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Danhouse, Carl W. / The life story of Carl W. Danhouse

Chapter four,   pp. 22-26 PDF (1.8 MB)

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to him about me, and he told me I was hired. All through the
summers while I attended University I had this job and covered
the entire state, and saved all the money I could so I could go
back to school each fall. I owe a lot to her.
The Summer after my freshman year a Dr. Bryan had charge
of our barberry group of about seven or eight students, he was
a bachelor. We started at Glen Haven on the Mississippi River
where we stayed at an old hotel where they sure fed us. Even for
breakfast we had a banquet -- cereals, bacon, ham and eggs, toast,
fried potatoes, milk and coffee and fruit. After starving myself
while going to school I sure gained weight eating at this hotel.
This first year we dug barberry bushes out with a grub
hoe. There are two kinds of bushes, the common barberry which were
the ones we dug out, and the Japanese bush which are used for hedges
and do not harbor the spores of the black stem rust.
One day I was digging a bush out that was growing along
side of a fence and I accidently hit the lower wire and the grub
hoe rebounded and the sharp point hit me in the head and made
quite a gash. If I hadn't had a cap on it would have been fatal.
The others gathered up all the white hankerchiefs to hold
on the wound and hurried me to the doctor in Glen Haven to have my
wound bandaged. This must have been the first emergency he had had
for a long time because he ran around like a chicken with its head
cut off looking for bandages and something to stop the bleeding.
I was about to drop from loss of blood when the boys lay me
on a couch and helped the doctor take care of me. I lost so much
blood that I was too weak to work for two weeks. During this
period we moved to Trempeleau which is also on the Mississippi River.
Bill Longenecker and Marv Schaars were in our group, both
of whom became members of the faculty of the agricultural school

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