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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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was too much and said he would look around and see what he could do for us.
 He was not gone five minutes before a farmer had just come in with a load
of wheat and said that he lived about four miles from Geneva and he would
take us there for six dollars and give us our dinner.  You bet I soon made
a bargain with him so we settled up with the landlord and were soon on the
road.
I learned a good deal about Wisconsin and about farming and wages.  When
we got to his place we sat down to the best dinner since I left the Island
of Guernsey.  He showed me all over his farm and his stock and said he was
poor when he came there ten years ago and now he did not owe anybody a cent.
 He had one hundred and sixty acres of land and owed for the land when he
went on it.  He had no team nor anything to do with and had to hire everything
done as he had no wife for two years after he had been there.  He said that
he worked around for other farmers and turned in and they helped him break
up some land and got some crops in .  Then he said he thought he was allright
and then he worked one month for a cow.  He had to go and show us the cow
and said that he was going to keep here as long as she lived, that no money
would buy her from him so we started after dinner and got to Geneva about
five o'clock.  One of the brothers lived in town so we soon found him and
he took us to the hotel and he and his brother had to talk things over all
about how he got along in coming and where were the children.  He told him
he did not know what he would have done if it had not been for Mr. Salter
and wife.  They had not enough money to leave New York if it had not been
for me so the next day was Sunday, we walked all around Geneva and saw a
lot of English folks.  I began to feel like myself once more so at night
there was about twenty men and their wives.  I tell you we had a big time
of it, telling stories and all about England.  I told them that I did not
know much about England as I had not been there, only as I cam through to
come to this country since 1843 and how here it is 1852.  Then I had to tell
them all about my poaching and how I got along on the Islands and there was
a Welchman by the name of Jones, a blacksmith.  he heard me say that I had
worked in a shoeing smith's shop and he came and asked me if I could shoe
a horse.  I told him I could clinch a horseshoe and he said to come down
to his shop in the morning and see him.  i inquired about him.  They say
he was a good mechanic but would have his sprees once in a while.  I went
down to the shop in the morning and there was an old man by nam of Rutter.
 He asked me if I was a blacksmith.  I told him I was not but I had worked
at it some.  He said that he and Jones were in company and they wanted a
helper.  He thought I would be just the man for them as they had so much
to do with winter coming ringt along.  I asked him where Mr. Jones was. 
He said that his wife was sick but he would go and call him so he came. 
He said that Mr. Rutter thought if you could use the sledge and clinch up
horses we could get along without hiring another blacksmith if we could agree
on the wages.  I told them that I did not know anything about wages.  I asked
them what they were willing to give me because I had a wife to keep so Mr.
Jones said that I should come down this evening and they two would talk the
matter over and bring my wife with me.  So me and wife went down to Mr. Jones
just as they were going to supper and so we had to sit down with

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