Sept. 24, 1954 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "It's Harvest Time"
According to Harold Grimm, agricultural superintendent of the Holly Sugar Corporation, a record (sugar beet) crop will be harvested this year, the increase being due largely to improved methods of farming and favorable weather conditions. Twenty-two tons to an acre is the expected yield this year.
All beets in the Amador Valley have been contracted by Holly Sugar and are being shipped by train to the sugar refinery at Alvarado. Sugar beets are trucked from the fields and loaded into cars at Asco Station, located about one-and-a-half miles from Pleasanton along Santa Rita Road.
Four beet harvesters will be in operation in the valley this year, an increase of one harvester over last year. The harvester, a one-man operation, is a mechanical device that digs up and loads the beets into trucks. Usually two trucks are used for each harvester. A machine can dig up 70 to 100 tons of beets in one day.
The first of such machines in this valley was pioneered by Harold Grimm in 1947, Grimm harvested 400 acres in 1947 and 380 acres in 1948 with his harvester. Machines now in use are built on the basis of the Grimm harvester with modern improvements. Beets can be harvested mechanically at one-third the cost of hand harvest, Grimm says.
In the hand harvest, beets are dug up, topped, winnowed, and loaded into trucks by men. An average man will top and load six tons of beets daily. Field labor has been plentiful this year, Grimm stated. The Holly Sugar refinery at Alvarado is one of the old landmarks of Alameda County.
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Groceries: Hagstrom's -- Dole presents its Hawaiian Harvest Sale with pineapple juice, two 46-oz. tins for 51 cents; Dole chunks, 27 cents and canned crushed pineapple, two for 49 cents. A quart bottle of liquid Aerowax, 49 cents; Aerowax paste one-pound tin for 45 cents.
At the Movies: Valley Drive In Theatre, Pleasanton -- Peter Lawford in "Rogues March." Also playing -- Montgomery Clift in "A Place in the Sun."
-- Louise Hartman, staff