Olathe in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie...
The agricultural censuses for 1860, 1865, and 1870 make it clear that J.B. Mahaffie had one of the most valuable farming operations in the township.
In 1865, J.B. owned 570 acres of land, with 240 of them enclosed by fence. The total cash value of the farm is given as $6000, and the value of farm machinery at $435. Only one other farm in Olathe Township lists the same total cash value, and only one other farm has a slightly higher value for farm machinery at $500. Most of the more affluent farms list a total cash value of $2000 to $3000.
In 1865, the Mahaffie farm was home to:
• 10 horses
• 4 mules
• 20 milk cows
• 8 working cattle (oxen)
• 40 other cattle (beef cattle and/or breeding stock)
• 30 sheep (for wool more than meat)
• 14 hogs
The farm produced in the year ending May 1, 1865:
• 300 bushels wheat
• 2000 bushels corn
• 300 bushels oats
• 50 tons hay
• 100 bushels potatoes
• 600 pounds butter
Erected by City of Olathe.
Location. 38° 53.523′ N, 94° 48.103′ W. Marker is in Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson County. Click for map. Marker is about 150 feet west of the Mahaffie home at the Mahaffie Stagecoach
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Workin' For a Living (here, next to this marker); A Survivor (a few steps from this marker); Pit Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); Stagecoach Drivers (within shouting distance of this marker); State Your Business... (within shouting distance of this marker); Fast Food (within shouting distance of this marker); Up In Smoke (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Sweet Home (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Olathe.
Also see . . . Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. (Submitted on August 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 680 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.