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December 16, 2012

Demolition of Rhodes granary marks end of agricultural era in Norman

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NORMAN —

“Saturday was a big night in Norman,” McDonald said.

That changed in the 1950s as many farmers expanded their herds and went into the dairy business full-time.

After the farmers expanded operations, they didn’t have time to process their own feed from stored grain.

“Cecil kind of pioneered in the bulk feed for the farmers,” McDonald said.

Rhodes Grain Company delivered bulk feed to the dairy farmers, and hauling companies would stop at the farms and buy the dairy products.

“They (the farmers) never had to leave the farm after that,” McDonald said.

“Everyplace you went in Cleveland County and McClain County and Pot (Pottawatomie) County there was a little dairy with 40 or 50 cows,” Doussett said. “There wasn’t any big ones on this side of the river.”

Doussett worked for Cecil Rhodes off and on for over 50 years.

“We were working with awful good people,” Doussett said. “Mr. Rhodes was always good to me. I had some good customers, and it was a nice time. At one time I had 26 or 27 dairy customers that I delivered to.”

Joy Hampton366-3539jhampton@normantranscript.com

 

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