The March 16, 1953 edition of The Argus-Observer reported that more than 26 men, neighbors of Joe Hobson, using 18 tractors completed the spring work on Hobson’s 80-acre farm all in one day.
Hobson had been injured in a late February auto accident near Nyssa and was ordered by his doctor not to do any heavy work.
The neighbors corrugated the alfalfa fields and pasture, spread manure, worked the fields that needed it with a disc, harrowed, planted grain and prepared corn fields for planting.
Women from the nearby farms prepared a noon meal that fed 50 to 60 men, women and children.
Mrs. Hobson said it was “about the nicest thing” that had happened to her and asked the newspaper to extend her thanks to the people she had not been able to thank personally.