Con­ gress — they got kicks from a few government\ employees. Hence, the “rider” was devised. Chairman Carl Vinson (D-Ga.) of the House Armed Services Committee — the well-known ad­ vocate of n ational defense—wants to eliminate the “rider.” He knows it interferes w ith proper operation of the department. Srriall Business — The charge that ’ the House Small Business Committee has been converted into a political agency — a charge which has been brewing in Congress.» for months — has now come into the open. Rep. William Hill (R-Colo.) de­ clared that the Democratic m a jor­ ity has kept the m inority in ig­ norance of investigations — that it is conducting “small business investigations prim a rily for poli­ tical purposes. . Income Tax Ceiling — Presi­ dent Eisenhower — commenting on moves to put a Constitutional lim itation on the federal tax power !— said the common sense of America ought to find some proper ! lim itation on taxes; that federal authority to take the bulk of available tax money can des­ troy the ability of local govern­ ments to perform their functions.. On Capitol Hill, Rep. Reed of New York, ranking Republican on the Ways and Means Commit­ tee — called for a complete over­ haul of federal income tax rate structure. W ashington observers call Mr. Reed’s statem ent one of the most forward-looking tax documents in decades. He proposes a reduction in the top bracket rate to at least 75 p er cent —- conforming reductions in all other rates — elimination of many special exceptions. His program , he says; would lessen the demands for special treatm e n t—simplify the tax laws reduce evasion and avoidance — ease compliance problems — and strengthen public confidence in the income tax. Controls: Pro and Con — Short­ ages of nickel and prime scrap are reviving rum o rs that govern­ m ent controls may be necessary to spread available supplies. As yet, there has been no no­ ticeable pressure from Capitol Hill ori the Eisenhower adminis­ tration ¡for tightening export con­ trols over prim e scrap and allo­ cation regulations on nickel. Com­ plaints to Congress have come m ainly from small users who charge That larger industries are taking the bulk of available sup­ plies not needed for defense pur­ poses. . I Whether You're Buying for the Graduate, Bridal Couple or a Remembrance . ■ c* | for Anyone Else I . They Keep on Giving T H E M O N T A N A P O W E R C O M P A N Y Z - f r SERVING A GROWING STATE

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