Sykesville and Its Big Live Wire

January 29, 1914

Wade H.D. Warfield Takes Optimistic View of Business Outlook

To Open Up “Carroll Heights”

Important Changes in Affairs of the Sykesville Lumber, Coal and Grain Company—Why the Country Life Is Preferable—An Interesting Interview—Maryland’s Largest Supply House

In search of news this week a representative of The herald called at the office of the Sykesville Lumber, Coal and Grain Company, and its president, Mr. Warfield, though a very busy man, gave us quite an extended interview.

Mr. Warfield is very optimistic as to business outlook for this year. He claims the farmers as a whole were never more prosperous. What was lost on the short wheat crop has been made up by other abundant crops and good prices. In comparison to present conditions, he cited what the farmers received for their produce in the early nineties. For two seasons wheat was below 60c on the seaboard, and during the fall of 1892 corn was $1.40 per barrel, hay $8 to $10 per ton. Prices now average double those at that time and expenses have increased but slightly.

During this period farm value has increased 50 per cent.

Mr. Warfield is a thorough countryman, and though largely and deeply interested in business, he considers farming the ideal life and believes more solid comfort and satisfaction is to be found in the rural districts and on the farm proper than in the large and crowded centers.

He strongly advises the young man to stay on the farm, and when he marries, have his wife interested in flowers, poultry and everything else pertaining to farm life, and also give her outside diversions—she needs it as much as he does, and is as deserving. let the wife, sons and daughters have their own house and rig, also an automobile if circumstances permit. Let the young man encourage picnics and farmers’ gatherings.

“Do you know,” remarked Mr. Warfield, “that I consider the greatest good derived from our late Carnival was the bringing together of our people? The social side of these gatherings in the long run is of more value than the advertising feature to the business man.”

Mr. Warfield thoroughly believes in Sykesville, as he has shown in a most substantial way in erecting the great number of buildings he has here. He fully agrees with the Herald in its comments last week on the building of more houses, which is of the greatest importance to the advancement of the town, and he strongly advises every one who has a vacant lot, to build, believing homes will be wanted as fast as completed. He is going to build three houses himself, one adjoining the Cowman property; one on the Danner lot, and a bungalow on the triangular lot at the intersection of Springfield avenue and Center street. A remarkable feature is that they are already engaged before the work is started on them.

Mr. Warfield also proposes developing about 3 acres of ground to be known as ‘Carroll Heights,’ lying in front of Clark’s blacksmith shop, one of the highest and most beautiful spots within the city limits.

Next The Herald man asked: “What are your plans for this plant during the new year?” not thinking it possible that anything further could be added to this already busy establishment, so he was surprised when Mr. Warfield told him of the different lines he proposed adding and the new selling and buying features he intends to surround the already established lines with.

Beginning March 1st, this firm will travel two men, one going through the country and the other by rail. As the name implies this company has quite a varied line, and besides the lines represented, they handle all farm produce. One of the salesmen will devote his time to this branch. Mr. Warfield feels the farmers’ interests and the firm’s interest should be to a certain extend co-operative. One very successful feature of this firm has been diversified selling, that is, they never ship to an overstocked market, as they are not only members of the Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore, but also The National Hay Association, and are represented on the New York, Philadelphia and Washington Produce Exchanges.

This branch of the business will not only be pushed at this point but along the entire line of B. & O. Railroad. One of the new lines added this season will be Red Cedar Shingles. They have now running 200,000 direct from Vancouver, B. A. These shingles can be marketed for less than the cypress and the life is said to be longer. This remarkable weather has been a great business boomer.

“Do you know,” said Mr. Warfield, “we have sold material for five dwellings since December 30th, two at Woodbine, one at Morgan, one on Carroll’s Manor, and one in Montgomery county.”

“What are you specially running on now?”

“Coal and feed,” was the prompt reply. “The sale of coal has doubled in the past five years. Wood is becoming scarce, and then too, many of our prosperous farmers have steam and hot water heating plants that call for coal.”

This firm is now mailing out its spring catalogue, and the writer by chance noticed one line on the front of this attractive sales journal, reading, “The Largest Supply House of the Kind in the State,” which is undoubtedly true, and this community is very fortunate in having such a house and management in its midst.

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