If anyone imagines that Tyner is a mere crossroads of a place, he should make a trip to that pretty little town at once and learn the truth about it.

Nicely situated on the Lake Erie Railway seven miles northwest of Plymouth it is the ideal of the cosy, comfortable and beautiful life, as well as of substantial business activity. The numerous large and fine shade trees, the many good residences neatly kept and painted, the strong frame and cement block business houses, the cement walks are most pleasing to the observer, and the splendid citizenship of the place have the air of comfortable prosperity.

Graded schools and a high school, held in a substantial brick building, and three churches, the United Brethren, Holiness Christian, and the Methodist Church, provide good educational and religious advantages for the community.

Activities Are Large

The activities of this town of Tyner are many and varied. The Hotel Haag, cares for all travelers and furnishes livery service also; there are three general stores, a grain elevator, two coal dealers, a Heinz salting plant, a cider mill, saw mill, a good firm of stock buyers, a real estate man, a hardware store, a blacksmith and repair shop, a machine shop and garage as good as is to be found in cities ten times the size of Tyner, a meat market, confectionary store, telephone exchange, two barber shops, a physician, a tile factory, two cream routes, a railway station and agent and a post office.

In addition to all these, which are certainly sufficient to make a goodly little town, there is developing here on the edge of Tyner what may easily one day become a great business in the manufacture of peat for fuel and lubricating oils, This enterprise is told of in a separate article and is worthy the attention of all the county.

Property Is High

Here in Tyner they say property is almost as high as in Plymouth, arising from the desirability of the place as a residence village. The place is clean, healthful, substantial, surrounded by a good farming community and has not even a "blind tiger" to disturb the peace and happiness of the community. The people are both good and intelligent, and this is what makes a desirable community in which to live.

The business of the place is fine, Agent Ernest Haddleson of the Lake Erie states that in his opinion there is more freight business coming into and going out of Tyner than any town its size on the road. Upwards of fifty cars of live stock are shipped from here annually. The general stores do a thriving business, as is witnessed by their number. The leading business enterprises of this place are represented here in special write-ups or by advertisements. The general public and the people of the Tyner community especially will take keen interest in reading about these business institutions.

An Onion Center

Tyner is one of the onion centers of the county. ten years ago Mr. A. E. Fink believed there was money to be made in onions, and followed up his faith by planting a few acres. It was a hard job. People made fun of him. They thought it was beneath them to get down on their knees between two rows of onions and weed them. Help for this work was almost impossible to get. Men stood about the town doing nothing, yet would refuse to "weed" onions. The younger people also were hard to induce to take up the work.

It was enough to make a man of ordinary determination give up the task and go at other business. But Mr. Fink stuck to it. Today he is the big onion man of Polk Township, and those men who refused to help him ten years ago are now themselves among the onion growers of the township and are making good money where before they were doing nothing. The onion business succeeded and has made an important industry, for this community. For seven years Mr. Fink has been an onion buyer and shipper.

He also sells onion seed, handling that well known kind put up by Jerome B. Rice. This seed has always given good satisfaction and can be bought of Mr. fink.

Among the important onion growers of this community are Frank Eisenmenger, M. Thayer, Mrs. Loa Snyder, John Wolff, U. N. VanPherson, Simon Culp, Leslie Pill, Will Goheen, Will Killian, Walter Killian, Levi Stoneburner, Wm. Morris, J. M. Schroeder, Wm. o'Keefe, and A. E. Fink, who continues the work started under such difficulties ten years ago. These growers raise from one to ten acres each, which makes a fine annual income for the community. Among those who make money here from pickles are the following: U. S. Klingerman had in three acres this year and from it he received $487.18. Wm. Walterhouse on 2 3/4 acres made the goodly sum of $453.17. Bruce Johnson from one acre got $191.60. August Johnson from 3/4 of an acre received in good cash $113.12 and Jesse Schroeder got $50.81 out of 1/4 of an acre.

Bradley Bros. Fine Shop

Bradley Brothers (four of them) have here in Tyner a shop which is not only a credit to the town but to the whole county. They have equipped a complete and good blacksmith shop, woodwork shop, tin shop, repair shop, machine shop and garage. The nature and quality of their work can be seen at once by the statement that they get work for their shop from Grovertown, Walkerton, North Liberty and even from Plymouth and South Bend. As one of the brothers said, "there is nothing we can not do." The shops cover a space 50 x 80 feet, and the work done covers all kinds of blacksmithing, horseshoeing, tin work, iron work, leather work, wood work, repairing, machine work and the numerous things looked after in a good automobile garage. On autos they do the best of work, from the least up to the straightening of axles. In addition to the shop work Bradley Bros. keep for sale tool handles, oil, grease, gasoline, pump supplies, stove pipe, bolts, well pipe, auto and machine repairs and supplies.

They also operate a feed mill. Two gasoline engines give power for the business. One or more of the brothers is always at the shop, so that anyone wanting service is sure to be waited on promptly An interesting thing about this firm is the invention and manufacture of....( the paper has a hole here)....some farmers, and it is hard to understand what the thing is until you see it. It is a knife something like a small scythe, which is fastened to a brace for attaching to the leg. The corn cutter walks along and by a strike of the foot cuts off a whole hill at once. He has his arms entirely free to handle the corn. With this knife it is said a man can cut ....(the paper has a hole here)....is sold by Bradley Bros. for only $4.00.