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Letter from W.B. Graham to Richard Gwyn

Letter from W.B. Graham in Max Meadows Virginia to Richard Gwyn
Max Meadow, Virginia, September 2nd, 1902, Mr. R. L. Gwyn, Mount Airy, North Carolina, Dear richard: Zeb is in west end of county looking after some young cattle. So I conclude to write you. I have concluded not to buy & mix ingredients. It is difficult to get it uniformly mixed. I use a fertilizer containing Phosphoric Acid 8 per cent Ammonia 2 per cent & potash 2 per cent. It is animal bone & potashcompound manufactured by Baugh & Son Baltimore, Maryland. It costs delivered about $19.50 per ton. Over at the other house (Hull Place) they mix 2 sacks of acid phosphate (South Carolina rock) with one of Bone meal. With one sack of this mixture they put about 20 pounds of potash or a sack of muriate of potash to a ton of the mixture. The acid phosphate costs about $13 per ton. The Bone meal about $25.50 per ton, & the muriate of potash about $45 per ton. Bone meal is more prolonged in its effect and will tend to improve clay land. On your sandy soil I hardly believe it will give results as satisfactory as over here. The bone meal is used principally for the ammonia it yields. I believe it would be better you use a fertilizer that will respond quickly & fully. The fertilizer I use is manufactured by Baugh & Son expressly for wheat. It is called Baugh's wheat fertilizer & sometimes known as Baugh's animal bone & potash compound. The establishment is in the city of Baltimore. Hoping you are all well I remain As ever, Yours truly, W. B. Graham

-Hugh Gwyn, born 1804, died 1885, wife - Rosamond Dickerson
-Moved to Mount Airy in 1850
-Home was on the Piper's Gap Road four miles from Mount Airy
-Home was called Idle Wilde
-Hugh and Rosamond had ten children
-One of Hugh's sons was Richard Littleton Gwyn
-Richard Littleton Gwyn was the only child that stayed in Mount Airy
-Richard married Letitia Hollingsworth Gwyn and stayed at Idle Wilde
-Richard and Letitia had eight children
- Imogene (Genie) Gwyn (single),
-Joseph (Joe) Hollingsworth Gwyn who married Blanche Holt, as a young man he operated Gwyn Drug store and ran the nearby White Sulphur Springs Hotel, he died in 1975 at the age of 93,
-Annie Gwyn who married Thomas D. Gilliam and they had three children Nancy Gilliam, Betsy Gilliam and Thomas D. Gilliam Jr.,
-Hugh Gwyn,
-Letitia Gwyn who married William Simpson,
-Richard Reginald Gwyn,
-May Gwyn who married William Ashby,
-Elma Gwyn who married Robert E. Ashby and they had two children
-Next Idle Wilde's ownership fell to Richard Reginald Gwyn and Robert and Emma Gwyn Ashby and Genie Gwyn
-In the 1970's the house stood empty for the first time in 120 years
-It later burned

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