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The Bunnell home builder

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The Bunnell home builder
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Mr. Verdenius' latest report on the Bunnell Colony
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A newsletter for the owners and potential owners of land in the Bunnell-Dupont Colony. Stories spread "the truth about Florida" in a highly-positive light to encourage sales of farmlands in the colony to Florida winter-residents. The main sponsers of the newsletter were the DuPont Land Company and the Bunnell Land Company. The paper seems to have folded soon after the Flagler Tribune began publication as most of the land in the colony had been sold.
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Began with: Vol. 1, No. 1 (December, 1912)
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Ceased with May 1918?
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May 1918 published as: Mr. Verdenius' latest report on the Bunnell Colony
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"The truth about Florida"
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Editor: S. Howard
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Includes advertisements for homes, farms and land for sale in the Bunnell Colony, Florida in what is now Flagler County.
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No more published after May 1918?

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The Truth About Florida
The Bunnell Home Builder II
Edited by S. HOWARD
1115-108 So. La Salle Street, Chicatio, 1ll.
FEBRUARY,. 1916
A Tropical Pasture Scene at Bunnell, Florida
"The Cow That Fills The Milk Pail Rules The Dairy World"
"THA T SECTION IS THE SOUTH"
The Year Book of the United States Department of Agriculture for 1913 said: "There is one section that can produce more cattle and more cheaply than any other section of the whole country, for the lands are still cheap, the grazing is good, the pasture season is long, feeds can be produced at a minimum cost, and inexpensive shelter only is required. That section of the country is the South."'




C'ho BUNNELL HOME BUILDER
STRAWBERRIES ARE A MONUMENT TO THE MEM- .Several fitting addresses were delivered by some of the most prominent
PROFITABLE CROP ORY OF HENRY M. men of Florida at the unveiling of the
FOR UNNEL FL GLERUNVELEDFlagler monument. One of these was
FOR UNNEL FL GLERUNVELED given by Mr. Dismukes, who touched
COLO ISTS AT T. A GUS-on the great achievement of Mr. Flagler
COLO ISTS AT T. A GUS-and of the imperishable lustre that time
OnDecember 13, 1915, the first crate TINE. could never dim, quoting these fitting
(thirty-two quarts) of ripe strawberries "Thes height byngeatmeeahe
was marketed for the season. These ande kepgt, ygetmn ece
were sold for $24.75, by Mr.~ W. G. Weenot aetandbudnfihs
Swrndol of Plant City, Florida, the Wr o tandb udnfihs
buyer being J. W. Simmons, a local veg- VBut they, while their companons slept,
etbl ad ritdele.At the present Were toiling upward in the night."
time large quantities of strawberries are When you visit Bunnell you will pass
bein shppedfro Floidadail tothethrough St. Augustine, and will be able northern markets. Foiadlyt hto see this beautiful monument from
V your car window.
Plant City and Stark, Florida, are the It seems truly fitting that the citizens
great strawberry centers, but the ber- of Bunnell should have already named
ries can be grown just as successfully the city park they are soon to lay out
in the Bunnell colony. The only reason Flagler Park. ____we are not marketing larger qunatities
of strawberies is because the Bunnell What Henry M. Flagler was to the
farmers are expending their efforts on state of Florida at large, and the East
the growing of vegetables rather than Coast in particular, I. I. Moody is to
fruits. Many of our farmers have had the southern part of St. Johns County,
small patches of berries for their own and to the Bunnell colony in particular.
use, and these have fully demonstrated The value of such men as these to any
that Bunnell berries are as good as the community cannot be estimated.
best grown in Florida.
The home supply can be materially WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO IF
drawn out by planting several varieties. ~T E IL
The University of Florida Experimentalb
Station calls attention to the fact that Some ten or eleven years ago I knew
a planting each of Missionary, Excelsior a young man and woman who married,
and Klondike varieties will give berries and who started out in life with scarce
over a longer season than any other three nothing more than love and a determivarieties. These three varieties ripen 064nation to save and get ahead in the in the order given, the Klondike variety world. In my busy life I lost track of
being generally preferred as a commer- Athese young people, and it was only last
cial erry.week that a chance conversation brought If bywn. ogo tabriso them to mind.
Ifyou wanntl torm gro sreabee ont It affords us much pleasure to give Four children have come to them in
yourg Bunes farm, bae surend seodut the readers of the HOME BUILDER in the interval of years, there has been
from runners during the summer. The this issue a picture of the monument of considerable sickness, at least two of
usual planting season is from Septem- a man, who, without doubt, has done the family have been in the hospital,
ber to November, although some of our more for the state of Florida and for and the only wage-earner has been the farmers have set out their plants earlier, the East Coast in particular, than any young husband and father, working in a Strawberies require plenty of moisture other individual. We feel that it is un- city office where much is demanded, and and free drainage, necessary to comment on the life of promotions are few.
Mr. Flagler, as he was so well known, But, I learned that this family now
not only throughout the United States, has a very nice little home paid for, ~ ~ /but in many foreign lands as well. that~ their children are comfortably
J The monument to the memory of clothed, and are entering school just as
.Henry M. Flagler has been erected in soon 'as they reached school age. I
Railroad Park, St. Augustine, Florida further learned that they have bought (the county seat of St. John's County), a little farm, and now have it practiand was recently unveiled. It was in- cally all paid for. deed a memorable day for St. Johns I happen to know approximately the
County, and not only did the citizens of wages earned by this man, and they are the county attend the ceremony in large not large, but when I asked how they numbers, but many of Mr. Flagler's old had succeeded so well, I was told that friends and business associates from all they are frugal folks, that they never~ over the country were present to show waste anything, and that they have not their respect for this honored pioneer been afraid to go into debt, and then and railroad builder. This great devel- save to get out. oper had faith enough in the East I "take off my hat" to this young man
Coast of Florida to spend his millions and woman. They are a credit to any there freely, and a record of the many community, and unless most serious misthings he did for the state of Florida fortune overtakes them, they are going I would fill a good-sized book. to be independent in their old age.
Mr. Flagler was the owner of the 'Tis only a simple, homely little story,
Flagler Railroad System, which is the but I tell it to you because there is A best railroad in Florida. This road is lesson in it for the readers of the HOME also known as the "Over-Sea" Route, or BUILDER who want to secure a home' the Florida East Coast Railroad. This in Florida, but who are afraid or unfamous road passes through the town willing to make the attempt. You
11rs.of Bunnell, extending almost directly never know what you can do until you
Mr. bbott's strawberry bed in Bunnell. through the center of our colony lands. Have tried.
IF YOU DO NOT BUY A, BUNNELL FARM




V/ye BUNNELL HOME BUILDER
Da iryi n g In Bunnell WHY NOT RAISE SHEEP?
It is scarcely necessary to prove by
statistics that the consumption of mut-ton in the United States is steadily in~ ~ ,creasing each year, and the demand for
wool is increasing more rapidly than
it can be produced. It therefore follows,
that the raising of sheep should be
profitable.
There are very few states in the
Union which are better adapted to sheep
___ raising than F~lorida. This is the opinion
of experienced sheep men, who are meeting with good success in this business
in Florida at the present time.
I Land owners who are now living on
a their Bunnell farms would find it esS pecially profitable to maintain a few sheep, as there is considerable land
nearby which has not yet been brought
under cultivation. Many of the men
and women who have *,contracted for
farms in the Bunnell colony, and who
are paying for same on the monthly installment plan, are scattered throughout
the United States, and will not move
on to their farms until they are fully
f., paid for. The land contracted for is
now lying idle, and if an actual settler
- would buy a few sheep, he could have
A great acquisition to the St. -Peter family, free grazing for some time to come, and
no harm whatever could come to such
Where a number of dairy cows are these three cows would yield $4.00 worth uncultivated land.
kept on farms and made a regular part of milk each day, while the owner told of -the farm business, one usually will me that they cost him about 75 cents a find the farmers out of debt, with nice day for feed outside of the pasture, or homes, and the other things that' go 25 cents daily for each cow.
toward making life really worth living. This merely gives an idea of what inBy keeping several cows and giving them come one might derive from half a
proper attention, the farmer has a steady dozen cows. After the local market has and sure income, just as if he had a been supplied there are many opportusalary in addition 'to his principal crops, nities for selling good milk and cream whether they be potatoes, citrus fruits to the large hotels of Daytona, Ormond, or truck. St. Augustine, Palatka, etc.
It would seem that the South is the Ice for keeping milk can be purchased
coming stock country, for Uncle Sam reasonably at Bunnell, as an ice-plan
said, in the Year Book of the United that manufactures from two to three tonls States Department of Agriculture for of ice daily has been installed in Bun1913--"THERE IS ONE SECTION THAT nell. Picture of land in its natural state in the
CAN PRODUCE MORE CATTLE AND Just figure for yourself how much can Bunnell Colony, sheep grazing thereon.
MORE CHEAPLY THAN ANY.OTHER be realized in one month from a few
SECTION OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY, good milch cows. The above is a picture taken in the
FOR THE LANDS ARE STILL CHEAP, There is another very important fea- Bunnell colony, showing some sheep
THE GRAZING IS GOOD, THE PAS- ture to be considered in keeping cows grazing on unimproved land.
TURE SEASON IS LONG, FEEDS CAN on one's farm, for there is more in farm-________________BE PRODUCED AT A MINIMUM COST ing than the single problem of seeing
AND INEXPENSIVE SHELTER ONLY how large a crop can be harvested from "Why Put Off for Tomorrow
IS REQUIRED. THAT SECTION OF an acre of ground. Every bale of cot- What You Should Do Today"
THE COUNTRY IS THE SOUTH. ton, every ton of corn, every car of
There is no place in Florida where cantaloupes takes from the soil a largethere are better opportunities for keep'- amount of plant food or soil fertility. You have been Wanting a Farm in the ing a few cows on each farm than in For instance, when the cotton farmer
the Bunnell colony. As to the annual sells a ton of seed cotton, for which he
thind fof ac cow-tht caepands feed- tiess fomit r $12 .00 hato $15.00m Bunnell Colony
incoe fromo ac cowthae depnds oned otinss abot ir $120.00 hato hesam ing she receives, worth of fertility. But the dairyman, Send Us Your Order for It NOW.
The above is a picture of Dr. St. when he sells a ton of butter, worth
Peters' fine Jersey cow. The cow gives $500.00 or $600.00, sells from his farm C ~ A Day, or $5.00 a
very rich milk, and the doctor finds her only about 50 cents' worth of fertility. 17I
a profitable investment, although they While the dairyman is producing the ton Us' Month Pays for a
keep the cow just for their own family of butter, his animals have produced 15 0ArFamithBunlCony use. Another resident of Bunnell has or 20 tons of good fertilizer, worth alto-10ArFamithBuelCony
three good milch cows which give him gether $30.00 or $40.00. The cotton
about 40.quarts of milk daily. After his grower who sells his seed cotton returns Oinly $35.02-0 an A cre
family has used all they require the re- no fertility to his fields, but his cropmainder of the milk is sold for 10 cents has robbed his soil at the rate of $12.00 a quart, which is the regular price for to $15.00 for every ton of seed cotton THOS. A VERDENIUS
milk in the Bunnell colony. At this rate which leaves his farm. 108 So. La Salle Street, Chicago, Ill.
YOU WILL REGRET IT SOME DAYW'




CeBUNNELL HOME BUILDER
Every Day Happenings in and Around Bunnell As Cont i
CITY DIRECTORY Mr. E. Kinney, of New Jersey, who arCHURCH SERVICES: rived in our midst several days ago, has
FIRST M. E. CHURCH. become a Bunnell convert, and will
Sunday School every Sunday-10:00 A. M.
Preaching-l:00 A. M. and 7:30 P. M. stretch his leave of absence to the limit
Ladies' Aid Society- first Monday each so as to remain here as long as possible.
month, Rev. L. D. Haynes, Pastor. While he is putting in his last year's
work in New Jersey he will have his
CATHOLIC CHURCH-KORONA. Bunnell farm put in a state of cultivaMass-9.30 A. M. tion, and next year at this time Mr. KinRev. A. Baczyk, Pastor. ney expects to be a Bunnell "spud"
WOMAN'S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE grower.
UNION.
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in month. Mr. W. A. Mack certainly has done
Alice Scott-Abbott, President. himself credit this year, and can show as
SECRET ORDERS: fine a twenty acre field as lays in St.
A. F. & A. M., No. 200. Johns county, all planted in Irish potaMeets every second and Fourth Tuesday at toes.
7 :00 P. M. in Masonic Hall, second floor Bank Building.
All visiting brothers invited to attend. Mr. C. F. Turner has not only planted
D. M. Deen. W. M. potatoes on his own farm, but has also
ORDER EASTERN STAR. rented another farm for the same purMeets every first and third Tuesday at 7:00 pose, and can show a fine crop, which
P. M. in the Masonic Hall. will be ready to harvest April 1st.
Mrs. Hagadorn (Matron).
FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY CO. Mr. Fred Horton of Wisconsin, who
Trains leave Jackson- Arrive in Bunnell- Rev. C. D. Haynes was the owner of ten acres of land near
yulle: Daily:
9:30 A. M. 12:45 P. M. of the M. E. Church of Bunnell. Gore. Lake, was so well pleased that he
1:30 P.M. 4:23 P.M. bought fifteen acres additional on his re8:00 P.M. 11:46 P. M.
Leave Bunnell: Arrive in Jacksonville Thie many Bunnell friends of Rev. and cent visit.
-Daily: Mrs. L. D. Haynes, learn with much
5:29 A. M. 9:00 A. M. pleasure that Mr. Haynes has been re- Considerable money has already been
10:26 A.M. 1:30 P. M.
4:38 P. M. 7:50 P. M. turned to Bunnell for another year to donated, as well as one hundred beauti4:38_P._M. 7:50_P._M. serve as pastor of the Bunnell Methodist ful palm trees, for a city park for Bunchurch. nell, which will be known as Flagler
Park, and when completed it will be one
The annual convention of Bunnell of the most attractive parks along the Lodge No. 200, Free and Accepted Ma- East Coast Railroad. sons, was considered a very successful Practically everyone in the Bunnell one. Patclyeeyn i h unl
The attendance was quite large. colony is through planting potatoes, and
Newly elected and appointed officers the fields are in fine condition. for the ensuing year took their chairs.
Bunnell Lodge enters the new year Mr. J. F. Lambert has one acre of cuwith an increased membership, which is cumbers, and anticipates touching the full of enthusiasm, and the prospects for high water mark for Bunnell in regards its future are exceedingly bright, to returns per acre.
A New York commission house has Dr. St. Peter has a fine sample of sweet
asked for a price on the entire output of corn in his garden. It stands shoulder the Irish potato crop in the colony. An- high at this date. other commission house wants 20,000 barrels, and will pay $5.00 per barrel for
number ones, twos and threes.
Mr. F. Vincent is planting his home
place to grapes of the Concord variety,
and also 150 orange trees.
The January issue of the "Florida Farmer and Homeseeker" contained a very
interesting article on 'How I Grew My
Mayor Heath of Bunnell. Tomatoes," by Myrtle Marie Brock, a St.
Johns County Canning Club girl, whose
home is at Bunnell. Miss Brock is the
The municipal election held in Bunnell daughter of one of our land owners, Mr. passed off very quietly. The following W.A. Brock, and it is indeed gratifying were elected: to see that the sons and daughters of the
The aldermen elected to serve for two colonists are taking such an active interyears were: E. W. Johnston and J. H. est in the development of the community.
McKnight. Aldermen elected to serve
one year were: J. F. Lambert, W. H. Mr. Harry Sessions, formerly of New
Cochran and W. C. Sullivan. Mayor W. York, has as fine a garden spot here as
C. Heath was re-elected to serve as anyone in Florida. His watermelons are
Mayor for the next year. looking fine.
THE FARMER IS THE ONLY MAN WHO FINDS IT PROFITABLE TO RUN HIS BUSINESS INTO THE GROUND. Home of Hon. I. I. Moody, President of Eunn,




"he BUNNELL HOME BUILDER
ntributed by Bunnell Correspondent During the Month
Mr. E. Baxter and Mr. J. Greer of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tittsworth, o
Idaho, who owns 20 acres of very desir- Hawthorn, N. J., are in Bunnell this
able land near Bunnell, are busy these week. Mr. Tittsworth owns a forty-acre
days clearing their land and putting it farm here which he values very much.
under cultivation. He and Mrs. Tittsworth will remain in
Bunnell some time. They are stopping
The Professor of the Bunnell Public at the Halcyon.
and High School writes as follows:
"This week marks the end of the Mr. Lewis E. Fisher, of Linton, Ind.,
fourth month of school, and we feel sure who owned a nice twenty acres just east
that it is by far the best of our work. of the farm of Mr. J. C. Miller, arrived
The work has been regular and the at- in Bunnell last Friday morning.
tendance has been exceptionally good. Mr. Fisher drove out Friday afternoon
The number of pupils is increasing to look over his land and while out
steadily. Last Wednesday we enrolled there he met Mr. Miller. In conversation
four new students, and the total number with Mr. Fisher, Mr. Miller asked him
has now reached 110. Let us all work what he would take for the land, wherefor our school, and secure a fourth upon Mr. Fisher priced the land to Mr.
teacher before this term is out. We must Miller at exactly twice the original cost,
begin to work now if the institution is whereupon Mr. Miller immediately
to have the best results next year. bought the twenty acres.
Including this twenty acres, Mr. MilMrs. Cisco, east of Bunnell, writes the ler now owns as nice a forty-five acre
Editor as follows: "Up to the present farm as can be found in the county.
time, Mr. Cisco has shot over 200 squir- Rv. 4. Baczyk Mr. Fisher returned to his home in
rels. He goes out before breakfast and of the Catholic Church, Korona, Bunnell Colony Indiana Saturday evening realizing that brings in plenty for the day. He shot Florida land (especially land that is lotwo wild turkeys for Christmas, and also The Korona section of the colony has cated i n the u r ptao belt)
caught a 30-lb. bass a few days ago. received its share of the new settlers s not a drug on the market, and we One does not need to go without game whchve been sarriin i the co slyri predict that another year will not pass and fish in this country." who have been arriving in the colony in by without Mr. Fisher buying more St.
large numbers this winter. A number Johns County land. of new homes have been erected at KoMr. J. L. Council is after the "Potato rona, and a large amount of acreage has Mr. W. C. Phillips has a fine stand of
Pennant" this year with a high average been cleared and planted to potatoes. Bermuda onions, and should repeat his
on his 35 acres of potatoes. The Rev. Father Baczyk reports a good- past successes in this line.
ly number of new parishioners in his
Hoa. I. .I. Moody and family are now parish.
living in their new home, which is one
of the most beautiful homes in St. Johns The Modern Woodmen gave a dance County. It is situated in a grove of in their hall in the Tribune Building last fine water-oaks, on the Dixie Highway, Thursday evening. The dance was well one and a half miles east of Bunnell. attended and everyone appeared to have
Mr. Moody's home, garage, and other a good time.
buildings are equipped with electric
lights and water, from a private light Contractors Kuhn & Anderson have and water plant which he has had in- just completed a nice bungalow on the stalled. The yard is now being seeded farm of Mr. Oscar Buckley south of
to grass and an abundance of flowers are Bunnell.
being planted.
Over one hundred automobiles passed
through Bunnell Sunday en-route to different parts of the state. These autos
came from almost every state in the
Union and we suppose are headed for
almost every town on the East Coast of
Florida. "
J. C. Miller is supplying the Bunnell
merchants with nice turnips grown on
his farm at Black Point.
Under the management of Mr. A. F.
Beaujon the Farmer's Manufacturing
Co., have opened up the barrel shop in
Bunnell. Postinaster ) n.
As the weather conditions have been
ideal for a bumper crop of potatoes this Postmaster D. M. I)een has just added season this shop will have to turn out thirty-six more lock boxes to the post about twenty-five thousand barrels to office equipment. The increase in popmeet the demand. ulation in Bunnell has caused lock boxes
to be in demand and as "Uncle Dan" is
Our new meat market is nearly com- always on the job, wanting to serve his pleated, and will present an attractive patrons, he immediately met their defront to the Dixie Highway when fin- mands by installing the new boxes. ished. Mr. Osborne expects to handle all With this new section installed the Bunnell State Bank. This picture was taken kinds of meats, also to take and deliver postoffice now has a total of one hundred
)use ws finished. orders. and fifty-three boxes.




Uha BUNNELL HOME BlUILDER
BUNNELL "NO LONGER AN LETTER FROM ANOTHER WANTS HIS FRIENDS IN
EXPERIMENT,"SI OF OUR SATISFIED BUY- THE NORTH TO KNOW
Says Satisfied Land Owner, ERS IN THE UNITED THAT HE IS WELL
Who Has Spent Considerable STATES NAVY. PLEASED WITH
Time in the Colony. Dear Mr. Verdenius:
I am not able to give an opinion of THE BUNNELL
the Bunnell colony as I should like, asCO NY
I have never seen Bunnell, but I haveCO NY
conversed with people who have visited Dear Sir: the colony and the little city of Bunnell, As I am well pleased with this counand they praise they both very highly try, Ishould be glad to have you publish As to the men comprising the Bunnell this letter in the HOME BUILDER, so Development Company, I find them all that my friends may read it.to be as square as any people I have ever I have been in Bunnell a little over dealt with. thirteen months, and have built the
I can, with much pleasure, say some- Pine Grove Inn. I have six city lots thing about the climate of the state of and twenty acres of farming land. Florida, as I was born on a Florida farm I am satisfied that it is a good investand lived in that state until four years ment, and can cheerfully recommend ago, when I enlisted in the Navy. But, both the climate and the land. like most boys brought up on the farm, Yours sincerely,
I thought that there was a much better S. M. BORTREE,
chance for a young man to get a startBunlFoia in the world by leaving the farm andBunlFoia working for someone else. I did not
have any special trade or profession, so
in four or five years I found myself
worse off than when I left the farm; and
being dissatisfied with the way I was
earning my living, and not being in a
position to earn it otherwise, I decided
that I would enlist in the Navy.
Rev. F. M.l Wiilliams. After spending two cold winters in
Dear Sir: vantages of Florida's climate over the
The HOME BUILDER received, and climate of the Northern states, and I
every word read with much pleasure. also began to realize the comforts one
Conditions in and around Bunnell are can have on the farm. I came to the
becoming interesting, and I expect them conclusion that I would purchase a farm to grow in interest from now on until in Florida and settle down. I now have those who have purchased land have a twenty acre farm in the Bunnell colgone and built their homes. ony, and although I have never seen it,
It appears to me that with the pres- I am satisfied with it, as it was selected ent stage of that country properly pre- for me by my brother, who is also a sented, you will have but little trouble farmer. And, believe me, I expect to be in disposing of all the land you have for living in the colony some time in the sale. There is no longer any need of future.
guesswork about what that country has Yours truly,
and will produce. You can now refer IRVING M. DOUGLAS. M.S .Brre
with pride to the tangible results of M.S .Brre
what the Bunnell section of Florida has ___produced.
With the present price of the land, "BUNNELL THE CITY OF
the easy terms of payment, and the
certainty that the land will double in OPPORTUNITIES."
value within the next year or two, placed
beside what the land will produce, I be- Dear Mr. Verdenius:
lieve no farmer will hesitate very long I thought I would write you a few
before making an investment, lines and tell you what I think of the
Personally, I have greater faith in Bunnell colony. I visited the colony
the possibilities of that country than I in October, 1913, and although the colever had before. It is no longer an ex- ony was still so very young, it looked
periment for a man to go to the Bunnell better to me than anything I had read
section to make a home. Any one go- about it, indeed the reports concerning
ing down expecting to build up a home it were in no manner overdrawn.
need not be disappointed. A man can Within a few years now I expect to
raise enough in one year to pay for make Bunnell my home.
his land, two, three or four times over, The opportunities in the South are
hence it is only a matter of a very short much greater than they are in the
time until a man may have a home of North, and I have told my friends this,
his own. Hundreds and thousands of and hope many of them will locate there.
people would invest if these facts, to- Icall Bunnell the "City of Opportugether with all the conditions of that nities."
country, could be placed before them. Yours very truly,
But why should I be telling you some- RICHARD T. GARNER,
thing you already know:' Mr. Richard T. Garner. Missouri.
I wish I could send you a hundred ___________________________________buyers. I think I would be doing them
a favor by so doing. NO EARLY MORNING WHISTLE TO DRIVE YOU TO
Your friend, WR HNYUAEWRIGYU AMI H
F. M. WILLIAM1S, WR WHNYUAEWRIGYUFRMNTE
Chicago, Illinois. BUNNELL COLONY. YOU ARE YOUR OWN BOSS THERE.




Vhe BUNNELL HOME BUILDER
WHAT A CLEVELAND A Letter to the Readers of the Home In and around Bunnell you may find
Builer fom aKenuckyManWhooranges, grape-fruit, pecans and many AUTOMOBILE MAN THINKS Bule rmaKnuk aWo other good things. Perhaps you may
Writes Direct from the Colony. have heard people say "you can't grow
OF BUNNELL. "EIGI B LEVN such and such in Florida," but that is
"'SE ING S BEIEVIG99 a mistake, at least, almost everything
FOR THIS MAN. will grow in the Bunnell colony, and
Whe I rried n he oloy, fond grow in large quantities and sell for conitins muc briente thany I everuex fancy prices.
condtios mch btte thn I verex- I did not write a letter for the HOME pected. I found Bunnell more up-to-BIDRbfr, eas i o
date, and the "biggest-little-town" I wasBULE beobcas Idint
want to say anything until I was sure
ever in. All around Bunnell one may I knew, but my experience here has
find successful farmers, who are raising tuh eta n a' rieteBn
three splendid crops a year, and each taugh meon taton ca'tprislteyun crop aeaigte frm$50 toYours respectfully,
$100.00 an acre. One can readily see J. M. LYNN,
that a man may make more than a liv- Kentucky.
ing on ten acres of land here. ___Before coming to Bunnell I had purchased ten acres of this land, but on L-ETTER OF INTEREST FROM A
~ finding conditions so much better than
I anticipated I bought more land, and CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER
now I hold contract for a beautiful farm- AT BUNNELL.
home in the Bunnell colony, and expect Dear Mr. Verdenius: to make it my future home. I have I have been in Florida parts of three
spent the winter months in California years, first in December and January, and other places and have spent part of 1912 and 1913, next in January, 1914, the winter here, but so far I have found and this time I came to the colony about Florida's climate the most delightful Ith 10hoFeray 19550 av
was ever in, and I am not bragging onth tboFeray195so av
Mr. W. H. Havens, this place because I have land here. completed more than a full year, and
have had the experience of the climate
"I visited the Bunnell colony some for an entire year. I must say that I
monts ao, ookd i allove throuhlyam more than delighted with the summonts ao, ookd i allove throuhlymer season here, as well as the winter, for two weeks, motored from Bunnell having been able to carry on the buildnorth as far as St. Augustine, taking in ing business every day, and have never
all the farming districts, including Hast- -been overcome by the heat or compelled
ings and Palatka, then south as far as to go to the shade on account of same.
Deland, visiting the farming and grove The building business last summer
districts, traveling about six hundred was very good, and this winter several
miles all told by auto, thereby getting arrivals from the north have placed
absolute facts regarding the whole sur- orders with me for building material
rounding country. To be brief, I in- and are planning to build at once, and
spected the groves and found them most I have three homes contracted for now.
beautiful and loaded with fruit and blos- The price of building material is about
som; also wild oranges in abundance inth saesayargoan tecls
the wooded land. Game, fish and oys-ofbidnsaeomw tbterhn
ters, free for the small effort of getting i h at
them. There has been quite an increase in
"Then the truck farms in the colony- th munt of acreage planted to poI found the settlers prosperous and all tatoes this season. In some localities
the crops looking fine. I also had per- stock raising is becoming quite extensonal conversations with potato buyerssieadom fnetcksbigiright there on the ground ready to buy, Mr. J. M. Lynn picking grape-fruit at Bunnell poread frome the n o. bengim and buying all the potatoes delivered to I have learned from people who have The weather at present is just fine.
the depot and paying cash for same. come to Bunnell from other sections of Yours truly,
"In my estimation Florida is the corn- Florida that this is the place for an G. W. BROWN,
ing state, as one can grow anything that all-year-round comfortable climate, and Bunnell, Florida.
he plants in the ground by giving it the good land with it, so you cannot make proper care and attention, besides he has a mistake by buying land in the Bunnell a good market for same. One cannot colony. make a mistake by locating in your col- If you have read the little booklet ony, for values are bound to increase as that is printed by the Bunnell Developsure as you live. I am willing to go into ment Company you have the facts about these details with any of my northern the Bunnell colony. When I came to brothers if they choose to consult me. Bunnell I carried one of those booklets
"As to the Bunnell Development Co., I in my pocket, and I found it told the can assure skeptics that their business truth about the colony. I don't think methods are fair and square to the letter you could find a better location than and their president, Mr. I. I. Moody, will Bunnell. One must remember that Bunbe found to be a perfect type of broth- nell is only in her infancy, and when erly manhood, combined with honesty, she gets a few years older, no doubt,
integrity and business ability, she may be the garden spot of the
"I purchased my twenty acres fourteen United States.
months before I saw it, with privilege When I came to Bunnell I didn't atof exchanging if I saw fit, but after tempt to get my information regarding looking over the colony I decfded that farming from the street corners. I got the selection the Bunnell Development out among the successful farmers, and Co. made for me I would keep, as I con- helped dig sweet potatoes, plow and eluded their judgment was 0. K., possi- plant Irish potatoes. I have seen vably better than I might have done my- rious kinds of garden truck growing self." here in December and January, and I
W. H. HAVENS, have worked the soil, and I know what
Cleveland, Ohio I am talking about. Mr. G. W4. Brown.




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"He who plants a tree, plants shade, rest, hope, love, peace for troubled ones who come his way when he is gone."~
"There is nothing in which God asks so little of us and gives so much, as in the planting of a tree.
If you are looking for a sure, safe and
substantial investment for your surplus
money, buy a ten acre tract of land in
the Bunnell colony and have it planted
to pecans. Fathers and mothers could
not protect their children's future in a
better way than by giving them a pecan
grove. I consider money invested in
this manner far superior to an endowment life-insurance policy.
Should you visit the Bunnell colony
this winter, I urge you to see the pecan
grove belonging to Mrs. Dr. St. Peter,
located about a mile east of Bunnell, on
the Dixie Highway. These trees have
been set out but a few years, but they
are a complete demonstration of the
fact that pecans thrive well in Bunnell
soil.
Should any of the readers of the
HOME BUILDER be especially interested
y in this article, and desire more tangible
I.;, proof of the quality of nuts grown on
our soil, I would suggest that you write
to the General Sales Office in Chicago,
and Mr. Verdenius will be pleased to
send you two or three nuts from BunEitcalyPtits trc'c i Bunell. nell trees. When he was last in the colony Mrs. St. Peter very kindly gave him
The most positive factor in lending a small box of nuts from her grove, and influence and attractiveness to a home is naturally, as the supply is so limited, Mr. Carl A. Stwiger.
a beautiful shade tree. It has been the only two or three -nuts can be sent t inclination and custom of man from the any one who is really interested in s-LT E R MO EO U
very beginning to pitch his tent or curing a farm in the colony for pecan BUYERS, NOW IN THE
swing his hammock in the cool, comfort- culture. able protection of Nature's trees. Pecan trees should not be set out CANAL ZONE.
tu ee y lantigtes int tsuist loa- closer than 40 f .eet apart each way, and Dear Mr. Verdenius: tions, not olnnly foree hison beeitl buta from that to a distance of 50 feet will I am in the Army at the present time, alos fo cong gnrtisons Iened,u be found to be about right. stationed in the Canal Zone, but as soon
there is nothing that will increase the There is always an excellent market as I am discharged I expect to go to value of one's farm or home more rap- for pecan nuts, and a bearing grove is Florida, clear my farm I bought from idly, and with a smaller outlay of money, almost priceless. Some owners of pe- you, and make Bunnell my home. than the planting of trees, can groves in Florida have refused As soon as I can, I shall buy more
The land owners in the Bunnell col- $1,000.00 an acre for same. land in the colony, for I have implicit
ony have a great variety of trees from If you desire further information re- faith in Bunnell's future, and predict
which to choose; indeed we could not garding this subject, do not hesitate to great things for the colony. I wish that
enumerate them in this article, write for it. every young man would save his money
If you desire a tree that grows very and. buy land from you. It would not
rapidly, plant the Eucalyptus. This is ~ .only mean that he would save the aca naiveAusralan teeandis erytual money he invested, but undoubtedly valuable forinbrek and timberya the land is going to greatly increase in
well as for shade. The above picture value.
was taken at Bunnell. It shows a Euca- I enjoy reading the HOME BUILDER,
lypts tee lantd to o thre yarsand each time I read it, I long to beago.u trepatdtoo he er come one of the many busy men who
Mypronloinohoee,.sta are working in the colony. I believe
wheon l dec id opnt trweers onhas that every one of the buyers should
farm ore arudeis ome hln esol on hi move to Bunnell as soon as possible, and
bine beauty and service, and thereforetaeaprinhsgetdvlom t
select a tree that will bear fruit and 0* work. We cannot all be rich, but I bebe profitable to its owner. The Pecan is # #lieve that each one who will work his a tree beautiful to behold, and of great Bun##ami ninelgn anr
commercial value. Pecan trees planted *#will have at least a good living and a
by the roadsides, along drives, fences, A-#0#happy home there. Yours truly,
and around barns and outbuildings, will ##CARL A. SWIGER,
not only add to the attractiveness and Canal Zone.
character of your farmn, but before youda scarcely think of it, they will be yield- Save 17 cents a dyand being a revenue in nuts sufficient to pay come the owner of a ten-acre
your taxes, interest, upkeep of yourCo ny
buildings, the painting of your fences, farm in the BunnellCo ny
besides a liberal amount for other things
-and all of this for the cost of onlyWrt Ths A.V dei,
a few trees, and keepingr the waste 108 So. La Salle SreChicago,
places cleaned and in order, as they Airs. D~r. St. Peter showing basket ofIliosStet
should be on any well kept farm. pecans,.lios
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IpilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllH | The Truth About Florida | | The Bunnell Home Builder | | Edited by S. HOWARD M 1115—108 So. La Salle Street, Chicago, Ill. g IllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllM FEBR UARY, 1916 A Tropical Pasture Scene at Bunnell, Florida “ The Cow That Fills The Milk Pail Rules The Dairy World ” “THAT SECTION IS THE SOUTH ” The Year Book of the United States Department of Agriculture for 1913 said: “There is one section that can produce more cattle and more cheaply than any other section of the whole country, for the lands are still cheap, the grazing is good, the pasture season is long, feeds can be produced at a minimum cost, and inexpensive shelter only is required. That section of the coun> try is the South.”

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&/>e BUNNELL HOME BUILDER, STRAWBERRIES ARE A PROFITABLE CROP FOR BUNNELL COLONISTS. On December 13, 1915, the first crate (thirty-two quarts) of ripe strawberries was marketed for the season. These were sold for $24.75, by Mr. W. G. Swindol of Plant City, Florida, the buyer being J. W. Simmons, a local veg etable and fruit dealer. At the present time large quantities of strawberries are being shipped from Florida daily to the northern markets. Plant City and Stark, Florida, are the great strawberry centers, but the ber ries can be grown just as successfully in the Bunnell colony. The only reason we are not marketing larger qunatities of strawberies is because the Bunnell farmers are expending their efforts on the growing of vegetables rather than fruits. Many of our farmers have had small patches of berries for their own use, and these have fully demonstrated that Bunnell berries are as good as the best grown in Florida. The home supply can be materially drawn out by planting several varieties. The University of Florida Experimental Station calls attention to the fact that a planting each of Missionary, Excelsior and Klondike varieties will give berries over a longer season than any other three varieties. These three varieties ripen in the order given, the Klondike variety being generally preferred as a commer cial berry. If you want to grow strawberries on your Bunnell farm, be sure and set out young plants which have been produced from runners during the summer. The usual planting season is from Septem ber to November, although some of our farmers have set out their plants earlier. Strawberies require plenty of moisture and free drainage. Mrs. Abbott’s strawberry bed in Bunnell. MONUMENT TO THE MEM ORY OF HENRY M. FLAGLER UNVEILED AT ST. AUGUS TINE. It affords us much pleasure to give the readers of the HOME BUILDER in this issue a picture of the monument of a man, who, without doubt, has done more for the state of Florida and for the East Coast in particular, than any other individual. We feel that it is un necessary to comment on the life of Mr. Flagler, as he was so well known, not only throughout the United States, but in many foreign lands as well. The monument to the memory of Henry M. Flagler has been erected in Railroad Park, St. Augustine, Florida (the county seat of St. John’s County), and was recently unveiled. It was in deed a memorable day for St. Johns County, and not only did the citizens of the county attend the ceremony in large numbers, but many of Mr. Flagler’s old friends and business associates from all over the country were present to show their respect for this honored pioneer and railroad builder. This great devel oper had faith enough in the East Coast of Florida to spend his millions there freely, and a record of the many things he did for the state of Florida would fill a good-sized book. Mr. Flagler was the owner of the Flagler Railroad System, which is the best railroad in Florida. This road is also known as the “Over-Sea” Route, or the Florida East Coast Railroad. This famous road passes through the town of Bunnell, extending almost directly through the center of our colony lands. Several fitting addresses were de livered by some of the most prominent men of Florida at the unveiling of the Flagler monument. One of these was given by Mr. Dismukes, who touched on the great achievement of Mr. Flagler and of the imperishable lustre that time could never dim, quoting these fitting words from Longfellow: “The heights by great men, reached and kept. Were not attained by sudden flights. But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.” When you visit Bunnell you will pass through St. Augustine, and will be able to see this beautiful monument from your car window. It seems truly fitting that the citizens of Bunnell should have already named the city park they are soon to lay out Flagler Park. What Henry M. Flagler was to the state of Florida at large, and the East Coast in particular, I. I. Moody is to the southern part of St. Johns County, and to the Bunnell colony in particular. The value of such men as these to any community cannot be estimated. WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO IF THEY WILL. Some ten or eleven years ago I knew a young man and woman who married, and who started out in life with scarce nothing more than love and a determi nation to save and get ahead in the world. In my busy life I lost track of these young people, and it was only last week that a chance conversation brought them to mind. Four children have come to them in the interval of years, there has been considerable sickness, at least two of the family have been in the hospital, and the only wage-earner has been the young husband and father, working in a city office where much is demanded, and promotions are few. But, I learned that this family now has a very nice little home paid for, that) their children are comfortably clothed, and are entering school just as soon as they reached school age. I further learned that they have bought a little farm, and now have it practi cally all paid for. I happen to know approximately the wages earned by this man, and they are not large, but when I asked how they had succeeded so well, I was told that they are frugal folks, that they never waste anything, and that they have not been afraid to go into debt, and then save to get out. I “take oif my hat” to this young man and woman. They are a credit to any community, and unless most serious mis fortune overtakes them, they are going to be independent in their old age. ’Tis only a simple, homely little story, but I tell it to you because there is a lesson in it for the readers of the HOME BUILDER who want to secure a home in Florida, but who are afraid or un willing to make the attempt. You never know what you can do until you have tried. WIF YOU DO NOT BUY A BUNNELL FARM

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&f> BUNNELL HOME BUILDER Dairying In Bunnell A great acquisition to the St. Peter family. Where a number of dairy cows are kept on farms and made a regular part of the farm business, one usually will And the farmers out of debt, with nice homes, and the other things that go toward making life really worth living. By keeping several cows and giving them proper attention, the farmer has a steady and sure income, just as if he had a salary in addition to his principal crops, whether they be potatoes, citrus fruits or truck. It would seem that the South is the coming stock country, for Uncle Sam said, in the Year Book of the United States Department of Agriculture for 1913—“THERE IS ONE SECTION THAT CAN PRODUCE MORE CATTLE AND MORE CHEAPLY THAN ANY OTHER SECTION OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY, FOR THE LANDS ARE STILL CHEAP, THE GRAZING IS GOOD, THE PAS TURE SEASON IS LONG, FEEDS CAN BE PRODUCED AT A MINIMUM COST AND INEXPENSIVE SHELTER ONLY IS REQUIRED. THAT SECTION OF THE COUNTRY IS THE SOUTH. There is no place in Florida where there are better opportunities for keep ing a few cows on each farm than in the Bunnell colony. As to the annual income from each cow—that depends on the kind of a cow and the care and feed ing she receives. The above is a picture of Dr. St. Peters’ fine Jersey cow. The cow gives very rich milk, and the doctor finds her a profitable investment, although they keep the cow just for their own family use. Another resident of Bunnell has three good milch cows which give him about 40 quarts of milk daily. After his family has used all they require the re mainder of the milk is sold for 10 cents a quart, which is the regular price for milk in the Bunnell colony. At this rate these three cows would yield $4.00 worth of milk each day, while the owner told me that they cost him about 75 cents a day for feed outside of the pasture, or 25 cents daily for each cow. This merely gives an idea of what in come one might derive from half a dozen cows. After the local market has been supplied there are many opportu nities for selling good milk and cream to the large hotels of Daytona, Ormond, St. Augustine, Palatka, etc. Ice for keeping milk can be purchased reasonably at Bunnell, as an ice-plant that manufactures from two to three tons of ice daily has been installed in Bun nell. Just figure for yourself how much can be realized in one month from a few good milch cows. There is another very important fea ture to be considered in keeping cows on one’s farm, for there is more in farm ing than the single problem of seeing how large a crop can be harvested from an acre of ground. Every bale of cot ton, every ton of com, every car of cantaloupes takes from the soil a large amount of plant food or soil fertility. For instance, when the cotton farmer sells a ton of seed cotton, for which he obtains about $120.00, he at the same time sells from his farm $12.00 to $15.00 worth of fertility. But the dairyman, when he sells a ton of butter, worth $500.00 or $600.00, sells from his farm only about 50 cents’ worth of fertility. While the dairyman is producing the ton of butter, his animals have produced 15 or 20 tons of good fertilizer, worth alto gether $30.00 or $40.00. The cotton grower who sells his seed cotton returns no fertility to his fields, but his crop has robbed his soil at the rate of $12.00 to $15.00 for every ton of seed cotton which leaves his farm. WHY NOT RAISE SHEEP? It is scai'cely necessary to prove by statistics that the consumption of mut ton in the United States is steadily in creasing each year, and the demand for wool is increasing more rapidly than it can be produced. It therefore follows, that the raising of sheep should be profitable. There are very few states in the Union which are better adapted to sheep raising than Florida. This is the opinion of experienced sheep men, who are meet ing with good success in this business in Florida at the present time. Land owners who are now living on their Bunnell farms would find it es pecially profitable to maintain a few sheep, as there is considerable land nearby which has not yet been brought under cultivation. Many of the men and women who have "contracted for farms in the Bunnell colony, and who are paying for same on the monthly in stallment plan, are scattered throughout the United States, and will not move on to their farms until they are fully paid for. The land contracted for is now lying idle, and if an actual settler would buy a few sheep, he could have free grazing for some time to come, and no harm whatever could come to such uncultivated land. Picture of land in its natural state in the Bunnell Colony, sheep grazing thereon. The above is a picture taken in the Bunnell colony, showing some sheep grazing on unimproved land. “Why Put Off for Tomorrow What You Should Do Today ” You have been Wanting a Farm in the Bunnell Colony Send Us Your Order for It NOW. A Day, or $5.00 a Month Pays for a 10-Acre Farm in the Bunnell Colony. Only $ 35.9£ an Acre THOS. A VERDENIUS 108 So. La Salle Street, Chicago, Ill. YOU WILL REGRET IT SOME DAY

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15he MJHMELL HOME BUILDER Every Day Happenings in and Around Bunnell As Cont i CITY DIRECTORY CHURCH SERVICES: FIRST M. E. CHURCH. Sunday School every Sunday—10 :00 A. M. Preaching — 11:00 A. M. and 7 :30 P. M. Ladies’ Aid Society — first Monday each month. Rev. L. D. Haynes, Pastor. CATHOLIC CHURCH—KORONA. Mass— 9 :30 A. M. Rev. A. Baczyk, Pastor. WOMAN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION. Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in month. Alice Seott-Abbott, President. SECRET ORDERS: A. F. & A. M.. No. 200. Meets every second and Fourth Tuesday at 7 :00 P. M. in Masonic Hall, second floor Bank Building. All visiting brothers invited to attend. D. M. Deen. W. M. ORDER EASTERN STAR. Meets every first and third Tuesday at 7:00 P. M. in the' Masonic Hall. Mrs. Hagadorn (Matron). FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY CO. Trains leave Jackson ville : 9 :30 A. M. 1:30 P. M. 8 :00 P. M. Leave Bunnell : 5 :29 A. M. 10 :26 A. M. 4 :38 P. M. Arrive in Bunnell— Daily: 12 :45 P. M. 4 :23 P. M. 11 :46 P. M. Arrive in Jacksonville —Daily : 9 :00 A. M. 1:30 P. M. 7 :50 P. M. Rev. C. D. Haynes of the M. E. Church of Bunnell. This many Bunnell friends of Rev. and Mrs. L. D. Haynes, learn with much pleasure that Mr. Haynes has been re turned to Bunnell for another year to serve as pastor of the Bunnell Methodist church. Mayor Heath of Bunnell. The municipal election held in Bunnell passed off very quietly. The following were elected: The aldermen elected to serve for two years were: E. W. Johnston and J. H. McKnight. Aldermen elected to serve one year were: J. F. Lambert, W. H. Cochran and W. C. Sullivan. Mayor W. C. Heath was re-elected to serve as Mayor for the next year. The annual convention of Bunnell Lodge No. 200, Free and Accepted Ma sons, was considered a very successful one. The attendance was quite large. Newly elected and appointed officers for the ensuing year took their chairs. Bunnell Lodge enters the new year with an increased membership, which is full of enthusiasm, and the prospects for its future are exceedingly bright. A New York commission house has asked for a price on the entire output of the Irish potato crop in the colony. An other commission house wants 20,000 bar rels, and will pay $5.00 per barrel for number ones, twos and threes. Mr. F. Vincent is planting his home place to grapes of the Concord variety, and also 150 orange trees. The January issue of the “Florida Farm er and Homeseeker” contained a very interesting article on ‘‘How I Grew My Tomatoes,” by Myrtle Marie Brock, a St. Johns County Canning Club girl, whose home is at Bunnell. Miss Brock is the daughter of one of our land owners, Mr. W. A. Brock, and it is indeed gratifying to see that the sons and daughters of the colonists are taking such an active inter est in the development of the community. Mr. Harry Sessions, formerly of New York, has as fine a garden spot here as anyone in Florida. His watermelons are looking fine. THE FARMER IS THE ONLY MAN WHO FINDS IT PROF ITABLE TO RUN HIS BUSINESS INTO THE GROUND. Mr. E. Kinney, of New Jersey, who ar rived in our midst several days ago, has become a Bunnell convert, and will stretch his leave of absence to the limit so as to remain here as long as possible. While he is putting in his last year’s work in New Jersey he will have his Bunnell farm put in a state of cultiva tion, and next year at this time Mr. Kin ney expects to be a Bunnell “spud” grower. Mr. W. A. Mack certainly has done himself credit this year, and can show as fine a twenty acre field as lays in St. Johns county, all planted in Irish pota toes. Mr. C. F. Turner has not only planted potatoes on his own farm, but has also rented another farm for the same pur pose, and can show a fine crop, which will be ready to harvest April 1st. Mr. Fred Horton of Wisconsin, who was the owner of ten acres of land near Gore Lake, was so well pleased that he bought fifteen acres additional on his re cent visit. Considerable money has already been donated, as well as one hundred beauti ful palm trees, for a city park for Bun nell, which will be known as Flagler Park, and when completed it will be one of the most attractive parks along the East Coast Railroad. Practically everyone in the Bunnell colony is through planting potatoes, and the fields are in fine condition. Mr. J. F. Lambert has one acre of cu cumbers, and anticipates touching the high water mark for Bunnell in regards to returns per acre. Dr. St. Peter has a fine sample of sweet com in his garden. It stands shoulder high at this date.

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BUNNELL HOME BUILDER. ntributed by Bunnell Correspondent During the Month Mr. E. Baxter and Mr. J. Greer of Idaho, who owns 20 acres of very desir able land near Bunnell, are busy these days clearing their land and putting it under cultivation. The Professor of the Bunnell Public and High School writes as follows: “This week marks the end of the fourth month of school, and we feel sure that it is by far the best of our work. The work has been regular and the at tendance has been exceptionally good. The number of pupils is increasing steadily. Last Wednesday we enrolled four new students, and the total number has now reached 110. Let us all work for our school, and secure a fourth teacher before this term is out. We must begin to work now if the institution is to have the best results next year. Mrs. Cisco, east of Bunnell, writes the Editor as follows: “Up to the present time, Mr. Cisco has shot over 200 squir rels. He goes out before breakfast and brings in plenty for the day. He shot two wild turkeys for Christmas, and also caught a 30-lb. bass a few days ago. One does not need to go without game and fish in this country.” Mr. J. L. Council is after the “Potato Pennant” this year with a high average on his 35 acres of potatoes. Hon. I. I. Moody and family are now living in their new home, which is one of the most beautiful homes in St. Johns County. It is situated in a grove of fine water-oaks, on the Dixie Highway, one and a half miles east of Bunnell. Mr. Moody’s home, garage, and other buildings are equipped with electric lights and water, from a private light and water plant which he has had in stalled. The yard is now being seeded to grass and an abundance of flowers are being planted. Rev. A. Baczyk of the Catholic Church Korona, Bunnell Colony The Korona section of the colony has received its share of the new settlers who have been arriving in the colony in large numbers this winter. A number of new homes have been erected at Ko rona, and a large amount of acreage has been cleared and planted to potatoes. The Rev. Father Baczyk reports a good ly number of new parishioners in his parish. The Modem Woodmen gave a dance in their hall in the Tribune Building last Thursday evening. The dance was well attended and everyone appeared to have a good time. Contractors Kuhn & Anderson have just completed a nice bungalow on the farm of Mr. Oscar Buckley south of Bunnell. Over one hundred automobiles passed through Bunnell Sunday en-route to dif ferent parts of the state. These autos came from almost every state in the Union and we suppose are headed for almost every town on the East Coast of Florida. Bunnell State Bank. This picture was taken yuse was finished. J. C. Miller is supplying the Bunnell merchants with nice turnips grown on his farm at Black Point. Under the management of Mr. A. F. Beaujon the Farmer’s Manufacturing Co., have opened up the barrel shop in Bunnell. As the weather conditions have been ideal for a bumper crop of potatoes this season this shop will have to turn out about twenty-five thousand barrels to meet the demand. Our new meat market is nearly com pleted, and will present an attractive front to the Dixie Highway when fin ished. Mr. Osborne expects to handle all kinds of meats, also to take and deliver orders. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tittsworth, ol Hawthorn, N. J., are in Bunnell this week. Mr. Tittsworth owns a forty-acre farm here which he values very much. He and Mrs. Tittsworth will remain in Bunnell some time. They are stopping at the Halcyon. Mr. Lewis E. Fisher, of Linton, Ind., who owned a nice twenty acres just east of the farm of Mr. J. C. Miller, arrived in Bunnell last Friday morning. Mr. Fisher drove out Friday afternoon to look over his land and while out there he met Mr. Miller. In conversation with Mr. Fisher, Mr. Miller asked him what he would take for the land, where upon Mr. Fisher priced the land to Mr. Miller at exactly twice the original cost, whereupon Mr. Miller immediately bought the twenty acres. Including this twenty acres, Mr. Mil ler now owns as nice a forty-five acre farm as can be found in the county. Mr. Fisher returned to his home in Indiana Saturday evening idealizing that Florida land (especially land that is lo cated in the famous Irish potato belt) is not a drug on the market, and we predict that another year will not pass by without Mr. Fisher buying more St. Johns County land. Mr. W. C. Phillips has a fine stand of Bermuda onions, and should repeat his past successes in this line. Postmaster Deen. Postmaster D. M. Deen has just added thirty-six more lock boxes to the post office equipment. The increase in pop ulation in Bunnell has caused lock boxes to be in demand and as “Uncle Dan” is always on the job, wanting to serve his patrons, he immediately met their de mands by installing the new boxes. With this new section installed the postoffice now has a total of one hundred and fifty-three boxes.

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BUMNELL HOME BUILDER BUNNELL “NO LONGER AN EXPERIMENT,” Says Satisfied Land Owner, Who Has Spent Considerable Time in the Colony. Rev. F. M. Williams. Dear Sir: The HOME BUILDER received, and every word read with much pleasure. Conditions in and around Bunnell are becoming interesting, and I expect them to grow in interest from now on until those who have purchased land have gone and built their homes. It appears to me that with the pres ent stage of that country properly pre sented, you will have but little trouble in disposing of all the land you have for sale. There is no longer any need of guesswork about what that country has and will produce. You can now refer with pride to the tangible results of what the Bunnell section of Florida has produced. With the present price of the land, the easy terms of payment, and the certainty that the land will double in value within the next year or two, placed beside what the land will produce, I be lieve no farmer will hesitate very long before making an investment. Personally, I have greater faith in the possibilities of that country than I ever had before. It is no longer an ex periment for a man to go to the Bunnell section to make a home. Any one go ing down expecting to build up a home need not be disappointed. A man can raise enough in one year to pay for his land, two, three or four times over, hence it is only a matter of a very short time until a man may have a home of his own. Hundreds and thousands of people would invest if these facts, to gether with all the conditions of that country, could be placed before them. But why should I be telling you some thing you already know I wish I could send you a hundred buyers. I think I would be doing them a favor by so doing. Your friend, F. M. WILLIAMS, Chicago, Illinois. LETTER FROM ANOTHER OF OUR SATISFIED BUY ERS IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. Dear Mr. Verdenius: I am not able to give an opinion of the Bunnell colony as I should like, as I have never seen Bunnell, but I have conversed with people who have visited the colony and the little city of Bunnell, and they praise they both very highly. As to the men comprising the Bunnell Development Company, I find them all to be as square as any people I have ever dealt with. I can, with much pleasure, say some thing about the climate of the state of Florida, as I was bom on a Florida farm and lived in that state until four years ago, when I enlisted in the Navy. But, like most boys brought up on the farm, I thought that there was a much better chance for a young man to get a start in the world by leaving the farm and working for someone else. I did not have any special trade or profession, so in four or five years I found myself worse off than when I left the farm; and being dissatisfied with the way I was earning my living, and not being in a position to earn it otherwise, I decided that I would enlist in the Navy. After spending two cold winters in the North, I began to realize the ad vantages of Florida’s climate over the climate of the Northern states, and I also began to realize the comforts one can have on the farm. I came to the conclusion that I would purchase a farm in Florida and settle down. I now have a twenty acre farm in the Bunnell col ony, and although I have never seen it, I am satisfied with it, as it was selected for me by my brother, who is also a farmer. And, believe me, I expect to be living in the colony some time in the future. Yours truly, IRVING M. DOUGLAS. Mr. Richard T. Garner. WANTS HIS FRIENDS IN THE NORTH TO KNOW THAT HE IS WELL PLEASED WITH THE BUNNELL COLONY. Dear Sir: As I am well pleased with this coun try, I should be glad to have you publish this letter in the HOME BUILDER, so that my friends may read it. I have been in Bunnell a little over thirteen months, and have built the Pine Grove Inn. I have six city lots and twenty acres of farming land. I am satisfied that it is a good invest ment, and can cheerfully recommend both the climate and the land. Yours sincerely, S. M. BORTREE, Bunnell, Florida. Mr. S. M. Bor tree. “BUNNELL —THE CITY OF OPPORTUNITIES.” Dear Mr. Verdenius: I thought I would write you a few lines and tell you what I think of the Bunnell colony. I visited the colony in October, 1913, and although the col ony was still so very young, it looked better to me than anything I had read about it, indeed the reports concerning it were in no manner overdrawn. Within a few years now I expect to make Bunnell my home. The opportunities in the South are much greater than they are in the North, and I have told my friends this, and hope many of them will locate there. I call Bunnell the “City of Opportu nities.” Yours very truly, RICHARD T. GARNER, Missouri. NO EARLY MORNING WHISTLE TO DRIVE YOU TO WORK WHEN YOU ARE WORKING YOUR FARM IN THE BUNNELL COLONY. YOU ARE YOUR OWN BOSS THERE.

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me BUNNELL HOME BUILDER WHAT A CLEVELAND AUTOMOBILE MAN THINKS OF BUNNELL. Mr. W. H. Havens. “I visited the Bunnell colony some months ago, looked it all over thoroughly for two weeks, motored from Bunnell north as far as St. Augustine, taking in all the farming districts, including Hast ings and Palatka, then south as far as Deland, visiting the farming and grove districts, traveling about six hundred miles all told by auto, thereby getting absolute facts regarding the whole sur rounding country. To be brief, I in spected the groves and found them most beautiful and loaded with fruit and blos som; also wild oranges in abundance in the wooded land. Game, fish and oys ters, free for the small effort of getting them. “Then the truck farms in the colony— I found the settlers prosperous and all the crops looking fine. I also had per sonal conversations with potato buyers right there on the ground ready to buy, and buying all the potatoes delivered to the depot and paying cash for same. “In my estimation Florida is the com ing state, as one can grow anything that he plants in the ground by giving it the proper care and attention, besides he has a good market for same. One cannot make a mistake by locating in your col ony, for values are bound to increase as sure as you live. I am willing to go into these details with any of my northern brothers if they choose to consult me. “As to the Bunnell Development Co., I can assure skeptics that their business methods are fair and square to the letter and their president, Mr. I. I. Moody, will be found to be a perfect type of broth erly manhood, combined with honesty, integrity and business ability. “I purchased my twenty acres fourteen months before I saw it, with privilege of exchanging if I saw fit, but after looking over the colony I decided that the selection the Bunnell Development Co. made for me I would keep, as I con cluded their judgment was 0. K., possi bly better than I might have done my self.” W. H. HAVENS. Cleveland. Ohio A Letter to the Readers of the Home Builder from a Kentucky Man, Who Writes Direct from the Colony. “SEEING IS BELIEVING” FOR THIS MAN. When I arrived in the colony, I found conditions much better than I ever ex pected. I found Bunnell more up-todate, and the “biggest-little-town” I was ever in. All around Bunnell one may find successful farmers, who are raising three splendid crops a year, and each crop averaging them from $75.00 to $100.00 an acre. One can readily see that a man may make more than a liv ing on ten acres of land here. Before coming to Bunnell I had pur chased ten acres of this land, but on finding conditions so much better than I anticipated I bought more land, and now I hold contract for a beautiful farmhome in the Bunnell colony, and expect to make it my future home. I have spent the winter months in California and other places and have spent part of the winter here, but so far I have found Florida’s climate the most delightful I was ever in, and I am not bragging on this place because I have land here. Mr.J. M. Lynn picking grape-fruit at Bunnell I have learned from people who have come to Bunnell from other sections of Florida that this is the place for an all-year-round comfortable climate, and good land with it, so you cannot make a mistake by buying land in the Bunnell colony. If you have read the little booklet that is printed by the Bunnell Develop ment Company you have the facts about the Bunnell colony. When I came to Bunnell I carried one of those booklets in my pocket, and I found it told the truth about the colony. I don’t think you could find a better location than Bunnell. One must remember that Bun nell is only in her infancy, and when she gets a few years older, no doubt, she may be the garden spot of the United States. When I came to Bunnell I didn’t at tempt to get my information regarding farming from the street corners. I got out among the successful farmers, and helped dig sweet potatoes, plow and plant Irish potatoes. I have seen va rious kinds of garden truck growing here in December and January, and I have worked the soil, and I know what I I am talking about. In and around Bunnell you may find oranges, grape-fruit, pecans and many other good things. Perhaps you may have heard people say “you can’t grow such and such in Florida,” but that is a mistake, at least, almost everything will grow in the Bunnell colony, and grow in large quantities and sell for fancy prices. I did not write a letter for the HOME BUILDER before, because I did not want to say anything until I was sure I knew, but my experience here has taught me that one can’t praise the Bun nell colony too highly. Yours respectfully, J. M. LYNN, Kentucky. LETTER OF INTEREST FROM A CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER AT BUNNELL. Dear Mr. Verdenius: I have been in Florida parts of three years, first in December and January, 1912 and 1913, next in January, 1914, and this time I came to the colony about the 10th of February, 1915, so have completed more than a full year, and have had the experience of the climate for an entire year. I must say that I am more than delighted with the sum mer season here, as well as the winter, having been able to carry on the build ing business every day, and have never been overcome by the heat or compelled to go to the shade on account of same. The building business last summer was very good, and this winter several arrivals from the north have placed orders with me for building material and are planning to build at once, and I have three homes contracted for now. The price of building material is about the same as a year ago, and the class of buildings are somewhat better than in the past. There has been quite an increase in the amount of acreage planted to po tatoes this season. In some localities stock raising is becoming quite exten sive and some fine stock is being im ported from the north. The weather at present is just fine. Yours truly, G. W. BROWN, Bunnell, Florida. Mr. G. W. Brown.

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BUNNELL HOME BUILDER “He who plants a tree, plants shade, rest, hope, love, peace for troubled ones who come his way when he is gone.” “There is nothing in which God asks so little of us and gives so much, as in the planting of a tree. Eucalyptus tree in Bunnell. The most positive factor in lending influence and attractiveness to a home is a beautiful shade tree. It has been the inclination and custom of man from the very beginning to pitch his tent or swing his hammock in the cool, comfort able protection of Nature’s trees. It is every man’s duty to assist na ture, by planting trees in suitable loca tions, not only for his own benefit, but also for coming generations. Indeed, there is nothing that will increase the value of one’s farm or home more rap idly, and with a smaller outlay of money, than the planting of trees. The land owners in the Bunnell col ony have a great variety of trees from which to choose; indeed we could not enumerate them in this article. If you desire a tree that grows very rapidly, plant the Eucalyptus. This is a native Australian tree, and is very valuable for wind-break and timber as well as for shade. The above picture was taken at Bunnell. It shows a Euca lyptus tree planted two or three years ago. My personal opinion, however, is that when one decides to plant trees on his farm or around his home, he should com bine beauty and service, and therefore select a tree that will bear fruit and be profitable to its owner. The Pecan is a tree beautiful to behold, and of great commercial value. Pecan trees planted by the roadsides, along drives, fences, and around bams and outbuildings, will not only add to the attractiveness and character of your farm, but before you scarcely think of it, they will be yield ing a revenue in nuts sufficient to pay your taxes, interest, upkeep of your buildings, the painting of your fences, besides a liberal amount for other things —and all of this for the cost of only a few trees, and keeping the waste places cleaned and in order, as they should be on any well kept farm. If you are looking for a sure, safe and substantial investment for your surplus money, buy a ten acre tract of land in the Bunnell colony and have it planted to pecans. Fathers and mothers could not protect their children’s future in a better way than by giving them a pecan grove. I consider money invested in this manner far superior to an endow ment life-insurance policy. Should you visit the Bunnell colony this winter, I urge you to see the pecan grove belonging to Mrs. Dr. St. Peter, located about a mile east of Bunnell, on the Dixie Highway. These trees have been set out but a few years, but they are a complete demonstration of the fact that pecans thrive well in Bunnell soil. Should any of the readers of the HOME BUILDER be especially interested in this article, and desire more tangible proof of the quality of nuts grown on our soil, I would suggest that you write to the General Sales Office in Chicago, and Mr. Verdenius will be pleased to send you two or three nuts from Bun nell trees. When he was last in the col ony Mrs. St. Peter very kindly gave him a small box of nuts from her grove, and naturally, as the supply is so limited, only two or three nuts can be sent to any one who is really interested in se curing a farm in the colony for pecan culture. Pecan trees should not be set out closer than 40 feet apart each way, and from that to a distance of 50 feet will be found to be about right. There is always an excellent market for pecan nuts, and a bearing grove is almost priceless. Some owners of pe can groves in Florida have refused $1,000.00 an acre for same. If you desire further information re garding this subject, do not hesitate to write for it. Mrs. Ur. St. Peter showing basket of pecans. Mr. Carl A. Swiger. LETTER FROM ONE OF OUR BUYERS, NOW IN THE CANAL ZONE. Dear Mr. Verdenius: I am in the Army at the present time, stationed in the Canal Zone, but as soon as I am discharged I expect to go to Florida, clear my farm I bought from you, and make Bunnell my home. As soon as I can, I shall buy more land in the colony, for I have implicit faith in Bunnell’s future, and predict great things for the colony. I wish that every young man would save his money and buy land from you. It would not only mean that he would save the ac tual money he invested, but undoubtedly the land is going to greatly increase in value. I enjoy reading the HOME BUILDER, and each time I read it, I long to be come one of the many busy men who are working in the colony. I believe that every one of the buyers should move to Bunnell as soon as possible, and take a part in this great development work. We cannot all be rich, but I be lieve that each one who will work his Bunnell farm in an intelligent manner, will have at least a good living and a happy home there. Yours truly, CARL A. SWIGER, Canal Zone. Save 17 cents a day and be come the owner of a ten-acre farm in the Bunnell Colony. Write Thos. A. Verdenius, 108 So. La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois. The Growth of Bunnell Reads Like A Fairy Tale, Yet It Is An Actual Fact