As recently as 1871 Old Lady Leary still was keeping a cow in the city of Chicago. As the story goes, one dark night when the kids were all in bed Old Lady Leary took a lantern to her shed... Chicago burns. In the 1870s the Gay 90s, the turn of the century years, those were years Americans raised their own chickens, ducks and turkeys on their farmyards. Or they made the trip over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house. Or they kept a small poultry flock behind their own house, even in the great cities.

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