George W. Fender, Pinders and Piney Woods Rooters

George W. Fender farmed in the Ray City area for more than 50 years.   He was born in 1854 in Clinch County, GA but came to Berrien County around 1877.  On December 29, 1878 he married Mary E. Gaskins, daughter of  Sarah Knight and Gideon Gaskins

Even at 22,  Fender was an accomplished farmer.

Valdosta Times
Saturday, March 4, 1876
To Editor Times

The following will show the result of Capt. J. W. Staten and Mr. George W. Fender’s experience in fattening pork in Echols County:    Capt.  Staten killed four, fourteen months old, that weighed 217 ¾ pounds. Mr. Fender killed one of the same stock, two years old, that weighted 457 pounds.  This shows what can be done in raising our fattening hogs in Southern Georgia.  I have never seen fatter hogs in Kentucky, or in any other State in the Union. It is a stock that the captain has improved by crossing the common piney woods rooter with others and selecting the best pigs for breeders.  Ex-Governor Brown said in a lecture before an agricultural committee, in 1868, that pork could be raised cheaper in Southern Georgia than in Cherokee, by sowing rye for grazing, and pinders for fattening.  Will not our people profit by this example.  R.W.P.

Perhaps George W. Fender followed the advice of Governor Brown to fatten his hogs.  It wasn’t long before pinders, also known as peanuts, were widely recognized as prime feed for fattening hogs.

 Beyond a doubt, the peanut is the coming crop for the hog farmer. An acre of peanuts will produce as much pork as three acres of average corn. No trouble about gathering the crop. Just mow the tops for hay and let the hogs gather the nuts themselves.    ~  Modern school store. (1917). Chicago.

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