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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

Mr. Elsie improved about forty acres of this land, and he had near his house a dozen or fifteen apple trees, which were crooked, sickly things. For some reason not known to me, Mr. Elsie did not succeed very well, and the farm, after his occupancy of it a few years, passed into other hands. Mr. Throop made his debut in this country in the early part of the summer of 1847, and commenced his inquiries and researches for a farm. At length he arrived at Prairie Ronde, and made a careful examination of the farm of Samuel P. Cobb, of that place. Cobb's farm was a splendid and most desirable one, it being complete and perfect in all its fixtures and appointments. When Mr. Cobb gave his terms for this place, Mr. Throop said he 'fwould take it consideration, and dream over it through the night, and let him know the next morning. " When morning came, Mr. Throop said to Mr. Cobb that he "had carefully revolved the thing over and over in his mind, and dreamed over it, and that he considered the farm, in one respect, like a a nice Durham cow; i. e., the cow is so perfect throughout that he could not make any improvements upon her; and that it was so with his farm, he^eould make no improvements upon it, and therefore he did not want it, but wanted a place where he could have the pleasure and satisfaction of improving it. " The next that we learn of Gov. Throop's operations, he had, on the twentieth day of July, 1847, bought of George F. Bragg, two hundred and forty acres of land, the consideration for which was one thousand and five hundred dollars.

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