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Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912

Acquaintance with Mr. Thorp,   pp. 44-45 PDF (401.7 KB)

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portable mill we had bought from Mr. Randall. There we
found a man and his wife running the boarding house for Mr.
Kennedy, and found Mr. Playter and the girl were also there,
but we didn't think it a very desirable boarding place. Mr.
Kennedy had patiently put up with such fare as they could
give him. He was furnishing everything for the house, and it
was soon decided that Mrs. Ingram and the girl who came
with Mr. Playter could make it a more desirable place for us.
Some time that fall Mrs. Kennedy came on, and they stopped
during the winter at this same rough-board boarding-house.
The house had been lathed, but not plastered. Where we slept,
upstairs, we could see daylight along the eaves, as there was
no cornice. You can imagine that we had plenty of fresh air,
but we also had plenty of blankets and were able to keep
warm, although sometimes the snow would blow in and oblige
us to cover our heads. Our meat consisted largely of salt pork'
and occasionally a ham, and for a change we would sometimes
have corn beef that was brought here by the rbarreL Your
mother had an earthern jar in which she kept doughnuts, and
another in which she put the fat or lard she saved from frying
pork. The pantry was off from the kitchen, and I fre-
quently ran in to see how she was getting on. One day I
opened the pantry door, and while talking with her reached
into what I supposed to be the doughnut jar, 'but which proved
to be the jar containing the fat or grease, and my hand went
down half its length into the soft fat or grease. I turned
around to her, laughing, and she wanted to know what I was
doing, and I told her I was looking for the doughnuts.

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