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Salter, George H., 1826-ca. 1906 / Papers, ca. 1896-1913, 1965
Call Number, Stevens Point SC 60

[George Salter Memoirs],   pp. [1]-34 PDF (71.5 MB)

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man.  I picked up my scythe and went to the house and packed up my duds.
 By dinner time Mrs. Martell was crying and the hired girl was in the same
fix.  I asked them what was the matter with them.  They said they did not
want me to leave.  Mrs. Martell said if I left she would not do with another
hired boy the same as she had with me.  She said that I was like one of her
own children.  She said, "I was telling Mr. Martell that Balley
talking too much about George as he knew that it was putting him out of Mr.
Martell's if George stayed."  But when dinner time came, no Mr.
came, and then I was in a fix.  Mr. Martell came to me and said that he and
Mr. Bally had a talk together and he said he would have a talk with George
and see what he is going to do as this was his busy time.  He came to me
and we had some hard words but he said that Balley had left him and if I
left him was was he agoing to do.  I told him that I was telling of him the
truth about the hay.  He told me I was a fool to do as much as he did for
the wages that I was getting when I could get more at Mr. Hosoner for he
was speaking to him about me.  I told him that I hired out to Mr. Martell
for another year and I meant to stick to my bargain if we could agree.  If
he does not like me he must give me a month's notice or I must do the same
to him, so I went to work in the afternoon and stayed my year out.  That
made me three years I had been with them, and then he wanted me to hire for
two years more, but I thought I wanted a wife.
I told him that I would stay with him as long as we could agree, but he wanted
me to work by the month.  That did not suit me.  He said that if I wanted
to get married I could do so and live with him the same as we were doing,
as it was the hired girl I was courting at the time.  I told him that I did
not intend to marry before the spring so we went along first rate for another
six months.
I then heard of the Public Works at Alderney and they were paying big wages
so I gave Mr. Martell notice that I should leave.  He said, "Allright,"
I could go any time as Mr. Balley was waiting for the job, so I left on the
16th day of May, 1847 and got work for three shillings per day and made two
days extra every week.  I got married to Elizabeth Gilberts, a Guernsey girl,
on the 21st day of June, 1847, went to keeping house.  I took in lodgers.
 We got seven.  The boarded themselves, and we charged them one shilling
per week to do their cooking and sleeping.  We did very well until on payday
the whole lot left us and did not pay.  I was in a pretty fix; my rent due
and I had been buying things for the house and spent my money what my wages
came to so the landlord gave me notice to leave.  So there I was--could not
get a house in town.  I heard of one but that was four miles from my work,
so I could not do any better so I took that for three months, and I had to
pay in advance.  That was the first day of January, 1848.  I managed to get
four lodgers and did very well, kept working on until the 9th day of June,
1848 when I got my back broken.  The cars ran over me; that laid me up. 
The doctors said that I could not live twenty-four hours, but I told them
that I was not going to die this time, so there

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