The Haven Of The Small Farmer In The Delta. This Quitman County Town Offers Best Inducements Known To Those Of Limited Means.
A short distance from where the Yocona River empties into the Coldwater river, there is a prosperous, growing town. These streams water a rich part of Mississippi, thousands of acres. The town is Crowder. It abounds in wonderful resources. The soil is rich. Vegetation is prolific. Land is cheap and small tracts can be bought on terms almost unheard of in the liberality. Schools ($15,000 has been appropriated for a new and much larger modern school building at Crowder to take care of the fast growing population), churches, stores, factories abound. Ideal surroundings, with a chance to grow with the town unfold themselves at every turn.
Crowder is a mecca for the man who wants a home and tillable soil, with neighbors and every convenience. All these things are here. Prosperity awaits the man who comes to Crowder to settle.
Crowder is no wild dream. It is the realization of an ambition of the Darnell interests. They own thousands of acres and are promoting the welfare of the man who wants small acreage for a home, and a chance to live, prosper and grow. Syndicates could not buy the land. Hundreds of individuals can. The result is already seen by the factories and tremendous growth of Crowder, as well as the numerous thriving farms.
Crowder, Mississippi. Where you can do things. Where land is cheap and industries thrive. Where you can come to live, prosper and grow. The future beckons you to Crowder. Lands are cheap and men can look forward in this progressive little municipality.
The Darnell interests have refuted the impression of high priced land and dealing in large sums of money. For at Crowder where the Darnell interests own tracts of land, small acreage buying has been made popular. It requires a man of ambition, and determination to make things go. That’s all. Here the rich loamy land can be bought in small tracts and with little money. The only obligation to assume is the development of the land bought, along with hundreds of others who have come to Crowder to “look forward.”
Believing that in unity there is strength and that numbers make unity, that many seething farms, abundant in agriculture, are happier communities than large farms, the Darnells have refused turning these thousands of acres over to syndicates and speculators. They have made attractive arrangements that allow men to purchase this acreage in small tracts.
The most convincing evidence that Crowder is different is by comparison only. Thousands of Delta acreage is changing hands daily and the sums involved run into quarters, halves, and millions of dollars. It is such terms as this that has discouraged untold thousands, until the decision came to make Crowder a real community and a haven for the man of limited means. Money, as a payment for the lands is not the object. Settlers, who want to do for themselves; that is the citizenship Crowder wants and is getting. The opportunity is unlimited at Crowder.
The back page of this magazine gives in detail more things of interest about Crowder.
Two generations ago young men left Ohio’s high priced land and settled in Illinois where land was cheap. Their sons went to Iowa and Kansas. Today there is no cheap land in any of those states.
Ten years ago land was cheap in the Delta because cotton was practically the only crop. Now-a-days Delta farmers are raising corn, alfalfa, live stock, everything the Illinois farmer raises on his two and three hundred dollar lands.
The soil equals the finest on the face of the earth and these cut-over lands can be bought by actual settlers and on such easy terms that the opportunity today is equal to that several generations ago.
Speculators have raised the price of Delta lands in Mississippi generally, but not near Crowder. The Darnell interests own thousands of acres at Crowder and will not sell to speculators.
Instead, the Darnells offer special inducements to small farmers. What is needed to develop this section is good substantial citizens. Any man in good health who can make a living elsewhere can positively grow rich in the Delta; that’s been demonstrated time and again. And in this case he needn’t have capital.
To the man who will settle on the land the owners offer terms that anyone can meet. Only 40 to 80 acres can be bought. This keeps the speculators out. Speculators do not develop a country. To the settler terms are a dollar cash and a dollar a year per acre.
The B. & S. W. Railroad, beginning at Batesville, Mississippi, has its terminal here, but not for long, as provision has already been made for extending this line on through to Charleston, Mississippi, in Tallahatchie County.
A great deal of publicity has been given to the larger land transfers in the Delta. Only recently two transfers have been made which in each case involved considerably over a million dollars. In Quitman County alone several deals were made in which plantations sold for more than $300,000. [See Alcorn Place Sold in Belen and sale of 1,700 acres of E. W. Taylor in Sledge.] All over the Delta these transfers are going on daily. It is nothing to have a thousand acres or more sell for over a quarter of a million. But nothing is said of the small land buyer. The fact is, the land activity in the Delta has become so feverish of late that the little fellow has almost been lost in the shuffle, especially so far as publicity is concerned.
But he is not being frozen out by any means. If he is alert, he is getting his. It is true that some of the owners of cut-over land have become a little excited and have disposed of large areas–larger than was their original intention. But such is not the case at Crowder.
As stated, Crowder is an industrial center. Besides the big lumber manufacturing plant of R. J. Darnell, Inc., there are two spoke factories, an axe-handle plant, and another lumber mill owned by Dr. H. D. Glass, of Lambert. This town has a weekly payroll of $10,000, which is the largest of any point in the county. More than 500 men are employed at these plants. The people therefore are not entirely dependent on agriculture, but have both sources of income to maintain their community.
The stores at Crowder include every sort of service that may be desired. The largest establishment is the Crowder Mercantile Company, owned by Mr. Fred M. Darnell. This establishment, in addition to a general cash business in general merchandise, furnishes a number of families between crop seasons and pay-days at the mills. Mr. Darnell also operates a few hundred acres of farm land individually, and has demonstrated repeatedly the value of the soil in this section as a producer of not only the highest grade of long staple cotton, but of every kind of feed crop as well.
Another large general merchandise store at Crowder is that of Dr. E. A. Grice. Dr. Grice is a practicing physician but devotes a great deal of time to his business interests also. His store carries every description of merchandise, and includes a pharmacy and soft drink stand. The doctor also owns some of the farming land in his neighborhood, and has successfully tested this soil for several years. Its superiority has been fully demonstrated to him.
Crowder has one of the most up-to-date drug stores combined with a modern sanitary soda fountain to be found in the Delta. This establishment is owned by Dr. J. T Walker. This store would be a credit to a much larger town than Crowder, as there is nothing lacking that can be found in similar stores in the cities.
A first class grocery store is maintained at Crowder by E. D. Caro, a merchant of long experience who has strong faith in the future growth of his town.
Dr. J. M. Mann, a practicing physician at Crowder, conducts a drug store and pharmacy. J. M. Lee’s general mercantile store is one of the busiest places in the town, and other business houses all are doing a thriving business there.
An abundant pure artesian water supply, best of railroad facilities, good roads, good schools, all are factors worthy of notice to those contemplating looking over the Crowder field.
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