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Group Title: Tour of the lands of the Florida Farms and Homes, inc.
Title: A tour of the lands of the Florida Farms and Homes, inc
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Title: A tour of the lands of the Florida Farms and Homes, inc
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Creator: Florida Farms and Homes Company
Publisher: Times-Herald Print
Place of Publication: Palatka Fla
Publication Date: [1916?]
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Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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TIMES-HERALD PRINT-Palatka, Florida.



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Facts as You Should Know Them.

Did you ever sit down and study a map? It is wonderfully
Take the map of the lands of the Florida Farms & Homes, Inc.
Begin with the key map showing the location of our lands in the State
of Florida. (Get a red pencil; it will show much better.) Put your
pencil on Palatka, draw a line along the Georgia Southern & Florida
Railway to Carraway. (Make an X there; Carraway is of importance
to you.) Now continue your line along the railway to Grandin. From
here draw a line to McMeekin on the A. C. L. Railway (Atlantic
Coast Line). From McMeekin draw a line straight down to a point
opposite Burbank. You will be right close to the S. A. L. (Seaboard
Air Line) and the Ocklawaha Valley Railroads.
An important station, unfortunately, is left off the S. A. L. road
at this point. It is Anthony. Write the name in with ink. It is one
of the finest farming sections in all Florida, as fine a stock, general
farming and trucking section as you could wish to see.
Now, to come back to our line drawing. From the point between
Anthony and Burbank, where we stopped, draw your straight line
down just a little bit to a point just opposite half way between Bur-
bank and Oak Junction. From here draw your line straight across
to the right until you touch the Ocklawaha river. Mark your line
over the course of the Ocklawaha river until you reach Orange
Springs. There the river takes a sudden turn to the right. Follow it
right along until you get to the letter "E" in "Orange." Now run
your line straight up to Palatka, where you started
You have fenced a territory, the greater part of which belongs
to the company with which you are associated, the Florida Farms &
Homes, Inc.
Orange Springs is the center of this territory, and the selected
location of the Company's executive offices. We believe in casting
our lot with the people who come down here to build homes, so that
we can be in close touch with them to help and advise them.. Our
demonstration farm at Orange Springs is already prospering and we
have a most capable and experienced expert farmer who has been
several years with the Department of Agriculture as a county dem-
onstrator ready to help any buyer of our lands to make a success at
Now we will go back to Carraway where you made the cross
mark. Here the Company has 7,000 acres of land in a body; an ideal
tract for a big colony development for ten-acre farms.
About eighteen miles north of Carraway in the direction of
Green Cove Springs, the Southern Cattle Feeding Company, of Col-
umbus, 0., has fenced in 25,000 acres of land for a cattle ranch.
Dr. H. C. Price, who recently resigned as Dean of the College of Agri-
culture of Ohio to engage in cattle raising. is a director of the

Company, and as the Company is chartered under the laws of Ohio,
the adaptability of this land, climate, and other advantages for stock
raising had to receive the approval of the State Banking Department
of Ohio before it could issue its securities. Ohio men and the State
of Ohio have furnished the proof positive that lands hereabouts are
among the best, as they had the entire State of Florida to select from.
Six thousand of the 25,000 acres they cleared and out of this
have two farms of 2,500 acres each, planted in velvet beans and corn.
The land was plowed with a caterpillar tractor. The cattle will feed
on native grasses eight months in the year and will be fattened on
velvet beans and corn the other four months. The company will
sell their cattle to slaughter houses in Jacksonvile and Tampa.
The beat native cows will be bred to Hereford bulls.
Hogs will also be raised. An eminent authority, Willard Blood,
of the Hiawatha Lake Stock Farms at Ocala, says: "You can raise
hogs in Florida for less than three cents a pound, and you can get
fve litters in two years. Jersey Durocs will be their specialty, but
they will also select the best native hogs to run on the range and
these, too, will be big money makers.
Big 'brood mares will also be used for farm work, but as they
will be employed only about six months in the year under the Com-
pany's plan of operation, they will be bred to Jacks and will return a
nice profit in mules, and there is sme demand for mules in Florida,
too, let me tell you.
Right alongside this big ranch is a big camphor farm, which the
DuPont Powder Company purchased in January, because camphor is
used in the manufacture of explosives. The company bought another
camphor farm at Satsuma. This one is in Putnam county. These
farms are on the high sandy lands and are another demonstration
that this character of land is a mighty profitable purchase if you know
what to do with it. It is good citrus fruit land, too. And it is mighty
good land for velvet beans and Natal grass. Natal grass has been
tried out several years in Florida, but only lately is receiving the atten-
tion it deserves.
Yes, it is good truck land, too.
Let us go back to Carraway. Carraway is only 12 miles from
Palatka. These 7,000 acres of land at Carraway that the Florida
Farms & Homes, Inc.. owns, are some of the very best farming
lands in Central Florida, and they have the advantage of being right
on a trunk line railway, the Georgia Southern & Florida, which is a
part of the Southern Railway System, and runs through the tract, as
you can see on the Putnam county map. From Carraway to Hollister
on the Atlantic Coast Line is only seven miles. This tract we will sell
entire or in ten acre tracts or larger, on easy terms. Ten per cent
of this is a capital prise. Why shouldn't it be yours?
Now turn the page over to your Putnam County mnp and you

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wdi see how advantageously Carraway is located with reference to
water transportation, as well as rail, being so near Palatka and the St.
Johns river. Just spread out this map and let's take a birds-eye-
view of it It's an eye .opener. Look at that transportation. Can
you beat it? Four railway lines centering at Palatka. And the
rivers and lakes. My! My! but there must be some fine bird and duck
shooting and fishing here. But can you beat it for farming? Never
in your life time. Just think of all Florida's natural advantages of
soil and climate. 820 growing days a year right here, according to
the United States Weather Bureau Service. And right in the heart
of the great and growing Irish potato section of Florida.
There are thousands of acres of the best potato land in all the
country right here. Potato land all along the Georgia Southern
& Florida Railway where our Company lands are.
But if anything they are even better along the Ocklawaha Valley
Railroad at Rodman and Kenwood.
And good potato land is the best kind of strawberry land, also
for lettuce and all kinds of truck.
There's one farm at Rodman you ought to see. Talking about
a demonstration farm. But that isn't a demonstration farm. It's
just a plain, ordinary money-making farm. The owner is H. 8. Cum-
mings, president of the Rodman Lumber Company, who lives at Rod-
The Secretary of the Palatka Board of Trade, E. W. Elliott, was
out there in January and wrote about it in the local papers. He had
some other visitors along with him, too. One of these visitors from
Goldfield, Nevada, when he saw it said: "This certainly makes me
wish I had a piece of land I could go to right away."

But we were talking about this farm as a money-maker. This
is what the Board of Trade man said: "I shall, however, speak now of
a section of this land that has recently been developed at Rodman
m the very heart of the potato. section, where. last week I took a
party of Northern visitors to see not possibilities, but realization, ac-
complished facts, and what they saw was far beyond their dreams,
the fields of potatoes, cauliflowers, peas, onions, lettuce, cabbage,
beets, tomatoes, and many other things.
In this section all but a small portion had been under cultivation
only two years ago, and the potatoes, a field of 182 acres, was as pret-
ty sight as one can imagine. From present indications they will
yield from 60 to 100 barrels to the acre."
"The lettuce field, however, was the more astonishing and a dis-
cussion arose as to the probable income from this crop. J. R. Young,
of Goldfield, Nov., C. D. Brown of Syracuse, N. Y., M. P. Walsh, editor
of "The New Florida,"and the writer, began an actual count and
measurement which resulted in a conservative estimate of 19,360
heads of fine lettuce per acre, with an average of 80 heads to the
hamper, making a total of 654 hampers to the acre. Mr. Taeask,

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the superintendent of the farm stated that this lettuce had been sell-
ing at $2 a hamper, which would make in revenue from one acre the
sum of $1,290. And this in 60 days.
"This, however, was not all. This was but one crop and this
same land was being reset for another crop of lettuce und would
still be followed by another crop of snap beans and other summer
Can you beat it? Talk about "will a little farm pay?"-One
acre-$1,290 in 60 days.
You better ask is there any one man who has got the industry and
capacity for work to get all the money that a ten acre farm in Florida
will pay.
The beauty about Florida land is that the more you work it with
proper rotation of crops the more productive it becomes.
"Will a little farm pay?
Just think of it! Land with a demonstrated earning capacity in
sixty days of $1,20 an acre selling for $30 an acre on practically
your own terms and ive years time in which to pay for it!
Well, let's look at the map again.
SWell take the territory along the Atlantic Coast Line this time.
The Florida Farms & Homes, Inc., lands begin at Hunter.
about eight miles from Palatka. Hunter is also within a mile and a
half of the Oeklawaha Valley Railroad. There's mighty good land for
olloial IMfllnI tUClimlI fllQ lo 0ll Irilll IPom H11ntll to
At Hollister J. T. Whitington, who came from West Virginia,
has one of the best 20-acre all round farms that you want to see.
Corn, oats, hay, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, strawberries-almost
anything you want grows there. Strawberries as big as a hen's
egg, bright, red glossy berries that make your mouth water. And
you can get them in time for the Christmas market, too, if you want
to give the extra care and attention that pays in high prices for early
crops. Mr. Whittington does general farming, but on one-half acre
got 1,000 quarts of strawberries which netted him $200.00. There
are many nice little premiums down here for the man who knows
how and is not afraid of work.
Mr. Whittington also has a few horses including a good brood
mare, hogs, cows, chickens and everything that makes a successful
Mr. Clement S. Ucker, Vice-President of the Southern Settlement
& Development Organization of Baltimore, which protects land buyers
and homeseekers from fraudulent schemers and land sharks, visited
Mr. Whittington's farm wlile on a tour of the colony lands March 18,
1916, and expressed the greatest admiration for what he saw.
"There's a man that is doing things the right way," he said, and con-
gratulatd President Murphy on this splendid demonstration of the
fertility of the colony lands. And Mr. Whittington's farm is not
the most fertile tract on the colony lands.
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SAfter 'you. 4eae Hollister you~ some to Mannville, named after
the father- of Congressman Mann of Illinois. Two of the Congress-
man's brothers live there and one is postmaster. The family own a
great deal of property in this section.
The land begins to rise here and is beautiful, rolling country,
with many lakes, having fine orange and grapefruit groves all around
Richard Vermullein, one of the colonists who came here with
no capital, has developed into a strawberry expert, and makes $400
an acre on his berries. His example is the rare exception to the rule,
however, and we do not advocate people coming to Florida trying to
get rich on nothing.
Interlachen, the next station, means "between the lakes." And
there are some beautiful lakes here, too. The Interlachen territory
helped to make Florida famous for her oranges. Beautiful green
groves with their golden fruit reflected in the waters of the lakes.
Fine fruit section. Fine! What a great country for cattle raising,
too, with land fronting on a lake. And how easy to irrigate. Rolling
hills, high and dry, beautiful lakes, breezes from the Gulf of Mexico
and from the Atlantic Ocean. Fine country to live in summer or
winter. Just the place for some ambitious young couple with lots
of friends to have a roomy house where they can make good money
taking eare of people from thei-r -ction who -wat to apel1 the winter
in Forida.
There are lots of comfortable little hotels and nice boarding
houses in Interlachen where a family of moderate means can spend
the winter in Florida without straining their bank account.
SAt Interlanchen, Chas. Francis, formerly of New England, has one
of the finest groves in the State He has the finest collection of
chickens and birds, and never fails to carry off the honors at every
fair that he enters his chickens in.
See that big open spot to the left of Interlachen marked Levy's
Prairie. There's a big lake there and right on the edge of the lake
is a little town called Carleton. It is four miles from Edgar station
on the railroad.
Granville C. Smith, a Grand Army veteran from Massachusetts
and New York, settled there in 1885, and established a Grand Army
winter colony in 1899. His first companion was Captain Dan. Bon-
bright, of Lake View, Cincinnati. Then came Charles Schofield, of
Noroton, Conn, who, as a prisoner, camped with the detachment of
Confederate soldiers under the tree beneath which Mr. Smith's house
nestles, when he was being taken from Welaka to Gainesville. Wil-
liam Saxon, of Cincinnati, a veteran of Company "D," South Ohio
Infantry, joined the colony in 1906. Mr. Saxon was foreman for
more than forty years of the Deer Creek Cotton Mills in Cincin-
The founder of Carleton lost his heart to Miss Saxon, and they

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ax iivons happily in Carleton. Other members of this colony are
Mortimer Brown Crosby, Commander of George H. Thomas Post
of Jersey City, Dan Finfrock of Company "E," 21st Pennsylvania
Cavalry, who has the distinction of having caught the prize fsh of
the colony, a 21-pound, big-mouthed bass, in the summer of 1915.
Edgar, Keuka, Johnson and McMeekin are thriving, prosper-
ous little communities in the same character of country as Interlach-
en and Carleton. The most northerly section of the triangle formed
by the Atlantic Coast Line and the Ocklawaha Valley Railroad is flat
pine lands well adapted to everything that grows in this section of
Along the public highway running diagonally from Interlchen
to Orange Springs is high, rolling country until you reach Kenwood,
which is in the flat, pine lands. Leaving Kenwood the character of
the country changes again to high rolling land which reaches its
highest elevation at Orange Springs, five miles from Kenwood.
There is a great appealing community spirit in Kenwood, where
the men get together on Saturdays and holidays clearing land for
their park, and the women prepare the dinner, after which they have
dancing and other amusements. They have a band, a poultry grow-
ers' and farmer's association, literary society and school and church.
Schools and churches, in fait, are in all the colonies and convenient
to all colonists.
Kenwood is 18 miles from Palatka on the Ocklawaha Valley
Railroad, and seven miles from Interlachen on the Atlantic Coast
Line. It also has the advantage of water transportation, as it is only
one mile and a half from Cedar Landing on the Ocklawaba River.
Kenwood is a fine country for cattle. H. P. Feil, formerly of
Yakima County, Washington, and the territory of Alaska, recently
purchased a tract of colony land at Kenwood and will go to sheep
raising extensively on scientific lines.
In March this year (1916) the property owners between Palatka
and Orange Springs voted an $80,000 bond issue for a hard road,
which will put Rodman, Kenwood and Orange Springs on the shortest
and most picturesque highway from Jacksonville to Tampa, the two
largest cities in the State. So you see, the people of the colony lands
are real, live, progressive citizens, and the Florida Farms & Homes
Inc., is backing them up with constructive work. President James R.
Murphy is known all over the State as one of the greatest good roads
boosters in Florida. He was recently elected President of the Associat-
ed Land Development and Colonisation Interests of Florida, which
is composed of the biggest and most progressive real estate com-
panies. Their purpose is to protect homeseekers and investors by
enforcing the square deal and driving out and keeping out fraudulent
operators and land sharks.
Here we turn our map over, as Orang Springs is in Marion
County, Orange Creek being the dividing line between Marion and
Putnam Counties. Orange Springs is described in "Florida, the
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Farmer's, Sportsmen's and Tourists Paradise" but its attractions
must be seen to be appreciated. Hay fever is unknown there, and suf-
ferers from this ailment say that they get absolute freedom from
it at Orange Springs.
The Company's demonstration farm is located at Orange Springs
and the general offices are to be established here, as it is about the
central point of the colony lands.
Orange Lake, one of the largest and most attractive bodies of
water in the State, isseven miles west of Orange Springs, the drive
being through a beautifully wooded territory dotted with small lakes.
From the railroad station to the Ocklawaha River is only a mile
and a half. William Jennings Bryan on a trip up the Ocklawaha
River from Palatka to Silver Springs, on Lincoln's Birthday, stopped
at Orange Springs to make an address to the residents.
Another distinguished visitor to Orange Springs and the colony
lands about the same time, was Edward B. Boynton, President of the
American Real Estate Company, the largest real estate company in
the United States. Mr. Boynton praised the Company's lands and com-
mended its policy. As he expressed it to President Murphy, "the great-
est joy in life is doing something worth while," and that he said Mr.
Murphy was doing.
Going south along the Ocklawaha Valley Railroad the country
changes again to the fat pine lands. The colony south of Orange
Springs is Bay Lake. Bay Lake is only seven miles from Citra, a
prosperous town on the Seaboard Air Line Ry. There are several
very picturesque lakes here and the colonists grow all kinds of crops.
Mr. A. Petrie has a very successful vineyard, specializing on Con-
cords and Niagaras, both of which do well. This is a good trucking
and citrus section.
Next comes Fort McCoy that takes its name from an old fort
built by the government in the days of the Indian wars. The brave
old Seminoles have all departed from this section. Ft. McCoy is a
lumber and naval stores center, a large mill being operated here.
There is some rolling country here also. The land varies from sandy
loam to rich, black soil with clay subsoil, according to the elevation.
Ft. McCoy is 18 miles from Ocala, the county seat, and 36 miles from
Palatka. It is 8 miles from Citra or Meadows, on the Seaboard Air
Line Railway, and four miles from Eureka Landing on the Oeklawa-
ha River. Silver Lake is right in the town and makes an attractive
setting for a bungalow colony.
Eureka, northeast of Fort McCoy on the Ocklawaha River, is a
picturesque colony in a fertile section.
Four miles south of Ft. McCoy is Burbank, where some of the
richest lands in Florida are found. Here nearly every kind of plant
life thrives. The colonists in this section took the principal prizes at
the Marion County Fair one year for the best agricultural products.
A Colony Fair will be held at Orange Springs this fall (1916),
and Barbank promises to be there with the winners.
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Going across country westward from Burbank to the Seaboard
Air Line Railway you come to the Anthony section, which is one of
the finest demonstrations of Flo ida's opportunities and advantages
for all round farming, cattle raising and truck farming that can be
found in all the State. This part of Marion county can well be com-
pared to the blue grass country of Kentucky. It is not so thickly
settled and developed by any means, but the Kentuckian's heart would
beat and throb with pride at the sight of some of the live stock to
be found all through this part of the country.
The Company's lands do not run up to the railroad, but are lo-
cated conveniently near to stations to give the farmer the best of
shipping facilities. The stations north of Anthony are Sparr and
Citra, the latter being almost on the border of Orange Lake.
The lake affords abundant sport and pastime. The finest kind of
black bass fishing and duck shooting can be had here. There are also
boat clubs, and motor boat races are enjoyed on almost every holi-
Here you have an idea of these colony lands, a truthful state-
ment not overdrawn. Florida is a land of wonderful opportunities.
It is yet sparsely settled, but is growing in population and agricultural
wealth faster than the nation.
The day of cheap land is fast passing. The land that we are
selling today at $30 and $40 an acre is a good investment, but we
are not looking for speculative buyers, because we want thrifty
people who want a real home to come to Florida, where the opportuni-
ties are so great for accumulating a snug fortune, and where the joy
of living is worth all the money in the world.

(From the Baltimore Manufacturers' Record)
The total value of the farm products of, 600000
the South in 1915 was ............ .. %OUU .. 3
Of this, the value of diversified farm
products was................ ...$2,8 0,000,000
And the value of Cotton was........ $ 7500 00,000
The total increase in the value of farm
products in the UNITED STATES in$ 526,070t ,0
1915 over 1914 was..............
Of this the SOUTH HAD over 60 per7
cent., or ........................ $ 317,209,0
The gain in the entire country, outside of the South, was $208,-
h61,000, or $108,400,000 LESS THAN THE GAIN IN THE SOUTH.
It must be borne in mind that these figures relate to farm crops
and not to all agricultural products, for they do not include the value
of animal products which are conservatively estimated at$1,000,000,-
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