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Title: An illustrated history of the State of Iowa : being a complete civil, political, and military history of the state, from its first exploration down to 1875; including a cyclopaedia of legislation during the administration of each of the governors, from Lucas (1836) to Carpenter; with historical and descriptive sketches of each county in the state separately, embracing interesting narratives of pioneer life, including an account of the commercial, agricultural and educational growth of Iowa
Year: 1876 (1870s)
Authors: Tuttle, Charles R. (Charles Richard), b. 1848 Durrie, Daniel S. (Daniel Steele), 1819-1892
Publisher: Chicago : Richard S. Peale & Company
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grazing farmsof which it is the location. The areaof the county is 315,290 acres. TheDes Moines river waters its northeastcorner, and by its tributaries, SoapLick, Salt creek and Chequest creeks,it drains and renders fruitful a veryextensive range. Fox river, North andSouth Wyacondah and the Sabinsflow through the county on their wayto the Mississippi, affording a plenti-ful water supply and good drainage,and along the several streams, belts andgroves of good timber are very con-veniently located. Smooth prairieswith just enough of rise and fall tosecure adequate drainage constitutethe divides. The records of the county agricul-tural society show the remarkable factthat a premium was awarded duringthe second annual fair for the produc-tion of 138 bushels of corn from a-sin-gle acre. In the following year thepremium for production was awardedfor 213 bushels from one acre, andwheat has been raised to the extent offorty bushels from one acre, the aver-age being nearly twenty. Farming is
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480 Tuttles History of Iowa. well carried out in Davis county, andthe Keokuk and Des Moines railroadcarries to good markets the surplusproductions of the fertile and wellused land. There is no county inIowa which excels Davis for grazingand stock raising. Blue grass is asafe crop every time, but hay, timothyand clover are mainly relied on.Stock runs at large on many of theprairies and the wild grasses fatten aswell as feed them, while there is nodifficulty in their procuring as muchgood water as they desire. Splendidherds enrich the county in many ofits sections, and add much to thebeauty of the quiet scene. Fruits of all kinds that can be pro-duced in temperate climates will growin Davis county, and large quantitieshave actually been shipped. There aremany vineyards in good bearing inthis county, and many varieties flour-ish exceedingly well. The Osage or-ange hedge which comes to a sufficientgrowth in this county in five years,has attracted the attention of the farm-ing community, t
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