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RII.LTNGS COUNTY PIONEER 2 POSTER CHILD LEADS MDAA APPEAL This appealing poster, showing four-year-old Alan Kowalski of warren, Mich., will he displayed throughout the country in the Thanksgiving MARCH FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY. As 1958 Poster Child of Museular Dystrophy Aodations of America, Inc. A--lan symbolizes nearly a quarter milHon American victims of this progressively ,&apos;rippling disease whose cause is obscure and Zor which there is, as yet, no effective treatment. Funds raised in the house-to-house appeal thls November will strengthen the scientific research program sponsored by Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America, Inc. Inventors Cc)r,gress Winner Now Ready for Marketing An estimated 150 North Dakota the tractor. inventors are going to demonstrate The first hitch, Richman says, was more than 200 inventions during the third annual North Dakota Invent-i a crude one. But, upon the sugges- ors Congress Jan. 25-28 in Devils tion of a number ef friends and Lake, hoping for good fortune sim- ilar to that of Henry Richman Jr., whose invention took the grand champion prize last year and is now on the market. Richman's invention was born in disgust, at the height of corn-pick- ing time in the fall of 1956. niche- man, who farms near Tower City, was getting downright fed up with the necessity of getting off and on the tractor, every time he filled his wagon with a load of corn. In what Richman calls a normal day of corn-picking, approximately 30 wagon-loads are filled . . . and if one farmer uses his tractor to pull the corn-picker and carry away the, wagon-loads, he has to mount and dismount from the tractor a total of 120 times in a single day. No wonder, then, that Richman would get disgusted . . . and tired, too. And his disgust would almost. come to a boil when he would try to do what many considered a two- man operation, dropping the pin to hitch the corn-picker to the tractor drawbar. It was then that an idea was born Nan invention by design, not acci- dent, to make automatic hitching possible, an invention which would permit a farmer to hook or unhook l an implement without getting off l neighbors, he decided to exhibit the item at the first Inventors Cong- ress in 1957. Although he didn't receive a "nibble" from a manufacturer, he was encouraged with the public re- sponse. A relatively complicated, even "Rube Goldberg" type of an invention, dominated by tension springs, the item nonetheless was judged third best in the agricultural class. Improvement after improvement was added during 1957, but Richman again needed encouragement from , friends and neighbors before decid- ing to exhibit at the second Invent- ors Congress. No longer controlled 'by springs and considerably more simple, the invention won Be sweepstake a- ward--it was judged the invention with the greatest commercial po- tential and the best in the agricul- tural class. A number of manufacturers ex- 'pressed keen interest in the item. And although Richman would have j liked to have the item manufactured in North Dakota, that couldn't be arranged. A pair of well-established Minne- apolis businessmen heard of the in- vention, arranged an immediate trip to Richman's farm, realized the NO, the photo is not on its side, it's Just a Barbary sheep, apparently unimpressed by the gravity of its situation in the Prospect Park zoo, Brooklyn, N.Y. The sheep races up the wall, then springs outward tn a playful leap. The high- speed camera caught the sheep Just before it leaped away. potentialities of the invention and I quickly made arrangements to estab-] lish a new corporation to produce[ and market the item. t T o d a y, ]tichman's invention, known as Hitch-O-Matic, is the only product being manufactured by a new Minneapolis firm. Highly engineered and completely refined, the automatic hitch, con- sisting o a yoke for a farm imple- ment and a combination hitch and ramp for the tractor draw-bar, is now being marketed at $49.95. To 'hook up an implement the farmer merely backs the tractor into the yoke; the ramp guides the yoke into the hitch unit where they become automatically and securely engaged. A slight pull of a control rope will disengage the two units. The hitch is "so simple" so safe a nine-year-old boy could operate it," according to company claims. At the moment, retail outlets for the invention are being established, and a planned advertising program in behalf of the new hitch will get under way soon. Even with the limited promotion thus far, the market is developing. Richman tells of one Minnesota farmer who ordered four hitches (for his tractors) and 20 implement yokes. Obviously encouraged by the suc- cess of his first venture in the in- vention field, Richman has other ideas which he's hopeful of devalop- ing. "I'll be at the 1959 Inventors Congress, but I haven't had time to make any new items," he said. He estimates that he's spent about one : "" :! " '+: :ii,!i ii: .il ii! i: : '  ........................ 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I WATER, GRASS PROBLEMS "The Inventors Congress is a great I thing. Not only has it provided a market for my invention, but know it's encouraged me and others to be more inventive." the success- ful Tower City farmer maintains. --3-- One of the most extensive infes. tations of webworms in North Dak-i ota occurred in 1958. Approximately 75,000 acres were treated, with many sugar beet fields requiring up to and 4 applications. Robert Wanner, McCltudry, had water problems on his Sheridan county farm_ The sloughs and ponds used for livestock water were go- ing dry, and cattle had to be mov- ed out of some pastures without making full use of the grass. Wanner built darns and dug water holes to provide more water with funds supplied by the Agricul- tural conservation program and the 3 Great Plains program. This cooperator with the Sher- idan county soil conservation dis- trict seeded Reed Canary grass in all dry sloughs. He had adjusted the grazing rate so that about one half of his pasture grass is left un- grazed each year. The grass is im- proving. He has made many tree plantings, including shelterbelts to protect his farmstead and feedlot, and field and wildlife plantings. He uses bromegrass-alfalfa com- binations in rotation with crops. The Lone Ranger / WANt/ by Fran Striker 7"" TAX ! /