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Peoria, IL June 9- The project for establishing another sugar refinery here is being agitated, with every show of success.
[The Daily Inter - Ocean, Tuesday Morning, June 10, 1879. - Transcribed by C. Horton 2011]
Wool Growing in Illinois.
The Peoria Register gives a good account of the sheep pastures of that part of Illinois. They are becoming numerously stocked, with very superior qualities of sheep. The entice number of head in the county is stated at 30, 000 and the wool clip of the past Spring at 90,000 pounds. The venerable Bishop Chase is one of the chief wool growers of that immediate vicinity, owning a dock of 2,000 head. C. Stone also has a flock of the same size, and there are several other flocks of 1,100 to 1,500 head.
The business of wool growing is receiving a great deal of attention there, and becoming one of much importance. An interesting account is given of pure French Merinoes, just introduced into that country, by Mr. Truman Humphreys, of Elmwood. These sheep are represented as distinguished for the extraordinary firmness and thickness of the fleece, large frame and strong constitution. The head and face is completely covered with wool, down to near the end of the nose. The imported buck weighs some 250 pounds, and sheers twenty- two pounds of wool. The average weight of the fleece from these sheep, is 10 to 14 lbs. [The Farmers' Cabinet,08-23-1849 - Transcribed by C. Horton 2011]
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