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Out Among The Farmers - February 19, 1903


Posted By: DJ Scieszinski
Date: 4/26/2016 at 19:49:45

Thursday, February 19, 1903

Out Among the Farmers

residing on the Chariton road 3 1/2 miles west of Albia, owns 113 acres of land and has resided there 21 years. He is now preparing to remodel his barn. It will be a 48 x 60 structure with 14 foot posts and a basement for stock sheds. Mr. Rowley now thinks he will have a sale this spring as he has too much stock for the size of the farm. He has a fine orchard of four acres and has on hand some excellent fruit, I carried off a peck of fine apples, a gift from the daughter Etta. Mr. and Mrs. Rowley have six children: two oldest in Oklahoma, one daughter in Neb., one son is married and lives near by, Miss Etta and Charles at home. Mr. and Mrs. Rowley had a fine portrait made of themselves, the kind we are giving as a premium to every paid up subscriber. They are well satisfied and think the work superior to some they have that cost more than double what they paid us.
informs me that he has rented his farm and will move to Albia in the spring. He has already bought property in South Albia.
Bought 40 acres of land last fall and moved onto it soon after. The house was burned down some 18 months ago and Mr. Johnson will rebuild in the spring. He was proprietor of the Western Manufacturing plant in this city and resided here eight years.
residing six miles southwest of Albia owns 280 acres of land and has resided on it nearly all his life. I find Mr. Weilenman a good farmer and he has a well improved place and an abundance of stock and has supplied shelter for everything, not only in the stock line but for farming implements as well, and is comfortably fixed to take life easy if he chooses to do so. His crops were excellent the past season and six acres of wheat made him 180 bushels of a very fine quality for this country. He called my attention to a large fish pond that he stocked up with cat fish four years ago and has now thousands of fish, some 7 and 8 inches in length. He is a “cash” man and owes no one and I find his paper bill paid up as well as his other accounts. Mrs. Weilenman was Miss Ethel Morris and was also raised in this township and she is the proud owner of a fine coop of Bluff Plymouth Rock chickens, the first I have had an opportunity to write up. There are five children in the family, four girls and a boy. Bessie is 14 years of age, Margaret 11, Urine 7, Alfred 5 and Velma three. At the time I stopped with this family Miss Elizabeth Tucker, a young lady 13 years of age was visiting them. Little Velma asked me to put the name of her doll in too. Se says, “My doll’s name is Judy and she is seven years old”.
living on the Tyrone road 7 miles from Albia owns 200 acres of land, and was born here 44 years ago. Mr. Watkins has made a specialty of dairy farming for a number of years and thinks it profitable business. Last summer his 20 cows made about $600, or in other words he thinks in one year he makes from each cow the price of a two year-old steer. In 1900 his average ran up to $40 per cow. He keeps all high grade Short Horn cows. I observed a fine lot of Poland China hogs on the place. Also a fine lot of Plymouth Rock and Buff Coachin chickens. He thinks the Plymouth Rock the best all purpose chicken but says the Coachins are the best winter layers, if well cared for. Mrs. Watkins was Miss Eliza Wert. She is an Ohioan by birth. They have six children, all at home and all but little June, who is only three years old, go to the public school. She sang me a little song very accurately and complete.
is feeding 20 head of coming three-year-old steers, will feed till May or to a suitable market. He is also feeding 75 head of hogs, 31 are ready for market. He has a $300 team that is for sale this spring.
has resided on her 277 acre farm since ‘59. Her family has all grown up and married but one son. Three of her sons live near Melrose. Her two daughters, Mrs. Thos. Crane and Mrs. James Campbell, reside at Hocking.
G. B. Lloyd
A short stop at the residence of Mr. Lloyd convinced me that they had a very sick child, so much so that I fear for the little one's safety.
J. F. Garver
4 1/2 miles southwest of Georgetown raised about 1500 bushels of corn. He has filled his own cribs and is now borrowing crib room of a neighbor. Mr. Garver owns 220 acres of land. He sold 40 acres of coal last fall but has not got his money.
By invitation I took dinner at Mr. Long's place at Cedar Mines and Mrs. Long informed me of a nice little sleighing party that took place on the night of Feb. 4. Miss Josephine Miller who teaches the school there, provided conveyance for all her students who chose to go and took them to Union Chapel to church. Those that were in attendance were: Maud Long, Nora Whitmarsh, Bessie Hovel, Lulu Long, Alfred Dillie, Willie Long, Ben Gregg, Ed and Fred Dennis. They were joined on the way by Mr. Anderson Bettis and wife and two children Floyd and Marsh, Mrs. Z T McGill and Cecil Tyrrell, Bessie Long, Ollie Dillie and Miss Josephine Miller. Mrs. Anderson Bettis and Miss Josephine Miller were all guests of Mrs. Long and we all “staid for dinner”. The former resides at Lee Hill and the latter an accomplished school ma'am of Danville, but is now teaching at Cedar Mines. Miss Miller is now teaching her second term here and has been following the avocation for the past three years.
owns 140 acres of land and has lived on it 40 years. His wife died a year ago last Sept. His son-in-law, Ed Crall, has lived with him for the past five years. Mr. Cummins' health is reasonably good for a man of his age.
1 1/2 miles southwest of Hiteman. Mr. Comer, her husband, was one of the Irish colony that settled here 50 years ago. There were 12 of them, James Flattery, John Craig, James Sinnett, Peter Murphy, John Kirby, Mike Reyondis, Thomas Fox, I Thomas Comer and four others whose names I have missed. They were all single men and came here together. After they had entered their land they all went east and were married and soon returned and resided on their places where nearly all of them lived until their death, not one of them being now living. Mrs. Comer's son, Mike, has charge of the farm. Miss Mary is also at home. I find this a pleasant and agreeable family and my stay at the Comer home was very interesting, having found no pleasanter ladies on the road than Mrs. and Miss Comer.
I stopped for a few moments at his residence. He owns 220 acres of land but lives on his mother's farm of 100 acres. He has it well stocked and equipped.
owns a fine farm of 310 acres. He was one of the unfortunates who had his house blown away in the cyclone the first day of June and lost a great deal of his stock, consisting of one horse, 6 sheep, 5 hogs and all of his chickens. He has recently built a new house 28 x 30 feet, full 2 stories high. All that saved the family's life was a large cave that was near the house.
2 1/2 miles north of Hiteman, owns 160 acre farm. His father was an early settler in this township. He reports extra good crops. Mr. L. has a good young orchard and he gave me a sample of apples that I believe is an entirely new variety. They are a large size, deep red, with a red tint running through the apple. The excellence of these apples consists in their keeping qualities. They are very sound and firm at this date and Mrs. L. informed me that they are just getting in good condition to cook and are not yet suitable to eat, although they are a good eating apple in their season. Mr. L. has about 80 bushels of them on hand and says he has never seen anyone that was able to name them.
2 miles northeast of Hiteman, has just built a new cottage house and moved into it. Mrs. Craig informs me that her 4 months old child has been sick all of its life but is now better.
just east of Hiteman, has recently bought 70 acres of land adjoining his home place. This makes him 112 acres in all. Mr. A wants me to say that he has a five year- old, 1,400 lb draft horse for sale. Also 3 coming two year old Black Poled steers, price $80. Mrs. A is now preparing to weave carpets. Her price will be 10 cts per yard. She has also good rag carpet for sale a 35 cts a yard. Mr. A paid me a year in advance on his paper.



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