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Ross, James, 1830-1884 / Wisconsin and her resources for remunerating capital and supporting labor

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A. Winans and Charles Magee are also numbered among our
best lumbering firms.
  Shawano county is well adapted to the raising of winter wheat;
the winters are uniform and the snow covers the ground and pro-
tects the grain, the result being a yield- of from twenty-five to
thirty-five bushels per acre of very plump, bright wheat, that
produces the very best brand of flour. Oats, barley and, rye
grow well and produce heavy crops. Corn is raised in consider-
able quantities, but the ground is more profitable for winter
wheat. The soil is well adapted to hops. Broom corn yields a
good crop and furnishes work for the winter-the farmer manu-
facturing it into brooms. Potatoes yield bountifully, and are of
a most excellent quality. Onions, beets, carrots, parsnips and
all other root crops are grown with success. Grass lands yield
from one to three tons,of hay per acre, which finds a ready mar-
ket among the lumbermen. Other lumber camps afford the best
kind of a market for all surplus farm products. Hay is seldom
below twenty dollars per ton and often as high as thirty dollars,
while oats, corn and wheat bring from twenty-five to fifty cents
per bushel more than at other parts of the State.
  The cultivation of the soil is successful and profitable; even a
casual observer cannot fail to acknowledge it. Nearly all the
settlers who came into the county from three to six years ago,
many of them penniless, are now worth from ten to fifteen thou-
sand dollars. Let those who doubt, look at the handsome farms
in the towns of Grant, Pella, Hartland, Angelica, or either of the
other towns, the substantial houses, horses, cattle, sheep, and
swine around them, the fields of wheat, oats and rye looking
over the fences, a sight that should gladden the heart of every
despondent farmer; let them see a property that would in Eu-
rope be valued at tens of thousands, and then consider all this is
the product of less than six years' work without capital, and the
most dubious must confess that farming is exceedingly profitable.
                      SAEP HUSBANDRY.
  The climate is unusually healthy for sheep, and there is always
a lively demand for mutton at good prices. The pasture lands

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