Medford, Long Island New York: L.I.R.R. Demonstration Farm, 1914. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. Item #26647
8 pages; a vehicle for the promotion of farming in the then-available lands of Suffolk County, L.I. especially along the lands owned by the Long Island Railroad. The Fullerton's were instrumental in establishing the "Demonstration Farm" in Medford to physically illustrate the appeal and profitability of their scheme. From the Educational Exhibits article in this: "...It was your transportation company elevated one-half of Suffolk county from the valueless "Scrub Oak Waste" and "Pine Barrens" class, into the mighty valuable near-to-a-big-market farm land proposition..." Other articles extol the virtues of this agronomy-focused real estate speculation, which would then "... release the children of the Empire City from the speculative bondage by which they have long been oppressed...Great bodies of people congregated together in the midst of plenty will no longer suffer through unsatisfied cravings. Hundreds of thousands of abandoned acres of the Empire State and the undeveloped lands of Long Island, will be quickly placed in the producing column... And the absurd food supply snarl now in marked evidence in practically all portions of the United States will be unraveled with neatness and dispatch. ...no longer ...with a string of commissions, grafts, knock downs, and fake charges attached to them..." With news on the war on Europe imposing difficulties on Americans; the weather on LI & farming; the Riverhead Fair, use of fertilizer & potash supplies; butter; the Mineola Fair and other news. Printed at the Suffolk Bulletin Print, Huntington, Long Island. Approx. 6 1/4" x 9 1/2" size, folded paper self-wrap covers. Old fold line; light edge, tips wear to binding; in very good condition; Long Island community & farming history, touching on the beginnings of land & community development in Suffolk County. Hal B. Fullerton (1857-1935) "...A special agent of the Long Island Rail Road…a talented photographer who progressively guided the railroad's activities to promote agriculture and recreation on Long Island. Alongside his wife Edith Loring Fullerton, he established experimental farms for the railroad in Wading River and Medford, in an effort to promote modern agricultural methods and the use of the railroad to move produce to New York City....through his photographs, lectures and writings, Fullerton's work and vision are notable for contributing significantly to the development of Long Island…Edith Fullerton (1876 - 1931) was his equal partner in the experimental farms they operated in Suffolk County for the LIRR and in many other endeavors. Edith wrote books on gardening and agriculture, and succeeded her husband when he retired as special agent from the LIRR. Together, the work and vision of this dynamic couple is noted for contributing significantly to the development of Long Island...." (From the Suffolk Co. Historical Society site, recent exhibits on both Fullerton's).