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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

Those were the days when it was said the cattle had to lean against the fence to shake; and it is a fact that children sometimes had an ague shake on the day of their birth.
Except during the sickly season, we were not without sources of enjoyment. We had a select circle of intelligent friends, and our meetings and social gatherings. The Indians had nearly all left that part of the State, but occasionally they paid us a visit. One day, when my wife was alone in the house, one of the noble race walked in and demanded whisky. She told him she had none, but he insisted, and she walked up to him and pushed him out of the house. Dr. Fairchild, now president of Oberlin college, preached for us one winter, being then just out of the seminary, boarding part of the time with us. We predicted then, the eminence in his profession to which he has attained. In 1839 I bought some lots and erected a large building for shop and ware-rooms, large enough for what I hoped would be the growth of business in a few years, in the meantime finishing part of it for our residence. In 1840 I opened a wareroom at Adrian in charge of the "Stewart" of that village, Ira Bidwell; but I found money about as scarce there as at Palmyra, and after a few months' trial I sold the stock off at auction, realizing about its actual cost.
By 1841 I concluded I had brought my goods to the wrong market, and having an opportunity to engage in other business in Buffalo, I sold all my stock and rented the building to my brother and removed to that city. He had just married and started business where I left off. An incident will illustrate the unpromising state to which the place had come. In the intoxication of wedded bliss, I suppose, my brother forgot the day of the week and mistook Saturday for Sunday. They kept the day with Puritanic strictness, and saw nothing in the streets during the day to show their mistake. The next day my brother went to his work and his wife went about her Monday washing.

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