Othniel H. Wienges Farm Journal, 1879-1910
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Manuscript farm journal, 1879-1910, of Saint Matthews (Calhoun County, S.C.) maintained by O[thniel] H. Wienges, a cotton farmer residing at Singleton plantation on the South Carolina Railroad line, with a record of horses born, livestock purchased, lumber sold, and supplies purchased as well as a record of cotton picked by a sizable workforce of tenant farmers. | Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
Of particular research interest is a two-page record of cotton crops, 1885-1904, with general observations on rainfall and notations on the prevalence of caterpillars, number of acres planted, and number of bales of cotton produced. Miscellaneous notes include a brief record of grape vines set out and a course of treatment for horse colic.
Wienges’ recordbook was kept in the second edition of a pre-printed volume alternately titled Affleck’s Farmer’s and Planter’s Record and Account Book on the front cover and The Farm Record and Account Book on the title page. Compiled by I.D. Affleck, this 1884 printing followed the eighth edition of Thomas Affleck’s The Cotton Plantation Record and Account Book. Wienges adapted the pages of the volume to his own needs rather than systematically recording the information called for in the Affleck system.
Among advertisers represented on the illustrated end pages of the volume is Stono Phosphate Company of Charleston, S.C.