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Pioneer days of Evansville and vicinity

Chapter III: railroad built through Evansville,   pp. 15-16

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automobile and drives to town. Quite a difference. 
I knew a young man who worked for my father a year for $10 per month, and
saved enough money to buy 80 acres of land from Uncle Sam 
at ten shillings per acre. He died a few years ago in Janesville a wealthy
man. How many young men of today would save anything from $10 per month?
It would hardly keep them in cigars and ice cream. 
Railroad Built Through Evansville 
The railroad came to Evansville in 1864-what a   change in  railroads since
then. At that time there was only one passenger train a day. It left here
about 9 o'clock a. in., and came back in the evening. The engine burned wood;
the baggageman would pile wood enough beside the track to last twenty-four
hours. With the early building of railroads in this country how little the
people realized what they would accomplish, and what a power they would become
in the land. What great improvements and innovations the railroads have made.
They have kept pace    with the times. The Boston Courier of June 27, 1827,
writes as follows: "The project of a railroad to Albany is impracticable,
as everyone knows who knows the simplest rule  of arithmetic; the expense
would be little less than the market value of the whole territory of Massachusetts
and which if practicable every person of common sense knows would be as useless
as a railroad from Boston to the moon." 
The last of  March, 1861, was pleasant; no snow on the ground and but very
little frost nights, if any. At this time there was a family living just
over the brow of the big hill on the Madison road about one mile 
north on the east side of the road. On the west side there were hundreds
of acres of unimproved land, timber and brush clear to the Commons. Nearly
dark of March     31, 
word came to the village that a little boy three years old was lost in the
woods and the parents wanted help to find him. Word passed quickly from house
to house and everyone that could responded tj the call for help. The    professor
at the seminary came with a goodly number of students, and we all met in
front of the Central House all armed with lanterns, as it was then quite
dark. We then repaired to the home. The mother said the child had been playing
out doors and when    she called for him and he did not answer she became
frightened; after hunting every place she could think he might be she thought
he must be lost in the woods. We then formed in line a few feet apart and
 marched  north parallel with the road until we came to a fence on the north;
then turned and marched south until we came in line where we started. We
then halted and held a consultation. It was then about 11 o'clock., To my
surprise and astonishment they decided to adjourn until the next morning
at 9 o'clock; this was Saturday night. 

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