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Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Ohio Agricultural History, The Dirt | 0 comments

THE DIRT on “The Ohio Farmer”

THE DIRT on “The Ohio Farmer”

Tim White, Editor at The Ohio Farmer, donated a collection of old editions of the publication that date back to the early 1850’s.  We chatted with Mr. White to learn more about these books and about the history of “The Ohio Farmer”.

The Ohio Farmer was founded when M.B. Bateham’s The Ohio Cultivator merged with S. D. Harris’ The Ohio Farmer in 1848. The publication did quite well from the very start because agriculture was thriving; new farm technologies such as the McCormick Reaper were just beginning to gain popularity among farmers.

Part of the magazine’s greatest success, according to White, has been the knowledge base of the farmers, as he deems “the Farmers have always, from the beginning, been so willing to share.”   First it was letters.  Farmers all across the Midwest would write in to The Ohio Farmer detailing their joys and their struggles, their innovations and advice.  Although no longer by train or horseback, writers for the publication will still travel across the state to hear what the great farmers of Ohio have to say.

We sifted through some old copies of the Ohio Farmer to see what kinds of cool things we could find!

 

 

This is the first Coca-Cola advertisement, which hit the publication in 1920

This is the first Coca-Cola advertisement, which hit the publication in 1920

Every issue during World War featured an “Ohio Farm Boys At The Front” section.

Every issue during World War featured an “Ohio Farm Boys At The Front” section.

 

  1. 160,000 people came to the national corn husking contest of 1836, a record in attendance for any sporting event in the United States up to this time.

    160,000 people came to the national corn husking contest of 1836, a record in attendance for any sporting event in the United States up to this time.

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