Farming

A Closer Look

Using the sources below, can you decide whether or not Alexander was a successful farmer?

Faribault Republican, March 4, 1874:

"Mr. Faribault claims precedence as pioneer cultivator of the soil. His farm was situated on the flat south of the Faribault stone mill. Here he raised annual crops of wheat and barley, and devoted that part of the flat which overflowed to turnips and rutabagas. He had on his farm an average of 20 horses and 40 head of cattle, three hundred chickens, and fifty or sixty turkey under the supervision of John Rix. Notwithstanding he had so much stock, the Indians never gave him any trouble and [he] lived upon the most friendly terms with them."

Historian Richard Steimann discovered that in the fall of 1844, Alexander purchased a number of things, probably for the farm. These included "one able wagon" for $50.00 plus interest and freight, and, in 1845, a pair of oxen. "By 1846...Faribault was in the red [in debt] by $6,236.20, due largely to the expense of opening and operating a farm."

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Alexander Faribault

Beaver
Buffalo
Children
Farming
Faribault's French House
Fur Trade
Making the Town Grow
Request
Site of the Bluffs
Trading Post
Translated

Mary Whipple

Bed Bugs
Divinity Students
Emma and Eva Havens
Emma Willard School
Eva's Death
Hastings to Faribault
Hawaiian Fever
Learning
Letters
Letter of August 25, 1862
Longed to Travel
Mary's Wedding
Muhlenberg
Pets
Sandwich Islands
Soap to Sausages
Some Clothing
Sound of Bells

Taopi

Baptism
Big Woods
Fort Snelling
Ginseng
Injuries
Map
Saving Others
When it Started

Henry Whipple

Back Home
Bad Teeth
Bashaw
Correspondence
East to School
Enmegahbowh
Frozen
Gull Lake
Loved to Fish
Six Children
Time of Crisis
Treatment of Indians
Underwear
Youngest Child


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