Part 2 of letter of David A. Crawford (1894).
Albee lh i^ceuany— By Cy Mcllwain In the last column we reprinted the first half of a letter which appeared first in The Republican in 1893. The letter, written by D. A. Crawford, one of the very first settlers of Rushville, described the appearance of the town at the beginning and listed some of the original settlers, along with the location location of their farms and homes. Today we complete the letter with the hope that you may derive some idea of the hard circumstances circumstances under which the pioneers labored. It follows: ‘‘Game was plentiful, such as deer, turkeys. turkeys. ’coons and 'possums. In the fail of 1821 I was one day sent after the cow down in the swamps near the present V. G. & R. (Big Four) Railroad bridge on the farm now owned by William Smith. I had two dogs with me. They discovered a large, fierce animal which they were afraid to attack. attack. I hurried the cow out, the animal turning its head and watching me until I was out of sight. “I told my father, David L. Crawford, about it and next morning he and James Elliott took the dogs and, armed with their old flintlock guns, trailed it to a big thicket north of Moscow, where Elliott shot it. It was a panther and the only one I ever saw in this region. “About 1825 or 1826 log-rollings and house - raisings commenced. About this time the Indians began to leave. I went to 17 days of log-rollings one spring. In the fall, house and stable raisings were numerous. numerous. “I went to Ohio to mill, to a place eight miles from Eaton, with three yokes of oxen to get wheat in the year 1825. I got 40 bushels, bushels, brought it to Somerset, near what is now Laurel, to Conwell’s mill and waited three days for it. We were three weeks making the trip. The mud averaged hub- deep. Coming home we got to old Mr. Worsham’s Worsham’s the first night, to John Looney’s the next and home the third night. (Ed. Note— Three days’ journey from Laurel to Rushville! Rushville! ) You had better believe the neighbors came in to eat cakes and dried pumpkin pie with us. We had good times in those days, when people were friendly and hospitable.” hospitable.” # * * * *