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?. P. HARRIS OF LAURENS COUNTY IS
A MODEL FARMER SAYS HU1ICUTT
Editor of Soutlicrn Cultivator Writer Interestingly of a
"Model Farm" Its Owner and His Household.
'".Model farmers" are few and far
Lot ween, but there is one at least in
l.aurcns county who might well be an
example to others. This is Mr. W. P.
Harris who lives near Owlngs stattion.
Recently, Mr. O. P. Hunnicutt, editor
of the Southern Cultivator, visited
Mr. Harris' farm; upon his return
home, he wrote in the issue of Nov.
15th. the following article, concerning
Mr. Harris' as a model farm:
We have not run out of examples of
model farmers n Georgia, but this time
we wish to shift the scene to South
Carolina, to tell you of a farm and
home that made a profound impression
on us, and we trust that its influence
may extend to thousands of our read
ers. Out live miles from Gray Court
and six miles from Woodruff, just in j
the county of l.aurens and close to the
line of Spartanburg, lives Mr. W. P. I
Harris. Some twenty-five years ago,
Mr. Harris sold a small farm down
near Waterloo, that he had brought
up to a high state of cultivation, and
moved up into the section where be
now resides, and bought a nine-hun
dred-acro farm at $8.50 an acre. The
land was poor and the section thinly
settled. He was in debt for much of
the land, but he went to work with
a will, and while we can not follow
him step by step as he climbed the
strenuous ladder of successful farm
ing, yet we will give you an account
of our visit, and you can (ill in the
picture of the Intervening years. Wo
reached Mr. Harris' home about ten
o'clock at night and we went immedi
ately to our room and retired. About
five o'clock next morning we were
awakened by the ring of the farm bell
that Important and well-known factor
on every well-directed farm. Soon
we heard the sounds of those moving
belOW as they began to discharge their
rountlno of daily duties. About six
o'clock we arose and dressed. Then
accompanying our host we went forth
to view the premises. First wo found
the homestead to be a very large and
elegant concrete house, with massive
concrete pillars for the portico, and
situated on a beautiful location, a re
taining wall being built so as to level
the front yard, Inside the house was
elegant and substantial?with every
thing needed to make a home comfort
able and attractive; we went to the
lot?here Mr. Harris began to open
stall doors and to let out his mares
and colts. These, we admired very
much. He has two barns, one for
horses and one for mules. They are
both built with a keen eye to conven
ience. His mares have roomy stalls
and all front a central hall and feed
way. One can go along this feed way
and attend to every animal. Conven
ient shutes are arranged to bring down
the hay from the loft above. The
mule barn Is still more convenient.
It has a central feed trough some four
feet wide. In this the corn is fed in
the shuck. He says he never shucks
his corn to feed. His stock eats all
shucks and cobs. He puts the corn
and hay in this center trough, and
along each side at six feet Intervals
and alternating so one mule from one
side can not get the corn given to an
other; on the opposite side, are cut
openings into the wall, about IS inches
wide so the mules can put their head
in to get their food, lie got this idea
from the barns of Col. .lames M. Smith.
I From the horse barns we went on the
I other side of the road to the cattle
barn. Here we found a small barn
for milkers, and stalls for some twen
ty cows. Then a large cattle shed for
dry cattle that would accommodate
100 head. Here too he had racks and
a central feeding trough and every
convenience to simplify and lessen the
work In caring for the cattle. We
stood and saw over f>0 heifers from
IS months to .1 years old let out and
file their way to the pasture. Tim
registered Jersey bull, was doing his
chores on a tread mill, pumping up the
Supply of water for the ensuing day.
Down at the horse barn a wind-mill
FATHER 80-MOTHER 76
^-^V^ The aged father and mother
// J?? ?^ a Prommcnt Boston lawyer
^^^^^^^^^^Sl sa^e^y carried through the last
^^^^^^^^^^^^j The son says: " My father
VS^?fiS^^^r^ anc^ motn(;r owe tn< present
^Jr^?5^^?>\ strength and good health to
-^^?^S^^?** Vinol. During the last two
trying winters neither of them had a cold, and were
able to walk farther and do more than for years.
1 think Vinoi is perfectly wonderful. It certainly is ?
the greatest blood-making, strengthening tonic for old I
people I ever heard of."
We want every feeble old person in this town to try E
Vinol, We will return their money without question II It I
does not accomplish all we claim lor It.
THE LAURENS DRUG CO.,L?urons.^^J
performed this part of the work. Hack I
of this barn were tons and tons of
peavlne hay on a 50-acre Held in large
shocks and ready to be hauled in.
Across tho road was 50 acres of line
corn in the shocks ready for the
shredder, above the bouse was cotton
that would make si bale per acre in
' pit of tho unto ward seasons. Then
w ? Wl 111 Olli to see tie- pigs iiieu the
tool shed, where every modern speci
men of fibrin tool was found froh? ?
binder down to three or four kinds
of i irtlllzor dist ri! u ors t lid cotton
planters'. A large drove of turkeys
und many Chickens enlivened the
scene. ThCli WO went to see hi; fall
Irish potato patch of some four acres,
lliat Were as line ll H we e\cr saw.
Then to his guano mixing house, and
llttally to the gin that was steaming
away putting tho fleecy staple Into
mcrchantahlo form. Mr. Harris grows
some 2110 bales but US you see l.e does
not depend on cotton alone for his
supply of money, lie annually sells
from two thousand dollars worth of
other products, it is useless to say
that all of these evidences of good
farming filled our cup of joy to tho
full, but it was the home scene (hat
made lhis cup run over. Mr. Harris
ha w?'e that is a help-mate in ev< ry
Kens? of the word. She Is one of a
few women whose husbands are able
to farm, that does not desire to run
on' to town. Shi' lies the tl'Ue COUCOp
liou of homo building the second
highest function of mankind. The
highest function of mankind is to build
character the next highest a true
home. These parents have reared
nine children, four girls and live boys,
and have given all a collegiate edu
cation. Mr. Harris told us he had
paid out over $18,000 in the last ten
years for college expenses. As we re
turned to the house we were called in
to the sitting room for morning pray
er before going in to breakfast. We
never felt that we were more near true
sanctuary, and knowing the two forms
of prayer, that of petition and that of
thanksgiving, we thought Brother
Harris might daily offer a prayer in
words, as follows:
'?Thou our Almighty Father?the
the maker of the heavens and the'
earth?we thank Thee for Thy past fa
vors to us. We thank thee for the 1
grand scope upon which Thou has I
planned this earth of ours?for its
mountains and its valleys, its rich re- I
sources of mineral, and the varied pro- i
ductions of the Boil?we thank Thee
for the skill with which mankind has
wrought ?building cities?railroads
and all the intricacies of modern com
merce. But Oh! Heavenly Father we
desire specially to thank Thee for the
country and for our home. That Thou
didst put it into our minds and hearts
to love our calling and has strength
ened us in our purpose to improve our
soil?to have a high conception of a
farm and a home and that Thou has
remained with us as we yearly and
dally toiled to bring forth this em
bodiment of a home and home sur
roundings, that we now enjoy. We al
so specially thank Thee for our chil
dren-and that they are healthy and
strong in purpose and in character.
And while we now enjoy the full fruits
of our labors may our example prove
a blessing to our community and to
I our dear Southland?when so many of
1 our rural population are deserting the
place of their nativity and going away
after false gods in the form of lower
ideals. We most assuredly thank Thee
j for that steadiness of purpose and loy
: alty to our calling that has tided us
over all the vicissitudes of life and has
? crowned our etlorts with a sufficient
degree of success. For these and all
Thy blessings may we ever return un
to Thee?the proper thanks, and bide
the time when the country and coun
try homes shall receive the apprecia
tion they so richly deserve.?Amen."
i And may many of the readers of The
I Cultivator repeat "Amen."
Wouldn't Mother enjoy a pair of our
Comfortable Felt House Slippers? He
member her at Christinas time! H.
DEATH OF MR. E. C. BRIGGS.
Influential Citizen of Clinton Suscumhs
To Brlgbts Disease.
Clinton. Dec. 13.- The death of Mr.
10. C. Briggs last Thursday night and
his burial on Friday, following the
burial on Tuesday afternoon of Miss
Anna Boozer havo made the past week
a sad one In Clinton.
Mr. Briggs has been sick for some
time of Brights* disease and It was
generally known that he could not
recover. The final collapse was, how
ever, a shock to the community. Ills
son, E. C. Briggs, Jr., who was pur
suing a eourso In pharmacy In New
York city, reached home after bis fa
The Interment was Made In tho Pres
byterian cemetery with Masonic cere
monies. The Rev. J. io. Mahaffey, pas
tor of the deceased, was the afilciatlng
Mr. Briggs leaves a widow, who was
Mrs. Virginia Little Of Alabama, a
daughter, M T, J. Anderson of Wa
terloo, and a son, 10. C. Briggs. Jr.
He was a popular and Influential
citizen and will be widely missed. His
business connections were Important.
The hooks of the County Treasurer
will bo open for the collection of State.
County anil Commutation ltoad Taxes
lor fiscal year. 10,01), at the Treasurer's
olllco from October 1 ~>111 to December
:$lst, 1000. After December -ist. one
per rent will bo added. After Janu
ary 31st, tu<? per cent, will bo added,
and after February 2Stll, St*veil per
rent, will he added (Iii Ihe l?iii (inj ui
March, r.MU, when the books svill be
All persons owning property in more
than one township uro requested t<>
call for receipts in each of the several
townships in which the property is lo
cated. This is Important, as addition
al cost and penalty may he attached.
All able-bodied male cltlxenu be
tween the ages of 21 and 00 years ol
age are liable to pay a poll tax of $1.00,
except old soldi us, w ho are exempt
at fifty yeara of age. Commutation
ltoad Tax $i.no in lieu of read duty.
Uoad V;ix to be paid by the ist day
Of March. 1010. Other taxes to be
paiu at Ihe time stated above.
Prompt attention will he given those
who wish to pay their taxes through
the mall by check, money-order, etc.
Persons sending In lists of names
to bo taken off are requested to vend
them early, and give the township of
nach, as the treasurer Is very busy
during the month of December.
The tax levy is as follows:
Stato Tax . Mills
Ordinary County Tax .... Mills
Special Railroad Tax _ I Mills
Uoad T;,x . ;: Mills
Constitutional School Tax. :: Mills
Total . l.-,o. Mills
T.aureus No. 11 .
Trinity Ridge No. 1 .
Maddens No. 2 .
Narnie No. 'A .
Hai ley's No. 1 .
Mills No. 5 .
Oak Grove No. 0 .
Votings' No. 2 . 3 Mills
Fountain Inn No. 3b .10 Mills
Lanford No. 10 . 21'. Mills
Ora No. 12 . 2 Mills
. 6 Mills
. I Mills
. 2 Mills
. 2 Mills
. 2 Mills
. 2 Mills
. 2 Mills
Green Pond No. 1 . 3 Mills
Shiloh No. :? . 2 Mills
Gray Court-Owings No. 5 .... 2 Mills
Darksdale No. 6 . 2 Mills
Dials Church No. 7 . 2 Mills
Princeton No. 1 . 3 Mills
No. 3 . 2 Mills
No. 4 . 4 Mills
No. 6 . 4 Mills
Tumbling Shoals No. 6 _2M-Mills
Brewerton No. 7 . 3 Mills
Sullivan Township Railroad
Bond . 4 Mills
Waterloo No. 14 . 3 Mills
Mt, Gallagher No. 1. 3 Mills
Bethlehem No. 2 . 2 Milts
Kkom No. 3 . 2 Mills
No. 4 . 2 Mills
No. 5 . 3 Mills
Mt. Pleasant No. 6 . 2 Mills
Mt. Olive No. 7. 4 Mills
Cross Hill Township.
Cross Hill No. 13 . 6 Mills
Cross Hill No. 1 . 2 Mills
Cross Hill No. 2 . 2 Mills
Cross Hill No. 4 . 2 Mills
Cross Hill No. 5 . 2 Mills
Cross Hill No. 6 . 2 Mills
Mountville No. 16 . 4'^ Mills
Hunter No. 2. 2 Mills
Hunter No. 3 . 2 Mills
Clinton No. 5 . 3 Mills
Dan ford No. 10 . 2 Vi Mills
Ora No. 12 . 2 Mlils
J. D. MOCK.
October 1, 1900.
Citation for Letters of Administration.
The Stale of South Carolina,
County of Laurens.
By O. 0. Thompson, Probate Judge:
Whereas, C. W. Garrett made suit
to me, to grant him letters of Admin
istration of the estate and effects of
W. H. Garrett;
These are therefore, to cite and ad
monish all and singular the kindred
and creditors of the said W. H, Garrett,
deceased, that they be and appear be
fore me in the Court of Probate, to be
held at Laurens C. H., S. C, on the
9th day of December. 1909, next, after
publication hereof, at o'clock in
the forenoon, to show cause, if any
they have, why said Administration
should not be granted,
Given tinder my hand this. 2!?th day
Of November.Anno Domini 1000.
O. G. THOMPSON,
J. P. L. C.
Simpson, Cooper & Babb,
Attorneys at Law.
Will practice ?n all State Courts,
prompt attention given to all business.
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Auk your Urn**!* for Cni-CHRfl-TRR'S
DIAMOND ItKANI) 1>IL.I<S in RKD
Got.D metallic boxt*, sealed with
Ribbon. Takr no other, nur i
Prnffftltt and m?k for CIII-CHKH.
IMA MONO Bit AND l'l I.I.s, for twrnty-five
years re^anled as Best,Safest, Always Reliable.
SOLD BY ALL DRUGGISTS
TRiab EVERYWHERE ^axiiD
Teller, Salt Rheum and Fczema
ArccurrU bv Cliaintu i Iain's Salve one applica
tion n'.. Uu ? ? linf rout burning mumi low
A Decidedly Classy Carriage
Is ?.?in* runabout. It is graceful,
light, strong hundsumcly finished
and trimmed, Take u look at one
and you'll bo surprised at thoswnll
uppeurunco which you naturally
associate with high priced Cur
riuges. Then ask our price and
i?e still further surprised.
Lmirens, S. C.
If you live around Madden
or pass this way, we want you
lo stop with us and Till your
wants in Seasonable Merchan
dise. Our aim is to sell any
thing our customers want, and
to sell it at bottom prices; I
we think we are up to this
We buy most anything,
We sell most everything.
N. B. 200 Bbls. Best Pat.
Flour, Bbl. $6.25
J. D. Culbertson
Madden, S. C.
ICitron, Fancy Seeded
Raisins, Currants, Figs,
Spices, Almonds, Cran
berries, Grapes, Apples,
Call and see us
Mahaffey & Babb
PHONE 244 LAU RENS, S. C
Too Late, Too Late.
to think about taking out a policy
on your house if it is already
burning. We take a risk but not
a certainty. If you have taken
time by the forolock, and insured
your property against lire, y<?i
that the company Will pay all
your losses. The race is to the
swift, and you owe it to your
family to protect them from all
troubles. Do not be a laggard.
Stocks - Bonds - Insurance
Enterprise Bank Building
Laurens, S. C.
Do You Gamble?
Some people put the savings
of a life time into a home, and
tnen trust to LUCK to avoid the
thousand ai d one daggers of fire
Do you? Others invest their
entire assets in a store and then
cany the whole or a part of their
insurance themselves, thinking
they can do so as well as the
insurance companies. Do you?
Insurance is based on the law of'
averages, and can be safely eon
ducted, but only when based on
the experiences of tens of thous
ands of cases scattered over the
Yours very truly.
J. J. Adams
at Bank of Laurens
All kind of furs, Mink,
Muskrat and others.
The I highest market,
price will be paid.
Next door P. O.
Laurens, S. C.
OORTRIOHT METAL SHiNOLCS make a perfect reef?
waterproof, fireproof, noiseproof, almost wearproof. Laid in half
the usual time?no solder, no scams, fewest nails, least cutting?
shipped painted both sides or galvanized?no raw edges to start
rust. If you want the best roof money can buy, let us show you
the four styles of Cortright Metal Shingles, and houses right here
that have been covered with thcni.
FOR SALE BY
Brooks & Jones, Laurcns, S. C.