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October 21, 1976

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October 21, 1976 Section B Page 1 The Glenville Democrat/PathFinder ppalachian mbly line Text and photos by Pau| Brown Each year Adrian Conrad of Low Gap Road near Sand Fork, gets together with some of his friends to brew up a batch of sorghum molasses. One corner of Conrad's farm turns into an Appalachian assembly line. The process begins when the cane is brought from the field and stacked next to the mill. Conrad processed two acres of his own cane and several stacks of cane that individuals brought him. Mem- bers of Glenville's Odd Fellows Lodge (upper left photo) were stacking their cane when these photos were taken. Conrad estimated he would process 250 gallons from his two acres of cane. The cane is run through a mill to squeeze the molasses juice from it. The juice is then strained through cheesecloth into a large garbage can, as Mrs. Peggs is doing in one of the photos at left. The strained juices are then heated on an evaporator and a green scum is skimmed from the juice as it flows through different levels until it reaches a stage where it becomes a Guy Mick supe process. It is strained once again into a bucket ahd later bottled in containers like Conrad proudly displays at left. !