I am just finishing a three-month sequester at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, to work on a book about the first decade of the Heifer Project. Today, I’ll share with you three gems I found as I was sorting through my research files that I brought with me.
1. The following is a clipping from an unidentified newspaper I found in one of Dan West’s files passed on to me by his children:
2. A letter included in the agenda materials for a Heifer Project Committee meeting follows:
WHAT WILL WE BE OFFERED NEXT ? ? ?
October 31, 1946
Church of the Brethren
Brethren Service Center
New Windsor, Maryland
Dear Mr. Metzler:
At the suggestion of Mr. Victor Tuda, of the N. Y. Polish Consulate’s office, I am writing to inquire if you can use a mother cat and four kittens.
I learned of an apparent need for cats in Poland and offer this fine family, hoping they may be useful.
If this offer is of interest and you can forward information as to where I may deliver them in this area, I will be obliged.
Yours very truly,
F. H. J.
604 Grove St.,
Upper Montclair, N. J.
3. And a request from the same Heifer Project Committee meeting agenda:
I just read your “Heifers for Relief” article in the July 17, 1946 Pathfinder. Who is this Dan West fellow? I wish I knew that man. I’d like to talk to him or know his address.
And about those heifers — it says $150.00. Does that mean you there will buy and get it ready to go for that money? I don’t live on a ranch or even on a farm and I don’t own a darn thing but I can get that much money if I want it. Only if I buy one of these will you let me be one of the cowboys and take it across myself? I don’t care what kind of a boat or who else goes, that’s all O.K. if you just let me go. I won’t be much trouble and can feed and take care of it. I did as a child on a farm. I’d like to take a pony too for some little boy but I realize its the cow that gives the milk.
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I can go almost at the drop of a hat, course I will pack the little red bag and make the necessary arrangements. Only strings on me. (I’m the Mother of 3 boys) but they are very nearly able to take care of themselves, and they’ll let me go. That “Ambassadors for Peace” is right down my alley. I know a lot about Peace and I’d like to see first-hand some children overthere.
Don’t say it can’t be done. I may be seasick, but honest I’ve always been able to row my own boat even when the waves are high. I’m not much — just a human being who wants to help.
I’ll send the $150.00, if I have to rob a bank if you just let me go.