SUPPLEMENT TO OLE OLSON. HOW HE WORKED AND LOVED HOW HE WAS HELPED AND HOW HE PROSPERED. 810,000 IN TEN YEARS. AN EXAMPLE WORTHY OF BEING FOLLOWED. A JUST TRIBUTE TO THE BUSINESS MEN OF ALGONA. Copyright 1890. J. B. SWINBURNS. Humboldt,' la. . tanff an da dead beet his hoof on da on Ole. CHAPTER I. A haf ben en,dis kentry ten yare, fimf mont an sax wake. Et is da bestest kentry on da fac of da globeson. A kom hare without a dollar and now A haf lots of property. How vas et dun? Who vas to blame? A will tell you somdings. A am not da Ole Olson who landed en Noo York an vas green as potato vines en Yune, who started a saloon dare. One day a dead beet kums en an says: "Ole, du you tak stamps en pay for drinks?" Ole—You bet A dn. D. B.—Veil, A vill give you fimf stamps for a glass of beer. Ole—All righet. Da beer den giv floor. Ole—A Da dead beet goes ond an kails a d. b. policemen an says: "Awful soft snap over dare. Ole gives drinks an dakes stamps (i. 2, 3, 4, 5.) en pay. Go tackle hem." Da d. b, policemen goes, but Ole has not ben in das kuntry for nothing. Although he es sold once in a vile, you kan't katch hem twice in one dey. Vile da d. b. vas out, Ole fixes a slippen noose mil a long rope an lays it open in front of da bar an ven d. b. policemen koms, he steps inside da noose. D. B. Policemen—Ole, dtt yon tak stamps en pay for drinks ? Ole—A tank A vill. D. B. Policemen—Veil. A vill giv you fimf stamps for a drink of viskey. Ole—All righet. De viskey goes down ond d. b. p. asks, "How many stamps vas A to give you for des viskey?" Ole—A tank it vas fimf. D. B. P.—All right, an he proceeds to stamp da floor, but Ole draws da slippen noose tight an lands Mr. D. B. Policemon on hes back, with both legs en da noosa ^n den Ole says : "A tank A pulley your Jesev for is cent." Dat vos one on somebody else besides Ole. Some one asks: "Vat are you givin us ? Vy don't you talk United States ?" A om givin you straight Norwegian, but altho A haf been en dis kuntry ten yare, fimf mont an sax wake, A vill show yon A haf not ben hare simply for ma helth. A kan talk better United States than you need, a man mnst be worthy of it. ^ Ha must keep his credit good, and the way to do this is to be truthful, honest and industrious. When a man starts to make a farm from a pieoe of wild land, he must buy only the bare necessities and if on time, pay when he promised. When I commenced to work for John Johnson, I was eager to learn. I saw bis broad acres, bis comfortable house, his fine stock and the way the money roHed in every week for butter and eggs, and the big pile of money he received when h« sold his bogs and cattle. This was a constant inspiration to me, coupled with the thought that some day I should be able to send for my darling across the ocean. I worked early and late, saved as much of my wages as possible and had given satisfaction to John Johnson, so at the close of the two years I had 8250 as well as his confidence, and when I came t» leave, he said he hated to see me go, for I had been like one of the family, but if I ever needed help to call on him. I told him that I appreciated all he bad done for me and felt en couraged by his kind offer. It was not long before I had concluded to start farming for myself and in order to do so, some land was necessary. After looking the country over I concluded that the firm of A. D. Clarke & Co. had what suited me. It had so many fine pieces of land for sale at a bargain that it was hard to decide which piece to take. The terms were easy, rate of interest low and I bought 80 acres, paying $200 down and giving a mortgage to secure the balance. Some folks are afraid of a mortgage, but when you deal with such men as compose this firm, you need not fear, for they sure honorable men. This firm has been in business 27 years and has actually never had a foreclos- r.r ^. Some men are also afraid of lawyers, but they are a necessary evil. There is so much law, that it requires a good lawyer to keep people straight. Before buying the farm, I went to W. B. Qnartcn, and had him look over my papers. He said they were all right and there is some satisfaction in knowing that. While in his office I noticed a fine library and while attending court I saw him full of buisness, serving his clients with fidelity and zeal. If you are in trouble or have a note tc collect, he is a good oae to employ. The next..thing-L did was to- visit' the lumber yard of J. H Queal & Co. where can be found a full stock of lumber of all kinds, comprising that, used in the common frame as well as that ed to build a mansion. Also doors, sash' windows, •• bKnds, fencing, posts, Prices .were reasonable and he wai kind as to give me easy terms of payment. also received much instruction building, which saved me For hardware I called on G. M. Howard, vhere I found a mammoth stock of stovd for cooking and heating, tinware, barb wire, pots and kettles, nails, tacks, bolts, hinges, locks, screws, churns, milk pails and cans, knives, hoes, rakes, forks,-&c. It is no use for me to try to tell everything '.-> be found in this store. Suffice it to say h comprises everything found in a well conducted hardware store and the stock would do .credit to a city of 50,000. The prices were low and the wonder is how people ca» manufacture such things and let them go for so little money. The next thing that was needed was a wagon, plow and harro%v. How it harrows up a fellow's feelings to need so much and not have the cash to slap down, but my credit was good and J. E. Jones was kind, and he sold me the things on time. But you should see his stock of agricultural implements. It is simply immense. It would make as long a procession as Barnum's circus, comprising the world renowned twine binders, reapers, mowers, hay rakes, disc harrows, plows, corn cultivators, threshing machines, feed cookers, wagons, buggies, etc. Talking about prices they are very low and cash will talK even better than Old Father Time. "What next, Ole?" How good that name sounds. It sounds- like he be on gocd speaking terms with me. It is the friendly hand-shake to one who is trying to cet along in a'new countrv. Veil. Ole CHAPTER II. The first year on the farm was beset with difficulties. If you don't believe it, just try it yourself. Running a»farm and doing your own cooking is no fool of a job. Some men t'aink that the women have an easy time of it; that there is not much for a woman to do, only to get the meals and do the washing. I found out different. The first thing in the early morning a fire was built and the tea kettle was put on. Then I would rush out and feed ths oxen. Then back to the house to make coffee and eook a little meat and while it was cooking, I would go out to milk the cow, and being a little longer than I expected, come back and find the meat burned and the coffee boiling over. Something like this would happen every day. Then it seemed that my cupboard would lack salt one day, pepper the next and and sugar the next. .A man can't go to twa every day and has to do without lots of'little things until his work will let him go. Then just as likely as not, when he goes, he will forget some important things. I tell you a woman in a house is a great blessing and there is no use of a man trying to keep house without her. The first year I plowed my 80 acres of land and put it all into flax and had a good crop, which sold at a $1.10 a bushel, and gave me over $1000, which was a fine sum to handle and gaze at. It was wonderful and I felt rich and encouraged. I visited every place where credit had been given me and paid each one something. They all felt pleased and wanted me to buy what 1 needed, offering to wait till next year for pay. The second year I kept hard at work and did my own cooking and washing. As flax will not do we.ll for the second crop, the 8c was put into bats, wheat, corn, and potatoes. There was another 80 of fina land adjoining mine and I bought that and put it into flax, which crop paid for the land and seed. As I had bought this on time and could not pay till the time was up, only the yearly payments, I went to the expense of building an addition to my house, a granary, barn, bought a span of horses, some cattle and hogs. There is not much money in raising grain to ship to Chicago. In order to get the benefit of a corn crop a farmer should have hogs and cattle enough to eat it Being fairly well heeled, the time had come for me to send for my darling across the ocean. During tfiese four years a correspondence had been kept up and my how I watched for her letters! They were full of loving words and to know that she was willing to watt till. I could send for her, r made me exert myself. It was in January the first day thereof that I went to and called at the First National, road ticket for Miss ^Marie Knudtson. By the first of March the voyage by sea and land was completed and as Miss Marie Knudtson stepped off the train, her hands full of bundles, I clasped her in my arms and kissed her ruby lips. She dropped her bundles and hugged me, and hugged me, and then Ole was happy. Some of the men and boys at the depot laughed and snickered, but Ole didn't care. He can laugh, too. It is always something. The next job I had to do, was to call-On-the minister and that day we were married, for sartin. kan Nordska an A vill show you. Good bye, my native land, good bye. j 0 jr e t aiontr in a new coumrv. vcn. wi^ When I sailed on the good shipThangvala £ a nk ne iniy some lurmture soon tor bis I left behind me hard times, loving friends | bachelor-hallson. ~ and a sweet-heart, vowing that if I prospered, they should be sent for. In due course of time I arrived at New York and having spent all my money for a ticket, I did not have any to squander in the ..big city. As I sat in Castle Garden, I wondered where the castle was and where the garden, and reasoned, if shams commence so early, how will it be when I reach my destination. But I had faith in letters written from the place I was going to and concluded to ride as far as the ticket said. On reaching my destination I found a glorious country. Not many very rich people, but nearly all owned something. It was in the spring time and the farmers were busy plowing and harrowing. W r hat sights of machinery you folks use. In Norway it would have taken a lifetime to have bought a self-binder. Everything was new to me so I concluded to hire out to John Johnson for two years, so as to learn how to work. That I was lonesome and heart-sick, you may well believe. The majority of persons talked United States and it was hard to hear so much talk and not be able to understand a word: So besides learning to work, I decided to study the language and in addition td a reader and a grammar, I subscribed for The Ugona Republican, »paper that-should be in every home in the county. It is full of good things every week. It gives a nice story, the news of the town, county, state and the whole United States, and has a word of encouragement for the farmer. Job work neatly and promptly done. I noticed the advertisements and found the liberal advertisers were the ones to trade wkh, for besides doing all they claimed, they did a great deal more. When a new church was to b« built the merchants always subscribed. When a calamity happened to any of my neighbors, it was the merchant who cam* to the rescue. When the crops failed, it was the merchant who carried the fanner •ver until next year. If itfhad not been fcr the liberal and kind-hearted business teen, lots of farmers would not be in as prosperous condition as they are to-day, h fact, they would have lost their farms rnd it would have taken years to get start- id. I believe that some would have given npin despair .and committed suicide or become inmates of the poor house, if this . aid had not been given. In order to receive such help in time o£ Excuse me, I thought I was ia Norway. Yes, I need a little furniture—a table, bed-stead, two chairs and a cupboard. That will be enough. Don't think this was all J. E. Laird had. He has a large stock and selected to suit the needs of this, community. I noticed easy bed springs and mattresses, bedroom and parlor sets fit for a president, pictures to adorn the walls, tables, chairs, book cases, cupboards, lounges, rocking chairs like your mother used to rock you to sleep in, baby carriages, etc. Prices low. For groceries I went to the well known and popular store of Carter <fe Wolcott and laid in a supply of coll'ee, tea, sugar and canned goods. This store docs lots of business and goods are coming and going all Ae time. You can't find any shelf- worn cheese, or crackes, or molasses, or vinegar, or pickles, or vegetables. If the above is not reason enough, just remember that these goods are not kept on a shelf. A new stock of something every day and fruit in its season. Then he keeps his goods clean and the store cat keeps the mice away. His low prices are as much of an attraction as his goods. How it makes my mouth water when I read his advertisement: ' 'Strawberries, bananas, pineapples, lemons, oranges, cranberries, ysters, nuts, figs, raisins." When I drove through town how the boys envied me, for Marie was beautiful, with laughing eyes and oh! such eyes! When 1 look into them I can think of nothing else and see nothing else. I stand like one entranced, until I am brought to my senses by her saying: "Ole, why don't you look at me all the time?" Well I can't help it. "You look so good and my humble home becomes a palace now. What happy times we will^>ass together and grow prosperous in all kinds of weather." She thinks the house is all right, but remarks that it has not been very well kept, but wait a -.vcek and it will be different. Her knowledge of how to do housework works wonders. The floor is swopt and scrubbed, the old dishes are washed and things are put in order. The meals are on time and how good they taste. But as this is only a bachelor's hall, it lacks a great many things. I tell her we will go to town in a day or two and furnish the bouse as she wishes and in the meantime she is to make a list of what is needed. Like the good soal that she is, she says: "Ole, we must not buy all we see—only what we need and cannot get along without. A wife can run a man in debt so deep that he will never be able to look out and breathe the air of freedom, which this country has so much of." . I tell her that her advice is good and we will do a" she says. The trip to town was soon taken and knowing that she had been living on steerage fare, which is the plainest kind food Barber shop, and had my hair cut and got shaved. I tell you I needed it and I was much improved by ths nice job done here. A mowing machine cut my hair, and how lightly the razor was handled. No pulling nor cutting. It pays to patronize a gcod shoo like this Calling at the Ci£rar Emporium of A. A. Branson & Co. I laid in a quarter's worth of cigars, and put one in my mouth and five in my pocket. No two-fors at this place. They sell only first class goods, and if you want a fine pipe or a common one, fine cut, chewing or smoking tobacco, here you will find a large stock to select from. Knowing that Marie was long on love and short on dresses, a visit to the dry goods store of Chrischilies & Herbst was paid. The sight was enough to dazzle her eyes. The display of silks ard satins, cashmeres, calicos, prints, white goods etc., was grand and the prices were marked in plain figures and so low as to tempt oae to go beyond his pile, but Marie vowed that a cashmere dress was good enough for the present, so that is what we bought, resolving that when able a better dress" should be purchased. The stock of cloaks took her eye for winter wear and next fall we will call and get one. Noticing that my stock of dishes was small,.Marie suggested that some new ones would come handy, so we went to Bailey Bros. and bought a full set for $10, with a moustache cup thrown in for Ole, a new lamp and a lantern. We believe in plenty of light. We were shown the finest assortment of crockery, glassware and queens- ware in the country, and it would make the queen swear to know that her butler had purchased elsewhere. In boots and shoes neither of us was well Reeled, so -*e went to the store of Wm. Cordingley and found a large stock and reasonable prices. I bought a pair of heavy shoes and rubbers, while Marie bought a pair of common sense, low lieiied, D last shoes. She is not the one to try to put a Ko. 3 foot into a No. 3 shoe. One thing I notice, where a store keeps a specialty of boots and shoes, you find a larger variety and can get what, suits you better than any other place. Marie was so well pleased here that she said: "Ole, let's trade here all the time." Marie says it's all nonsense trying to get meals on time by the sun. so we called on E. G. Fow. er. watchmaker and jeweler, and bought a clock, warranted to go 8 days with one winding and without skipping a tick. We took a look about his shop an* found » TT 4. -v f r,vi liwatches, clocks, silverware^ ,___„—.— r First National, Lpectacles, in abundance. When%ewent :, where I bought a steamship and rail- fj^ was busy ^p^g a wa |h, but when I buy one it shall be a good one that will not be in for repairs half the time, and this is the place to 2«'t -•• Thinking abopt my new house led me to the idea that it should be insured, so we called on Ding"oj & M-jfTa't and had it insured ia one of the old lint companies. The rate was low and so kicking when a loss occurs. Some men don't be- rieve in insurance, but let them be burned out and lose all their property and «ien they will wish they had had some. Marie called my attention to the fact that the coal bin is nearly empty, and so off I go to Na-idain Bros. & Winkle ard get a !oad of soft ccal. If a j-error Joes not use coal, he can get wood, fcr thi.- yard Keeps all kinds of weed, as well as soft and hard coal, a't prices 'bat defy competition. Another thing, the scales are correct and yon get good weight of coal and full measure of wood. "Our farm needs some trees," said Marie, and I told her I knew it and kept putting it off, so cacthing J. E. Stacy in town I ordered a lot of shade trees and evergreens, strawberry plants, currant and gooseberry bushes, raspberry, blackberry and grape vines, apple and plura trees and a lot of flowers. The price suited me and as he i^ a reliable man, I know that they will be delivered in good shape. I intend to raise my own fruit and have some to sell. An acre of strawberries will bring in $500 cash, which is more than some fel- fov.-s get from 40 acres of small grain. Aiout 4 o'clock we went tome, -well pleased with our purchases and all persons we had met. It did us both good to see how kind and accommodating every one was but I told Marie that the town's people treated every one in that manner who deserved it and in order to win their admiration a person must be honest, industrious and prompt in making payments. CHAPTER III. A haf ben en dis kentry ten yare, fimf niont an sax wake. Da first two yare A .worked for Yohnny Yohnson. Da nex two yare A worked for mineself an kept bachelcr-hallson. Den A got married an as A haf three young Olsons to listen to every vord A say A must stop dis Nords- ka ta>K The place I like to go to is H. J. Edens first ; class meat-market. The hooks are full of fat beef, pork, veal, mutton, and his is the place to get a juicy steak, a fine roast or boiling piece. Along about Thanksgiving what lots of turkeys, chickens, geese, ducks, and wild game can be fcmnd heie. Highest market price for hides and cash paid for aaything fit for the butcher's block. A person cannot live on bread alone, and j w i tnout seasoning, I wanted her to have a meat is necessary for a i^sd working man. ' sq uare mea i. After she had alighted at The Tennant .hotel, I left her there and-took care of my team. Then I went back and registered, "Ole Olson and wife." We had a little time to spare and I showed her around the house. The parlor was a nice cosy place with good soft seats all around; the bed rooms were all they should be—clean sheets and no bed bugs. But it was at the dinner table that her eyes bunged out with surprise. She had never been waited on before and the idea of giving an order from a printed bill of fare was new to her. She could not read English and she waited till I had given my order and said she would Peiag in town on Decoration day end feeling hucgry at noon I went to L. C. Chandler's nice restaurant and secured a square meal for a quarter. It being a holiday I thought I would try a dish of ice cream and found it delicious and with a glass of lemonade, <;the feast wai perfect. In the fall of the year this is a good place, to get an oyster stew. Ho also keeps candy, fruit and pop and it ia a nice place to pop into. take the same. It was a royal dinner and Marie had never seen so many kinds of food for one meal. She had a good appetite and did justice to the iiriner. ^ After dinner I called at Frecl Foster's That Marie and I have prospered is certain. In the little over six years we have been on our 160 acres we have made it blossom as the rose. I have a new house and barn, the farm is well cultivated and Ole don't owe a cent, but has money In the bank. It would take f 10,000 to buy me out. Besides this, I have been elected Justice of the Peace and am called on to settle disputes and once in a while to marry a couple. This is a great country, where a foreigner can get along so well, and hold office, too. Marie thinks I ought to have a new suit of cloths before the next county convention is held, so it being Saturday I called on O. L. Foss, merchant tailor, looked over his immense stock of goods and left my measure. It will be a dandy suit and the neighbors will ic theprescriptiaa not'know me at first. There is one thing about a suit taken from this store. : 'It fits like de paper on de -•all," and the buttons stay in their places. It pays to have a good suit and adds dignity to an officer. Mr. Foss will sell you a ticket over any one of fifteen ocean steamer lines. Marid and I are going back to Norway for a visit next year and we will want to take • passage on one of those lines. Wow when 1 neec any rsady-made clota- ing, a hat or cap, I trade with John Goeders, who has a large and well selected stock. His stock of clothing is well made and wears well and you can get a suit for a few dollars. In gent's furnishing gcods, such as shirts, underwear, collars, cuffs, neckties, mittens, gloves aad socks, this place knocks the socks off of all of them. Talking about prices, just call and you will be satisfied. Another thing, when you get a circular of prices from Chicago, just go to him and he will duplicate them. I tell you I gave Marie a surprise the other day. Such a thing as a sewing ma chine is unheard of in Norway and Ma rie had bsea doing all her sewing by hand since we were married. A sewing machine is a great convenience in a family, besides a great labor and money saving institution. I determined Marie should have a machine and the very best in the market. Being at the State Fair this year, I noticed that tha Domestic- was taking all of the premiums and I made up my mind fo look BO farther for a machine. As soon as I got back to Algona I purchased a Domestic of Mr.J. B. Winkel and I wish you could have seen Marie when I brought the machine home and showed her how it worked. Mr. "Winkel always keeps a full stock on hand and is also prepared to repair and put in good r unning order any make of sewing, machine that need fixing. When I left home Marie was not feeling well, so I must call and see Doctor KlLGarSeld and get some medicine. It has been said that "a young doctor needs three grave yards," but that wont apply to this one. He has a fine education and knows what he is about and people get well under his treatment. Talking about doctors reminds me that I have a sick horse and I must see E. E. Sayers, the skilled veterinary surgeon. Snchamaa is a blessing to a community, to relieve tfce suffering of our dumb brntes. Once in a while a horse dies and yon do not know what ailed it, till von^iiimine the teetfcanA find a long toothj the roof of These/vel recting such, •• Calling on the etc I took it to L. A. Sheete?s Drug Store and had it filled precisely aa written. They are very careful about this and make no mistakes. This drug store is one of the finest in the state and it keeps so many different kinds of medicine that for every ailment there is a dozen remedies. Besides drugs and medicines you will find paints and oils, toilet articles, &c, and all sold at a bargain. I hurried up and drove home as rapidly as possible, in order to give Marie the medicine procured. She rapidly recovered. I wish you could see ray home and seo how happy Marie and I are. We hava our hands full with butter and eggs, farm work to do, house work to do, lots of chores, and the little ones to look after, but prosperity's smile keeps us company all the while. Before I close I must tell you what happened the other day. Marie sent me to town to do some errands and it took me a 'ong time to get around. I noticed that the business men had all gone and tha clerks were attending to things. I did not think it strange, but when I reached hom* I found every business man and his amiable wife at my house. They said they had planned a little surprise, but I tell you it was a big one. They said they had noticed how we had worked and prospered, and how we appreciated every kind look and word, and that they remembered of hearing how I gave them credit where so few thought any was due; that they had mad* up their minds to call on us and get better icquainted. The spokesman, our lawyer by the way, said: " Ole Olson and Maria Olson—We have come to your pleasant home uninvited, but I see by the glad tears in your eyes that we are welcome. (That \vas so—we both cried like boobies. \V« was so glad to see them.) We have noticed how hard you have worked and some- :imes wondered if you would pull through. We gave you credit and it was not abused. You have treated us all like friends and we wish to leave this organ for Marie and these two cEairs for both of you. and the little things for the children. 1 -' I couid hardly say a word and Maria was in the same beat and it rocked so it nearly tipped over, but we managed to blurt out: "We thank you with a big Norwegian heart." Then the women rushed around and said: "Not another word. Come to supper." And there under a big tent on a grassy lawn was a feast fit for two kings. They would not let us do a t-hing, but had us sit down at the posts of honor and everything went merry as a marriage bell. Was ever a couple treated so well as this? I felt likft singing their praises, so I invited them ia the house and Marie tried the new organ, and we sang: "There are no friends like the old friends." The company shook hands and said good night, and asked us to visit all of them, and to bring the whole family. By thete good actions they have won a warm place in our hearts and if the time ever comes when they need help, Ole Olson and Maria will do their level best. TBS END. p in Trance. Near-sig-htedness is overrunning th» French people as much as the Germans. -Vmong the senior boys in the different French colleges more than forty pet ent. are near-sisrhtecL THE CLIPPER CUTTER. With it you can Cut and Shock * Aorea * Ifcty easier than 1 the old way Order now,. Single Cutter,H. Per dozen. 1% Address. J. B. SWINBUHNK. Gen, Ag't, Humboldt, Iowa. To close out stock on hand the machine will be solil at $2.
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