Description of the new Poor Farm.
A Visit to the Poor Farm.
Mr. Editor:--The Board of Supervisors and a number of citizens recently made a flying visit to the Poor Farm, and a few notes taken at the time may be of interest to the numerous readers of the Review.
After a jolly ride through the pinery that hides the farm from the village of Greenbush, and noticing on our way the pleasant winter quarters of that pushing operator in long timber--E. M. Fowler, Esq., of Bay City, we suddenly arrived at the farm. From the appearances no one would imagine it was a poor farm in any respect, for every thing seemed highly prosperous, and the manager, Mr. Wm. C. Shepard, may well feel proud of his successful management that so well evinces his ability as a farmer. The farm was literally filled with the immense crop of oats just threshed out, and every available place was filled with a successful harvest of other crops, including an abundance of hay--and a huge straw stack loomed up in the rear. We found eleven head of cattle looking finely--promising beef--and some fat looking porkers, nine head in all gave promise of well-filled barrels and well-greased pancakes, the coming winter.
Our former townsman, "Bob" Fox, happy in his new boots and pleasant surroundings, was untiring in his ejaculations of satisfaction, and will become self-supporting after learning the new order of things. "Bob" is becoming useful if not ornamental, and Mrs. Fox expressed herself to be as "happy as a queen on the town."
The county has secured a farm that certainly does justice to the Poor Board and all concerned in its selection. The locations of the buildings command a view of all the cleared land, and the creek, meandering through the natural meadow smooth as a prairie, foreshadowed the location for a stock, as well as a grain farm, second to none in the State, when fully developed. Mr. Shepard has put in eleven acres of wheat and some rye--all looking well--and he was plowing for twenty-five acres of spring wheat, which he intends putting in with one of "Vowle's Two-Horse Cultivators" next spring--and he will do it well with that machine. Give him a combined "Champion Reaper and Mower," next season, and he will take off that crop of thirty-six acres of wheat, and a large crop of grass, is good time and order.
There is every prospect of the farm being a good paying investment; for its adaptation to grain, grass and fruit combined, under the prudent management of our Superintendents, will ultimately make it the boss farm of the county.
We partook of a good dinner, provided by our hostess Mrs. Shepard, and the county chickens suffered once from hungry visitors. After selecting our quarters--should we become residents of this really charming retreat--the party bade farewell to our kind entertainers, and another pleasant ride over a good road, behind friend North's good team, closed a very pleasant visit.
Yours Truly, Citizen.