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Description: Big Things Done in Domestic Way by Southern GirlDate: July 19 1911
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 3
WHAT BIG THINGS CAN BE DONE IN A
DOMESTIC WAY BY A SOUTHERN GIRL.
She is Highly Educated, Gentle and Refined.
There has come to our notice recently a most interesting article which appeared in the Atlanta Journal on Poultry farming. The article was especially interesting to us when found that this successful work had been accomplished by the daughter of Mrs. Wm. Henry Stiles, of near Cartersville, Ga., formerly Miss Lizzie Chadwick of Huntsville.
Miss Dorothy Stiles visited her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John D. Chadwick, in our city about a year ago, and we found her a lithe and pretty girl with unusual charms, of character as well as person. During our conversation with her, we inquired, what she intended doing with herself, now that she has finished school. We, knowing the fine educational advantages she had had, was somewhat surprise and no little amused when she pluckily answered: “raise chickens, I expect.” We admired her pluck when we found that she had been educated at home until she was 14 years of age and then sent for five years to a finishing school at Plainfield, N. J., where her parents thought to prepare her for teaching, but she insisted that she would have to leave home for that, and she had no idea of doing so. Why, she said to her mother, can’t I raise chickens? When her mother saw the anxiety she felt at leaving home she readily gave her consent to her chosen work. We heard nothing more of it until this article to which we referred, appeared.
The success was wonderful. She started with a few Plymouth Rocks, and a few Buff Orpingtons and purchased a small incubator, and a few settings of the latter breed. A gentleman hearing of her work, he being an enthusiast on the subject, called to see what she was doing and advised her to ad to her stock the Black Orpingtons. She sent and purchased a setting which cost her $10 for 15 eggs. Which she thought rather dear, and rather discouraged, when she only hatched and raised six out of 15, four cockerels and two pullets. But, not to be daunted she sent a trio of these blacks to the fair at Cartersville for which she received a prize of $5. She had another visit from the gentleman who advised her to add the blacks to her stock, and when he saw the six handsome fowls that she had raise, offered her $40 for them, which she readily accepted. He then told her he would leave them with her and pay her a salary to take care of them for him. Since then, he has sent her fine pens of Orpingtons from different farms in the North and East, and she now has a flock of 58 hens, and 12 cockerels which are said not to be surpassed in this country or abroad.
In March there were gathered from 63 hens 1,083 eggs, and up to May she with a younger sister’s assistance, had raised during the past year nearly, if not quite, 1000 chickens, and at that time had 700 on her yard. This gentleman friend now pays all expenses of the poultry farm and Miss Dorothy and Elise Stiles, who do all the work, handsome salaries. This surpasses staying in a stuffy room from six to more hours a day. And now this chicken industry should be classed among the fine arts. We wish these industrious girls continued success, and we, with many other friends, will wish for them, in the near future national fame in their work.