Monday, July 4, 2016

1,000 Pounds Per Acre

The Chelsea Standard, October 12, 1933
1933 saw the apex of the Great Depression but the decade of drought comprising the Dust Bowl was only getting started. While the Great Plains states were decimated much of the nation subsisted on dry but manageable conditions. Eloise thrived. At least in 1933 it did.

A bumper crop, the first of a large scale nature ever in Michigan, yielded the institution 10,000 pounds of tobacco. A plant which was claimed unsuitable for Michigan's short summers thrived under the green thumb of head gardener John Miller. The "experiment" saved the County $1,300.

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