OFI 384: How To Start A Custom Slabbing Business On A Budget | Matt Roberts | DogHoller Custom Slabbing

 

SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

There seems to be an emerging business out there, and I think it is all tied to our desire to get back to a simpler way of life that is more connected to the land.  The business I am talking about is the custom slabbing business.  Or, the business of cutting trees lengthwise, and sometimes perpendicular to expose the grain and “live edge” of the wood.  Then selling those slabs for people’s bar tops, tables or whatever else they want to do with them.

Our guest today, Matt Roberts, is the second guest I have had on the show in just over a month who is starting this business up.  Our first guest was Brent Legere from Maine, who added custom slabbing to his box business in episode #369.

Matt is doing it a bit different than Brent, and this allowed him to get into the business much cheaper.  Matt cuts the slabs with a chainsaw that is attached to ladder that acts as the rails for the saw to run down and keeps the cuts straight and even.  This makes him very portable and thrifty.  However, it does require more labor than if you had a portable mill with a hydraulic lift.

There are tradeoffs to every different method.  In Matt’s case he is putting in the hard work to build his business early with the chainsaw.  Will he ever change to a portable mill?  Who knows?  However, he found a business that works for him and he is fired up about it!

ADVICE FROM MATT:

ASSESS: Matt says to make sure and assess your competition.  Even with his low starting cost, it is important to know who else is out there doing what you want to do.  In his case he did not find any competition, and knew that he had a real opportunity.

CONTACTS: Networking is key and that gets done by making contacts in and around the industry that you want to work in.

RESEARCH: You should be fired up enough about the business you are starting that you are researching all parts of it.  If you are not, you might want to take a second look at how serious you are about your idea.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE MATT HAS EVER RECEIVED:
DON’T RUSH: When it comes to serving customers, especially in something that is going to be gazed upon for years to come like custom slabs, take your time.  If you rush through a job you are apt to make mistakes, and the end product will not look as good to your customer.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS MATT SUCCEED:

METICULOUS: Matt is another guest who cites attention to detail as the personal habit that helps him succeed.  It is in the details that you create raving fans.  If you just consider things to be “good enough” then you don’t have a business that is sustainable in the long run.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

Matt’s Telephone Number: (785) 393-2452

Matt’s Facebook Page: LINK

Matt’s Email Address: doghollerfarms@gmail.com

 

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OFI 383: Starting Your Own Diesel Service Business….In High School | FFA SAE Edition | Jarod Arnold | Adair High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING JAROD ARNOLD!

What were you doing in high school?  I had a part-time job, was hanging out with my friends and playing baseball.  I probably had a pretty normal high school experience compared to most students in the United States.  However, I was not in the FFA.

FFA students continue to amaze me, and today’s guest is no exception.  Jarod Arnold starting to learn about repairing and maintaining diesel engines from his father and uncle as a young man.  And, he began his SAE experience in a placement SAE working for them in their shop.

However, as time went on and his experience grew he decided to strike out on his own.  So, as a teenager Jarod decided to start his own service business.  So now Jarod has his own service truck, and he goes to farmer’s homes and shops to service and repair their tractors and other equipment.  Unbelievable!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Diesel Mechanics

HIGH SCHOOL: Adair High School; Adair, Oklahoma

MASCOT: Warriors

FFA ADVISOR: Devin DeLozier

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR JAROD ARNOLD:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Adair High School FFA website:

Jarod’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: ddelozier@adairschools.org

Adair High School’s Telephone Number: 918.785.2424

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

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OFI 382: How To Major In Hunting | FFA SAE Edition | Cordell Waggoner | Haven High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING CORDELL WAGGONER!

Our guest today loves to hunt and loves to be around hunting.  When it comes to his future career he is the exception, not the rule.  He is the rare person who has known his passion since he was a young boy.  And, he is pursuing it to the fullest.

Cordell Waggoner is the hunter I am talking about.  What is so impressive about Cordell is that he found the FFA, and it gave him the perfect opportunity to do something for school that would further his involvement in hunting.  For his SAE he raises and sells pheasants for upland game hunting outfitters.

This business gave Cordell the idea that he could work in his passion as a career when he was done with school.  However, college was next, and what was he going to study that would make it even more possible for him to follow his passion?  After researching and thinking about how to make this work Cordell decided to major in tourism and hospitality management.  He has found the perfect major that will combine everything that he already knows about hunting with the ability to work with clients and provide them with great hunting experiences.

I love how Cordell was able to think outside the box and come up with a creative major to further his interests!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Pheasant Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Haven High School; Haven, Kansas

MASCOT: Wildcats

FFA ADVISOR: Corineah Williams

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CORDELL WAGGONER:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Haven High School FFA website:

Cordell’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: cwilliams@havenschools.com

Haven High School’s Telephone Number: (620) 465-3445

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

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OFI 381: How To Build Your Horse Business From The Ground Up | Audra Knapp | Rosemont Stables | Ravenna, Ohio

 

SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Our guest today has a great story.  She has a passion for horses and has known for some time that she wants that to be her life.  When she was fourteen she started training horses and barrel racing.  When she was 16 she started teaching people to ride and selling horses.  She has been saving the proceeds from all of this with a horse business as her goal.

Today Audra Knapp is 21 years old and newly married.  How newly married?  Well, this episode was released on December 8th, and today is her wedding day!  Audra and her husband purchased a property together with room for horses, a barn and and riding arena.  Now Audra has a horse boarding and training facility.  And, she is teaching barrel racing to several customers.

Throughout the interview with Audra it was apparent that she had done her research.  She knew the demographics and growth patterns of population in her region and how that would contribute to her business.  She also had significant knowledge of the state laws in Ohio and how that impacted her liability in running her business on-site.

Did I mention that Audra was a high school rodeo queen in 2012?  This cowgirl knows the meaning of succeeding at a high level.  And at just 21 years of age she is on her way to her dream life of living rurally and working exclusively with horses.

ADVICE FROM AUDRA:

RISK: Audra says that you need to make yourself take risks.  She doesn’t recommend taking every risk that comes along or not hedging those.  However, if it is a risk that is necessary to making your business succeed, then take it.

SAFEGUARD: The horse community is one in which reputation is very important, and it is also one in which word of mouth spreads quickly.  So, Audra is adamant that you should make efforts to safeguard your reputation in this business.  She does that every day by exceeding her customer’s expectations and making sure that whey they step on her property they see a very clean and professional facility.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE AUDRA HAS EVER RECEIVED:
PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Having your own business is fantastic, and Audra loves the life that it offers her.  However, living on her own business facility also gives her the ability to do nothing but work.  She can always look at the property and see something that needs to be done.  But she stops herself so that she does not neglect her personal and family relationships.  So, she sets strict boundaries for herself.  That way there is a clear line between when she is working and when she is not.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS AUDRA SUCCEED:

METICULOUS: Audra is the second guest in a row to cite the same personal habit.  She is very detail oriented.  She believes that this is what helps her to guard that reputation that is so important.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

Audra’s Email Address: audrak96@gmail.com

Audra’s Telephone Number: (330) 415-4268

Audra’s Facebook Page: LINK

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OFI 380: How To Find Your Niche And Farm | FFA SAE Edition | Blake Kirchoff | Superior High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING BLAKE KIRCHOFF!

The FFA is unbelievable, and this week just proves that.  My two FFA guests this week have to be two of the most incredible students in the country.  Both are in their first year of college now, and I cannot think of another organization in the country that kind attract raw talent like this, develop it and put it on display.

Blake Kirchoff is the second guest of this week to blow me away.  Following Eric Porter in episode #379 is not easy to do, but Blake is up to the task.

At age 14 Blake started his SAE in FFA.  He wanted to do something that was all his own.  So, in spite of the fact that his father and grandfather were experienced row crop farmers, he decided to start a custom hay swathing business.  He chose this because nobody in his family knew anything about it, so he had to learn it all on his own.  In his words, this gave him the opportunity to test his abilities.

Blake also discovered a niche in his community.  Nobody was baling small bales of hay any more and researched whether or not anyone could use them any longer.  His research showed him that his hunch was correct, and he started baling small bales.  Now he is pairing up farmers with too many small bales with folks who need them.  His idea worked!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Custom Swathing Business

HIGH SCHOOL: Superior High School; Superior, Nebraska

MASCOT: Wildcats

FFA ADVISOR: Seth Going

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BLAKE KIRCHOFF:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Superior High School FFA website:

Blake’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: sgoing@superiorwildcats.org

Superior High School’s Telephone Number: 402-879-3257

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

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OFI 379: Overcoming Obstacles With The FFA | FFA SAE Edition | Eric Porter | Lake Forest High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING ERIC PORTER!

Eric Porter is an unbelievable entrepreneur, overcoming overwhelming odds and he gives the FFA a lot of the credit for his great attitude.

Eric has a natural entrepreneurial spirit, and through his FFA experience at Lake Forest High School he started a landscaping business and was doing great with it.  Then, last spring, while he was going to a job site a vehicle collided with him, paralyzing him from the waste down.  Eric credits this incident with helping him to figure out what his life’s purpose is, and this just happened in April of 2017.

Eric is making great progress on getting the use of his legs back.  He cannot operate his landscaping business any longer.  But that has not stopped him.  Now he has started the “porterstrongproject” selling hats and clothing.  The Porter Strong Project is a non-profit organization, and he is using the proceeds from what he is doing to help other people who are paralyzed and in wheel chairs.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: The PorterStrongProject

HIGH SCHOOL: Lake Forest High School FFA

MASCOT: Spartans

FFA ADVISOR: Lindsey Saxton

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ERIC PORTER:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Lake Forest High School FFA website:

Eric’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: Lindsey.bethard@lf.k12.de.us

Eric’s Email Address: porterstrongproject@outlook.com

Lake Forest High School’s Telephone Number: (302) 284-9291

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

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OFI 378: How To Start A Side Business In The Horse World As A Single Mom | Sarah Marie Banowetz | Sarah Marie’s Tack Services

 

SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

There are a lot of compelling things about today’s guest.  I could start with Sarah Banowetz being promoted to supervisor of the oil testing team at the Cat dealership where she works.  And of course I could talk about her unreal talent for bringing old saddles and other tack back to life.  But I would have to make sure and mention how she is a model of perseverance and self-sufficiency for her daughter who she is raising as a single mom.  You are going to enjoy this interview.

ADVICE FROM SARAH:

SAME PAGE: Before you start work for a customer make sure that you have communicated clearly and you are on the same page.  You don’t want them to be expecting something different when the job is done.

PAPER: Along the lines of the advice above, get things written down on paper and agreed to.  That way if there is a surprise at the end, you will know exactly what was agreed to.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE SARAH HAS EVER RECEIVED:
TRUE: Stay true to what it is that you want.  Don’t chase money or some other motivation that leads you into something that gives you no pleasure.  If you are going to work for yourself, make it something you enjoy.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS SARAH SUCCEED:

METICULOUS: Sarah credits her attention to detail as allowing her to do great work in this business.  When I asked what tool you need to get started she said a toothbrush.  Now that is is attention to detail!

BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

This is one that I recommended for Sarah.  I think it will serve women in business very well.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

Sarah’s Facebook Page: LINK

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OFI 377: How To Teach Pride Of Ownership To Your Kids | FFA SAE Edition | Makenna Greenwald | Torrington-Lingle FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING MAKENNA GREENWALD!

Our guest today has been learning a lot about responsibility and business for several years already.  When Makenna Greenwald was just 11 years old her dad set she and her sister up with a swather and got them going in their own business.  However, he did not just buy it for them, he helped them develop a plan in which they would buy the machine with their profits. 

Fast foward to today.  Makenna is now studying agricultural business and marketing at the University of Wyoming.  She is the former chapter president of the Torrington-Lingle FFA Chapter in Lingle, Wyoming, and she still has her own custom swathing business.

Makenna has a passion for agriculture, and she is highly motivated to share that passion when she completes her agricultural degrees from the University of Wyoming.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Custom Swathing Business

HIGH SCHOOL: Lingle High School; Lingle, Wyoming

MASCOT: Bull Doggers

FFA ADVISOR: Jason Groene

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MAKENNA GREENWALD:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Torrington-Lingle FFA website:

Makenna’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: jgroene@goshen1.org

Lingle High School’s Telephone Number: (307) 837-2296

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

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OFI 376: Building Your Farming Enterprise, Starting At Age 8! | FFA SAE Edition | Jaclynn Knutson | Viborg Hurley High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING JACLYNN KNUTSON!

Today I am proud to introduce you to Jaclynn Knutson.  Jaclynn is currently studying agricultural communications at South Dakota State University.  She was formerly the president of her high school FFA chapter at Viborg Hurley High School in Viborg, South Dakota.

Starting at age 8 Jaclynn was introduced to raising her own livestock with her first sheep.  Since then she has been building her herd and buying her own land!  She now owns several acres of land to run her sheep on and is building an impressive enterprise in South Dakota.

Jaclynn is raising animals on and farming well over 100 acres now.  She was recently recognized as a proficiency winner in entrepreneurship at the FFA’s national convention.

And by the way, her school has the coolest image I’ve ever seen on a school’s website before…see below!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Livestock Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Viborg Hurley High School; Viborg, South Dakota

MASCOT: Cougars

FFA ADVISOR: John Rist

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR JACLYNN KNUTSON:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Viborg Hurley High School Ag. Department’s website:

Jaclynn’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: LINK

Viborg Hurley High School’s Telephone Number: (605) 766-5418

FFA LINKS:

National FFA Organization

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s)

Support FFA 

Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.

REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:

  • Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
  • Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
  • Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:

“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

D&B Supply Show

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OFI 375: 2017 Thanksgiving Episode | I Am Thankful For Winning Life’s Lottery!

SHOW NOTES

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.  I have a million reasons to be thankful as do all of us who are fortunate enough to be born in the United States.  I really enjoyed researching what Thanksgiving is all about this year.  Below are two different proclamations about Thanksgiving by two great presidents.  I’ll let them say it for me.

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:

Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

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Proclamation 118—Thanksgiving Day, 1864
October 20, 1864

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions:

Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of Events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 20th day of October, A.D. 1864, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-ninth.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

By the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State .

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