Early Crops

In some instances, a small crop of tobacco and flax were added. Quite a number of the settlers also raised cotton for several years. In fact, it was thought by the first settlers that cotton would become the staple crop, but the late springs and early frosts soon dispelled this belief. With the increase in population and the improvements in agriculture, the life of the farmer became easier — slowly but surely reaching the perfection of the present day.

The progress of education in the early days was slow. The population was scattered and composed of persons of small means, and there were neither school houses nor money to build them. Textbooks were also scarce, and persons competent to teach were needed to carry on the work of establishing and developing homes. As the population increased, however, arrangements were made to open schools using vacant cabins and emptied out buildings for school purposes. The teachers were paid by subscription; each parent agreeing to pay from fifty to seventy-five cents monthly per scholar.