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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - December 20, 1917, Des Moines, IowaOwa omes Des Moines Iowa thursday december 20, 1917. The Iowa Homestead and its readers. I want to take a few minutes of your time to discuss a question which i consider most important to All of us. It is the question of our farm Reading matter for the next few years. I Hope we Are United in agreeing that should be brought into the farm Home which will not elevate instruct entertain or make toward greater efficiency in our farm labors. This being the Case these Lection of a practical dependable farm paper for the ensuing years is most important of All. I have had the pleasure and the Honor to own and to publish the Iowa Homestead Ever since March 23, 18s5, almost a third of a Century. The year we Are just completing has been the busiest and i believe the most useful of All. The result is evident in the Hearty and unanimous response of being made by the Farmers of Iowa and the adjoin ing states Here in the Grain Belt. There Are farm Homes in Iowa and the Iowa Homestead is a regular visitor in of these Homes. I am glad indeed to be Able to report that the response from other states has been similarly Gratifying. Illinois and Nebraska have wheeled into line in magnificent manner so that our circulation lists Are larger stronger and More representative of the Best live Stock and Grain Belt farming than Ever before. Naturally this splendid response from the Farmers of the Grain Belt is most Gratifying to me for the Homestead is the child of my brain and it each week i pour my heart and soul determined to make each Issue As nearly worthy its great opportunities As human Effort can bring about. Nor am i alone in this determination for every one associated with its publication is keyed up to a resolve to make 191s the Best year among All the sixty two the Homestead has been printed. The com ing year i firmly believe will be a momentous one. I Hope every Reader will feel that he cannot afford to toe with out such a paper As we Are trying to make the Iowa Homestead. This being the Case subscriptions which have expired or which will shortly expire should be renewed without delay if a single Issue is not to be missed. I am especiaill3r pleased at the Man Ner in which subscribers Are renewing for a Long period in Advance. I have arranged to make a. Special Price to All who do this. Thus while the subscription Price of the Homestead is a year i am making a special Price of for three years when the subscription is paid in Advance. I am de to find that thousands of our subscribers Are availing themselves of this Opportunity. I am going to take the Liberty to print Brief extracts from. A few letters received in one mail let ters which i have picked at random from among hundreds showing the enthusiasm with which the Homestead is being received and the popularity of the Long time subscription plan. Here to begin with is one from a Good Farmer who finds no paper like the old Iowa Home Stead and continues his subscription for three years Emmetsburg Iowa r. R. Dear or. Pierce through oversight i have neglected to renew be fore. I find no farm paper i like As Well As the Homestead. Renew my subscription for three years a. Check for being enclosed. Wishing you Suc Cess in the future Oliver t. Lando. Here is one from a Man who finds the Home Stead so Good he wants his brother to share it with him so he subscribes for three years for both Sheffield Iowa r. R. 3. Dear or. Pierce t am sending you a Check for for the Homestead for three years for myself. My brother wants the Homestead for three years too. So you will find his Check for enclosed too. His address is Julius c. Liekweg r. 11. 3. Wishing you Success i am Albert i i. Liekweg. The next is from a devoted worker for the farm ers Union who found that the Homes Enid is practically the Only newspaper Champion the Farmer has in Des Moines and who went to the trouble to get a number of subscriptions just to show his a this letter gives me great satisfaction am Worth Iowa. Dear or. Pierce i subscribed for your paper Early last Spring. I belong to the Farmers educational and cooperative Union and was at Des Moines when we organized the state Union and we found that your paper was the Only one in Des Moines that recognized us and that stands by us so please find enclosed subscription order and Check for the following named persons All men from our local w. E. Acheson h. Hesselgesser or. A. Acheson i. B. Rabenold j. R. Stafford 1 red Schroeder John Mcnamer c. F. Letts John Biring w. W. Gideon. Address All of them at Ains Worth Iowa. Yours for the Farmers Union George f. Wallace. The fourth letter i shall print came to me from or. W. C. Grandfield Secretary of the Midwest producers and Consumers association of Des Moines and is commend tory in the extreme. I am proud indeed to foe the recipient of such a flattering letter pcs Moines Iowa. Dear or. Pierce enclosed find my Check for subscription to the Iowa Home Stead. Are desirous of having All of the leading farm publications in our office As we expect oui on the Market next summer. I have raised seventy Nve head of hogs this year and from six sows which Cost me ?141 to Start with i have marketed Worth and still have Worth of hogs on the farm think this is doing pretty Well for Minnesota. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a Happy new Lear a beg to remain your Friend c. G. Smith. I could print hundreds yes thousands of similar letters but i must not take up too much of your time. These and similar letters Are magnificent proof that the Iowa Homestead is the paper which the Farmers want that it is their Champion and that it gives them the greatest value for their they inspire me wonderfully i shall work with might and main to make 1918 and the coming years the Best of my life the in the Home Stead s history. Let me suggest As your share of tiie partnership which i Hope to form and to continue unbroken for Many years to come that you join the ranks of those who Are seeing to it that riot a single Issue of the Homestead will be missed Tor years to come. Do your bit toward making these years the busiest and the most useful in the i ters when in the City. Having known the Iowa Homestead for a number of years As a publication which stands unbiased for everything which tends never regret it. Gnu Viseu Lor every Tang which tends these Are stirring times in which it is Sood to to the betterment of the farming and Stock raising be alive even though the Days to come May be Days of sacrifice and suffering. It is a time above All others when the Farmers need to stand together when they need a spokesman to represent their rights and their wishes when they need a Friend at court in state and National affairs. It is such a Friend that i have tried to make of the Iowa Homestead but no one realizes better than i that the Homestead can accomplish its greatest Good for its readers Only through their United Loyal support and Friendship. That is the reason that i ask a continuance of the old co partner ship for Mutual benefits and reciprocal help in the trying months to come. When farm hearts Are touched. Bout this time each year i have been in the habit of writing a Christmas article. I have sat Down and looked Back Over the year which was closing thinking of the Many things i had to be thankful for personally of the wonderful mercies and kindnesses of him who hold eth us All in the hollow of his hands of the teachings and example of the Christ child whose birthday we celebrate. I have written my Christmas Sermon always with a full heart but never was my heart so overflowing As this year. I am not going to Sermonie or philosophize am going to turn the Christmas article Over to my readers. There will be two texts. The first is a Little child shall Lead the second is he went about doing something like two or three weeks ago i received a letter from a Little girl. She had written to me because i had printed another letter offering to Send outgrown clothing to whomever might need it. The Little girl wrote to me As follows the poor we always have with us and remember that inasmuch Asye have done it unto one of the least of these my Brethren be have done it unto a Dusty we naturally turn to the Homestead As one of the proper farm journals to have in the Tolice a cooperative buying and Selling association hours very truly w. C. Grandfield Secretary. The last letter i shall print this week comes from an old subscriber who for fifteen years has found the Homestead a Welcome guest and who haying removed to Minnesota wants the same old reliable to follow him to his new Home. A letter such As this gives me encouragement to attempt Many More things for the Farmers whom i serve Hector minn., r. R. 2, Box 72. Dear or Pierce have been a Reader of your valuable paper for fifteen years and a resident of tin state of Iowa for thirty three years and now. As j have moved to Minnesota i cannot think of giving up my Towa i Lomes Toad. T therefore enclose i Heck for for three years subscription for your paper As i con Sider it just like getting a letter from Home. Lived Twenty seven years on the same farm seven Miles South of Laurens Iowa but in december i moved to Renville county Minnesota and think we have just As Good country Here As we had ten years ago in Pocahontas county Iowa As i sold my place there for an acre and bought Here for i have sixty three head of cattle of which Mirarc milk and Twenty live Are White faced Hereford steers which i expect to put dear or. Pierce i see you Are help ing others and maybe you would help me. My Pana Hod december 6, uh6. We lived on a rented farm. After papa died we had to leave the farm. We now live in town. Mama does some washings to help keep us. There Are three of us children i am the oldest one. 1 am eleven years old. Please Tell that lady that i could Wear some of her outgrown cloth ing if she has any More to give away. Please do not print my name in your paper some might laugh i expected a few answers for i knew How tender hearted were Many of my readers but i was not prepared for the tidal wave of generosity which has fairly swamped us. Before i printed this Little girl s letter i had myself sent her a Box of clothing which i thought she night find useful. Since i printed it scores have written to me asking for her name and address at least one farm Home has been offered to her two men have sent her Money one the other and any number of pack Ages of clothing have come to me by parcel Post to be forwarded to her and to other needy and de serving poor. I have read most of these letters with sincere feeling so tenderly Are they writ concluded on Page 6.

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