Reflections on Transition

| August/September 1995

Charles House putting wood into the fire

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Earl Henry HC 32 Box 2 Hasty, Arkansas 72640

As people moved from the eastern coastal area into the interior of the North American continent, they had to adapt and develop resources to meet their needs and wants. They took with them the materials and foods that were most familiar in their native lands.

Wild honey was one source of sweetening the early settlers used; another, in the south, was sorghum molasses.

Sorghum was the source for many families and communities as a sweetener. The making of molasses was a community activity that took skill and know-how. This was a community activity that brought families together in the autumn.

In the fall of the year in north central Arkansas, the Rusty Wheels Club of Western Grove, Arkansas cooks off sorghum as a club activity that brings to today a fall activity of bygone years. The club recently purchased acreage to set up a permanent site for their museum and cook-off pan and furnace.

Earl Henry served as president until the fall of 1993. He and others have worked very hard in setting up the program as it now exists.