Flagler County’s First Bale of Cotton Ginned
THE FLAGLER TRIBUNE
Thursday, August 16, 1923
From the farm of Mr. H. W. Sessions has been picked approximately seven bales of cotton, from which the first bale was ginned and baled Wednesday-weight 535 pounds.
The bale was placed on exhibit at the Bunnell Hardware store, and is a source of curiosity to all the citizens of the county today.
Mr. Sessions planted about forty-five acres of cotton in the spring and had the season been even a moderate one would have gathered at least 45 bales of the fleecy staple.
Rain, however, during the entire growing season has prevented the maturing of the plants, cutting short the crop by probably 70 per cent.
In other cases the crop proved a total failure, and from about 1,500 acres planted it is estimated that less than 20 per cent will be picked. Mr. Sessions states that he will again try the game next season and is confident that cotton will prove to be one of the county’s best paying crops.
“The seasons cannot all be bad,” says he, “and the place to recover losses is where they occur, so I will not be discouraged by this season’s failure.“