Martin Farm Auction I

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The announcement [transcribed below] appeared in The Carroll [IA] Times on Sunday, January 16, 1916.

 PUBLIC SALE

Having rented my farm I will sell at public auction on the Charles A. Martin farm 2 miles northeast of Wall Lake and 2 miles south and 1/2 mile west of Lake View, on

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18

THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY

11 HEAD OF HORSES 11

One gray mare in foal, 9 years old; 1 bay mare, in foal, 8 years old; 1 sorrel mare 12 years old; 1 gray driving horse, 10 years old; 2 mare colts coming two in spring; 2 mare suckling colts, 1 year in March; 1 Shetland pony, buggy, harness and saddle; 1 mare, in foal, 5 years old; 1 mare three years old.

11 HEAD OF CATTLE 11

Eight milch cows, most all fresh*, others will be fresh soon; three calves

100 WHITE PLYMOUTH ROCK CHICKENS; 100 BROWN LEGHORN CHICKENS

FARM MACHINERY ETC.

Two riding or walking Rock Island corn plows; 1 sulky plow; 1 pulverizer; one new seeder; 1 mower; 1 hay rake; three-section drag; 3 wagons; 1 low truck wagon; 1 hay rack; 1 two-seated surrey, good as new; 1 single buggy; 2 sets of work harness; 1 single driving harness.

I have around 500 bushels of select seed corn of 1914 crop, “Whipple’s Yellow Dent”**, very deep kernel, small cob and a very early matured corn.  Don’t fail to come and see this corn.  I also have around 400 bushels of old corn.

60 TONS OF No. 1 TAME HAY*** IN BARN.                          ONE STRAW STACK

ALL HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE:  Piano; parlor rockers; center tables; dining room table; chairs; buffet; bookcase; music rack; 4 bedroom sets; kitchen range, the noted Acorn make, just like new; kitchen cabinet; cupboard; chairs; 1 refrigerator; fruit jars; milk cans and jars; two cream separators, and many other articles too numerous to mention.

SALE TERMS: — One years time will be given on approved notes at 8 per cent interest.  All sums under $10.00, cash.

CHARLES A. MARTIN

Seaquist & McLaughlin Auctioneers.

And there you have it –rural estate sale circa 1916.  See Martin Farm Auction II for more.

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* “Fresh” means a milk-producing cow. A cow has to have a calf before she can produce milk.  My roots are country but I’m a city girl and didn’t know what “fresh” meant.
** Whipple Yellow dent corn.  The 1922 soil survey report from Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station lists Whipple’s Yellow Dent among the most popular.  This corn would have been used and/or sold as animal feed.  It was not the sweet corn we eat.
*** Tame hay was raised as a crop.  Wild hay might include weeds and other growth not good for animal feed.  Tame hay was worth more than wild hay.   A ton of hay equals about 40 bales.  So the barn contained about 2400 bales of hay.  This sale was held in January.  The 2400 bales were likely to feed the cattle through the winter.
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