How the Coreys Went West; Fifty Years in Crossing the Continent

How the Coreys Went West; Fifty Years in Crossing the Continent

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...an honored name! Then, in after years, when it comes to be your turn to lay down your weapons of warfare, like Kurler Bow you can request that one of these giant trees be partially uprooted and your decaying body placed underneath, to moulder back to dust and fertilize the monarch of its race." No such warning voice was heard; and this zealous man left not even a clump of maples for shade for his cattle or a few scattered ones along the roadside for ornament. The market made no great demand on the forests for timber at this early date. A very small amount was used for building, for wooden bowls and rakes and axe-helves; and the tannery of John Brown on the old State road consumed a small quantity of bark for tanning hides. The pioneers were too far from Oil Creek to run lumber down the river to any of the large cities. The only way to get rid of it seemed to be to cut it down and burn it in heaps. It proved hard work clearing land after the tree was cut down. The limbs had first to be trimmed off and the brush piled together, and then the body of the tree was sawed into suitable lengths for rolling into heaps. When all was ready, which was not until the second summer, an invitation was sent to all the settlers to come with ox-teams, hand-spikes, logging chains and other necessary implements for a rolling bee. After all was over the great heaps were fired, and the country round about seemed ablaze, the angry flames leaping high in the air and tens of thousands of sparks soaring and darting toward the sky; while the fire, running over the ground, threatened everything within reach. Several times the old log house appeared in danger of being devoured by flames. It was only a heap of dry logs and of little value, save to shelter the family...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236586824
  • 9781236586827