The Davis City Advance, Davis City, Iowa Thursday, December 6, l900
Bloomington, Neb., Nov. 20, '00.
Friend George and family: -- I suppose you think I have forgotten all my old friends, but you are mistaken, I often think of them and the pleasant times I have had with them; but the best of friends must part.
We are all well, and have had plenty of work to keep us busy.We built l/2 mile of new fence and repaired l/2 mile.Painted our barn which is 30x50 with basement, covered with iron, sides and roof.It holds l6 head of horses and l4 head of cows.When we get our house built we will have one of the best 200-acre farms in this place.In my pasture I have running water, and a nice pond of about one acre, stocked with fish.About 6 acres of alfalfa, that is hay which makes about 5 tons per acre, and the seed is worth 7 dollars per bushel.One man here threshed 20 acres; it made 85 bushel.Another l l/4 acres that made l8 bushels, worth $116.Thit is pretty well on 25 dollar land.I will sow l0 to 20 acres more in the spring.It costs $3.00 per acre for seed.We will plant 35 acres of corn, l5 acres of cane, l0 acres of oats.I have l0 acres of fall wheat and 6 acres of Rye growing, and looks fine.We will plant 5 acres of potatoes, 2 acres of cabbage and 5 acres of kaffir corn, l acre of pop corn and 6 acres of sweet corn.
It has been cool here for several days.It is drizzling now; the fall has been very nice.It has only rained once since we came here, that was in October.No snow yet.Alfalfa as green as spring.We have good schools here -- nine teachers.Five church buildings; the M.E., Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopal and Catholic.
We have fine water and the country is generally healthy and not so cold as with you.
Well, George, I never expect to return to Davis City to live as this country suits me; but I hope to return and meet my old friends.come out west and see us.Mrs. Kling sends her love to your wife.
Hoping this will find you in good health, I remain as ever, your friend, -- J.H. KLING.