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History of Chippewa Falls,   pp. [unnumbered]-39

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t0                                                    CITY OF CHIPPEWA FALLS.
wild browse, should have remained so long unoc-
cupied. For summer grazing alone, the wild lands
of Price and Chippewa Counties are worth to
stockmen $1,000,001 a year, and yet all, or nearly
all, this giazing wealith i. going to waste--going
to feed t,,e winds and fires. I see this country
through the eyes of a sheep feeder. My last feed
of 5,000 sheep and lanbs in Northwestern Iowa,
made me some good money, but would have made
me 30 per cent. more if I could have summered
my sheep and lands on Col. Burch's Flambeau
ranch and winter-fed them on screenings brought
down from Duluth, only 140 miles away.
How would I manage these lands is an easy
question to answer. 'eed them to clover, alsike
and timothy just as they are, and brush and
burn them off at my leisure. All that is needed
is to sow the seed in March or April, right among
the stumps, logs and brush. Not a seed will be
lost, and your land, whether 40 or 40,000 acres,
will be a clover field the next season. Burn the
brush and logs when it is dry and you have the
time. You have the clover and will have it as long
as you live. I would not pull a stump or plow
a furrow. The sheep feeder wants a summer giass
and winter feed. The grass is here, the feed at
Minneapolis and Duluth, where in average seasons
you can buy it cheaper than you can cut the wild
hay on the beaver meadows; cheaper than you
can break the land and grow oats and peas, as the
American Sheep Breeder people are now doing at
Flambeau ranch. I was greatly interested to meet
the editor of my favorite sheep paper on this
new ranch and be shown around by him. He
says he is renewing health and youth up here,
2,00 feet above the sea, and enjoys it like a
heyday of boyhood. He is doing much more than
this, for he has brushed, logged, burnt, broken and
put in crop 40 acres of land since the first of May.
A pretty cottage is now complete, some log barns
built and oats, peas, potatoes, rape, turnips, man-
gles and young clover are growing on every rod   in apace. More show of improvement has been      better mutton lambs here, grow and feed them
of the 40 acres. Other acres are being cleared,  made here by the Sheep Breeder people since the  cheaper, market them quicker and make more net
and he expects to have 100 acres more cleaned off first of May than many a so-called "enterprising  money out of them than I can in western Iowa,
and ready for clover seed in the spring. The 100  settler" would make in twenty years. But I Would  or for that matter, anywhere else in the country.
sheep and lambs that are browsing about the ranch  not plow an acre or turn a single furrow. I ex-  And when I am ready to quit the business my $3-
are in good conditiofi, and are doing their part in  pect to own a section or two here and stock the  lands will be quick enough sale at $12 or $15 per
the subjugation of the wilderness. Where they    land with breeding ewes, ranging them in summer  acre. Thanking you for your courtesy, I am, etc.,
range the brush is doomed and the grass comes    and feeding on screenings in winter. I can raise                     A. M. HuTcHINSON, Iowa.
.                                   One of the latest enter-
prises to enter our city is
the Chippewa Valley Elec-
tric Railway. The franchise
was granted by the city July
6, 1897, and work was be-
.       gun immediately, and com-
pleted in July, 1898.
The railway was projected
by Mr. Arthur E. Apple-
gard, who is the president,
a resident of Boston, Mass.,
and although a young man
of only 37 years of age, he
has ac~ieved a national rep-
utation as a master in pro-
jecting and building electric
railways. He is interested
in several street railways in
Massachusetts and Ohio, one
being   from   Dayton   to
Springfield  and   Urbana,
Ohio, and    another  from
Springfield  to  Columbus,
Ohio, is now under construc-
The Interurban between
this city and Eau Claire, a
portion of the C. V. E. R..
has proved a success beyond
expectation and is furnished
with first-class cars  that
run hourly between the two
cities and are always well
filled. It has proved   it-
self  a  great convenience
to   the   farmers   along

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