Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. John Grosvenor]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
NAME OF WORKER F. W. Kaul & L. A. Rollins ADDRESS Hastings Neb.
DATE Nov. 1938 SUBJECT Folklore
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INFORMANT Mr. John Grosvenor, 1404 W. [6th?] St. Hastings
The New Railroad
[”?]In the year 1880, I was hunting a job and after dinner on my father's farm, 4 miles north of Logan, Kans, I walked 18 miles and struck a job and earned 50¢ late that afternoon finishing digging out a cellar. I had left home with 75¢.
Before I went to bed that night, I had struck a job for as long as I wanted it on the Central Missouri Pacific Railroad, for a $1 a day and pay my own board. They had just completed the railroad and I went to work on Wednesday. The first regular train to go thru was on Saturday night.
Before I went to bed that night, I rented a house and sent word to my wife, would be after her on the coming of Sunday. I worked to “Saturday” night, then walked back 18 miles after I done the days work on the section. Come back to my work on Sunday. Everything we had in one wagon. Went to work Monday morning.
We all worked 10 hours a day and they had to be 10 big ones. I worked 6 months and as my wife and I has a homestead, we had to return back to it. The law-we had to stay so many nights for so many months in order to hold the homestead or somebody else might take it.
I had to work out like on the railroad in order to get a stake and buy food.”