BEAN WEIGHS EIGHT POUNDS
Submitted by Pam Hutchinson
26 Oct 1920 Ironton Register
August Heider has the goods to prove his claim. He brought a butter bean to the Register office today weighing 8 1/2 pounds and measuring 35 3/4 inches in length. The specimen is that of the Guinea butter bean, a new discovery and Gus says he is going to have the big fellow cooked and served and he promises to tell us just how it tastes. Gus and Charley Fell always have big stories to tell about their ability to grow things and confidently we do not always believe what Fell says, but Gus usually produces the living evidence so we cannot doubt him. The bean looks like a Zulu war club and if it is as good as it is big, oh boy, what you could do with it in a fight.
Submitted by: Sharon M Kouns
Ironton Register, Thursday, June 17, 1858
We took a stroll, the other day, over the farm of William D. Kelly, adjoining Ironton, and we were much pleased and interested with the systematic order everywhere displayed. All its operations seem to be conducted with energy and skill; and all he parts unite and harmonize, although an amount and variety of labor is performed, which very few persons would have as adequate idea of, without a somewhat minute inspection. One would suppose that his garden and green house would be sufficient to occupy the attention, and exhaust the energies of one man, without having super added thereto the management of a large farm, a flourishing vineyard, and constantly increasing nursery.
The farm consists of about 270 acres-not including some 30 acres laid off in lots, which are not reckoned as farm lands. The whole farm has an air of freshness and neatness that is perfectly captivating. Good fences, neatly built, free from brush and briars – crops well put in, and cultivated with care – orchards suitably arranged and neatly pruned – nice farm house, well set off with shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery – commodious barns and stables – in fine, the whole farm presents a picture such as the eye loves to dwell upon.
Mr. Kelly has 35 acres of growing wheat, which gives high promise of an excellent yield. We think it the best wheat we have seen this season, the white, beardless variety. He has some 70 acres in grass – the greater portion being heavy and well set; but we noticed portions here and there where scarcely anything but high weeds was to be seen. In these places Mr. Kelly tells us the grass dried out after mowing it last season – perhaps from upheaval of the soil. He has three acres of sweet potatoes, that give promise of a fine crop, and eight acres of oats that look well. He has 30 acres of corn planted, but the season has been so wet and unfavorable thus far, that it does not give promise of an abundant crop; nevertheless, there is yet time, should the season prove favorable hereafter, for it to recover. Mr. K. raises no Irish potatoes except for family use.
Mr. Kelly is preparing to go into orcharding quite extensively. He has already 2,500 apple trees planted out, a large portion of them already in bearing, consisting of such varieties as experience has shown to be best adapted to this climate – embracing summer, fall, and winter fruit. We notice that the bearing trees have a pretty full crop. He has also 3,500 peach trees, embracing all the choicest varieties of the country. He has been at much pains in selecting his trees from the best nurseries. He has quite a number of peach trees of the more common fruit of the country; and we noticed that these trees were well loaded, while but very few of his choice selections escaped the late frosts. Should not this serve as a hint to fruit-growers? Should not more attention be paid to the improvement and cultivation of such varieties as experience shows most capable of resisting the influence of the late spring frosts, which are becoming of such frequent occurrence in our locality?
We visited the spot where Mr. Kelly is building his new house, on the highest point of the ridge just back of town. And here we behold one of the pleasantest sights we have looked upon for a long time. Standing on the site of the house and casting your eye along on either side of the ridge, to the point where it slopes down to the plain, you take in the whole outline of the farm – skirted by the forest on the one side, and the river and town on the other. The whole seems like a map spread out at your feet. Below you, on one side, are his vineyard, and apple and peach orchard extending down the slopes of two contiguous ridges to the bottom of the valley between, and stretching on until they open into the plain; the other side, ranging the whole length of the ridge is a growth of timber, beyond which are checkered fields of growing corn, and waving grain, and tall meadow grass, and pasture lands, with here and there a clump of trees, swaying to the breeze. From this point the surrounding country is visible on both sides of the river, for several miles in extent. With one sweep of the eye, you take in Ashland, Ky., Ironton, Hanging Rock, and stretching the gaze, Greenupsburg, is distinctly seen looming up from the mist of the river, like Phoenix, rising from the ashes. Mr. Kelly proposes to run up a small observatory here from the top of the house, which will greatly extend the range of vision, and add vastly no doubt to the interest of the scene.
We noticed some choice evergreens, set out by Mr. Kelly, whose beauty was sadly marred by some pilfering hands. This is a mean practice, breaking down shrubbery, although it may be done thoughtlessly. Mr. Kelly welcomes visitors, but reasonably request they will not destroy the fruits of his labors.
We were much interested in examining Mr. Kelly’s apiary, and noting the various ingredients resorted to, to protect his bees from the ravages of the miller. Mr. Kelly has at present 50 stands of bees, and he has tested every plan, from the old bee gum, up, through the different patents that have been brought into notice, in all their various forms, and has finally adopted one of his own, unlike any other which he had seen, and which comes nearest affording immunity to its industrious occupants against their common enemy. It does not afford complete protection, and Mr. K. is confident that no invention ever will; nevertheless, he meets with great success in his “bee palace.” He arranges the hive or “bee-room” so as to have two compartments, one where the bees shall deposit their “bread” and rear their young, and the other for storing of honey. This he makes by inserting a box capable of hold 16 pounds of honey in the comb, and so constructed as to be most convenient for the bees to guard it against intrusion from the miller. – The arrangement is such that he can frequently inspect the operations of the little community, and lend a helping hand, if their enemies are likely to prove an over match for them. Mr. K. thinks his present plan a decided success.
FOOTNOTE: William Dollarhide Kelly was one of the founders of the city of Ironton.
Sights and Talks in the Country
The Ironton Register, September 6, 1888
John White and C. L. Steed are doing a lively business in the coal trade at Forest Dale. O. E. Kinkaid has a fair crop of fruit, on the Haskell farm. Wm. Corn has a fine piece of buckwheat; probably sown for his bees, as he has several stands. This is economy anyway. Albert Steed is gardening his mother’s ground this year, and is doing it in good style. The Steeds in this neighborhood all have good crops of fruit. Capt. Sam Steed says his fruit is fair; hay only one-third crop; corn good. Wm. Martin has his wheat ground plowed, ready for sowing. Jacob Meistead is butchering and runs a meat wagon. J. M. Deering’s farm produced 230 bushels of wheat, which he considers one-third of a crop; corn not as good as last year, and the late storms have thrown it down so badly it will be difficult to save fodder; fruit crop is good, both late and early. Wm. Deering, Esq., has fair crops; is preparing for wheat; is gathering forest leaves and plowing them under; thinks them an excellent fertilizer; says the Squire’s business is not very lively. J. H. Wood is having all he can do in the wagon and blacksmith business. John puts up good work.
Stant Moore says crops with him are not extra; like most other farmers, he feels the failure of the wheat the most. Dry weather and chinch bugs closed in on the crop and got away with most of it. His sons, Boyd and Floyd, are in Oregon, the former preaching and the latter farming; so they can take care of both soul and body. His son Charles F. is in the South railroading. Mr. M. will soon begin to bring dressed beef into market. I. V. Kelly has a farm adapted to almost anything a person wants a farm for. He has fine fruit and wheat land, and raises vegetables with any of them; has fine Rome Beauty and Red Bobinson apples; good crop of peaches; splendid corn; four acres of sorghum cane; one acre of sweet potatoes; wheat and oats better than an average generally this year; has 12 stands of Italian bees that are doing well. F. M. Kelly is at his father’s at present. He is just recovering from a severe spell of typhoid fever. His wife has had it since they came over here, but is now out of danger.
There is quite a different report to make this year about Wm. Brammer’s orchard. It is well laden with nice looking apples; some very nice russetts and many other varieties. Abe Pemberton has a splendid piece of corn, a fine colt, and is enjoying himself as best he can. Elliot Corbin is now 76 years old; has not enjoyed the sense of seeing for several years; has lived 48 years in the same place he now lives. He is not enjoying as good health as last year; says he would like to have attended the pioneer meeting at Ironton; has a razor hone 150 years old; says he is coming to Ironton this Summer to see some of his old friends. Mrs. C. is 67 years old; has had very poor health this Summer; showed me a gourd used by her great grandmother over 100 years ago; it was used to keep spices in; would hold about a quart. John Powell’s saw mill has been busy and has some very nice poplar logs in the yard yet. The crops of corn and cane along this branch of Leatherwood look much better than last year.
Taylor Langdon is building a fine barn with basement for stable; size 30×48 feet. Lewis Hart is putting it up, and Henry Gerlach is doing the stone work; both good workmen. Mr. L. has a good farm and this is a move in the right direction. The Langdons are all good farmers and all report fair crops. Lewis Hart says his crop is fair. Henry Gerlach reports about the same. J. M. Templeton reports his crop of sorghum, melons and corn good; potatoes only middling. G. P. Watters is preparing for hauling in his Winter’s coal. He is hauling lumber to Ironton to be dressed to do some repairing. John Wepplar and A. Crawford do the blacksmithing at Russell’s Place; both good workmen and clever gentlemen. The store business is divided up. The merchants are Snyder & Betts, J. Hamilton and A. B. Boothe – all clever fellows, and deserve the patronage of that region.
J. Q. Hamilton has received a patent on a car-coupler, and has been making them at Lambert’s machine shop and testing them on the Iron R’y the past few days. Mr. H. is well pleased with its work, and thinks it a success. A. B. Boothe will teach the school at the mouth of Drift creek, and Mr. Waldick will attend the store. Dr. Burns has built a barn 30×50 feet, with basement for stable. The Doctor understands farming as well as medicine; has a fine Grey Eagle colt, as potted as a piece of calico, and is large and well built; reports corn good on his farm, and wheat an average; says health of the surrounding country not good; typhoid fever and flux principal sickness. Richard Milstead says crops are light around in his neighborhood. Sardine Paul bought a piece of land of Elisha Langdon last week. Mr. Langdon is in very poor health, and is arranging his business and expecting to be called at any time.
Betts & Snyder have fitted up their mill with the improved Telescope Davis patent bolt, and are doing first-class work. This I hear not only from the proprietors, but from those who have tried the new process. This is not the roller process, but ground with old-fashioned millstones, or buhrs, as they are sometimes called, the upper stone turning. The mill is operated by water power, and one man can do all the work and grind 75 bushels a day. They are making an extra quality of corn meal also. George W. Sprinkles, the old veteran miller, is attending it, and is as proud of it as a boy with a pair of red-topped boots. If this continues a success, Cal is deserving of patronage for venturing into this enterprise.
Compiled by: Sharon Milich Kouns
Ironton Register, Thursday, November 10, 1887
OUR PILGRIM ABROAD
On Federal creek met Robert Neely. He is a sociable man, was sorry couldn’t enjoy his company longer. Wm. McKinley is closing in on his Fall work, and enjoys the world as it comes. J. H. Trusdell has a good comfortable home, and is no doubt doing well. His daughter Ada is teaching school near C. H. Turley’s and is well liked; has about 40 pupils. Chas. Miller says apple crop failing makes it hard with the farmers. Nehemiah Daniel’s house burned October 29. Mr. D. lost all his goods and effects; he has the sympathy of the community; he barely escaped with life and his two grand children.
Israel P. Cross has a comfortable farm and ranks among the good fellows of Rome township. Mrs. Watson, a daughter of Ex-Commissioner Andy Miller, has given her house a coat of buff paint, trimmed with red, which adds beauty to the premises. She has also built a small house for a tenant in her orchard. M. Varnum, one of the best carpenters of that part of the county, is doing the carpenter work, and T. R. Baker, the boss painter, is giving it a shine. R. Gardner has the finest two-year-old colt in the county, if I am a judge; weight, 1046 lbs.; its of the Norman stock. “Mr. G., your colt is fine, what about your crop?” “My wheat rather light– 241 bushels from 26 acres; sowed 10 acres this year; corn, common crop, 24 acres of it; had 3 acres of potatoes, about 150 bushels; had a good crop of peaches and a good pear crop; 25 bushels at least. I have 6 horses, 36 cattle and 29 hogs.” “Mr. G. you have a beautiful grove.” “Yes, only it is getting too thick.” Miss Carrie Gardner is teaching the Beulah school, and has a good school.
Rev. T. Hornton arrived at Proctorville, last Wednesday evening, from Wichita, Kansas, on a short visit with Rev. De Selm; brought Clara May De Selm, the daughter of the Rev. De S. with him and will return with her this week. Chas. W. Eckhart and Emma W. Kaneff were united as one, at the bride’s residence, Nov. 3. Rev. De Selm performed the marriage ceremony. Mayor Ollum is still on deck and the same jolly fellow, of the rare old style. P. M. Parker is a clever gentleman, but his politics are not good. Dr. Ricketts is on the go all the time, yet it don’t reduce his weight. The Doctor still remembers of assisting Dr. Branson in picking the burned powder out of ye editorial countenance. R. W. Magee raised a large crop of hay–has 200 tons baled. “Rufe” is the same wherever you meet him. Dr. Reynolds has gone west. Dr. Atkinson, of Scott Town, has taken his office and will soon move to Proctorville. Dr. Feurt is having his share of the sick folks to attend to.
Met A. T. Null, of Platform, taking home a load of apple trees from P. L. Turley’s nursery. They were fine looking trees. Mr. N. is one of the good fellows of Platform, and I noticed his place, a few days ago as I passed, was in fine order. J. R. Frampton, of Rockwood, is buying in all the corn as the farmers bring it to him. Mr. F. doesn’t look at it, but he feels of it. Several of the citizens of Rockwood work in Huntington, among whom are Messrs. Newman, Rodgers, Ullum and Hagerman. J. L. Darling moved from near Proctorville, below Rockwood on the Kouns farm, where Geo. Winn has been living. Has sown 48 bushels of wheat and has just got the git-up in him to make a farmer. He is a daisy, good fellow.
The schools not heretofore noted are: G. W. O’Neil at Millersport, enrollment 30; J. Guthrie, assistant, with an enrollment of 45; both doing well. Mr. O’Neil has the reputation of being an excellent teacher. Miss Remy is teaching below Bradrick, and not at Chesapeake, as stated last week. Misses Lettie Allison and Sadie H. Boothehave charge of the schools at Chesapeake. The schools of Lawrence county, as far as I could learn, are all in a flourishing condition. Omitted to state in the proper place that C. T. Adams has moved back from the west and bought the widow Locy farm on Paddy creek. Wm. Locy is still in the huckstering trade; does his trading in Huntington. Warren Hall has a fine pulling team of matched sorrels. Mr. H. reports a good crop of melons and sweet potatoes. W. T. Smith, of Burlington, is teaching at Louisa, Ky. He came down to deposit his ballot for Gov. Foraker and the straight ticket.
Compiled by: Sharon Milich Kouns
Ironton Register, Thursday, November 24, 1887
COUNTRY JAUNTS OUR PILGRIM’S WALKS AND TALKS
Passing through Forest Dale, I overtook Robert Simpson on his way to school; says his average is 35. This is Robert’s first effort as a teacher, and he is quite successful. O. E. Kinkaid was next interrogated and his answers were as follows: Had 25 tons hay, 2000 bush. Corn, 300 gallons sorghum; had 2 acres in melons which were only a fair crop. This is the James Haskell stock farm, but of late has been cultivated with the plow. Wm. Corn has added quite an improvement to his house by raising it one story higher and building an addition to it; failed to get in his wheat; too dry to plow. J. H. Deering is building a smoke-house; he and his father are farming together; sowed 28 bushels wheat; will have 750 bushels corn; about as good as usual. J. M. Deering received a letter from his daughter, Mrs. Will Falwell, a few days ago, in which she says it has been so dry they couldn’t sow wheat and had been hauling water seven miles. They live in southwestern Missouri. Met Jacob Molter, from drift creek, on his way to Ironton with a barrel of sorghum; says he had 212 gallons of it this year; too dry for his corn; had 5 bushels of clover seed; not a half crop, compared with last year. James Melvin has built a grainary and shed combined; a great convenience. James Mays saw the President at St. Louis, but was not favorably impressed with him.
- D. Currington, as usual in good humor for a talk; had 268 bushels wheat, sowed 39 bushels; corn crop light; had 12 bushels of clover seed from 12 acres; last year had 10 bushel from 3 acres. J. H. McGee is running his mill night and day. Mess. Dent & Boren are the millers. John Brace’s crop this year was 175 bushels of wheat, 150 of oats, 250 of corn, hay good; has not as much stock as common; has 30 sheep, 20 head of cattle, 12 hogs; had re-painted his house and trimmed it red, which makes it quite noticeable. Mr. B. is a neat farmer. Peter Schaffer reports 175 bushels wheat; 400 of corn; has sowed 20 bushels wheat; is kiln-drying lumber for a new dwelling. Mr. S. has a good barn and says next is a new house. Aden Webb wound up his coaling job last week; says good roads and good weather brought it to a close earlier than for five years; he coaled for Hecla. G. B. Lambert, on the King or Walburn farm, had 190 bushels wheat, 300 of corn. Mr. L. is improving this farm considerably since he has owned it. Anthony Clark has weatherboarded his house and lengthened it with a new room. Mr. C. invested his pension where he can see it and be benefited by it as he grows less able to work. Capt. J. J. Matney has bought the larger portion of the McKnight farm, including the house, sampled the Captain’s honey, fresh from the hive, and pronounce it No. 1; listened to the music by the family band, and left much refreshed. W. H. Dillon bought the other part of the McKnight farm and is erecting a small tenant house thereon. John Sayre run the division line last Wednesday. Wonder what was the matter with John, that he left his glove and robe that day!
George Fillinger’s house burned down about two weeks ago; was insured. Stephen Schafer butchered a fine lot of hogs last week. Mr. S. had 150 bushels wheat; he sowed 28 bush.; corn only fair crop. Messr. Russell and Lambert report only fair crops. Levi Shively, on Brushy Branch, has a large barn and has erected a new house, in place of one destroyed by tire about a year ago; reports only an average crop this year. John Schaffer, always in a good, sociable humor, is little above an average this time, on account of republican majority this year; had 160 bush. Wheat, 200 of corn. T. O. Wiseman says crop an average this year. John C. Russell has quit teaching and is selling goods at Wilgus. Lunceford, the grocer and huckster, has a fine trade and is no doubt doing well. T. F. Payne is well pleased with the late election returns; his farm is in good trim. Burrel Payne, one of the pioneers of Long creek, is planting out a young orchard, and has been getting quite a large lot of lumber sawed this year; has 12 acres wheat sowed; corn good and is in a comfortable condition for Winter. Miss Dora Payne, his daughter is teaching in the Brammer settlement, and his son is attending the school at Centre Furnace, taught by L. P. Bradshaw. Kitts & Stephens’ sawmill has been in the hollow near E. H. Payne’s since last August, and has sawed a large amount of lumber. They have a planning mill and shingle machine attached, which have proved both a success and a convenience. E. J. Followell can be seen passing up the hollow on his way to the Venisonham school, and J. P. Lawrence down on his way to Trace school every morning. Mrs. J. P. Lawrence teaches the Ebenezer school.
One thing noticeable is the long distances traveled by the teachers–poor wages the principal cause. The teacher enters his school tired and not in as good condition as he should be. I know this by experience. Sam Dement’s farm shows marks of industry. Mr. D. has planted 800 fruit trees this year; sowed 30 bushels wheat; had 400 bush. wheat, 30 tons of hay; has a fine bull. Sam lost 12 peach trees and 13 cherry trees last Wednesday, while coming out from Ironton. Anyone finding them will be rewarded by returning them. J. S. W. Smith says crops were not very good; had 170 bush. wheat; sowed 20 this year; sold 14 hogs last week, averaged 300 lbs.; has 60 sheep. Jesse Lewis is teaching on Greasy Ridge; known as Roach school; 72 enrolled. T. B. Bucker has been amusing himself with a pet known as a boil; situated between the nose and mouth, for a few days. Still, Thomas tied it up and showed his 46 head fine sheep and two fat steers. They were beauties, too. Says corn not good; had 400 bushels; 260 of wheat from 30 bushels sowed. Abner Rapp planted 400 fruit trees of the J. C. Bingham species. Says his crops amounted to 360 bushels of wheat, 150 bushels of oats, 1000 bushels of corn; has 34 head of cattle. Thinks he would quit farming if he could sell his farm. Mr. R. has no one to share his prosperity with, having lost his wife over a year ago. August Rapp says his large barn is none too big; has 38 cattle, 34 hogs; raised 600 bushels corn. John Snider is always the same, anywhere he may be found. Of course, John expected the election to go against him. Squire McCown, from Millersport, was out on Thursday to see John and talk over the calamity that had befallen their party. The Squire says his official biz is not as brisk as it might be.
One can readily know when he is nearing the Rucker Brothers, by the green pasture. That blue grass will show up while other fields look dead; and if a person is fond of fine stock of any kind, from a buff Cochin rooster to a fine Hambletonian stallion, here is the place to find it. Their stock consists of 73 head of cattle, at present, having sold 19 head; 64 head of Shorthorn, 20 of which are sucking calves, and beauties they are, too. They have some fine fat steers and a few scrub steers bought last Spring to fatten and pasture. They say that is the last experiment of that kind they want. Their Hambletonian stallions, a 3 and 4-year-old, are beauties. Next comes two sucking colts, a young Hambletonian and a Wilkes, the latter prettier than a picture. The hogs number 31, all sizes and good stock. The sheep-flock consists of 40 fine Cotswolds; will increase their flock next year. They are clearing 40 acres of ground this season, and will break up some old pasture for corn next year; then look out for big corn. They say that their pasture has been good all Summer, and don’t expect to feed their stock till first of December.
- E. McGirr has a fine goat; will get a flock of sheep to run with it next Spring. Last year, Zeek had the finest apples in Aid, but was a failure this time. I. N. Williskeeps his farm in good order; says his crop were not very good. Frank Howell has a span of nice little mules; bought them from Mr. Winters, of Sheridan. Hecla has their yard and part of the road stocked with charcoal. The church is about completed; the building looks well, but the location is not so good.
FARMERS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY, OHIO
Compiled by: Sharon Milich Kouns
Ironton Register, Thursday, March 10, 1892
Talks With Some of the Farmers
Eli Ramey, of Perry, owns 120 acres; he has two thirds of this in grass and clover; sowed 25 bushels wheat, and sows 3 bushels clover seed every spring. Has quit trying to raise oats and is trying turn his attention to stock raising.
Cecil Kite, of Fayette, will farm largely this year, as he will farm his father’s land in addition to his own; will have about 25 acres in corn. He has faith in oats and will sow 25 bushels of seed. Has sown 25 bushels of wheat and all looks well.
Henry Gates was in town Thursday with a load of wheat which he sold to the Goldcamp flouring mill for 90 cts. per bushel. He has two-hundred bushels of old wheat on hand yet. Ms. Gates is one of the prosperous farmers of Lawrence township and has a good large farm of 174 acres of the very best soil, mostly limestone and red clay. He has about 35 acres sown in wheat, and will plant about the same number of acres of corn. The larger part of his farm is in grass and clover. He always mixes his grass and clover seed, and has the best success that way. His wheat looks well.
P. G. Hackworth, another of Lawrence township farmers, combines his farming huckstering and makes a good living. He keeps a number of milch cows and makes plenty of butter which he finds ready sale for in our city every Friday.
James Forgey is agent for a patent churn which is exhibiting in town, and trying to secure local agents for the sale of the same. It is a very simple and handy arrangement. The churning is done by turning a crank, and any child can churn with ease, that is large enough to turn the crank.
Samuel Kouns and J. H. Sutton were engaged in an animated discussion of their prospective creamery, when our reporter came down upon them, and learned that some Chicago parties are in the Saliday country in Fayette township, and propose to locate a plant in that region provided the requisite number of shares are taken at $100 each. The amount required is $5000 and the number of shares limited so as to have a diversity of interests. When the necessary amount of stock is subscribed, the erection of the creamery will be begun, and they say the entire amount is about, if not quite make up, but some subscribers are trying to kick out the traces, and hence the discussion we had interrupted. Getting all the information concerning it we could from them we felt them to finish their conversation.
Lawrence, Aid and Fayette townships, furnished the amusement for the court and jury last week.
Henry J. Wiseman of Symmes township, says he will plant about 16 acres in corn this year, which with his wheat crop which gives signs of good yield will be about all one man can tend well.
A.B Booth and W. A. Russell were in town last week, seeing the town, visiting court, and taking in the examination of teachers.
Frank Wakefield came to town Thursday to see the Probate Judge and inspect the hard roads. He has 75 bushels of wheat sown. Will plant good acreage of corn, also a large melon patch as is his custom. He says the Winter has been a very hard one on wheat, and the prospects for a good crop are not so flattering as they might be.
Mr. John Dowling, who for some time was the proprietor of a butcher shop in Coalgrove, has returned to his farm in Fayette township, and will give his undivided attention to his farm. He will plant about 20 acres in corn, and will sow a large amount of grass seed, but not oats as the oat crop in this county is not a profitable one. His farm has run down some in his absence from it and requires a great deal of labor to fix it up.
C. L. Crawford, who recently disposed of his ferry boat at Rockwood, will turn farmer and raise and deal in stock. He has a farm of over 200 acres on Buffalo Creek, back of Stephen Dillon’s farm. He will sow it principally in grass, and deal exclusively in horses. His farm he says has partly grown up in briars and bushes, and has been sadly neglected. He is clearing out the briars and shrubs and repairing it up generally. Mr. Crawford speaks in growing language of his new adventure and will no doubt succeed in his undertaking.
F.H. Goldcamp will plant about his usual crop of corn, 25 acres; has in 20 acres of wheat, will sow a few bushels of oats, has but little faith in oat crop anymore as it was a complete failure last year, and of but little account the previous year. Deals some in live stock; a large portion of his farm is in grass. His farm consists of 159 acres in Fox Hollow precinct, on Pine Creek.
Joseph Howell says he will put in a large crop of corn this year. He thinks he will have in at least 45 acres of corn, has 25 acres in grass, would rather depend on stock raising than plowing. Will give his attention principally to his stock. He doesn’t raise any oats and sowed no wheat last fall.
Lowden Massie will divide his time between his farm and coaling job. He says there is a very poor living in either and thinks that by uniting them more can be realized. He says that 10 years ago he received $18 for the same amount of work in coaling that he is required to do now for only $8. He clears the land in connection with the coaling and thus realizes more out of his labor. He has but a small farm and with the help of his boy can attend to both the farm and the coaling very handily.
Albert Ward of Symmes, owns 130 acres of land, a good country store of general merchandise, and runs a general huckster wagon from his store to Mt. Vernon from which place he ships by railroad to here. He has about 75 or 80 acres in grass, the remainder he lets to tenants to cultivate and receives grain rent. He says the farmers made the most of these pretty sunny days and can be seen plowing early and late.
O. J. Hall, Constable of Lawrence township brought in McClellan Dunfee, of Willow Wood, and placed him in jail for failure to pay fine and costs for disturbing religious meeting at New Zion church.
J. M. Brammer of Fayette, one of Lawrence county’s school teachers, by dint of energetic efforts, frugality and close application of business, has gathered to himself a large and very productive farm, a large part of which he has in grass, and will sow more this Spring. Intends putting in a large crop and will deal large in stock raising.
Jacob Holchew of Willow Wood, was in town the other day buying in a large stock of dry goods for his Spring and Summer trade. He says his grist mill is doing good work running day and night. Bought his corn last fall at 40 cents, sells meal at 50 cents; leaving him a profit of ten cents, and the offal.
Abner Rapp, of Rappsburgh, was in town Thursday, to see Probate Judge about some business pertaining to that office, and stopped over night at the Dennison house. He and his brother August are the owners of about 1400 acres of good farming land in the back part of this country, in Mason township. He says they plow but very little; raise probably 12 acres of corn on an average each year. They have their land about all in grass, and mow it for hay. They are stock raisers. He says their plan is to keep them on grass till they are four years old and ship. Had just shipped 60 head of cattle to Cincinnati by boat. The average cost of shipping is only $2.50 per head from Crown City. The average weight of the lot was 1400 pounds and netted them, clear of all expenses, 4 ½ cts. per pound. They never sell in the Fall, but begin feeding in February or March and sell all along till about the middle of April or the first of May. Prices are always best in the Spring. They have some fine large cattle now that will weigh about 2100 pounds each that they are going to ship to Cincinnati soon. They are also fattening others for our own town butchers.
Bartley Blankenship came in Monday to transact some business with the butchers, and says the farmers of Aid are very busy preparing their corn ground. He will put in about 20 acres of corn. Winter was rather hard on his wheat. He has some stock on hand. He sows a great deal of grass and clover seed and plows under a portion of his clover each year for manure.
James Joseph of Windsor deals mostly in gardening and fruit raising, has a fine young orchard and takes good care of it and reaps a good reward.
John W. Mayberry of Windsor township, was in town Saturday. He says he has a fine young apple orchard of over eight-hundred of as thrifty trees as can be found any where in the county. He has 160 acres of land, mostly in grass and pasture. Has in a good crop of wheat that has stood the winter very well and is looking first rate. He combines farming and school teaching and makes a success of both.
Compiled by: Sharon Milich Kouns
OUR PILGRIM VISITING AMONG THE FARMERS
Submitted by: Sharon M. Kouns
Ironton Register, Thursday, October 18, 1888
During the last week, farmers have been busy getting in wheat, making sorghum and picking apples. First asked Wm. BRAMMER about crops. Said he sowed 27 bushels wheat; had 30 acres corn; thinks he will have 150 bbls. of apples. E. S. BRAMMER is in very poor health this fall, not being able to be out much for a year; had 18 acres corn, very light crop fruit; sowed 10 acres wheat.
- O. BRAMMER, next farm to E. S., has good fruit crop, especially on hill, has good cane. Bees died out; built a large barn in same place the one burned about a year ago. Linsey CHRISTIAN had 3 acres cane that made 90 gallons to the acre. He thinks juice of hill cane sweeter than on bottom land. J. A. JOHNSON, with the help of three hands, makes 45 apple barrels a day, all hands working. Andy HUNT has two farms, has had splendid apples, sowed 20 bushels wheat. C. W. BRAMMER sold 85 barrels apples at $1.25 per barrel; will have 300 bushels corn. N. L. SINGER, one of Lawrence county’s prominent school teachers, is teaching on Wolf creek; raised 15 acres corn; sowed 30 bushels wheat; had a patch of tobacco; will put out 1000 fruit trees this fall. T. R. JONES has 7 acres sorghum, 25 acres good corn, fruit good crop.
Peter HAMLIN has been clearing ground; had 12 acres corn, and is improving his place generally. Mrs. H. has received a patent on clasp for fruit can. Jesse DILLON has about finished his contract on abutments and grading for the bridge across Indian Guyan on the Athalia and Ironton pike via. Getaway. Bridge is 85 ft. long. Mr. DILLON has just been awarded the contract for putting up a large reservoir in Huntington, costing about $6000; wants men and teams. Found Clinton FORGEY right in the height of sorghum making and from him learned that he has 37 acres corn, expects 1200 bushels; 2 acres cane, will have 300 gallon molasses; had 367 bushels wheat, will sow 62 acres; apple crop not good, hill orchard almost a failure; had good crop of peaches; chinch bugs took oats; has 35 hogs; 22 cattle, including 4 fat steers, 7 stand bees did well.
- F. FORGEY teaches at the Union School House. Ben is a promising young teacher. James B. GUTHRIE teaches at Windsor and boards at Mr. FORGEY’S. He and B. F. are a go-ahead team. E. GILLETT has a pecan tree in his yard, a foot in diameter and 50 feet high bearing fruit. Mr. G. brought the nut from Louisiana in 1861 when things were hot; planted it himself; has good fruit, bees did well, has large sweet potatoes and pumpkins. Dr. C. J. SLOAN keeps his orchard in good shape; thinks his apples larger and smoother than usual and turn out more barrels than expected; will sow 12 acres wheat; has 25 head cattle, including 5 cows, 9 hogs, had 150 bus. peaches, 500 gallons cherries, 20 bushels pears, showed me ears of corn 14 inches in length. The doctor’s mother lives with him, is 86 years of age and is quite active. Showed me some fancy work done during the last year without spectacles, such as pansy blossoms, pink verbenas, sunflowers, roses, morning glories and lilies worked on silk with different colors of silk floss. This, she says, was taught in school in her school days. Showed me plates used by her grandmother that were 150 years old; also, cup over 100 years old. This the doctor filled with some of his five-year old cherry wine. Well, I will just say it was splendid.
While speaking of people up on years, I will say, B. A. WAKEFIELD, one of Lawrence county’s oldest and best citizens, was born in Millersport in 1809, and is therefore in his 79th year. Mr. W. is quite supple and delights in talking about olden times. He was in Chester, Meigs county, in 1840, to hear Tom CORWIN, rode in a canoe, had a log cabin, coon skins &c. Mr. W. will cast his vote, as then, for HARRISON and protection. Mr. W.’s father, Peter WAKEFIELD, was the first Justice of the Peace in Windsor township, named the township. His father had a mill not far from the place he now lives. Frank works the farm; has 35 acres No. 1 corn, had 180 bushels wheat, 80 bushels oats; will sow 40 acres wheat; has 3 acres heavy cane, 30 head cattle, 25 hogs, 75 bushels potatoes, only half crop of apples; have a fine lot of turkeys and chickens and 22 Pequin ducks. Frank says they have the right name, for they are always peekin for something.
- H. DILLON raised 20 acres good corn; fruit and late potatoes good; has nice fat turkeys. His son Otto, who smashed the bones in his leg about a month ago, is out on crutches. Wm. WILGUS had good corn and fruit. J. K. BRAMMER raised fair crop.
On Five Mile creek the fruit, cane and corn crop is very fair. John EMBRE won’t risk but 9 bushels of wheat; corn was good. Mr. E. is a very sociable gentleman. John COYLE bought the place where D. FLOYD lived last year and seems to enjoy it. Mr. TURNER carries on his cooper shop in Proctorville. Anthony TULL does not boast of extra corn, but apples are good and had 100 gallons sorghum. Thos. REMY teaches school near Mr. TULL’S. Thos. is a young but industrious fellow and will succeed. F. SCHRADER has a very neat little hill farm and knows how to take care of things; has a good neat looking house and large barn; has an apple tree nursery, keeps 5 horses, 12 head cattle; corn crop good; will sow 20 acres wheat.
- REES, at the head of Paddy Creek, has a pet thumb, caused by not being better posted in ground-hogology, or in other words, thought it was a rabbit – don’t think so now. Thinks he will have 200 barrels of apples, some nice looking; will present the REGISTER with a barrel of the best soon. S. WARD put out 2000 trees that are not bearing yet. Estimates his crop at between 700 and 800 barrels, sold for $1.24. Sowed 15 bushels wheat; has 13 head cattle, 4 horses, 25 hogs, 35 acres corn. Bruce BRAGG has a young orchard and has some Rome Beauties as large as I ever saw. Thursday morning Ironton was represented at Scott Town by two sewing machine agents, a Clerk of the Court and your reporter. Felt like wilting when asked if I was a machine agent.
- A. RODGERS does the wagon work and blacksmithing of the town is a full team. Joe also takes care of 12 stands of bees and says they are doing well; keeps grass and weeds clear of the hive. Mr. R. is for protection. Met Mr. DARLING, the able correspondent of the Ohio Valley News, from this place. Thinks country news the life of a newspaper. J. F. BURCHAM says chinch bugs took his crop entirely. W. F. BURCHAM’S farm is in good order, crops look well. A. T. NULL, near Platform put out young fruit trees last fall; growing nicely; will sow 35 bushels wheat, 17 acres corn; had 158 bushels wheat; has 16 head cattle, 14 hogs, 2 acres cane; just built crib and shed 30 x 14. W. H. HURON will teach at Beech Grove this year. Mr. H. is a good teacher is well liked, and the directors acted wisely in giving him a second trial.
Berry WOOD has a good crop. Berry is a black republican of the true HARRISON stripe. O. E. RECKARD is building a new school house near Berry WOOD’S. H. DILLON’S apples not a full crop, but fine fruit. V. DILLON still hammers hot iron, on the hill and attends his little farm. John ELLSWORTH will move to Scott Town and attend the store himself. John ROWE is teaching again at Windsor town house. Met an old gentleman near Mr. ROWE’S, and on talking with him found him to be John HAYES, 82 years old. Voted first for JACKSON, but voted for W. H. HARRISON in Belmont county, Ohio, and is for the grandson. A. S. McCAFFREY goes to Huntington with his marketing; thinks prices better. Joseph MURDOCK has a neat little country store; corn good; has the finest patch of clover in the county; has a fine pet groundhog that will sit up and eat a stick of candy; says he goes off for days then returns. Under the present law a ground hog farm would be profitable. E. W. MURDOCK has average corn; will sow 8 bushes wheat. H. HESSON is 80 years old; voted for HARRISON in 1840 and is for HARRISON again. George HESSON is an offensive partisan, that is to say, he is a staunch republican, but as the democrats have no one desirous of distributing the mail, George is allowed to remain postmaster at Dobbstown.
Dick CLARK, who formerly owned the place where C. ENGINGER now keeps his fine Holstein dairy, has a small farm; has some nice apples and pears. J. H. MAYBERRY teaches the school on the ridge near MURDOCK’S store. W. L. MORRIS has some fine Rome Beauties that would be hard to beat; has good corn and Buckwheat. M. THOMAS had 75 bbls. apples; will sow 20 bushels wheat; has a sorghum mill. Hiram SMITH has excellent sweet potatoes, good corn; won’t risk wheat this year; has fine Rome Beauties and Ben DAVIS apples. Jackson ULLOM has a store near the Ridge church; has been working on contract near Huntington for over a year; will wind the job up soon. He thinks W. Va. will go republican sure this fall. J. P. HARKINSON has a coal bank on his farm; corn looks well. G. W. THOMPSON has 10 acres good corn, a few nice hogs; won’t risk any wheat. David GOSSETT is working on a barn for Dr. ELLSWORTH. A. W. CLARK has fine Ben DAVIS apples; corn and cane look well. D. GRUBER, as usual has things in order; crops good; will have 100 barrels apples; sowed 20 bushels wheat; has 35 cattle, 30 hogs, 110 bushels wheat, 250 bushels oats, 8 horses. H. O’NEIL sowed 10 bushels wheat; has 10 acres corn, 11 cattle, 13 hogs, one-fourth acre peanuts turning out well.
- F. WILSON has raised 100 bushels of Irish potatoes, has some fine chickens, some Minoricas that are not in the minority when it comes to counting eggs. A. P. RUSSELL is at his old post in the HALSCHEW mill. Mr. R. is a good miller. Saw Nathan JENKINS, Sr., here getting a large bundle of wool rolls. So Mr. JENKINS has an old fashioned spinning wheel. Nathan says he voted for HARRISON in Perry township in 1840 and his father was a soldier under HARRISON and says he is for the HARRISON first, last and all the time. Allen WILSON, aged 70, voted for VAN BUREN. Couldn’t go GREELEY but has voted for all other democrats except him; that time wouldn’t vote at all. James PEMBERTON has a fine horse that has been unable to stand on his feet for some weeks. Mr. PEMBERTON has attended his farm carefully. C. A. WARD has a fine view from his place; can see Windsor Town House and the hills around Ironton; had 150 bushels apples; won’t sow wheat; has 14 hogs. W. G. WARD is teaching at Myrtle. Neglected to report that E. POWELL is teaching at Buck creek; has a pleasant school. Also J. A. McCOMAS, at Bradshaw school house, with a good prospect.
Joel EARLES runs a thresher this year; wheat a poor turnout. He will sow 15 acres, says his corn is first rate, has 30 acres, fruit not so full but good, has 10 head cattle. Mr. E. thinks farmers generally are better prepared for living through the winter than for some time, that with a little energy they can lay up quite a variety to live on. Cal. SNYDER brought John LEIGHTY 12 fine hogs last Wednesday at 5 cts.
In last week’s notes John G. WILGUS should be John G. WILLIS. H. C. BROWN’S fine peach trees are Queen of the West and Heath Cling.
Submitted by Martha J. Kounse
CORN– We are also informed that Joseph Miller, living on the bank of the Ohio, in the upper end of Lawrence County, has a field of corn in which was found twenty stalks of corn with 200 full grown ears upon them being 10 ears to each stalk. Beat this who can. A radish grew on the same farm the present season measuring 35 1/2 inches in circumference.
SOURCE: Gallipolis Journal, August 29, 1839