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

With the Gilmore Company,   pp. 21-23 PDF (630.7 KB)

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                ORRIN HENRY INGRAM                      23
file closed, they frequently went to a small village within half
a mile of the mill, and would return to the store, where they
had rooms, or to the house of the head bookkeeper, pretty well
filled up, or under the influence of liquor. I fitted up the two
bedrooms in good shape, with necessary furniture, and a sit-
ting room and library were also put in.
   I made it a point when I first went there to go home, to
Ottawa, Saturday night, and return to the mill Monday morn-
ing. By the way, Mr. Gilmore volunteered to furnish me a
house in Ottawa, also to keep my horse, or horses, as I saw fit
to drive, at his own stable in Ottawa, which was back of the
wholesale store, enclosed by a high wall, with a big gate which
was kept closed; and when I came back I drove to the big gate,
and rapped, and the hosler would take my horse, or horses.
I usually reported at the office as soon as I got there, if I was
there before it closed. I went to the city sometimes during the
week and would get back to the mill after dark. On one or
two occasions I found the bookkeeper and his assistant and the
man from the piling ground having a high time, with bottles
of whiskey and glasses galore in the room. It did not take
me long to put a stop to that, and as they soon found it was
uncertain when I went to the city what time I would be back,
whether the same night or the next morning, that practice was
soon broken up. (For your information, but not for others,
I will tell you who those men were. The head bookkeeper was
Mr. Keith, father of Tom and Lex Keith of this city, and hus-
band of Mrs. Agnes Keith. The assistant bookkeeper was John
Chitty, as bright a young man as I ever saw. The head man
at the piling ground was Frank Donnelly, a right good man,
but with the habit of drinking too much when he got a taste.)
In order to have a better influence over Mr. Keith, at Mr. Gil-
more's request, I changed my boarding place to Mr. Keith's
house, and it was a pleasant place for me. His first wife was
a very pleasant woman, and they had two sons.

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