The Rusk Cherokeean (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 101, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 21, 1949 Page: 9 of 10
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A channel catfish that weighs
9:1, pounds three years after
stocking a pond with fingerling
sounds almost impossible. Never-
theless that is the weight of the
largest channel cat from J. W.
Friday's pond weighed October 6,
just three years after stocking
in September or October 1945. Mr.
Friday has a farm conservation
plan with the Sulphur-Cypress
Conservation District and lives 4
six miles northeast of Winns-
It all started back in 1945 when
O. J. Gipe, Work Unit Conserva-
tionists of the Soil Conservation
Service, was assisting Mr. Friday
in staking out a stock pond to
furnish water for his dairy cows.
Mr. Gipe invited Mr. Friday to at-
tend a meeting on fish pond man-
agement later in the week. Mr.
Friday attended the meeting con-
ducted by T. N. Winn, District
Conservationist of the soil con-
servation service, and he heard
what sounded like some pretty
big fish tales.
Why the man said you could and the 65 pounds of white perch
raise 300 pounds of fish per acre, destroyed. In addition 40 bass and
and that a channel cat might grow ! 40 channel cat from the State Fish
THE RUSK CHEROKEiiAN, THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 1949
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three pounds per year if handled
Briefly here is what Mr. Friday
learned. First stock your pond
with fish from your State Fish
Hatchery. They are the best fish
we have_ raised by men skilled
in producing good quality fish
for stocking ponds. Second, stock
at the proper rate which for a fer-
tilized pond is at the rate of 1000
bluegil! bream and 100 bass per
surface acre or 1000 blue gill, 75
bass and 25 channel cat per sur-
face acre. Third, fertilize your
pond each warm month of the
year beginning in April and go-
ing thru October using 100 lbs.
of 8-8-8 od 5-10-5 fertilizer per
surface acre per month. Fourth,
beginning fishing in June after
pond has been stocked the previ-
ous fall, fish it heavy and keep
at it the year round once you
That's all there was to it. Mr.
Friday decided to try it and he
closely followed the four steps
with one exception. He decided he
wanted to add white perch. He
did and got into trouble later. _
From the very start he was suc-
cessful. He received his fish in
the fall of 1945. In April of 1946
he began to fertilize by broad-
casting the fertilizer by hand on
that part of his pond less than
live feet deep. He caught some j
nice i'ish in 1946. Then son, Bob, i
stepped in. Bob was taking Vo- j
catiunal Agriculture in Winnsboro
high school and studying keeping 1
records, so why not*keep a record
on his fish pond.
In 1947 Bob did keep a record.
The family ate o4 pounds of fish j
that year from the pond which j
uas less than three-fourths of an j
acre. These 64 pounds cost $14.40 j
for fertilizer. Bob kept accurate j
records by species and found that 1
they ate 10 pounds of white perch,
20 pounds of bass, 17 pounds of |
channel cat and 17 pounds of |
bream. The largest fish of each ]
species was white perch V/i lbs.,
bass, 2; Channel cat 4 and bream
In 1948 things picked up right
from the first. In April fertiliza-
tion was begun and kept up thru
the season. By October 6, 1948
Bob had 170 pounds of fish on
his books. There were divided as
follows: white perch 10 pounds,
bass, 30, channel cat, 90 and
bream, 40 pounds, or a total of
! 170 pounds of fish from less than
three-fourths of .an acre in one
I year at a cost of $15.40 for seven
sacks of 5-10-5 fertilizer. ,
One little thing was wrong. In j
the fall of 1947 when the pond was i |
checked by soil conservation per-
| sonnel it was found to be ;n per- j
' feet balance but in 1948 the bal-
| ance between species was off. j
1 since the season was dry and the
pond not over 5'A feet deep it
was decided to seine the pond to
see what was wrong. It was sein-,
ed with a 50 foot seine and the j
trouble was found. About 65 j
pounds of white perch were re- |
moved and the largest one weigh-j
ed 4 ounces. They had reproduc-
ed in the pond but did not grow,
like the original stock. All fish of
the bass, bream and channel cat
species were growing fairly well,
the largest taken in the seine was
channel cat 9% pounds, bass 4J4
pounds and bream Yi pound. In
all between 150 and 180 pounds of
fish were returned to the pond;
Hatchery at Tyler were added to
bring about a better balance.
That's Mr. Friday's story —
stocked right, fertilized regularly
and fished heavily. He hopes to do
better in 1949. Maybe those 65
pounds of production wasted on
small white perch will be in larg-
er fish in 1949. No one knows but
Bob Friday will know at the end
neighbors? Do you need to nm-
prove your lawn so that it gives
an appropriate setting for your
Renovation of the lawn be-
comes necessary when the turf is
wholly undesirable and when re-
planting to the same or to a dif-
ferent grass according to Mrs. Flo-
ra May Miller, County Home Dem-
It is essential first to determine
, . ■ the reason for the unsatisfactory
of the year. Some experts say it turf and to lan a m that
won t work-some say it wiU- ; will correct the ious deficjen.
Mr Friday says it did and he has cies. Unless all the factors are fay.
fish_t° eat whenever he wants : satisfactory plant growth are fav.
orable, the turf ^yill become unsat-
Destruction of all unwanted program.
growth usually is the first step. To
accomplish this it is best to mow I 0ur deeds are seeds of fale>
closely and remove the clippings. sown here on earth' but bnnging
The use of strong chemicals to kill forth their harvest in eternity-
weeds is justified in a renovation Boardman.
Is your lawn as pretty as your
isfactory again in a year or so.
The details of the renovation pro-
gram will depend largely upon
the conditions that must be cor-
rected or modified.
Bank'* Official Statement of Financial Condition
CITIZENS STATE BANK
AT RUSK, TEXAS
at the close of business on the 11 day of April, 1949, pur-
suant to call made by the Banking Commissioner of Texas in
accordance with the Banking Laws of this State.
Loans and discounts, including overdrafts
U. S. Government obligations, direct and
Obligations of states and political subdivisions 258,544.37
Other bonds, notes and debentures- 25,000.00
Corporate stocks, including no stock in Pederal
Reserve Ban!: 32,000.00
Cash, balances due from other bafiks, including re-
serve balances, and cash items ki process of col-
lection (including exchanges for clearing house). 486,135.84
Furniture, fixtures, and equipment 2000.00
Other real estate owned 1,00
TOTAL RESOURCES 1.963,388.70
SEE PAGE TWO
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LIABILITIES AND CAPITAL ACCOUNTS
Common Capital Stock 50,000.00
Surplus: Certified 45,000.00
Undivided profits 21,147.47
Demand deposits of individual.--, partnerships and
Public funds (Incl. U. S. Govt., states and
Deposits of banks (excluding reciprocal balances
Other deposits (certified & cashier's checks, etc.)
Total all deposits $1,837,241.23
Total Liabilities and Capital Accounts
STATE OF TEXAS,
County of Cherokee.
I, W. P. Richey, being Cashier of the above named bank, do
solemnly swear that the foregoing statement of condition is
true to the best of my knowledge and belief. '
W. P. RICHEY
E. R. GREGG
. LEO W. TOSH
JAMES I. PERKINS
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 14 day of April, 1949.
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them on deer, an-
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of the most beautiful trout you've
The headwaters of the Gila River
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horseback, for there are no roads
through this wild wilderness, and
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There s an abundance of native
Gila trout in these mountain
streams, and plenty of rainbow,
to°; X.h? s.tate department of Game
and Fish has planted the rainbow
in this area, and these cowboys
catch a "mess of fish" in no time
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