Saturday, September 11, 2010


It looks like the end of the season's tomatoes. In past years you could buy a tomato anywhere around here for 25 cents but not this year. Soon we will be paying a dollar each for them out of the store.

I scouted soybeans all day and got up to Catawba Ohio. That's right, they are famous for Cawtaba trees and that is about it. It's Buckeye Country too and I listened to Ohio State beating the University of Miami, Florida at the end of the day.

I saw some corn rows gone but no one was running from here to Catawba, almost 100 miles away. I did a quick search for information about little Catawba, Ohio.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 312 people, 106 households, and 85 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,221.2 people per square mile (463.3/km²). There were 112 housing units at an average density of 438.4/sq mi (166.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.47% White, 0.32% African American, 0.64% Native American, and 2.56% from two or more races.

There were 106 households out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 12.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the village the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 106.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $39,659, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $34,167 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,261. None of the population or families were below the poverty line.

Dad always pronounced it Catawbie tree. No matter it's origin or pronounciation, its a pretty typical rural Ohio village except for the poverty line part. Sable wasn't that enthralled about it. I can't blame her unless you like crop fields like I do.

I hope you are enjoying this weather as much as we are.



  1. I quit trying to grow a garden 26 years ago because of the deer. I guess it's time to build a fence and go to it again. I remember a song many years ago that said, "The only two things that money can't buy are love and home-grown tomatoes!) (Dan Quaile and I spell it with an "e.")

  2. Ed, not enjoying the weather here as we have yet to turn a wheel on the combine due to rain every few days. You are lucky to have tomatoes at all. Here we have been hit by a blight that sounds to have spoiled most of the tomatoes in the area. I have yet to see a red tomatoe out of my garden. Picked a few green ones a few weeks ago in hopes of them ripening but so far still green. Possible frost the next night or so , wonder if I should bother picking, covering, or just let the frost take them?