Old Newspaper Articles from Capper’s Farmer: Wire Fencing and a Listerine Mouthwash Advertisement

Take a look at agriculture news stories from the September 1929 issue of Capper’s Farmer.


| Winter 2015



Photo of fence on the Harry T. Forbes farm.

Lawn fence and shrubbery on the Harry T. Forbes farm.

From the Capper's Farmer Archives

A good fence that will turn anything from a chicken to a bull is one of the best money makers that can be put on a farm. Shawnee County, Kansas, farmers have learned that from experience. H.B. Cowles is a breeder of Holstein cattle and keeps a flock of 700 chickens. His farm fronts on a paved road which carries a large volume of traffic. A few years ago, he put up a woven wire fence 54 inches in height with steel posts and a barbed wire 4 inches above the woven wire. Corner posts and braces are set in concrete blocks which make the posts so firm that the fence never has sagged.

“I was forced to build a good fence,” said Mr. Cowles. “Chickens which passing cars would kill if I had a poor fence will pay mighty good interest on my investment in fence. During the season when grain is being hauled to town, it is hard to keep chickens from flocking to the road. One speeding car can kill six or eight, and that means just that many dollars lost.

“That isn’t all. I can’t run the risk of my cattle breaking into the highway. One animal killed or dangerously crippled would be a loss equivalent to a fifth of my total fence cost. Stray livestock has no right in the road. If some of my stock caused a motor car accident that resulted in serious injury or death, there is no way to tell how much it might cost me. The courts have held that the owner of strays is responsible, and a severe accident might cost me as much as my farm is worth.”

Harry T. Forbes, a Shorthorn breeder, has his entire farm fenced and cross fenced hog tight.

“I believe my fence will last for 50 years with little repair,” said Mr. Forbes. “Every post is steel. The corner posts are set in concrete blocks 18 inches square and 4 feet deep. Each one has four steel braces, the lower ends of which are set in huge concrete blocks. The corner posts and the way they are braced is the whole fence. Just snap that wire once. It sings like a fiddle string when you let loose of it. It will stay that way because the corners are firm.

“I like to burn my fence rows, and I have done it each year since I built this fence. I set the fire when the grass and weeds are dry, and the burning is finished so quickly that the flame doesn’t even blacken the wire or the posts. I burn chinch bugs and other insect pests in their winter quarters.





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