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 Messrs,  Chambliss and Co., have sold from their plantation 26 cars of cantaloupe, which were sold for $1.50 a crate. The season has been a very successful one with them and part of it is attributed to the lands under cultivation in having been used for pasturage purposes. Ocala Evening Star: 6-12-1908

Rev. H. C. Martin of Ft. McCoy was in town today to secure barrels in which to put syrup. He said he had plenty of cane, sweet potatoes, corn, penders and hogs and was feeling good over the cool weather. He said he forgot his lap robe on leaving home and felt the frosty air of the morning on his long drive.  Ocala Evening Star: 11-17- 1908

Mr. J. J. Brinson of Eureka was in the city today with a fine supply of honey, Mr. Brinson is in the business and has made a great success of it. He has three hundred hives and this season has sold 2900 pounds of the delicious product. He says the bees work for him and their returns are better than a cotton crop. Ocala Evening Star: 8-16-1904

Mr. J. J. Brinson of Eureka is serving as a juror. Mr. Brinson said he has three hundred stands of bees and that later on honey would flow like water around the premises and Ocala would get the overflow. Ocala Evening Star: 5-2-1905

DOING'S AT FT. McCCOY...Mr. J. J. Brinson the "Bee King" of this section, reports that his bees are dying at a rapid rate, he having lost nearly sixty colonies already and they are still dying. He does not know the cause. There seems to be some kind of disease that destroys the whole swarm. Ocala Evening Star: 5-7-09

FT. McCOY...Mr. D. B. Brinson has just returned from an extended trip through the south Florida. He says the sight of orange trees loaded with fruit remind him of better days when Marion County was said to ship one third of the oranges of the entire state. Ocala Evening Star: 3-26-1900

.We are indebted to Mr. George Close for the finest cabbage and lettuce we have ever seen grown in Florida. Mr. Close is a man of fine judgment and one of the most successful truckers in the state and he is a generous and large hearted as he is prosperous. Mr. Close bought his seed from The Old Reliable feed seeds man  J. B. Sutton, who handled only the best seeds to be had especially adapted to Florida and makes a specialty of the finest strains of cabbage, eggplant, lettuce, onion and tomato seed.  Ocala Evening Star:  7-12-1901

THE BIGGEST YET...Mr. John D. Robertson presented us Tuesday morning with the biggest melon of the season. It was grown by Mr. George Close, the successful Lemon Avenue trucker and weighed over fifty pounds. Up to Monday night, Mr. Close had sent fifty carloads of these melons to the market. Besides being the largest melons we have yet seen, it was also a very delicious one. Ocala Banner: 6-23-1905

The Ocala Banner...3-2-1906...Editorial Excerpt...FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE FLORIDA  RAILWAY COMMISSION

Mr. George Close until this year was one of Marion Counties most pushing and progressive vegetable growers. He adopted new methods and worked with energy and skill. Failure for one or more seasons did not faze him. He pulled off his coat, rolled up his sleeves and tried it over again; The next season more buoyant and confident than ever. Mr. Close kept on fighting more than twenty years, but like the Easterlings, the Deckers and others he has had to lay down his hoe and retire. He has been completely vanquished. His last year was his best year. He covered the earth with melons. His crop is the finest we ever saw, his melons were the largest. They would have attracted attention in any market in the world, but the freight rate struck him a solar plexus blow and put him out of business. He was taxed $130 on every car and he did the loading. All this he got as profit, the excess freight rates could have stood, but the excess freight rate was the feather that broke the camel’s back. There was an excess charge on every car. The excess on the entire shipment amounted to more than $1300. Mr. Close said that if he could have charged against him he would have been somewhat satisfied. He would have been able to have kept up the fight for another season, but with the finest crop he ever made and the finest prices he had ever received, he was knocked out of business. After a twenty year struggle he is compelled to retire defeated. What is a man in Mr. Close's shoes care about the Florida Railway Commission fining a Railway company fifty or a hundred dollars for not building a bulleting train. Why should we spend millions of money in an attempt to drain the Everglades for the purpose of adding more area to our acres with the rich acreages we already have are compelled to be abandoned by our most practical energetic  and scientific farmers. Does it not look like folly? Mr. Close's farm is located on the very richest land in Florida. He has made a study of farming and is acknowledged to be one of the best and yet he is compelled to let his lands lie idle, not because they do not respond to his efforts, not because he does not obtain good prices for what he grows, but because the freight rates are prohibitive. These are the conditions that confront the Florida farmer from the Perdido River to Cape sable covering a distance of over seven hundred miles. When the phosphate, turpentine and lumber industries are exhausted, what are we to do? What are magnificent lands and magnificent climates worth to a people if the markets are closed against them by prohibitive freight charges? And yet we are admonished (whisper it softly) that we must not say one word of verse to our railroad commission because the creation of the commission was a democratic measure. This paper headed the fight for the creation of this commission, but the commission has been thoroughly  and persistently waiting in the balances and found wanting, so we now say here it now, Why should it longer cumber the earth?    It should be noted the old saying about your guts being tied up in knots from stress must have been realized by Mr. Close.

W. E. Martin the veteran farmer of Moss Bluff was in town Monday and said his cotton crop was a good one this season, about picked, but the prices were low; the big gator is growing and waxing fat on the diet he receives. He said he takes rabbits and foxes at a gulp, hair and all.  Ocala Evening Star: 10-13-1908

W. E. Martin one of the most successful and prosperous farmers of the Moss Bluff section, was in the city today and paid his financial respects to the Star. Mr. Martin and his boys have forty acres in cotton that is turning out splendidly. They have three acres of fine cane and a corn crop that is hard to beat. Mr. and Mrs. John S. Martin are rejoicing over the advent of their first child, a fine little baby girl. Ocala Evening Star: 9-24-1903

The Star had a pleasant call this morning from Mr. William E. Martin of Moss Bluff. He was here on business and returned home via Silver Springs. He reported an excellent crop of cotton. He had eight acres which so far had netted him twenty-five dollars an acre, with considerable yet in the field, while his sons, Josh, John and Harmon have some twenty-seven acres, all of which yielded well. The Martins have some nine acres in sugar cane, which promises a large yield. One trouble that is affecting the farmers in the Moss Bluff section is the disease among the hogs, which is supposed to be cholera and is carrying off a great many of them. Mr. Martin is very well satisfied with his seasons crop. His corn having suffered considerable from the drought is about the only shortage in yield. Such farmers as the Martins are a credit to any community and their citizenship is of the most exemplary kind. May they all live long and prosper is the wish of the Star. Ocala Evening Star: 11-11-1904

 S. Jeff Martin, the younger son of the Mr. Martin, formerly of Moss Bluff, was in town today clearing up the sale of their cotton crop that amounted to 10,000 lbs. Mr. Martin says a great gathering is expected at Moss Bluff Saturday, November 2nd at the Farmer's Union meeting. Ocala Evening Star: 10-24-1907


 OXFORD... a good many of our farmers are all right for a living yet. We heard Mr. H. B. Brinson say the other day that he had two hundred gallons of good Florida syrup, seventy five bushels of corn and some good home raised bacon to sell yet. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-16-1902


OXFORD...Mr. H. B. Brinson is getting up a carload of hogs for shipment next Friday. This is strictly a hog and hominy country and the amount of money coming in here for hogs each fall is quite considerable. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-20-1908

W. E. Martin the veteran farmer of Moss Bluff was in town Monday and said his cotton crop was a good one this season, about picked, but the prices were low; the big gator is growing and waxing fat on the diet he receives. He said he takes rabbits and foxes at a gulp, hair and all. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-13-1908

Orange Springs

Mr. J. B. Hall, who is an up-to-date farmer, has the best sugar cane crop in the county. He has the reputation of making the best flavored syrup made in Florida. Last year he shipped it to Titusville, Citra and Palatka and could not supply the demand for it. Source: Ocala Banner: 8-3-1906

Peter Black an aged citizen of Ocklawaha raised this year from this seasons planting a sweet potato which weighed 13 ¾ lbs, just one peck. The potato will be on exhibition at S. R. Pyles. It would have gone to the fair, but missed the train. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-14-1902

Warren Smith, of Belleview, one of the best farmers in Marion county, is in favor of a three-straned wire fence as a legal one and to compel hogs and goats to be fenced in fields. He was discussing it with Buford Leitner Saturday on the sidewalks of the Brick City. Mr. Leitner did not agree with him, but admitted it was a hardship on the thrifty farmer who made every lick on his farm tell. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-20-1900

Mr. Waldo Martin, of Martin, was in Ocala Monday. He had a most prosperous season and deserves all the success he achieved, because he has wooed the earth persistently and unceasingly. We are glad that it responded so handsomely to his efforts. Source: Ocala Banner: 7-6-1906

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