Over $8,360 a Year Paid Out For That Vegetable.
Unless one stops to give it a thought he does not realize what the growing and shipping of that high smelling vegetable, the onion, means to Chelsea and the towns of Sylvan and Lima.
Lots of marsh land in this immediate vicinity is only fit for growing two things, onions and celery, and this has been turned to good account by those who have gone into the business of onion farming.
Forty-three cars of onions, or over 22,000 bushels, have been bought by R. A. Snyder the past year, and every car of which is sold and 40 of them have been already shipped.
His trade extends from New York to the Gulf of Mexico.
The onion lands will grow from 300 to 800 bushels to the acre according to favorable or unfavorable conditions. Last year the average was about 400 bushels.
The pioneer onion grower of this section is John H. Waltrons, and the infant in the business is R. A. Snyder who is, however, the largest grower of them all.
Two-thirds of the crop were the yellow onions, the other one-third red. The price paid ranged from 28 cents to 40 cents per bushel. Averaging the price at 34 cents per bushel, it means that the price paid for onions marketed at this point was $8,360, a snug sum.
Last year Mr. Snyder put in 12 acres of onions, but so great is his faith in the "strength" of the onion market that he will increase the amount of his acreage to 32 this season.
Another large grower of onions is M. Schanz, of Lima, who raised about 1,500 bushels last year. -- Chelsea Hearld.