The speaker is an 80-year-old White man with a grade school education from Aitkin, Minnesota; he was recorded in 1968.
|Inf: Came here in a covered wagon, but the circumstances aren't what they were. The reason for that was that uh my uh, grandfather and two uncles were farmers in Hutchinson area and uh they moved up here. Grandfather bought a place on the south side of Farm Island Lake. And the two uncles bought on top of the hill, south of Bennettville uh down there. And uh, they came up for the reason that uh if they shipped their furnit-, household goods, and farm machinery and livestock by rail, it would have to be shipped from Hutchinson to Minneapolis. And then changed over to the Northern Pacific -- that was Great Northern or Milwaukee -- Hutchinson to Minneapolis. Then it had to be, be transferred to the uh Northern Pacific and shipped to Brainerd. And then from Brainerd changed to the line again over to Aitkin. And then they had to load all this stuff and go the twelve or fourteen miles by wagon out, Bennettville.
So, I remember granddad and the two uncles were talking it over and uh, granddad said, "Well," says, "We have to load all this stuff in wagons anyway at Aitkin, haul it out," so he said, "Why not load it here at Hutchinson, and uh, three days we could make the trip up there." And he says one of the boys can, can drive the cattle along.In those days of course, that was no problem. Just took more than three days with the, with the trip, for the trip when the cattle were transported. But that's the reason they did it. And so we came up here and my mother drove a single, had everything. We shipped our furniture and stuff up here by freight, but mother brought the horse and buggy out. She drove all the way out. I rode in the covered wagon. Boy, I was proud of that all my life.
[FW: Right].So that's how it happened, you know.