The Marietta Register (Semi-Weekly), July 12, 1887
The list of cow owners published Friday did not look like a “poor” lot. Indeed, it provoked a smile among our readers who had been drummed on the cry of helping the poor cow owner. The 204 cow owners in Marietta pay tax on personal property to the amount of $110,000 or on an average on $425 and most of them on real estate besides. There are a number who pay on less than $100, but for every family owning a cow and paying on less than $100 there are five others equally poor who are compelled to fence and maintain a standing army to keep the cow out of the garden and door-yard.