Excerpt from The Order of Zion
I was born April 13th, 1877, near New Martinsville, Wet zel County, West Virginia. At my birth my parents were very poor, living on a leased tract of land very rough and not very good soil. The house I was born in was a small log house of one room and a kitchen of rough boards, an old time chimney built of rough stone. Part of the. Roof was off and it rained and snowed into the cabin, so you may see that I was born as a very poor child under the most unfavorable circumstances.
My father soon tired of these conditions and moved to Covington, Kentucky, when I was about three years of age, and engaged in the dairy business in Cincinnati, Ohio, just across the river. We lived in a little two-room frame house on an unimproved street, my father had small wages and as the liquor traffic always seeks out those it may destroy, it got hold of my father and took most of his earnings, leaving mother to manage as best she could, mostly earning her liv ing over the washtub with small children to care for, which was no light task.
My first remembrance I have to speak of was at this place, when I would go to the river bank and watch the steam boats, and the first trains I ever saw. One thing I must men tion and that is we had so little to eat, in fact, bread, molasses and coffee made up our diet. One day our molasses gave out and as we only had bread to eat, I slipped the molasses jug out and went to the grocery store and ordered a jug on credit, which was given me after I had assured the grocer that I was sent for it, but when I came home mother took me and the molasses back and instructed the grocer to never let me have anything unless I had the money.
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