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Pioneer days of Evansville and vicinity
(1915)

Chapter V: From "The old settler's series," published in The badger,   pp. 19-25


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and see the stars and meditate. We went to church with him in the morning.
He had a horse with him and wanted me to ride, but I told him I could not
and would walk. Then he said: "I will walk too, for I will not be so
ungallant to a lady as to ride while she is walking," so he led his
horse and walked all the way. We saw hard times, but always had enough to
live on. Our papers we missed ever so much, and as soon as we were able we
sent for the New York Tribune. Maria Quivey taught our first school in her
father's house; it stood where Mr. Dixon's house now stands." 
By Dr. J. M. Evans: "I was born in Rutland county, Vermont, February
18, 1819. When I was fifteen years old my mother died; when I was nineteen
I came west as far as La Porte, Indiana. My journey from Vermont to La Potre
was made by stage coach. It took two weeks to make the journey. I decided
to be a carpenter and served three year's apprenticeship; then I gave up
carpentry and began the study of medicine under Dr. Meeker of La Porte. When
the medical school was founded in the city I became one of its students and
was a member of its first graduating class of 1846. Later I went on horseback
from La Porte to Chicago. On the lake near the mouth of the river I got stuck
in the mud and had to get off my horse in order to get the animal out. A
man that owned the land came along and offered to trade me  that quarter
section of land for my horse, but I would not trade. From there I came here
to the Grove. For about two years I boarded with the family of Henry Spencer
and had my office upstairs. My practice was mostly riding in the country.
Those were good old days; everyone was a friend to everyone else. We had
many priva- 
tions and hardships, but we helped one another. In 1854 I was married to
Miss Emma Clement of La Porte." 
By J. M. Bennett: "I was born in Schoharie county, New York, December
8, 1824. I was raised on a farm until I was seventeen. I left home in the
spring and traveled on foot eighty-miles. One morning I saw a man trimming
apple trees. I asked him if he wanted to hire a school teacher; he said yes,
and came and looked me over. He happened to be one of the trustees. We called
on one of the other trustees and  he seemed not so well impressed with me;
he asked me my price and I said: "Sixteen dollars a month and board
around." He made many excuses; said they wanted an experienced teacher,
as the school was large and hard to manage. I argued that there must be a
first time. They finally hired me and I stayed with them three years, teaching
four terms a year. In the spring of 1845 I came west. I went by the Erie
caral to Buffalo and around the lakes to Milwaukee. I walked from   Milwaukee
to John Winston's, six miles east of Evansville. 
After looking around a few days, Nelson Winston and I went to Milwaukee to
enter a quarter section each of land. He carried gold and I carried paper
money. We walked all the way; I blistered my feet. When I came to pay the
government    I found they would take nothing but gold and silver. I had
to pay two per cent exchange, and found that I was seventy-five cents short.
What to do   I did not know. Nelson Winston  had   just about money enough
to get home with, but he proposed to loan me the   seventyfive cents and
take his chance, and I got my land. I had ten cents left. I started for Racine
on foot. This was through a heavy timber country, 
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