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‘ Swedish Grower
‘. Builds Cranberry
Picking Machine
- When a vacuum cleaner sales
man demonstrated his machine‘s
ability to pick up buttons from
the floor of a Grayland. Washing
ton, cranberry grower's home, he‘
suggested ideas that have resulted
in a cranberry picking machine
which picks the berries as fast as
fifty handpickers and substan
tially increases the yield per acre.
The inventor, A. V. Anderson. a
Swedish grower in the Grayland
cranberry area in Southwest
Washington, demonstrated his ma
chine before officials of the Cran
berry Canners’ Association and
engineers of the United States
Rubber Company who aided in de
veloping the device. He explained
to the group that the machine.
built on the vacuum cleaner prin
ciple, not only picks the berries
faster. but cleans them as well by
drawing off the Weeds, dust and
Anderson asserted that his me
chanical picker will increase the
yield because it leaves the buds
unharmed whereas the handpick
ers destroyed many of them in the
process of reaching into the vines
for the fruit. This year. because
of the use of an experimental
picker last harvest, he estimates
that his yield will reach 800 to
1000 boxes per acre in contrast
to the average of 400 to 500 boxes
per acre.
In Anderson's perfected version'
of his vacuum picker, 3. 20 horse
power motor drives a suction fan
which is open on one side. The
fan is connected to dual hoppers
by a Y metal flue. A vacuum is‘
thereby created in the hoppers and
the suction extends into the 5-l
inch hose which operators use to]
“scan" the cranberry bogs, and]
the suction draws the berries into’
the hopper. The fruit whirl around
the circular hopper and fall to!
the bottom. The dust, weeds. andE
leaves are drawn off through the,
pocket fan by an intake of air.‘
The velocity of the air on enter-l
ing through a slit on the hop
per's side. skims off the extran-‘
eons material which continues to;
whirl at the top of the hopper‘
after the berries drop to the bot-1;l
tom. \ j
Two 20 foot lengths of hose}
attached to each hopper are con ‘
structed of synthetic rubber im
pregnated into canvas duct and
reinforced with wire rings. They
are extremely flexible and highly
resistant to abrasion. Sponge rub
ber especially engineered by U. S.
Rubber engineers lines the cylin
drical interior and prevents the
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3407 West 64th - HE. 5177
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berries from bruising as they pour‘
into the hopper.
The suction picking does not
disturb the buds as did the hand
picking process according to An
derson. and the yield will be
multiplied. Not only does the suc
tion draw in the berries but it also
weeds and ‘cleans the bogs of weed
seeds which have been heretofore
the growers'~most serious prob
Anderson described handpickingi
as a slow, tiring process. The‘
cranberry vines grow‘to less than
three inches in height and the
masses of berries are tangled into
the vines. The pickers were forced
to stay on their knees the entire
picking day. untangllng the ber
ries with their hands. An average
picker would pick only 7 to 8
‘hampers a day. Anderson‘s me
chanical picker in contrast will
pick 30 hampers per hour for
each of the four units.
A. S. Jacobsen. manager of the
Cranberries Canners' association.
estimated that a good proportion
of the Grayland growers will
adopt the new device to harvest
this year‘s crop. and doubtlessly
he said the entire industry will
eventually utilize the ingenious
From Norway's
"Food Front
An analysis of reports concern
ing the food and supply situation
in Norway discloses both encour
iaging news and serious problems.
1A correspondent: of “Norges Han
‘dels 0g Sjofartstidende" describes
an interesting interview with for
mer Norwegian Minister of Supw
ply Anders Frihagen. The formerl
minister's account revealed Nor~
way's purchases of supplies abroad.
‘to be well in excess of $84.000,-I
000. The bulk of this amount was;
! used for the purchase of foodstuffs!
[and raw materials. special carel
lbeing taken to avoid duplicating!
‘l items which might be produced in}
Norway. Mr. Frihagen also ex-‘
1plaincd how Norway, by making!
‘sizable purchases early in the war. \
thad avoided the rise in pricesf
1which soon occurred. In many in-;
stances purchases were made as?
early as 1942. Large quantities;
‘of wheat were purchased in Can-‘1‘
1ads in 1942 at prices considera-f
‘1ny lower than at present. “we
i figure,“ stated Mr. Frihagen. “that
iwe will have made a considerable
:saving on these early purchases.
‘even when the rent and storage
'costs are added."
Kristiansand reports that the"
Liberty ship “Ole Bull" arrived!
from Baltimore on July 19th with:
‘9.000 tom of wheat aboard. Two!
Ethousand tons are to be unloadedi
l:at Kristiansand while the re-‘i
-‘maindcr will go to Oslo and Ber-l
‘gen. Another report from Bergeni
1tells of the arrival of the Norwe-i
1 gian motor tanker “Skarass,” with
$14,000 tons of on. _ 1
Food Ship me Iceland if
On July 24, the Icelandic ship
"Luge-dons" docked at Bergen
with an assorted cargo. Aboard
lwere many Norwegians, foreign
service and military personnel. re
,turning home after long years of
‘service abroad. while in the holds
‘werc tons of supplies—gifts from
i the people of Iceland. Norwegian
‘Press Attache Frild. who arrived
on the “Lagerfoss,” explained how:
the ship had been put at the dis
posal of the Norwegians by the
.Icelandic government. The cargo
iincluded salted meat, cases ofl
ltinned mutton and fishballs, bar
;ley flour, dried apples, and Ice
landic wool. Among the gifts sent
by Iceland's Red Cross were wool
en- goods, shoes, stockings, and
dried fruits and vegetables.
Bergensers. grateful for the'
generosity of their neighbors, has
1tened to send aid to old friends
still less fortunate than them
selves. As a symbol of the tradi
tional friendship between the
ports of Bergen and Rotterdam
the citizens of the old Norwegian}
city sent a. goodwill shipment to!
their Dutch friends to the south.‘
lThrough the facilities of the,
Dutch Red Cross, 55 barrels of l
cod liver oil. 148 barrels of salt‘
herring. and ‘quantities of fish,
flour and other fish products were
sent to the residents of bomb
blasted Rotterdam_ 1
The run of fish off Norway's
southern coast is heavy this year.
Catches of mackerel off Kristian
sand were so heavy recently that
a meeting of fishermen was called
to survey the present facilities for
their preservation. A motion was
drafted, suggesting that the au
thorities make sufficient foreign
exchange "available for the pur
1 chase of ice in Denmark. ‘
German Supplies Distributed
Had the Germans known what
was eventually to become of the
supplies which they so laboriously
ferried to Norway. they would
have saved themselves a good deal
of trouble. Norwegians who:
starved and shivered for five years‘
while well-filled Nazi uniforms
paraded the streets are now mak
ing good use of the Nazi war~
i hoards. Each of the military zones
Iinto which Norway is divided hasi
lits own committee of Allied andi
‘Norwegian .representatives to su-iI
:pervise the disposition of enemy}
:war booty. Each week this com-i
‘mittee decides what quantities of‘
3 material are to be. handed over to‘
lthe Norwegian Supply Department ‘
jfor distribution in Norway. The
Jrouowing list is typical of the ma-u
iterial released each week: 600'
ltons lubricating oil, 3.100 gallons;
30f gasoline. 17.600 pounds of flour}
5242 pounds dried peas, a small
‘Iquantity of macaroni, building
fimaterials. machines. iron pipe,
diesel engines, steel wire. lead.
Liclothing. tents, etc. When Norwe-i
_,gians survey the $2.580,000.000—.
flodd dollars which the German oc
']cupation has cost them. it is grat-x
:‘iifying to note even a few small‘
'ientries on the. other side of the
‘I ledger. ‘ i
American Relief For Norway ';
The immediate need for shoesi
and clothing is being lessened?t
through the efforts of "American‘
Relief For Norway." an organiza-i
ition which has done an exceptibn-i
#31 job since Norway was invaded?
1in 1940. Professor Oysten Ore of:
‘Yaie University is visiting Nor-i
lway at the present time as a rep-i
lresentative of that group. and re-‘
ports that the collection of funds:
and supplies in the United States
is continuing. One of the most
recent projects. reports Professor
Ore. involves the purchase of 100.-
000 pairs of work shoes for Nor
wegian workers at a cost of over|
$200,000. Large quantities of:
clothing, collected by this organi-i
zation during the past five years!
have already been sent to Norway Ii
The joy with which footwear isp
received is indicated by recent re-!
ports describing the distribution
!of boots and shoes by the Allied
iCivil Affairs Commission. Most“
iNorwegians have not seen leather
:for many years, wartime shoesi
lbeing made with fish skin uppers:
iand wooden soics. The Civil Af
: fairs Commission's supply of shoes
iis being distributmi through ai
rcnily established firms. at iow
‘prices and under strict rationing.
it now appears that the urgent
i; need for coal in Norway may soon
ibe relieved. Negotiations between
ithe Norwegian Embassy in Mos
icow and Polish authorities therew
regarding the exchange of Norwe
‘g’ion fish products for Polish cool];
have proceeded very satisfactorily. f
Norway‘s AmbuudOr to Moscowi
Here and There ‘
In Norway ;
Arnulf Overland-Norway's pa-i;
triot poet, returned from a Ger-H
man concentration Camp to find“
that the Norwegian Government?“
was offering him free accommo-‘i
dations of another sort. He hasll
been invited to occupy “The Grot- ii
to" —— beautiful Oslo home of the'
late poet Henrik Wergeland . . .‘
1Villagers of Krakeroy Island,‘
{while digging for water. discover- :'
led a 7,000 year old skeleton. con-1;
1sidered the most important arch-W
.eological “find" in Norway this‘
lcentury . . . The Fjordane and}|
‘Hordaland districts have been
.cleared of 143,750 mines. Thirty-'3
one men were killed and thirty-six:
injured during the operation . . .‘
lThe “Bretagne,” “Stavangerfjord"f
and severai other Norwegian ships
are transporting replacementsL
for Norway‘s merchant crews:
Rolf Andvord has already been In- I
structed to proceed to Warsaw toi
sign the agreement. This ex—i
change is expected to involve over'
500,000 tons of coal and consider-1
able quantities of coke. I
Oscar Lacks
1021 6th Ave. So.
.‘IAin 4610
Life, Health and Accident Company
Securities Bldg. SEmwa “2220
1328 ~.th Ave. )lAin 346:3
Open ‘24 Hours
Seattle. Wash.
1515 Fairview N. (‘Apitol 6400
abroad. Many of those replace?
have not seen their homes for r;
or 7 years . . , Alfred Murstad'a
Hai‘danger fiddle renditions wer:
highly appreciated by Allied forc
es gathered for a special concer:
in 0510‘s University Auditorium
. . . Eight Norwegian air lines, un
der the Norwegian Air Ministry,
are now flying over 5,600 mime“?
daily. Military planes and per«
sonnel are being used.
New York Salvationist
Appointed Army
Leader In Sweden
Col. Axel E. Beckman. New
York, who came to the United
‘States at the age of 18. and haa
[lived here 42 years. has been ap-
Ii,pointed head of the Salvation
ilArmy in Sweden. He has at the:
‘same time been promoted to Lieu
‘tenant Commissioner. Since join
;ing the Army in 1907. Lieutenant
‘Commissioner Beckman has been
I active among Scandinavians in the.
eastern United States. and has
‘been leader of such activities frlr
‘ the last 15 years
“Excellent Food”
Mary L. Erickson. Owner
1500 Westlake No.
GArfield 0501
And Staff
Sheriff, King County

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