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Chicago Farmers Wife (Newspaper) - August 1, 1908, Chicago, Illinois54 22the Farmers a Ivi Fei \ \ Augustos. A letters from aunt Maude Farmers wife Pony contest by the author of the Bertha letters. J Lakeside july 1908. My dear Niece Ruth you remember i told you in my last letter that we hoped to take a Carriage trip through the Central part of Minnesota. My Hopes were realized and a most delightful time we had. We enjoyed every mile of the four Hundred we journeyed in the month we were gone. We drove through a Beautiful farming country at one of the busiest seasons of the year. Our friends predicted All kinds of dire Ful results from such a trip. Such As Quot dreadful colds a Quot All tired out before we reached our journey s end Quot and Quot Long fits of sickness Quot for one and All if we persisted in carrying out our plans. Instead the two invalids returned Hale and hearts7, and Quot almost fat Quot As one lady remarked on seeing us. I thought often of you and of your request that we look out for a desirable place for you to locate if you should some to Minnesota next year. We saw some of the finest farm houses i have Ever seen in any state and i have lived Fri several and travelled through others. Some Days we were fairly bubbling Over with enthusiasm As one Homo after an other claimed our attention. I took snap shots of some of them that you might see As we did the Horne of Minnesota Farmers. One with a round barn we passed one afternoon. It was Ideal As to surroundings and Well kept. We admired almost envied and finally decided that although we could not live in such a Home we could at least have a picture of it As it looked with the afternoon sunlight Over All. The children were curious regarding such a Quot queer Quot barn so together with their father they investigated its inner arrangements. They said the horses stood with their Heads toward the Center of the building. We saw several of them in that Section. Another fashion in barns which Many Farmers followed was of porches or Sheds Over the doors sometimes these roofs extended along the entire end or Side of the building thus affording shelter from Sun or storm and also allowing the barns to be aired without exposing the animals to the beating of the storms. One place at which we stopped for dinner both in going coming Home was an ideas Home. Nice Brick House Large Yard with Fine Trees Large barns and out buildings. The House was conveniently arranged Large pantry water brought into the Kitchen a Telephone and Many other evidences of Comfort and Prosperity. The la amp a requested me to take a picture of the pet Colt As her Little girl thought so much of it. Ill Send you the picture As it also shows the House and Yard. St Cloud is a Large town with electric lights trolley cars Well kept streets Many Fine buildings and Beautiful residences. We were told by a grocer that there was always a demand for produce at Good prices to Supply the City Trade. As we viewed the Fine Homes along the roads leading out from the City we concluded the Farmers must have some sources of income. Judging from the buildings Money was plenty with most of these Farmers. We saw a Herd of Fine Jersey cows grazing in one Field. Many of the Farmers have phones connecting them with the nearest town which is a great convenience. They were expecting the threshers at one place at which we staid and instead of being in constant anticipation for Days As of old the lady kept herself informed Over the phone As to their movements. She said Quot they used to appear with no warning just at meal time or whenever they were ready a but now she always knows when to expect them. This is Only one of the Many ways in which the Telephone has made itself invaluable to Farmers families. Think of being Miles from a physician and one of your dear ones at death a door from Accident or sudden illness. Think of precious time wasted in harnessing and driving a team for him when a Quick a phone Call brings him in less than half the time. Many have told me they believe they owe their lives to the fact that they could cab in Herp by a phone. Even where there be no connection from every House ofter one family in a neighbourhood has one and Calls can be sent in for a dime thus enabling the Farmer to get the Market Arfee before he takes in his produce and Many dollars Are saved to the progressive Farmer in this Way. So numerous As the lines that a common direction ghz a us when we inquired our Quot Way to the. Next town Quot was Quot follow the Telephone in Many of the larger towns were City water works in some electric lights. Of course we passed through settlements and Small towns where these modern improvements Are unknown but it. Is simply a question of time until the entire state is covered with the lines which denote the standing of the Farmer As it business Factor in the life of this vast area. We were sorry we could go no further North and your Uncle began to plan for a similar trip to the Lake regions next year. I mean the lakes in the Northern a part of the state. We passed Many Beautiful lakes but i must not Stop to Tell you of them now. You asked me concerning the people who live on the farms of Minnesota they Are of every nationality but we found germans swedes norwegians to Landers Danes bohemians hungarians French and americans from Many different states. You know the pessimists Tell us that Quot the country is going to that Quot people Are becoming selfish Quot that Quot its every Man for himself no time in the mad Rush for Money or land to be let me Tell you i never met Kinder people than those living along our route. Hospitable to the strangers who knocked at their door putting themselves to inconvenience to entertain us and usually refusing any compensation at our bands. One old German said Quot now i Tell you if you Ever come this Way again you Stop Here stay for dinner or All night you re Welcome. You hear me?&Quot.he followed our Carriage and repeated his invitation As we finally drove away. Himself wife and daughter had left their work to sit Down and visit while we ate our lunch which we had with us. A Pitcher of milk a Glass of Jelly and hot drink being added to our Bill of fare by the kind hearted people. Only twice did we meet refusal when we applied for entertainment once for Lack of room and just once for Lack of kind feeling for the strangers. In but two instances did we succeed in getting them to accept payment for Grain to feed the team and then we were made to accept additions to our lunch. In the Homes we were treated As guests and sent on our Way with expressions of Good will. The children were treated to watermelons apples nuts Cook Les milk Etc., Etc. Hazel an Ideal farm Home. Such a trip is an education in More ways than one. I know now that much one hears and reads concerning the people who come to us and Settle among us is untrue and while of course there Are Many who Are not Quot desirable citizens Quot yet in our journeying we found True a neighbors Quot glad to do All in their Power. One Man when asked for his Bill for a night s lodging replied Quot All i ask is your Good will and a Promise to pass it was not that a Fine answer his Home was a Plain log House his family Large All worked hard yet the Christian gentleman spoke in every act. He entertained us with tales of various Hunting expeditions Quot up several Moose and Deer Heads attested his skill with the gun. In most of the Homes we found pictures books and papers. In some Kodak fancy work and other evidences of refinement and education. The Jack of these things was the exception. We stopped wherever we happened to be at the time for meals or rest so we feel we averaged the Homes and people of the country through which we drove. We found the housekeeping and cooking compared favourably with that of working people elsewhere. In Short my dear Niece i do not think you need fear you will leave civilization behind you when you come to Minnesota for you could find no More hospitable people More prosperous Farmers More cultured and refined Young people in any part of the country. They study they read they take special courses by Means of correspondence schools and thus make themselves ready for life wherever they May go. I give Thia As my unbiased opinion in answer to your request and based mostly upon my own observations during this trip and a residence of less than two years in the state. If i have thrown any Light on the subject or if you desire information on any Point not touched upon Tell me that i May know. What to Tell you about in my next letter. Your Uncil and cousins join with me in love. Affectionately yours. Aunt Maude. P la e ftp1? Beautiful picture. Quot a Yard of rob�,0&Quot to one of the grandest no wet Piat urm pm offered,1 Jurd Ioder on Betry a ppm a plate Piper in ten Beautiful Colon a hande Omo ornament for any Homo that you will Law amp a m proud of. To introduce our to lend id borne Magazine Ehko Bat a half i temp a the rna Towt. 1 meow lending 10 i. For trial tuber Letlon to the . We Aleo bar a a Lub Jedi. Comp riling Violet puppis , Ian Itei. We and 3 pictures and one year i Eulic Ripton to our popular o306�?T 0f b for 60o. Send at once before they a Erone. Household Mcture dept amp 8l, the Farmers wife Pony contest closed june 29th and the following boys and girls were the successful winners of the five grand prizes first prize dog and Pony outfit Grace Burrows r. 2, Delano Minn. Second prize Diamond ring Laura Welmer r. 7, Geneseo 111. Third prize sewing machine Townsend r. 3, Early Iowa. Fourth prize talking machine Elmer Paulson Revallos d. Fifth prize Elgin Gold watch vennum Sunderland r. La a Manito 111. The winners of the last four prizes chose to receive Cash prizes instead of the ones offered because As the majority of them stated they wanted to use the Money to help buy a Shetland Pony. While we did not Promise Cash prizes we were glad to Send it to them instead of the ones advertised because All the boys Farn Fern a wife 3 faithful work for the Little Gracie Burrows received a a Dandy and his Complete outfit Early fourth of july morning just As we promised. You can judge How delighted she was of you will read her letter printed on this Page. Whole contest were carefully worked out before we started and it was conducted in such a painstaking and fair manner that we feel confident in asserting that every contestant is pleased and satisfied with the desirable prize he or she chose. Of course every one who did no to get the Pony outfit was disappointed at first but just As soon As the excellent prize came the regret wag forgotten in Tho pleasure at receiving it. As one boy wrote a i done to believe Gracie Burrows is much prouder of a Dandy than i am of my Beautiful Gold so successful was this contest both from our viewpoint and from that of the contestants and we have received so Many requests to give away another Pony during vacation time that we have decided to give away the Shetland Pony Quot Daisy Quot described on another Page of this Issue of the Farmer s wife. We have decided not to allow any boy or girl to whom we have Ever Given a Shetland Pony and outfit to compete in this contest. But with these exceptions we Hope that a child from every Home in which the Farmer s wife is read will become a contestant. Quot Daisy Quot and her completo outfit will be on exhibition at the Minne he a the Farmers Tulfo Pony contest st. Paul Minn. Dear sir a l Ean hardly express in Dandy and Gyp. E happiest 4th of july t a of a Quot so a a w. Hetvoer4lnd� iss tr7m the a pm i Magazine now i s subscribers for the Parmere a wife yours sincerely a a a a a _ Gracie Burrows a i k f. D. No. 2, Delano Minn. J the other grand prize winners have received the checks for their prizes and every single contestant in the contest has received or will receive prizes of his or her own choosing just As we agreed. When we started this Pony contest we promised that every contestant would be a prize Winner. The Farmer s wife has never believed in contests where two or three get All the prizes and the rest of the workers get nothing but experience. And furthermore we allowed the contestants to choose their prizes instead of sending them some cheap trifle selected by us at Hap Hazard. The plans for the Sota state fair August 31 st to september 5th, and you and your friends can see her and possibly drive her at that time should you happen to attend. At any rate the fact that she will be shown there is sure enough evidence that she is a real live pure bred registered Shetland Pony and one that we Are proud to exhibit and Happy to be Able to give free to 3 of or some other child. Be sure to read All about the Farmer s Azife Short summer Pony contest and Send us your name right away. Address the Farmers wife Pony contest st. Paul Minn. Modern farm Home of Finlay me Martia Dodge county Mian. More features crowded into one week than Are usually seen in a lifetime a of Fly res 3000 $6.000mm Champ Trot ,rh�aug-3 t in Ops Friton every Inch of space Croom with exhibits Chariot and Romm Stan no races Evseff atohn00n and evening 3 to up of trained elephants pee by performing bears treats i seals and sea Lens the 5k plto1g Banvard the seven grunathd3 troupe worlds Champion lady acrobats. The Latell sister3-thb ski oots and the funnest acrobats in existence the Camille Trio Rig live Stock and hippodrome show in the live Stock Pavilion every eyeningat6 of clock a a every even ing at 7.3o Oclock \ in front of the grand stand Gim the most rw0erful spectacular Remc two a Iii the world has Ever Seena pm fort Riddle y a f000 people 300 s/0ux Indi ass zoo horses
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