Pioneers of Marion County

Pioneers of Marion County

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...of mud in the houses rendered them unfit for occupation till they were cleaned out, which occupied considerable time and labor, and when this was done, and the citizens had fairly got settled indoors again, the relentless flood made a second raid upon the devoted city, forcing them to take refuge on the bluff for nearly another fortnight. This second exile proved to be more distressing than the first. The weather was inclement, damp and chilly, and provisions scarce. Grist mills were inconvenient at best, and now beyond reach on account of the flooded condition of the streams. There was corn in the country, but how could it be rendered fit for use? Some relief, however, was found in a temporary mill owned by David B. Worth, who then lived about two miles north of town on Miksell's creek. This mill consisted of a pair of small burrs, turned by hand. To this mill, unable as it was to supply the demand, came people from all the surrounding country, with grists of corn varying in size from bushels to a peck, some begging the privilege of grinding a peck, or even a smaller amount, to supply the urgent demands of hunger. Coffee mills were also used to convert corn into meal, and when the grain could not be ground it was made into hominy. Bat an end to these trials came at last. The water subsided and returned to its proper channel, and people returned to their homes and occupations, to recover, so far as possiWe, the damages they had sustained by loss of property and time. As has been stated, the corn that had been planted on the bottom lands was washed out or covered by mud. It was now apparently too late in the season to replant; yet there was need to do something in that direction, or suffer the total loss of a crop more indispensable than any more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236672925
  • 9781236672926