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978-0-87071-517-4 / 9780870715174

A Homesteader's Portfolio (Northwest Reprints)

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Publisher:Oregon State University Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XVIII "to-morrow And To-morrow And To-morrow" As the second autumn approached, my arrangements for seeding the new ground having been made, and a teaching position offering in Prineville, I decided to close Broadview for the winter and move into town. I procured a tent house and chicken yard on the edge of town and lived there throughout the teaching term, finding an excellent market for eggs and chickens. Each week-end I rode out to Broadview to sleep--a sixty-mile round trip, in which I delighted as often as a really good horse was available. About the fifteenth of October I found my grain all in. I am glad to chronicle that this feat was at last accomplished by one of the pioneers--a son of Aunt Polly. About the first of November I found my chicken house in ruins and my milo maize evaporated--seemingly by the everthirsty atmosphere, since not a scrap or shadow of a leaf remained. On one Saturday night an early blizzard caught me on the homestead. All night I lay and shivered in my rocking tent house and all night my poor horse stamped and whinnied under a tree near by. With morning came the sunshine and a glorious day for my return to town. On another occasion I faced one of those fierce periodic winds, which, while usually warm, it is well-nigh impossible to stand against. I crouched low upon my horse and clung to the saddle, while my good steed plodded slowly with bent head, and dust, in towering columns, met, enveloped, and passed us by. I learned that day how long is thirty miles at a foot pace. With the coming of real winter, I claimed my five months' leave of absence and saw Broadview no more until early spring. On that occasion I took a party of gay young teachers for a night's camp and greatly enjoyed their envious appreciation of my luxuriant first c...

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