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OLD TIME EXPERIENCE
as printed in the Shelby County Democrat, August 31, 1894.

"George E. Wyford, of Dinsmore township, called at our office one day this week. He is one of the pioneers of Shelby county who has had lots of experience. He said in 1833 his father moved from Green county to this county when he was nine years old and settled on the farm of which he now owns a part.

That the night before they arrived at this new home they staid (sic.) all night at the hospitable cabin home of Jesse Rush, one mile south of where Anna now stands. Next morning they left one of their teams at the home of Rush and drove on to their home four miles further north with a six horse team. The road was so bad that it took them all day to make the four miles.

When they arrived their cabin had neither windows nor doors and the spaces between the logs had not been daubed with mud. After unloading they found their cooking utensils were in the wagon left behind. A plowshare was utilized for a griddle and their first meal in their new home was cooked on a plowshare. In that time he said settlers took up the highest grounds, because it was the only place they could live out of water part of the year as during wet weather most of the black land was covered with water."

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'Pioneer' segment written in October, 1997 by Sherrie Casad-Lodge

 

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