Old Newspaper Articles from Capper’s Farmer April 1929: Starting a Farm, Livestock Farming, and a Cream Separator Advertisement

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| Spring 2016

Fitting a Farm for Profit

By Henry A. Pontiac

Nearly a third of the farm was waste. There were no fences, and no barns, cribs or granaries. But it was a good farm. Arkansas valley land in Muskogee County, Oklahoma. Bruce Henderson had had it spotted for some time. His business had been dressing up farms for sale. He knew what it took to sell farms, and he knew what it took to make them pay. The two requirements are about the same.

So, he fitted his old farm for sale. When a buyer came along, the deal was made. He had the Arkansas valley place in mind even before he bought the first farm. He proposed to make enough off of the first to put the farm he wanted in condition for its job.

The new place was a bargain because it was unimproved and had been neglected. He built a fence around the place, 48-inch woven wire with steel line posts and locust corners. He divided the place with cross fences. He built 2,100 rods of fence. Rotations to build and maintain fertility, and hogs to bring an income, demanded fence.

Then he must have barns in which to store alfalfa hay. Alfalfa was a part of his soil improvement program. So he built an enormous hay barn, 40 feet by 100 feet, and 24 feet to the eaves. It will store 320 tons of baled hay. He built a general purpose barn. None of his barns were expensive. They were roofed with corrugated steel for permanency. Rough lumber was used for siding. Three buildings, one for baled hay, a double corn crib, and an implement shed cost less than $1,000. He painted these buildings and the big hay barn with used crank case oil, to which had been added a little creosote. They are repainted every other year. A whitewash brush is used in applying the oil and creosote.

About 40 acres of the farm were wet. Some of the low places had never been plowed. Many Arkansas valley farms in that section of Oklahoma had these wet places, but Mr. Henderson’s new place had an excessive acreage of land on which crops drowned out. As a consequence of this, it had been condemned. Yet the land in those wet spots was fertile.

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