Today in Food History

apricot

 

Also, on this day in 1838 Julius Hatch, of Great Bend, Pennsylvania was granted patent for a “Machine for sowing plaster, lime, ashes, seed, grain and other separable substances”.

In 1887 ‘The Great Die Up.’ Record cold and snow decimates cattle herds in the Western U.S. More than a million cattle died of starvation and temperatures as low as 63°F below zero.  It marked the end of open range ranching, as ranchers began to fence off land to grow hay and grain to feed their cattle.

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