1919 Farm Journal Illustrated Rural Directory Of
Genesee County, Michigan
Facts and Figures


By Holice, Clayton, and Debbie


1919 Farm Journal ILLUSTRATED 

Published By Wilmer Atkinson Company, Philadelphia, 1919
Genesee County
Some Facts and Figures.

Genesee County, with a total of 3,896 farms in an area of 655 square miles, is distinctly a farm county. More than 92 per cent of the entire area of the county is in its farms and more than 80 per cent is under cultivation. The farms are, as a rule, of more then average size, about 3 per cent being under ten acres. They are, almost without exception, profitable and correspondingly valuable. The farms, as a class, are the most prosperous folks in the county. In view of the number of farms, that is in itself a statement of the wealth of this section.

The farm population of Genesee County is almost exclusively native-born white.

It is interesting to note the number of farms in the county operated by their owners. Of this class there are 2,983, or 76 per cent.

One thousand four hundred and thirty-six, or 48 per cent of them, are reported free of mortgage debt. This is an exceptionally large [percentage. Of the balance, the remarkably low mortgage indebtedness of only 31 per cent of the entire valuation is carried. Even in the absence of other statistical figures, these mortgage statements alone would indicate exceptional prosperity among Genesee county farmers.

The largest single crop, and the one produced most generally through the entire county, is oats, of which 1, 167,501 bushels were produced in 1910, a notably bad crop year, but the latest for which authoritative figures are available. Following closely on this for quantity is corn, with a total of 935,943 bushels; potatoes come next, with 452,415 bushels; and wheat fourth, with 278,064 bushels. The combined total value of these four crops was in excess of two and one-half million dollars.

Everywhere is an atmosphere of hard work. Everyone takes work seriously and as a matter of curse, there is no false pride about it, and no failure to realize its importance, and its necessity. Rich farmers' wives and sons and daughters take pride in their fine butter, their eggs, their vegetables, their chickens and their stock. The relations between the people of the farms and the people of the towns are most cordial. The farmers deposit their savings in the local banks, and deal in the local stores.

This directory is published in the belief that it will serve to acquaint the resident of one end of the county with those of the other. We believe it to be accurate. We realize, however, that even in the most carefully compiled and printed books certain errors are bound to appear, and we apologize in advance for any such that may be found by our subscribers.



Published By Wilmer Atkinson Company, Philadelphia, 1919

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