farming: to the defense of chickens!
It can sound funny to those of us who today could easily throw a dollar bill into the wind and not miss it. But times were lean in the past, and a melon, a chicken, and other small things meant essential cash.
december 1900, chicken thieves in burchard, too
bob broyles catches a "town boy" in his melon patch -- 1900
We throw this one about a melon patch in because the same spirit prevails, plus Mr. Broyles had also suffered destruction of a hen house in which $29 worth of lumber had been invested.
Bob Broyles with his father and siblings. This photo was shared on ancestry by Gerald Boyles. Bob -- Robert Summerfield Broyles -- is in the back row, 1st man on the left. His father, Andrew Coffee Broyles, is in the front. His siblings were Dr. Franklin H. Broyles (whose three children also became doctors); sanding in back of Franklin, Martha "Mary" Lucinda "Mollie" Broyles, Robert Summerfield Broyles, Edwin Hubert Broyles,Emily Elizabeth Broyles,William Milton Broyles Sitting in front: Florence Amanda "Birdie" Broyles, father of all, Andrew Coffee Broyles,Born:22 Jun 1831,Father of above children, Andrew's wife: Louisa Ann Eliza "Lou",nee' Hunt,Broyles,died in 27 Mar 1906, So it would seem that this photo is after "1906". Susie Berkman firstname.lastname@example.org
chickens had market value -- best prices for live poultry (1900)
captain jennings a poor chicken guard (1904)
early chicken fights (1906)
chicken thieves beware: the anti-stealing protective association
is formed august 18, 1916
annual meeting of the anti-chicken stealing protective association (1917)
valuable chickens - 1920
valuable chickens stolen at hiawatha (1920)
reprehensible theft reported by the dubois newspaper
joe fink's rhode island red chickens stolen (1923)
"Mrs. Fink had spent a great many hours of hard work raising a nice a buch of Rhode Island Red chickens as could be found oin the community, and just as they were getting the right size for either the table or themarket, some miscreant, too lazy to try to earn an honest living, comes along and swipes the whole bunch."
september 29, 1923 lincoln star
Too much theivery has been going on, of "chickens and other livestock, grain and hay, and some machinery...."