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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

We are indebted to the monthly reports of the Department of Agricultural for reliable figures and suggestions in this report; and also to the officers of the several railroad companies for their labors in furnishing statistical matters of great interest and importance, as affording an index of the growth and prosperity of the State.

Respectfully submitted,

J. M. SHAFFER, Secretary.

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, January 12, 1870.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF SURPLUS PRODUCTS, ETC., TO ILLUSTRATE REPORT OF SECRETARY OF IOWA STATE

AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, FOR THE YEAR 1869.

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RECEIPTS AT CHICAGO.

No.
270810
205116

Bbls.

47510 10053521 42556 6732892

11962525 13510250 14449416 8737280116669156 10117854

2878180
2336329

25369523
21337704

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Twelve months ending Nov. 30, 1869. Received from Des Moines Valley Road and not counted in the totals.

| Not received from B. & M, R. Pork and beef. ** Lard and tallow.

# Rye, oats and Barley.

NAME OF RAILROAD.

SEBE No. of horses,

No. of Cattle.

No. of Live

Hogs.

Dressed Hogs,

Burlington and Missouri Rivert
Illinois Central
Chicago and Noth-Western
Chicago, Burlington and Quincyl
Milwaukee and St. Paul
Des Moines Valley .......
Toledo, Wabash and Westeing
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific

Totals

...

1868.
1869.

323850 1688189

3999131 1667085

NOTES.—* Lard and pork.

† Barley.

OF THE

ORPHANS’ HOME,

AT

CEDAR FALLS,

TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

DES MOINES :
F. M. MILLS, STATE PRINTER.

REPORT.

TO THE HONORABLE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE Iowa SOLDIERS'

ORPHANS' HOME:

GENTIEMEN :-It affords me peculiar gratification, in presenting to your honorable board the second biennial report of this Home, to be able to state that it is believed to be meeting the requirements of those needing its benefits better, perhaps, than was anticipated by the noble men who first conceived the thought of providing homes for the dependent children of the fallen brave.

The peculiar experiences incident to all similar institutions in their embryonic stage of existence have been encountered, and overcome; children from different localities and different nationalities, differing widely in dispositions and temperament, have been gathered in the home, and are enjoying its privileges as brothers and sisters. Aristocracy of race, nationality, and family, have given place to the divine command, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

The buildings leased by the State for this home, were wholly inadequate to the wants of three hundred children, and the proprietors insisted upon raising the rents; therefore, we felt compelled to leave the dilapidated old buildings, with their dark and badly ventilated rooms and occupy the new building before its completion, believing the health and comfort of the children would be promoted thereby.

The building just erected, is built nearly in the center of a beautiful elevated field of forty acres, which was secured for a site by the liberal contribution of citizens of Cedar Falls. Though plain, it presents a neat and somewhat imposing exterior, and be seen several miles aronnd. A fitting monument to the patriotic dead, speaking at once of battle-fields, where Iowa's sons, among

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