World War I found the members of the Malbis famly engaged in constant work and prepared with harmony and oneness of heart to confront the conditions of wartime. They were convinced that in the future the war would create many shortages. They thought seriously of the need to process and can the vegetables and fruits they raised and to sell them to the general public as well as use them for the needs of their own community. But they were totally inexperienced in this area.  As in the past, however, so in this instance too, they fell back on their solidarity, perserverance, and faith in God. They went ahead and planted various vegetables and helped other nearby farmers to grow similar crops.

The valuable co-worker "Uncle John".

John Vocolis, known affectionalty as "Uncle John", assumed the responsibility of managing the canning plant. In addition to being kind, he seemed to be well read and commanded everyone's respect. He consulted various books published by the United States government and acquainted himself with the best methods and techniques in farming and canning.  Their initial production proved to be fairly successful both in quality and price and they were greatly encouraged by the repeated inquiries and orders which were received. They canned such items as tomatoes, egg plants, squash, peppers, figs, and okra.

They were packed in No. 2 cans, attractively lithographed and bearing the Malbis trade name. Principal markets were Chicago, New York and Boston where the bulk of the canned goods were consumed. Jason Malbis, himself, quite frequently traveled to the northern cities where public contacts fulfilled a two form aim : both material and spiritual.  The demand created by the war and the excellent quality of the Malbis products increased the profits of the community.  At last they began enjoying the material rewards of their toil when thoughts began to turn to the matter of an adequate supply of bread which they thus far had to secure from distant towns at a prohibitive cost. After such thought and without any procastination, they went ahead and made plans for the establishment of the their own bakery. The ground was broken and the foundations were poured. The construction of the bakery was quickly completed and not long after it was producing bread and other baked goods. Apart from meeting their own needs, however, they began to bake enough bread to meet the demand of nearby farmers and residents.

The ideals of industriousness and creativity and the lofty principles by which the members of the Malbis fellowship lived and worked came to the attention of everybody. The progress made through their honest labors made possible the cooperation with local authorities of the area in projects, such as, the opening of new roads in that virgin land where they settled. With more roads they were able to reach the markets of the large citiies.

It was about at that time the family of Christos Papageorgiou joined the group and assumed their own duties in its communal life. He had come from Greece with his wife Chrysanthe and their daughter Photini, sister of William Papageorgiou, one of Malbis' oldest friends.

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