Traverse City Record-Eagle

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September 16, 2013

News From 100 Years Ago: 09/16/2013

• HELD BRIEF MEETING. Little business came before city commission.

An ordinance was placed upon the first reading providing that all owners of land be required to cut and destroy all noxious weeds at least twice a year that grow upon their property, in order that the scattering of seeds may be prevented and the nuisance in time be done away with. All who refuse or neglect to cut the weeds will be subject to a fine of not less than $10 and cost for each offense. In case the owner refuses to cut the weeds the work will be done by the city and the cost plus ten per cent will be added to the taxes on the property and collected in this manner. The work will be charge of the department of public health and welfare and ordinance will become effective in thirty days after its final passage.

• W.Z. Helm leaves tomorrow morning for Kingsley, where be will play for a series of dancing parties that will be given there during the fair.

• MANY SILOS BUILT. Remarkable record made in Western Michigan. Farmers have found plan to be greatest money maker they have tried.

A silo census for Western Michigan brings forth the information that approximately one thousand silos have been erected in Western Michigan since the first of January. All the returns from the census are not yet in but enough are to give a general idea as to what the final showing will be. Elk Rapids and Stanton each report 7 new silos.

The purpose of the silo census is to discover what is being done towards getting Western Michigan onto a substantial agricultural basis. In order that it may be the farming state that nature intended, it is necessary that provision be made for the maintenance of soil fertility and this calls for large herds of live stock and these herds must be fed and here is where alfalfa growing and silo building come to play a part. Alfalfa and ensilage make possible the keeping of large herds of cattle upon small areas. And with the present prices of beef and the need of fertility the keeping of such herds spells prosperity for Western Michigan.

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