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John A. Ammons
Mr. John A. Ammons was a young attorney in Gainesville around the turn of the Century. His wife, the former Kate Philips, was photographed in this charming setting, overlooking a Garden Wall—actually, it is a split rail fence, also called a snake, worm, or zigzag fence. In Europe fences were a low priority because swineherds and shepherds herded the livestock. But in America the system was different, and time and energy went into fences. By one estimate there were 6 million miles of wooden fence in America by the 1880s. Townships often had "fence viewers," locally-elected officials who made sure fences were in good repair and were exactly on boundary lines.
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