Henry County, Ohio
HENRY COUNTY in 1916
SOME FACTS AND FIGURES
HENRY COUNTY, with a total of 3,032 farms in an area of 414 square miles, is distinctly a farm county. More than 96 per cent, of the entire area of the county is in its farms, and more than 85 per cent, is under cultivation. The farms are, as a rule, of more than average size, less than 3 per cent, being under ten acres. They are almost without exception profitable and correspondingly valuable. The farmers, as a class, are the most prosperous folks in the county. In view of the number of farmers, that is in itself a statement of the wealth of this section.
The farm population of Henry County is almost exclusively native born white. There are but few foreign, and only 3 negro farmers in the entire county, according to the most recent United States Government statistics.
It is interesting to note the number of farms in the county operated by their owners. Of this class there are 2,054, or 67 per cent. One thousand three hundred and thirty-two, or 64 per cent., of them are eported free of mortgage debt. This is an exceptionally large percentage. Of the balance, the remarkably low mortgage indebtedness of only 26 per cent. of the entire valuation is carried. Even in the absence of other statistical figures, these mortgage statements alone would indicate exceptional prosperity among Henry County farmers.
The largest single crop, and the one produced most generally throughout the entire county, is corn, of which 2,963,868 bushels were produced in 1910, a notably bad crop year, but the latest for which authoritative figures are available. Following closely on this for quantity is oats, with a total of 1,642,970 bushels; wheat comes next, with 422,206 bushels, and potatoes fourth, with 114,610 bushels. The combined total value of these four crops was in excess of two and one-half million dollars.
Everywhere is an atmosphere of hard work. Everyone takes work seriously and as a matter of course. There is no false pride about it, and no failure to realize its importance and its necessity. Rich farmers' wives and sons and daughters take pride in their fine butter, their eggs, their vegetables, their chickens and their stock. The relations between the people of the farms and the people of the county seat are most cordial. The farmers deposit their savings in the local banks, and deal in the local stores.
[Source: "The Farm Journal of Henry Co, Ohio", 1916, by Wilmer Atkinson Co, Philadelphia 1916 -KT - Sub by FoFG]