Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Albert Zeigler]
Edith L. Crawford.
Carrizozo, N. [Mexx?].
Words 1617 PIONEER STORY
I came to America from [Coblens?] Germany, which is situated on the Rhine river. I sailed in September, 1884. The boat was the [Furnesia?], of the Anchor lines. We were thirteen days crossing the ocean. I landed in New York City and left at once by immigrant train for Albuquerque New Mexico, where my brother Jake Zeigler was clerking in the store of Jaffa Brothers. Soon after my arrival there [?] sent me to San Francisco California where we had some relatives living. They got me a job clerking in a store and I went to night school and learned to speak, read and write English, as I could not speak a word of English when I landed in America. The ways of the people and the country seemed very strange to me. After staying in California a year I came back to Socorro New Mexico, which was then in Lincoln County. I clerked for Price Brothers during the year of 1885 and part of 1886. While I was living in Socorro I visited my brother Jake, who was then living in [Manzano?] New Mexico. He and a man named Herman Goodman ran a small store there, selling dry goods, groceries and liquor. The town of [Manzano?] was a Spanish-American town. My brother, Mr. Goodman and a fellow by the name of [Kountas?] were the only white men living there at the time. This fellow [Kountas?] ran a newspaper which was called the “Gringo and Greaser”. He did not like the Spanish-Americans and was always making dirty remarks about them in his paper. One night while he was eating supper some one shot thro'ugh a window and killed him instantly. That ended the “Gringo and Greaser” newspaper. Another incident happened while I was visiting my brother there. A bunch of Spanish American men were in the store drinking and a couple of them got drunk. Jake refused