Yesterday Ernest and Henry Hilse, well known farmers residing 11 miles northeast of the city, were in and purchased a new threshing outfit in company with a neighbor named Schmidt. They decided to thresh at once owing to the threatening weather, and purchased a machine of their own.
The Hilse brothers have demonstrated what can be done in the Red River valley with perseverance and industry, and the application of diversified farming. When they came here they were badly in debt. Now they own three fine quarter sections of land and lease three more quarters. They have 50 head of cattle and are milking 20 cows. They own 14 fine horses and are equipped in every way to farm right.
They have ten acres of specially fine wheat this year on land which was heavily manured last year, and they will wager that the yield will be at least 40 bushels per acre.
They have two big barns, a horse barn and a cattle barn, both with large haymows which are filled with hay. Their record is a good illustrations of what can be done by the farmer who gets at it right, even though handicapped badly on the start.
Source: August 26 1909, Crookston Times
>Submitter: Brenda G.
Updated April 2015, K. Kittleson