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Onions At Chelsea

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Unless one stops to give it a tbought he does mot realize what.tbe growing and shipping of tJiat high smelling vegetable, the onion, means to Chelsea and tbe towns of Sylvaii aud Lima. Lots of marsb laiid in this iimnediate vicinity is only fit for growiug two tbings, onions and celery, and this bas been tnrued to good account by those who have gone into tbe business of onion farining. Forty-three cars of onions, or over 22,000 bushels, have been bought by R. A. Snyder thej past year, and every car of which is sold and 40 of thetn have been already sbipped. His trade extends from New York to the Gulf of Mexico. The onion lands will grow from 300 to 800 bnshels to the acre according to favorable or unfavorable couditions. Last year the average was about 400 bushels. The pioneer onion grower of this section is John H. Waltrons, and the iufaut in the busiuess is R. A. Suyder who is, hosvever, the largest grower of them all. Two-thirds of the erop 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 ineans that the price paid for onions marketed at this point was $8,360, a snug snm. Last year Mr. Snyder put in 1 2 acress of onions, but so great is his faith in the "strength" of the oujoh ruarket that he will increase the aniount of his acreage to 32 this season. Another large grower of onious is M. Schanz, of Lima, who raised about