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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: "SHEET EROSION, PLANT'N DATE, AND 100 YEARS AGO."

Greetings to ever one in Western Illinois and all readers of the Quill.

I'm a hope'n ever one is a have'n a good week thus far.

Sheet erosion:

These rains we has been a have'n has some good in em. It seems Bill Jones has some land beside him what sold for over $10,000 per acre.

With all the rain the erosion has been terrible except fer the fact Bill received some of that neighbors expensive land when it washed onto him.

Bill knows how to rub salt in a wound so he stopped by the neighbor's house and asked him two questions:

1.) Did he have a current soil test on his farm soil?

2.) What chemicals did he use so's he would know wether to plant corn or soybean.

Bill then asked the boys at the coffee shop if'n they felt his real estate taxes might go up see'n as now he owned some high priced land as a result of the erosion.

I guess if'n he keeps quiet, it won't cost him. Just stop his brag'n.

Plant'n Date:

It's a gonna be mighty tight the next 10 to 14 days to get the balance of corn planted without much yield loss. Bean yields are affected by daylight length so there is considerable pressure to get them planted as well. If'n missery loves company, its a crowded group of folk with crops yet to plant and replant.

100 years ago:

To cheer youn's up a bit, here's some statistics fer 100 years ago:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard".

Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound. Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

There was no such thing as under arm deodorant or tooth paste.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

2. Tuberculosis

3. Diarrhea

4. Heart disease

5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!

Now, try to think what the next 100 years will be like. I'm a hope'n it'll all come out in th' wash.

That's all fer this column, there ain't no more.

Have a good week as we move forward. Take time to visit friends and relatives, and concentrate on do'n a good deed or two as often as possible. Hope'n to see you'ns in church this weekend.

Where ever ya is, what ever ya be a do'n BE A GOOD ONE! Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later