I was going through some of Mother’s things and found a newspaper she had saved that contained her young brother’s obituary. (He died when he was only nine.) This interesting article about progress in Bryan County is from the front page of that paper.
The Caddo Herald, February 9, 1940
Agents are Working on Land Use Plan in Bryan County
“All government agencies relating to Land Use are working out a unified plan for the county, says W. F. Lott, county farm agent. Monthly farm educational meetings have already been held, the whole purpose being for a better Bryan county all the time.
The Planning committee has nearly completed the task of listing the problems and of the recommendations to improve conditions. Bryan county has several distinct farming areas. No.1 is the large area of open prairie which grows peanuts, small grain and cotton. It is southeast of Durant, surrounding Calera and Roberta.
Another area is the black land around Caddo and Kenefic, and toward Nida. It grows cotton, oats and corn. Area 3 is the mixed blackland belt to the southeast of Caddo. It is good pasture and cotton land.
Others comprise the richer bottom lands of the rivers, and the fruit and vegetable soils.
Each farm should have at least a small orchard, 100 hens, a few milk cows; all land ought to be terraced, contour farming practiced, no burning pastures or organic matter.
Each farm should have $2,000 to $3,00 worth of buildings.
From $500 to $1000 worth of machinery per farm is also very much needed.
Three-fourths of the farm houses are unliveable. Tenancy ranges from 60 per cent to 85 per cent. Taxes are another problem to be solved."