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Lake County Past

Lake County Past, from the Lake County News-Chronicle archives

Aug. 15, 1918

Big profit made by sheep raising

The following facts were received from Superintendent Thomas Owens relative to the sheep raising industry. After having read this article you will have convinced yourself of the fact that Lake County is a good sheep raising country and that the profit on a few sheep is big. Mr. Owens says:

"On June 1, I received a live lamb a year old last spring from Levine Bros. in Duluth. He weighed 70 pounds. He sheared 5 1/2 pounds of wool. As I was sending the same lamb out to Hening Hedin, the Silver Creek farmer who recently received a consignment of sheep from North Dakota through the George W. Munford of the Commercial State Bank (as did several other farmers of our community), it gave me an opportunity to weigh him and I found that during the 70 days that I had him he had increased in weight 46 1/2 pounds. At the price of mutton dressed, as quoted today — 28 cents — the increase of 46 1/2 pounds would amount to $13.02.

In addition to this, the 5 1/2 pounds of wool brough 57 cents a pound or a total of $3.13 for the wool. These items represent an increase on weight and wool equivalent to $16.15.

"It would seem to me from the above facts that it pays to keep sheep in Lake County."

Aug. 12, 1943

Subscriptions down five

The score on subscription cancellation on account of the slot machine demise is five down, one on.

The first to cancel out was a tavern owner who bootlegs whiskey every day, but the Sheriff should know and the Chronicle will be damned if it will ever tell.

The second down was one who in the first days of the "noble experiment" (Prohibition) suffered the loss of his home. The Chronicle considers him most ungrateful because this publication sponsored a subscription list and raised about $200 from generous citizens. The Chronicle's face was red a few weeks later when it learned that the fire originated from the explosion of a moonshine still.

The third was a lady and the Chronicle is much too chivalrous to womanhood to identify her.

The fourth was Claude Hiller. It is a habit with Claude. His first cancellation was occasioned by virtue of the fact that this publication reported the trial in municipal court where he, with Arnold Holbeck, were convicted of dynamiting fish in the Stewart River and the subsequent trial in District Court on the appeal from the judgement of the municipal court, which was sustained and caused the payment of the fine levied. The Chronicle will welcome Claude back into its family of 4,800 readers in some 1,400 homes into which this publication goes.