Girl Corn Grower

1918 Area Newspaper
provided by Dawn Pualiafico
“Margaret Holloway was a former student of my grandmother’s in 1913 (Mertie Irwin), and Mertie had clipped this article for her scrapbook.”



Girl Corn Grower Raises 119 Bushels on One Acre

Who says girls can’t farm?

Margaret M. Holloway of Monclova township, a high school senior, is the winner of the Lucas County corn-growing contest. Her competitors were boys, yet not one could rival her achievement – 119 bushels of corn from one acre of sandy ground and a total net profit from the crop of $83. The award was made in consideration both of gross yield and net profit.

Girl Grower
The average corn yield in Ohio is about 36 bushels to the acre. If every farmer — or every one in ten — could raise 119 bushels per acre, there would be a veritable economic revolution in the country.
The record is exceeded only in comparatively few instances, as by the state record this year — 140 bushels from one acre.

The prize awarded Miss Holloway and Carl Marlow, who won second place, is a trip to the nation’s capital. They will leave Toledo on a special “Corn Tour” train next Monday, accompanied by Ned McTigue, winner of the potato contest in the county, and Charlotte Hutchinson, Jean Scherer and Doris Schardt, winners of the domestic sciences contests.

The expenses of the corn-growers are paid by H.V. Buelow, manager of the National Farmers’ exposition. Special rates are made to those who wish to join the winners in their tour, and the county agent expects a number will take advantage of the unique facilities for travel if offers.

Great interest attaches to the methods which Miss Holloway employed in producing her crop. The secret lay in fertilization. The Holloways have owned their own farm in Monclova township three years. During the first summer the prize acre grew clover; during the second, potatoes. Then it was heavily manured. Ten loads were used. Plowing mixed the old and new ingredients together. Needless to say, the crop was intensively cultivated during the growing season. As a consequence, the stand was very heavy, the stalks close together. The stalks and ears were of average size, the kernels well developed. Mr. Holloway will take his next year’s seed from the county’s prize crop.

Lucas county’s corn contest this year was promoted by the county superintendent of schools, J.W. Whitmer, and County Agent Ray F. Donnan, acting for the state college of agriculture. The corn contest is national in scope, held under the supervision of the department of agriculture.