1890 - FISHING FOR TURTLES. When the Shell-Backed Monster Bites Run Like a Steer.
Terrapin or turtle farms are run in the South and on the Pacific coast, but the business has only been tried in New England as an experiment. As experiments, many of these have been failures, so far as a money making basis is concerned, and many are now kept up for the pleasure of the owner, or by some hotel keeper who takes pride in serving turtle soup unadulterated.
In Cumberland, R.I., there is a small pond that is well stocked with this toothsome food animal. It is a small sheet of water, covering about an acre, and located near Diamond Hill. This small pond is fairly alive with the hard-shelled monsters, and many an hour's sport is found upon the banks. The pond is surrounded by a meadow, and an early visit, while the dew is on the grass, shows innumerable small paths where the turtles have been walking for exercise and in search of food during the night.
While there is a great amount of pleasure in eating turtle soup, there is an equal amount in catching the "critter." ...
Hornellsville Weekly Tribune
Hornellsville, New York
October 10, 1890