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Threshing oats, and “Women Who Should Not Marry”

Our History: February 1898

The February 1898 issue of The Nor-West Farmer featured this photo of threshing oats on the farm of Wm. Ryan, about four miles south of Ninga. The stone foundation was nine feet high, and the barn on top 13 feet high with a driving floor. All machinery was run by a windmill.

An article below by J.B.K. of Fairfax discussed the ideal system of barn ventilation, and discussed the efficacy of removal of carbolic acid gas through shafts at different distances from the floor.

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Rob Roy of Campbellville, Man. wrote on the necessity of stock raising in Manitoba agriculture, warning against the practice of summerfallow and how it exhausts the soil. “Picture to yourself what it will be like say five, 10 or 15 years hence with your last patch of virgin prairie broken up and getting pretty well on the downhill road… to secure (fertility) we must have rotation of crops, the land alternately under grain, hay and pasture.”

A section of lighter notes might not be considered so light today. Among a listing of “Women Who Should Not Marry” were:

  • The woman who thinks it is cheaper to buy bread than to make it;
  • The woman who would die rather than wear a bonnet more than two seasons old;
  • The woman who reads cheap novels and dreams of being a duchess or a countess;
  • The woman who thinks she is an ornament to her sex if she wins at a progressive euchre prize.

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