Books [Mr. John Grosvenor]
Federal Writers’ Project
Frederick W Kaul—L A Rollins
As related by Mr. John Grosvenor, 1404 West 6th st. Hastings, Nebr. The New Railroad
“In the year 1880, I was hunting a job and after dinner from my father's farm, 4 miles north of Logan, Kans, I walked 18 mlles and struck a job and earned 50¢ of 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 an 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 of 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 an the coming of Sunday. I worked to
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 had 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.”