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Charles Wesley Wells

In the year 1852 my father moved to the northern part of Iowa, and located in Chickasaw County, where he rented what was called a double log house, which had been used as an Indian trading post and here we spent part of the winter. There being no school within reach of us, we boys spent much of our time in hunting through the woods and over the prairies for the wild deer, turkey, prairie hen, and rabbit.
We lived about one mile from the woods, where we got fuel for the house, which was drawn on handsleds that we boys made with our own hands. Sometimes we were half a day making the trip, but there being four or five of us together, we brought plenty of wood to keep the fire going.

Source: Charles Wesley Wells, who was 11 years old in 1852, A Frontier Life, p. 1.


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