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Catalog Number 12.2.1
Object Name Documents
Description These documents begin with a report on lining farm ditches to be more efficient, complete with detailed map sketches of farm units and location of ditches in the Yuma Mesa Area. There is also a table entitled "Farm Ditch Lining Costs" for the time period of June 1, 1947 - February 16, 1948.

Next is a report on 80 homesteads granted by the government to veterans of U.S. military service. 26 were in the Yuma-California area, and 54 were in the Yuma Mesa Division. These documents consist of reports of the pioneers' early experiences, crops grown, and expenses in 1949. There are also photos of the homes of various pioneers. Table I shows the numbers on alfalfa hay and seed yields on different sized farms. Graph I shows the mean gross income and expenses of farmers according to their farm size in 1949. Table 2 shows the water usage in 1949 on Yuma Mesa Homesteads.

The next set of documents detail the year 1950, and it covers the improvement of living conditions for the homesteaders in regards to water, electricity, and schools. Table I shows the production of alfalfa hay and seed by farm size. Prices of alfalfa hay, seed, and pasturing rates, as well as expenses of the homesteaders are discussed.Graph I shows the mean gross income and expenses of farmers according to their farm size in 1950. Table 2 shows the water usage in 1949 on Yuma Mesa Homesteads. Graph 2 shows the seasonal water use in 1950. In the back of the report are photographs of dairy barns and young calves.

In addition to these reports, there is a notice dated August 31, 1948, entitled "Information for Prospective Reclamation Homestead Entrymen". This notice gives information on the "Filing of the Homestead Application," "Allowance by the Manager," "Residence," "Submission of Final Homestead Proof," and "Submission of Final Reclamation Proof."
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact