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"Goofy paints a nice utopian future - retrained truckers merrily skipping along as they stevedore a ship, or paint an elevator." rainphakir

My dad's grandfather was a stevedore on the Mississippi River after he ran away from the farmer he'd been given to when he was a boy. His parents had like 13 kids and they were too poor to take care of them. The Farmer sent my great great grandfather to town to get a plow blade sharpened and he threw it in a pond and kept going. Someplace in Central Illinois. He walked to the Mississippi river and got a job loading and unloading boats going up and down the river.

He made it to New Orleans when he was 21 years old where he broke his leg. A kind lady took care of him while his leg mended and that's when and where he learned how to read and write. She taught him using the Bible. This must have been way back in the late 1800's? My dad told me this story.

By the way he made it all the way back to Minnesota where he got both his legs crushed and amputated in a logging accident and then during the depression he made and sold sauerkraut in quart jars for a nickel a jar. He pulled himself around on a little 4 wheel cart that he made himself. I'm guessing no worker's compensation back then?

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