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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 26, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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bookstand can only "guess at the rela
tive profits on their crops. These are
cultivated to the limit. There is
something doing the whole year
around.
The farmer's wifejs of a family of
tillers of the soil who "have operated
right in New York city for nearly a
century. Mrs. Zerrenner remembers
when she was a little girl her father,
Nicholas Von Glahn, had a farm, only
something like $135 a year, which is
distributed among some of the va
rious plot owners; to others she gets
her rent for keeping the sidewalks
free from ice and snow in the winter,
and clear ' of weeds and leaves in the
summer. She has no regular lease,
but lives from' month to month with
the understanding that the property
is subject to being taken away from
her for building purposes at any time.
Scene of the $278,000-FiveAcre Farm and of the Woman Whom Tradition
Holds to the Soil In Battle Against Modern City Development.
54 years ago, located in what is now
the very heart of Manhattan.
It might be asked how Mrs. Zer
renner is able to maintain a farm on
such valuable ground?
If the annual rental was fixed to
cover the taxes, it would be a fraction
over $5,035 annually. And what
farmer could afford such a rent bill?
Mrs. Zerrenner is able to maintain
a farm on these gilt-edged' city lots
because she only has to pay, in cash,
"The boys and I will try it again
this year, but who knows if that will
be the last in this locality, and we
have been so happy here these many
years," says' Mrs. Zerrenner. .."To
think that this is the last of many
farms that were formerly located on
Manhattan Island!"
Debtor I want to pay that litje'
Mil of yours. Creditor Very well, sir.
Debtor But I can't ''

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