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The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Wednesday, February 19, 1941, Page 6

Six Macs Buying Their Eighty ----

When Loren and Loras McLaughlin, junior members in the partnership of the Six Macs, water and feed their mild-mannered Guernsey calves, they aren't just doing a "chore."

More than anything else, these 9 year old twin boys want to be 4-H members like their big brother, Laverne, and like him they want to show sleek, well-fed animals and win ribbons at North Iowa fairs.

Someday, maybe, they'll even be chosen to represent the county at the annual 4-H club convention in Ames, as Laverne was this year. And maybe Bob Feller will be there again, in all his glory.

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Everyone of the Macs has his own particular jobs to do around the McLaughlin 80, and Loren and Loras do their share of the chores with a smile, at least most of the time, which is all anyone could expect.

When they water the calves they scamper to their work quicker than the proverbial wink, because they can pretend that they're 4-H boys already, raising blue ribbon show stock all their own.

Loren and Loras don't talk much when strangers are around, but sit back and listen in wide-eyed interest. But just ask one of them how to tell him from his twin brother, and you'll be eyed in condescending disdain. "Why, we don't look alike.

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And indeed they don't. Despite their identical red plaid caps and diminutive, identical overalls, Loren is an inch taller than Loras, and weighs six pounds more. He has the blue eyes of his father, while Loras' eyes are brown like his mother's, and his hair is darker.

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Each day they go to school at Swaledale in a big yellow bus, and each evening their father drives to town to bring them home.

Back of the house there's an old drainage ditch bordered by tall willow brush which leads to a shallow pond, and when they get home like as not, they'll dash down to its shores on these cold winter days to get in a bit of skating before starting their chores.

They like farm life, and wouldn't trade it for anything.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2014



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