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10 Years Ago 1997

Under the watchful eye of coach Dan OMalley, Amber Elllsworth, sophomore, practiced her cut. State softball tournament games were cancelled because of bad weather. The Arlington girls softball team prepared for the continuing saga that has become 1997s Class AA state tournament. The Lady Eagles bus left for Yakima Tuesday afternoon, and they play Wednesday. After miserable weather conditions caused postponement of Fridays and Saturdays games, the girls leaned they were bumped from playing a Tacomas SERA fields altogether. So they will head east to get the game in. Fridays action was halted after several games were already in progress. Arlingtons game against Washington was stopped in the second inning. Games will resume from where have left off. Despite the inconvenience, coaches and players were optimistic. Coach OMalley said his team came away from Fridays experience with confidence. We know well do good against these teams. Washington was supposed to be one of the better teams in the tournament, he said. The Eagles led the Captains 6 0, and were still hitting when the game was called. Weather east of the mountains wasnt any better over the weekend. The Class AAA tournament had a lot of the same problems. The Eagles are praying for nice weather. Sophomore catcher Jennifer Snow wont even consider the possibility of foul weather on Wednesday. Im psyched. Im going to get nice and tan, she said. Snow is affectionately referred to as Snowball by teammates. Snow in June? Certainly.

25 Years Ago 1982

The Stan Faber family of Arlington has been named the Snohomish County Dairy Family of the Year. The announcement was made this week by Phil Gangler, Snohomish County Dairymens Federation President. The Dairy Family program is sponsored by the Washington State Dairymans Federation and the Washington Dairy Products Commission in cooperation with the Washington State University Cooperative Extension and the Washington State Dairy Women. The purpose of the Dairy Family program is to give recognition to a dairy family who are community leaders, outstanding diary farmers and who are a credit to the dairy industry. The Faber family includes Stan and Grace and four sons. Two of the sons, Loren and Kevin, are active in the farming operation. Larry is a student at the University of Puget Sound and Randy is in junior high school. The Faber family has been farming for 27 years, 18 of which have been at the current location. Early in their married life, Stand and Grace farmed rented land in Skagit County. They first farmed 60 acres in the Allan area and started with 23 cows. They later moved to an 80-acre farm near Conway. The current farming operation includes 165 acres. One hundred and twenty-five acres are under cultivation and 130 acres are owned. About one-third of the crop is land is planted to silage corn each year and the remainder is in grass. The usual crop rotation is four years of grass and two years of corn. All corn and grass is harvested as silage and fed to the dairy herd. The herd consists of 285 milking age Holsteins and 250 head of heifers and young stock. The herd has been on a production-testing program for 27 years. The current DHIA heard average is 18,300 pounds of milk and 620 pounds of butterfat. All herd replacements are home raised. The herd is divided into three milking rings with a fourth group of dry cows. The feeding program for the milking herd consists of corn and grass silage, Eastern Washington Alfalfa hay and a commercial grain mix. A special grain mix is formulated for the dry cows and they receive oat hay and silage. Family members are participants in various community, church and school activities. The family holds membership in the Mount Vernon Christian Reformed Church. Stan has served on the Snohomish County DHIA Board of Directors and was elected secretary-treasurer. He was a member of the Puget Sound Federal Milk Market Order Class 1 Base hardship committee and has served several years on the church council. He currently is serving on the Mount Vernon Christian School Board, the Snohomish County Noxious Weed Control Board and Director of the Puget Sound Production Credit Association. He holds membership with the Snohomish County Dairy Federation and the Snohomish County Farm Bureau. Grace is mother and organizer for the family. Loren is responsible for crop production programs and machinery management. While in high school, he served as manager for the football and basketball teams. Kevin graduated from Arlington High School where he was an FFA member. He and his wife, Lea, have a 1-year-old son, Jeremy. Kevin and Lea are members of the Peace Lutheran Church at Silvana. Kevin has herdsmanship responsibilities in the farming operation and Lea is employed at Gelco Couriers Service, Everett. Larry, a junior at University of Puget Sound, is on the university baseball team. While attending Arlington High School he was active in three sports, cross-country, baseball and basketball. In addition he was a member of the honor society. Randy, a seventh-grader at Mount Vernon Christian School, is active in track, basketball and soccer programs and plays baseball in the Arlington Pony Leagues. The Fabers have made many building improvements since purchasing the farm in 1964. The milking parlor was remolded into a double eight herringbone parlor a few years ago and a labor efficiency study by cooperative extension shows it to be among the most efficient in the state. Bunker silos were constructed in 1967 and 1979; hay storage sheds and heifer housing were added in 1970 and 1973. In 1976, a 320 free stall barn was built for the milking herd and has set the pattern for several other dairy barns constructed throughout the county. An addition to the farm home was made in 1980. The Faber farm is one of the very attractive and efficient farms in Snohomish County. The Fabers have been host to many farm visitors and tour groups that include visitors from many different states. The Faber family will be host to the general public at Dairy Family Open House. At that time, dairy product customers will have the opportunity to see how milk is produced as well as have a pleasant and fun day at the farm.

50 Years Ago 1957

Mrs. G.A. Garka of R. 3 was the lucky winner of this weeks Mystery Farm contest, her name being drawn from 45 correct entries identifying the Dork Ball Farm. A narrow, meandering stream cuts diagonally across the Ball farmyard, running a few yards back of the house, and on past the sawmill and outer buildings. It ducks under the highway ad empties into the Stillaguamish south fork just beyond. There is a bridge across the stream, leading to an expanse of green field a very restful scene. Yes, we sold our cows and I would say we are in full retirement, now, said Mr. Ball. With most of the drudgeries of life out of the way, Mr. Ball and his wife are finding time to catch up on a number of long-delayed projects. These, in addition to a full social round of activities are making retirement a pleasant experience. Mrs. Ball was installed as president of the Arlington Chapter of the Business and Professional Womens League and is a past president of the local A.A.U.W. chapter. Mr. Ball is an active member of the American Legion and is engaged in helping to revise their by-laws. Mr. Ball graduated from Washington State College in 1917 as a Metallurgical Chemist, served a hitch in a chemical warfare unit in the U.S. Army during WW1. The world was not yet clamoring for the services of young chemical engineers when he returned from the wars, so he eventually entered the teaching profession in Eastern Washington, where he met Mrs. Ball. Mrs. Ball last taught school in Trafton before her retirement. The Balls have done a great deal of remodeling of their home over the years, having added three wings and a turret shaped indoor greenhouse on one front corner. This is well stocked with flowering plants and ivy. Originally, there was some thought of experimenting with methods of raising plants in water, using various additives to supply the plant foods a project which has been postponed so far. In remodeling the house, Mr. Ball reasoned that interior doors which were always left opened for convenience might as well be removed. Having done this, he concluded that the partitioning walls where the doors had been removed were serving little purpose so out they went. The result is a spacious living room and kitchen that center around a massive fireplace until rising in the middle of the room and idea which modern home architects are using in their latest designs. The Ball home was so arranged some 22 years ago. There is nothing new under the sun.

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