Goals for the 1915 farmer
The following was published about 1915.
The Farmer's Creed
I believe in a permanent agriculture; a soil that will grow richer rather than poorer from year to year.
I believe in 100-bushel corn and in 50-bushel wheat, and I shall not be satisfied with anything less.
I believe that the only good weed is a dead weed, and that a clean farm is as important as a clean conscience.
I believe in the farm boy and in the farm girl, the farmer's best crops, the future's best hope.
I believe in the farm woman and will do all in my power to make her life easier and happier.
I believe in the country school that prepares for country life and a country church that teaches its people to love deeply and live honorably.
I believe in community spirit, a pride in home and neighbors, and I will do my part to make my community the best in the State.
I believe in the farmer, I believe in farm life, I believe in the inspiration of the open country.
I am proud to be a farmer, and I will try earnestly to be worthy of the name.
--By Frank I. Mann.
Source: Kentucky Arbor and Bird Day 1914-1915, compiled by Mrs. V. O. Gilbert. Published in Frankfort, Kentucky by the State Journal Company, no publishing or copyright date given.
After I read "The Farmer's Creed", I was quite curious about whom Mr. Frank I. Mann might have been. Of course, I decided to do some internet searches, and I soon found a Frank I. Mann mentioned in an online book. He seems a likely suspect:
On his 500-acre farm near Gilman, in the heart of the Illinois Corn Belt, Mr. Frank I. Mann has produced a 70-bushel average yield of corn for a five-year period, and with 200 acres of land in corn annually. It cost him only $1 an acre a year in fine-ground natural rock phosphate to produce increased yields of 16 bushels more corn, 23 bushels more oats and 1 ton more clover than the average yields secured without adding phosphorus.Mr. Mann's soil improvement methods are discussed for several paragraphs beyond the one that I quoted above. I think he was also an editor of a farm newspaper, the Prairie Farmer, and the author of Frank Mann's Soil Book: How One Illinois Farmer Has Doubled the Production of His Farm by Methods that Paid For Themselves as He Went Along.
Source: Chapter IV of the online book, The Farm That Won't Wear Out.
A Google book search turns up over 30 mentions of "Frank I. Mann" in publications mostly from the early 1900's, and his name is associated with agriculture and/or Illinois in nearly every instance.
I'm not at all sure why "The Farmer's Creed" was included in the Kentucky Arbor and Bird Day 1914-1915. The introduction to the book states that it is a source of information and exercises for Arbor Day, November 6, 1914, in order to draw attention to the importance of planting trees. I don't see anything at all about planting trees in the creed!
I noticed in the book search that "The Farmer's Creed" was also included in The Connecticut School Document of 1914-1915. I guess they thought it was good, inspirational reading for children.
I know you're just fascinated with this stuff. That's why I post it for you.
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