Herring (Ochlocknee, Georgia)
was not driving aimlessly through the South Georgia
countryside early one Sunday morning when I happened onto
Mr. Ronny Herring at his syrup factory (Slide
1), where he
produces his “Old South” brand “Kettle Cooked Pure
Georgia Cane Syrup.” It would be hard to find a nicer
fellow, better syrup, or a more authentic operation, give
or take a little stainless and plastic.
Golden No.2x (Slide
2) stands watch over the operation,
greets customers, but is otherwise in retirement. The view
of this Golden No.2x mill is similar to the view of the
Golden No.2 posted at my grandfather’s
similar views permit one to appreciate the longer rollers
on this mill.
A 1916 7-hp Hercules
3) drives Mr. Herring’s Golden No.27 (Slides 4
and 5). I admit to being surprised to see such an old
engine actually doing a job.
The origin of the
juice tanks is straightforward. (Slide
the inside of the factory, with three kettles arranged
around the center. Note the permanent outside rim, as seen
at several other locations. Another rim is suspended above
each kettle. I hope this photograph conveys the aura of
the 1920s, as being there certainly did. Slide
the juice distribution system, which runs to each kettle.
9, shows four gas burners under a kettle. The burners
are arranged in an H-pattern, with each burner being on a
4-inch-galvanized branch from the galvanized trunk line.
The distance between the points at which the branches
insert is 10 inches. The branches turn up by use of a ½ x
3/8 Street-L, which is capped. The cap has a small hole
for the gas to escape, and a chimney surrounds each gas