History of Greene County, Ohio; Its People, Industries and Institutions Volume 1

History of Greene County, Ohio; Its People, Industries and Institutions Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... practically ruin the crop. A study of the potato record in the county will substantiate this statement. In 1840 the yield was 19,016 bushels, with a value of $2,300, or about twelve cents a bushel----quite a contrast with the two-dollar-a-bushel potato of 1917. In 1850 the yield amounted to 48,029 bushels, although the sweet potato was included in this total. These figures for 1840 and 1850 undoubtedly do not include all the potatoes grown in the county. since the average farmer in many cases would not return the few bushels he might raise in his garden. It seems strange that there were fewer potatoes raised in 1916 than in 1850, but the statistics for 1916 reported only 40,022 bushels for the county. This crop was grown on 427 acres. The assessors' report in May, 1917, showed that the demand of the government for more potatoes resulted in a promised planting of 541 acres for the year 1917. There are a few things which were grown by our forefathers in Greene county that are now rarely found. The passing of the buckwheat patch has been mentioned, but along with it has gone flax, sorghum, broom-corn and tobacco. There is no one crop of the pioneer which illustrates the march of civilization more sharply than that of flax. Until the '50s a patch of flax was just as essential to the farmer as his potato patch; in fact, in the '2os and '30s he could have better missed a potato crop than a flax crop. But now this is all changed; there is probably not a single flax seed sown in the county at the present time. Formerly there were oil-mills in the county which did a thriving business in making linseed oil, but they have all pressed their last seed. V/hile no statistics are available to determine the amount of flax raised in the first...show more

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  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236753240
  • 9781236753243