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Antenne, Katharine Leary / A saga of furs, forests and farms : a history of Rice Lake and vicinity from the time of its first inhabitants : the Indian mound builders to the turn of the 20th century
(1955 (1987 reprint))

Chapter XI: farming in earnest,   pp. 33-36


Page 33

CHAPTER XI
Farming in Earnest
By 1895, when the logging period was coming to a close,
farming began to assume ever-increasing importance. It was
becoming a little easier too-in the 1890's the first machine-
run threshing machines were introduced. At about the same
time appeared the first round silos. Before that the stone-and-
mortar structures had been square or rectangular.
These first above-ground silos, which originated about
1875, caused a great deal of controversy among the dairy
farmers of the day. Many believed that feeding silage to the
cattle would taint the milk and result in poor dairy products.
MAIN STREET PARADE - EARLY 1900's
Prophetic Statement
With the waning of timber resources, it became more and more
evident that agriculture must replace lumbering, if the county was
to progress. In 1896 Dean W.A. Henry of the College of Agriculture
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