Job Goslee Goes West, 1908

A travelogue and report from the November 5, 1908 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

“Go West Young Man”
And Get a Home While Land is Cheap, says Job Goslee.
Job Goslee left Friday morning for Wray, Colorado, where he will spend a few weeks with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Karr.

Mr. Goslee speaks very highly of Wray and that part of the country, saying that it offers inducements and opportunities to the man wanting cheaper land than can be had in an older country like this.

Wray is a city of about 1,500 inhabitants, has good modern brick stores and business buildings, a four story high school, a large public school employing nine teachers, a one hundred barrel capacity flouring mill running day and night, electric lights, water works, eight-foot cement walks and other up-to-date improvements that make a wide-awake town.

The land surrounding Wray, while not as productive as Nodaway county soil, is becoming more and more valuable every year. It is adapted to all kinds of grain and grasses and, he thinks, will prove one of the best stock countries in the West.

A few years ago, a little distance from Wray, the country was an unsettled plain. Claims could be had anywhere, now they are very scarce and unimproved land is selling for $6 an acre and up. Many who took claims there three and four years ago have since sold for $1,500 to $2,500. A Mr. Sawyer from this county who took a claim three years ago has been offered $3,000 for it.

Mr. Byron Condon of the Maryville Democrat improved a claim there a few years ago and sold it for $1,800 this year. And many others have done as well.

Last year was not an extra good crop year, but farmers raised from 25 to 30 bushels of corn to the acre. F. M. Haynes of this county, who farmed there last year, sold his crop, after paying rent, for $1,400. John Smith, formerly of Nodaway county, has 100 acres of good corn on his place now. As an instance of showing something of the amount of grain produced around Wray, Mr. Goslee says that he counted, one day, 62 wagons on the street at one time loaded with grain waiting to be unloaded.

Mr. Goslee says that his advice to young men wanting to succeed and get a home would be like the advice of the famous old editor, Horace Greely, “Go west young man and grow up with the country.”

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