Carrollton Patriot Newspaper

30 May 1918

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Transcribed 07 Nov 2002 by Carol S. VanValkenburgh

12 Dec 1918
Greene is Hub - center of United States in farm productions.
It produced a Million-Bushel wheat crops, this year, a cargo for 20 ocean ships.
Here is a pointer that ought to make every Greene County farmer square his shoulders and lift his head a little higher.
Greene County lies right at the center of agricultural production in the United States, according to the value of crops and animal productions in 1917. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken the pains to figure it out and draw a map of fine production. The map clearly shows that a circle, says fifty miles in diameter, representing the point where crop returns were largest last year, would take in Greene County.
And here is another fact to be proud of--Greene County grew a million bushels of wheat this year. B.C. Hodges, County food administrator, as reports from 47 threshing crews totaling 930,305 bushels of winter wheat threshed in the County the past season. Several crews failed to make any report, and it is fair to put the approximate total at a million bushels. Farm adviser E. Phillips is satisfied from the reports did the crop went even at a little behind a million bushels.
There were 43,000 in wheat in this County the past season. On the basis of a million-bushel crop, the average yield was 23 bushels per acre.
The crop has brought into the pockets of Greene County Farmers something more than two million dollars.
Of the 47 licensed thresher man reporting to Mr. Hodges, the highest record for the season was made by Marshall & Burlew of Carrollton--63,449 bushels of winter wheat; W. E. Keller of Roodhouse came next with 51,144 bushels; Jacob Borlin, Carrollton, third, 47,138; other wheat threshing reports in this part of the county follows: Fred Darr 45,000 bushels, John Borlin 41,060, Wm. Kaiser 23,115, S. K. Alexander 21,110, Mrs. Anton Hansen 22,000, Geo. Tillery 30,246, Chas. & Harve Holton 19,393, Robt. & Edgar Darr 17,298, Stephen Lawson 13,658; (Unable to read) F. B. Newton 11,000, Wm. (unable to read) 7886, Columbia Ranch 24, 805 Henry Short 18,380; Kane, D.P. Stone 21,760, T. K. Witt 38,586, Brace Fain 3600.
The threshing reports, beside winter wheat show 1,307 bushels of spring wheat, which is an experimental crop in this section; also 257,503 bushels of oats, 15,454 bushels of rye, and 436 bushels of barley.
Greene County is eighth in a list of 24 leading Illinois counties in wheat production, according to a table printed in a handsome little booklet "Illinois a mighty agricultural Patriot", compiled by H.E. Young, Secretary of the Illinois Farmers Institute. Greene county is sixteenth in oats production.
Walnut Hall
The home of the widow of the late Henry T. Rainy, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Walnut Hall is located on the north side of Highway No. 108 less than 1 mile east of the city limits of the city of Carrollton, County seat of Greene County Illinois. The entrance to the grounds and park surrounding the mansion is fruit and ornamental grillwork Iron Gate supported by to stone pillars, one on each side of the entrance. Some distance in the rear to the north of the mansion of asking Hall is a large artificial lake in places 40 ft. in depth. This lake is equipped with boathouses, both houses and boats. The ground surrounding this artificial lake is equipped with benches, seats and tables for a picnic parties and has a large tourist camp ground.
Tourists wishing to camp on this ground must make personal application to Mrs. Rainy or in her absence to the foremen in charge of the farm who resides in the frame house behind the mansion. The ground and the mansion itself are open to the inspection of tourists in the daytime. Mrs. Rainey will take pleasure in showing the ground and the interior Walnut Hall to tourists. She is the most pleasant lady to meet and has resided with her distinguished husband for many years in Washington D.C. and has had personal acquaintances with all of the presidents of the nine states who have occupied the presidential chair since 1896. She probably has personal acquaintance with more great statesmen of the past and present both at home and abroad than any other person now living. When Henry T. Rainy laboring many years was a member of the National House of Representatives and sat on the important Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives, she was his constant companion and his private secretary. She is glad to meet Tourists and welcomed them to Walnut Hall. She has traveled in Europe repeatedly and knows the statesmen of the cold world as well as the new.
From the ornamental gates away, a gravel driveway leads up to the front of the mansion. On each side of this driveway are to cast iron 8 in. mortar is used during the civil war and throwing bombs. These mortars were used by the Union Army at the siege of Pittsburgh and Richmond in Virginia. To me by other out on the lawn is a small cannon mounted on a cast iron carriage for rolling a ball weighing 6 lbs. that was used on board or a French privateer during the Napoleon war. On the east side of the front lawn is a pagoda 60 ft. in length with stone seats at each end and lawn chairs. In front of this pagoda is a lily pond surrounded with a concrete retaining wall. The lily pond is 18 ft. wide and 25 ft. in length. North east of this pagoda at and near the fence of the Deer Park is an Indian mealing Stone discovered by Honor Henry T. Rainey, near Rockbridge Greene County Illinois in the bottom lands near Macoupin Creek and removed by him to his private park.
This Stone is sandstone about 10 by 10 feet in dimension. On top of the mealing stone are 8 oval depressions -- like shallow bowls. The Indians ground their corn on these mealing stones by pounding the corn held in the shallow bowels with wooden poles rounded on the ends.

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