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1905 Letter from W. H. HARRISON in Kansas
Posted by: Janet Price (ID *****1451) Date: February 01, 2003 at 21:10:48
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Jamestown Press
Jamestown, (Boone County) Indiana
Friday, 20 October 1905 Page one

News from Kansas

Mr. Editor: As I have been silent for sometime I concluded I would wake up and let you know that I still existed. We have had excellent crops here this year: wheat and oats were never known to be better and corn…well, you can come out here and help gather the crop if you want a job. Vegetables are plenty and apples a fair crop, so with corn and bacon, sauerkraut and sorghum we expect to get thorough the winter. Every thing has been quiet here since our defeat here last November, republicans and democrats walk arm and arm, eat out of the same platter and drink out of the same gourd. Now we don’t wish to get political, but as I am an old Boone county boy, and moved from Jamestown when it was called “Jimtown” and was known the state over for the scraps and bad whiskey, I feel like having my own way sometimes.
Well, as I live in Prohibition Kansas and am a strict observer of the law, I don’t give Kansas credit for the whole thing. I claim to have learned a little Prohibition in old Boone when I was a small boy that came about this way. I was living with my uncle near Poplar Grove church and it chanced to be harvest time. One morning my uncle gave me a written order and a jug and set me a straddle of the old family mare and told me to go to Jimtown and get the jug filled with whiskey, but I was prohibited from sampling the contents of that jug on the road home. There was always a question in my mind as to what my good old uncle had in mind when he told me not to monkey with that jug. He might have been afraid I would get lopsided and fall off the old mare and break the jug and lose the contents, or he wanted to establish a streak of prohibition in my mind, anyway prohibition prevailed and has been with me ever since.

Now, Mr. Editor, with these few remarks and 65 cents to extend my subscription for another year, I will close for a time.

W. H. HARRISON
Burlington, Kas. 10 Oct ‘05

* Note from Janet ISLEY Price, I am posting this letter for others. I am not related to the subject. No other information was given.


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