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Bound for the "Mountings" - 1895

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Bound for the "Mountings" - 1895

Posted: 18 Jun 2004 3:22PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 May 2005 8:15PM GMT
Surnames: Hancock
Bound for the "Mountings"

Last Monday morning a family of "movers" entered our city and halted awhile for refreshments. The "layout" consisted of the father, mother, a son and two girls about grown. They occupied a covered wagon drawn by two horses in excellent condition. The front bow of the wagon was decorated with a large pair of deer antlers. The old man was enticed in this office and rifled of the following information. He gave his name as Henry HANCOCK, and said they hailed from Monroe county, northern Wisconsin, and was destined for East Tennessee. They had been nearly five weeks on the road and expected to conclude their journey in ten more days. He said he had averaged twenty five miles each day since leaving home. Their health had been good and no mishap had occurred on the journey.
He stated that crops were excellent in Wisconsin, and the oat crops would yield seventy-five bushels to the acre. Everything looked prosperous along his route except in northern Illinois, a drouth had ruined the crops.
Times were dull in his country and he had left home at the solicitation of his brother in Tennessee, whom he had not seen for over eighteen years. The old man carried a formidable Winchester rifle with him which commanded deference and respect on sight.
When asked concerning the weather in his native country, he said impressively, "Stranger, I've seen the snow lay on the ground a hundred days and show no signs of leaving. Why, sometimes it snows so deep as this chair is high." "How low does the mercury get?" some one asked. "It jest falls out the bottom of the thermometer onto the ground," he answered, so earnestly that the teeth of his audience chattered. He asked the office for "suthin to read" and was abundantly supplied then, bidding all hands good bye, he resumed his journey southward. (Source: Earlington (Ky.) Bee, Thur., Sept. 12, 1895)

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