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February 27, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

 Buckingham County: 1910

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In the May 20, 1910 issue of The Farmville Herald, correspondents contemplated what the census enumerators had learned about the population of Buckingham and its neighboring counties or, from the point of view of Farmville, readers were interested in:

“News of Prince Edward and Adjoining Counties.”

From Sheppards.

May 17th, ’10 –

                Everybody is asking about the census figures, but the enumerators are forbidden to tell you how many people they found. Still we can form some sort of idea by referring to the figures as published in former years. We find that in 1880 Prince Edward had 14,668 people, in 1900, 15,045; a gain of 377. Cumberland in 1880 had 10,540 people, and in 1900, 8,996; a loss of 1,544. Buckingham had in 1880, 15,540 and in 1900, 15,226, a loss of 274. Now with these figures staring us in the face we ask what is the matter? How shall we induce emigrants to settle in our counties, and how to keep her own young men from going away. My remedy is to make better roads and better schools. About the first question a prospective settler asks is: “what sort of roads have you? and how about the public schools?

From Buckingham [Court House].

                The census takers have been quite diligent in searching out the school population, and this census will have to be completed in May. The clerks of the district boards take this census for which they are paid three dollars for each 100 children.  

               Strawberries and strawberry ice cream are the delicacies of the season and there is a bountiful supply of both, though the winter has been most too cold for one to want ice. Some garden truck was stung by the two frosts we had last week. . . .

             Our Arvonia people want a $10,000 high school building, and they are amply able to have it if they go to work about it in the right way. . . . The girlfriends of the Buckingham baseball team helped them in an entertainment here on the 10th and they made quite a neat sum to be spent in outfits for the ballplayers.

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