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The Farming Utopia of Mattoon

It’s very clear that the Greater Mattoon Area had a top-tier reputation for farmers. All early on recruiting efforts were built around the success of area farming. Early recruiting documents included testimonies of farmers making plenty of money and talking about how their farming land value continued to increase

” The medium farms of the North Central Division increased on the average $11.25 per acre…

” This is a good country in which to make money on farm lands.


Early farming types that were successful in Mattoon included:

Dairy farming

Crop farming

Mink raising

Stock raising

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