The Autobiography of Calvin Smith of Smithville (Google eBook)

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S. H. Robison, jr., 1907 - Smithville (Mo.) - 94 pages
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Page 18 - Like leaves on trees the race of man is found, Now green in youth, now withering on the ground; So generations in their course decay, So flourish these, when those are passed away.
Page 18 - ... to Carroll county; there joining his' family he moved to Clay county, where for many years he kept up the struggle against the 'negro thieves or man stealers.
Page 73 - ... circus cannot ignore Sacco. When he is needed, even the ringmaster is subservient to him. He has held this power for a long time. He recently celebrated his twentieth year with the circus, and a great party was given. Of course Sacco's anniversary was simply an excuse to have a party, but the clown was given the place of honor at the head of the table. At the beginning he was toasted and cheered disproportionately. The troupe, who were in wild spirits, launched the party.
Page 11 - The first Smith Mills were started there. It was a hand mill, two stones, each two feet across and six inches thick, one on top of the other. We could grind enough fine meal on this mill in about an hour to last all day. In those days for coffee we parched corn, put it in a leather bag and then pounded it with a stick or hammer.
Page 62 - It was all the money they had." Her tongue ran like a bell-clapper, repeating the same thing over and over again. The gambler only asked for a fair settlement and to get back his own money, but he could not be heard on account of the woman. The captain stepped forward to the boiler deck and tapped the bell for the pilot to land the boat on the starboard...
Page 80 - Millsap, and that she was not related to any of the party, but had joined them in Tennessee. She was about twenty-two. Next day she was better and asked mother for work and to remain at our house. Mother said we were only new-comers and that we only had one room for the five or six children and father and mother.
Page 81 - ... pone" was done. (This we called "ash pone.") After his simple meal he went to work with his ax, cut down a four-foot white oak. Then with his ax and wedge he made four-foot clap boards, which he carried to the big road, where all immigrants passed.
Page 80 - After refreshing themselves they laid on the grass for a rest, it being the heat of the day. We found out their destination was about fifteen miles further on to the mouth of the Chariton River. One of the ladies...
Page 81 - Dick soon filled his pockets with silver and thought he would get some meat, getting tired of "pone," so he went to old Daddie Groome's place for some bacon. He saw Patsey on his first visit and it -was a case of love at first sight. A few days later a match was made, and Patsey told Mother Oroome she was going to marry Dick, and that party at once told Daddie Groome.
Page 88 - ADAIR, called after General John Adair, of Mercer County, Kentucky, who was elected Governor of that State in 1820, and died May 19, 1840. ANDREW, called for Andrew Jackson Davis, a prominent citizen of St.

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