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Wooster Digital History Project

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  • Tags: Yesterday's Farming

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Wayne County countryside outside of OARDC

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Photograph of John Deere, of Deere & Co., who was the first the patent the metal plow in 1837.

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This photograph shows a group of men cutting wheat with a cradle and binding it by hand. In Paul Conkin's "A Revolution Down on the Farm," he describes the cradle as the second most important farming innovation of the Nineteenth century, after barbed…

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This photograph shows a man cutting wheat with a cradle and binding it by hand. In Paul Conkin's "A Revolution Down on the Farm," he describes the cradle as the second most important farming innovation of the Nineteenth century, after barbed wire.

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This piece of innovative technology from the mid-Nineteenth century was captured in a sketch by the Caldwell Atlas of 1873. It features a man cutting lodged and tangled grain with a mower from Cline, Seiberling and Co., of Doylestown, Ohio.

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This photo from the Agricultural College Extension Bulletin demonstrates an innovative piece of technology sold in Wayne County starting in the mid-Nineteenth century - the plank drag.

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This sketch from Caldwell's Atlas of 1873 focuses on Benjamin Hershey's Mill Creek Farm, in Chippewa Township. It features a mill in the foreground, surrounded by fields of different crops.

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This sketch from Caldwell's Atlas of 1873 shows the Fountain Hill Nursery of J. Gardner, two miles west of Orrville on the Wooster Road. As seen in the image, the nursery housed many different crops and animals side-by-side.

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Dairies have been major agricultural businesses in Wayne County for over a century. This public sale notice of Milch Cows underscores the importance of these animals to the farming community.

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This public sale notice emphasizes the diversity of crops on every small farm in Wayne County. The D. Y. Roebuck farm advertises their horses, cows, sheep, pigs, hay, corn, and seeds.

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This sketch from Caldwell's Atlas of 1873 focuses on the farm of A.H. and B.C. Byers, located on the west side of Christmas Run south of Wayne Avenue. It was located so close to downtown Wooster that one can even see the steeples of churches in the…

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Photo of the Simon Rice Home, now the headquarters of the police at OARDC.

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Photo of the Barnhart Rice Homestead, currently located on the OARDC campus.

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A wagon train of new farmers to Wayne County, flanked by two wooden fences, traveling from Columbus to Wooster.

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Early photo of travelers to a farm in Wayne County.

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Photo of an early farm in Wayne County, with a flock of sheep in the foreground, circa 1900.
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