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
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
gave him any trouble and [he] lived upon the most friendly terms
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."