Tuesday, January 27, 2009
A Champion of a different Type
Pictured is the Ratliff family of Baldwyn. They had a store northeast of town and also farmed.
Lamar distinguished himself as a celebrity of sorts - not by playing ball or other means - he was the national champion corn grower of 1955 with a record harvest of 304.38 bushels to the acre.
The Ratliffs had a moccasin-infested lake containing bass and bream and some fine fishing. Lots of us fished and even swam in the lake, to heck with the snakes.
Lamar had a precisely measured acre just below this lake and a drain from the lake to water his crop. He would often be seen working in that plot instead of fishing or doing what boys do in the summertime.
He was featured on Funk's corn advertising programs (his sponsor) for years after this award.
I have no idea what Lamar did after school, have never heard from him since. Maybe some reader has that information.
Family photo from an old album given by an anonymous donor.
Lake photo by Carl Houston
Posted by Carl Houston at 1:00 AM