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In Their Own Words

June 16, 1740

Successful Salzburger Farm Noted

Johann Martin Boltzius wrote in his journal of the farming successes of one of the Salzburgers at Ebenezer, as well as a problem with deer feasting on his crops:

“Mr. [Hans] Schmidt has planted a piece of land beyond Abercorn Creek, to which he took me in his boat to show me the blessing of the Lord there. I had to marvel as much as he over the height, strength, and copiousness of the corn stalks, and it is easy to recognize the difference between this and other good land. He is find that everything one plants here will grow, and he has many different things growing here in the most beautiful condition, such as beans, rice, pumpkins, greens, and sweet potatoes. He is worried that the deer, which hide amidst the tall corn and cannot be hunted as much as formerly, will not leave much of the beans, vegetables, and sweet potatoes. He has to go there from time to time at night and chase they away; yet he and others thank God that they do nothing to the corn and rice, not even eating a single small leaf, while all domestic cattle like to eat both green and dry corn leaves and even dry rice straw in winter.”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Don Savelle (trans. and ed.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1983), Vol. 7, pp. 161-162.