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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 1, Number 4 (Jan. 1900)

Buckley, Ernest Robertson
John Muir,   pp. [141]-146

Page [141]

VOL. I.-JANUARY, 1900-1
                      JOHN MUIR.
  *John Muir, geologist and botanist, whose'r
linked with the mountains of California at
Alaska, was the third child of Daniel and A:
the latter a descendant of the old Scotch far
  Daniel Muir was a grain merchant, and Jo
children, was given a good education. The
to the United States in 1849, settling in.\
twelve miles from Fort Winnebago, near th
the farm at this place, John Muir assisted in
felling the trees, devoting his spare time
books that came within his reach,. He studi
keeping his books near him in the field, and
lems on the ground or on chips from the 1
As a boy his mind had a decidedly mechai
"jack knife" appliances about the house wei
  He entered the University of Wisconsin at
two, and during the three years of his atte
way with money earned by harvesting anc
For a number of years after leaving the Uni
seen or heard of him except as he was oc(
on farms or in mills and facto'ries, earning
pay his way through a new part of the then
n6rth central states.
  After flitting over the hills. and through 1
  consin, Indiana, Michigan and Canada in s(
  mysteries of nature, he penetrated the tangl
  * The information and part of the phraseology of this 1
  "The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography."
4-o. 4.
ame is inseparably
id the glaciers of
mne (Gilrye) Muir,
lily of Gilderoy.
hn, with the other
family emigrated
Visconsin, - about
e Fox River. On
tilling the soil and
to reading all the
ed mathematics by
working out prob-
rees he had felled.
fical turn, and his
e many and varied.
the age of twenty-
ndance he paid his
  school teaching.
,ersity nothing was
asionally met with
enough money to
wilderness of the
he valleys of Wis-
.arch of the hidden
ýd swamps of Flor-
diography was taken from

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