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Sam Butman A - ABILENE, TEXAS, FBI DA V, AUGUST 20 1907 _ _...
ABILENE, TEXAS, FBI DA V, AUGUST 20 1907 _ _ eount7 'armf'r"' 'T1’'5' ^v<‘ ‘’"""I tha *on<!.er'"1 prod“clD* poB“: IS TILLERS OF THE SOIL MERKEL, TEXAS, Aug. 20.—The couutry from Smith county nine years farmers made Merkel famous. The tli- ago and now owns 254 acres of land, lers of the soil advertised -as ‘‘The Until this year he has planted cotton Land of Heart’s Delight” are money but says that he can make more money makers and this money is spent with ion other crops and has cut out the the Merkel merchants during the year fleecy staple. From sweet potatoes he and the balance deposited in the banks, has realised for several years from It is Interesting to know that over $100 to $275 per acre. He has made ninety percent of the half million dol- good and Is a fair sample of the aver lars on deposit belongs to the Merkel age Taylor county farmer. Oae af the Old Timers. bilitles of the fertile soil and as a The majority of the farmers are newcomers to the Merkel country but there whole are among the most Prosperous some who have witnessed .and progr...lw farmer, of the State.1 ™ey, are herc ttK,ay ,rom a» pafta of Taylor county and for many mile, they|ln <'ach tllr,iCtlon are lo<:a,'d me“ who cla,ln thla aa ,helr tra<l""! cenl,’r- 0n transformation of this section from “Cattle Range to Cotton Patch.” One of these is Sam Butman, whom we met and if he happens to run out of pocket change before the last day of country for a dl8tanc® of th,rty or rttorY’sum" ttoTwlu toke"hlm toThe tb*rty*dve ',erkel merchants baii Rame an(j |my for b|g SUpper and aeouth in the Mulberry Canyon the reunion he can get his check cash- 8upP,y n,any homes of farmers with | tcvdfEin^. For a quarter of a century nec®88ittes of life, and the same may ^ has ciajme(i tbe Mulberry Canyon Ba*d ,bl' sblnm’r> section to the ag blg bo:ne ttn(j be |jag deeds to 6,000 Inortb *or a8 ^ar a8 twenty-flve miles. acreg jan(j fifteen miles south of 6481 trade *8 divided with town Mr. Butman said: "I have Abl,ene and on tb* weRt tbe nearest about goo acres in cultivation and on cornPet,t,°n in the retail line is Es-|(lle majority of this last year raised ****•_ _ _ _ ian average of two-thirds of a bale of Oae Cr»p Fay. F.r * Fem. lcotton ,Q the acre. The conditions at According to the stories told of new- thp preMnt are mogt faVorable and the corners to the Merkel country the pos- 'only th|ng nect,ggary to lngure a bump. 8*bHltles are unlimited. In many in- er y|eid this year Is a good rain but 8tancea forms have been paid for with wg can a weegg yet for that, tbe **r8t crop. According to this a j for my jaQrt from fj.oo to $2.60 y°un* married man may settle on a ^ acro and wbue j am not anxious to ^arln *n tb,s Part Taylor county and gejj aQy ^ consider It worth from by tbp t,me bis c*,U(lren reach the $25.00 to $30.00 per acre now.”

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  1. The Abilene Reporter,
  2. 23 Aug 1907, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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