Oberlin and Decatur County Illustrated  1900

Oberlin and Decatur County Illustrated 
1900   

Published by Outdoor Life Pub. Co.,
J. A. Ricker, Manager
Denver, Colorado

Compiled by E. M. Coldren, Editor Oberlin Herald
Transcribed Sept. 2003 by Phil and Sharleen Wurm.

Page 5


There being ninety acres broke, he sowed it to wheat.  In the fall, when he sold his crop, it paid for the land and the expense of cutting and threshing.  The past season the Hon. Dan Caster, of Olive township, had eighty acres of wheat that averaged thirty bushels per acre all around. This was not considered a good wheat year, either.  J. A. Foley, of Grant township, and John New, of Lincoln, have been great wheat raisers, and at different times have raised forty bushels per acre on fields of from forty to eighty acres.

CORN.

However, is the staple crop of this country, many farmers raising nothing else. The writer has raised corn in Indiana, Michigan and eastern Kansas, but nowhere that we have lived can this staple be raised with as small amount of labor as in this country.  It is no uncommon thing for a man and two boys to raise 2110 acres of corn, do the planting, plowing and keep everything in good order with­out hiring a single day's work from anyone.

 

POTATOES

Are a paying crop in this country, and there are a number of farmers in the county who make this their main crop and frequently raise several thousand bushels in a single season. They are easy grown and we wonder sometimes why more men do not go into the business.  Sweet potatoes also do well and are raised in large quantities.

SORGHUM AND KAFFIR CORN

Are raised extensively in this county for feed, and although we have seen some pretty dry seasons since we came to this country we have never seen it too dry for either of these crops. From three to six tons can be raised on an acre of ground and it makes fine feed for  cattle or horses; large cattle feeders raise it by the hun­dred acres, for it never fails.

LIVE STOCK

Seasons come and seasons go; some years corn or wheat fail, droughts, grasshoppers or chinch bugs have got in their work, and the summer's work would be lost from a financial standpoint were it not that the farmer has a sure thing in live stock, chief of which is cattle. Of all the trades, professions or other kinds of business engaged in by civilized man there never has been a business since Jacob tended the herds of Laban that was as sure to year in and year out return a. profit to the investor as the rais­ing of cattle. Years ago, when large herds were raised from Texas to Montana, at times cattle would be cheap but now that agriculture has crowded on these large herds the price of cattle of all kinds has gradually increased until today there is no business that a man can  engage in that promises such sure and swift returns. The cattle supply is decreasing, and the demand  is also increasing each year for beef and the products of the dairy until it begins to look as if the price of these articles would soon be so high that only the wealthy classes could use them. There is no better country anywhere to raise cattle than Decatur County.  Thousands of acres of even prairie lie idly waiting for some fortunate individual to bring along the cattle let them eat the grass and grow into money for their owner. The buffalo grass is good in both winter and summer, and hundreds of cattle are wintered each year that are not fed a half dozen times during the entire winter.  In fact, this is a veritable paradise for the stockman.  In fifteen years we have never known a man who was in the business of raising cattle who did not become well fixed; neither have we known a man who practiced mixed

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