MISSISSIPPI RIVER FOLK BACKGROUND
E. P. BARTLETT
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"I was fortunate enough to get a job with Capt. David Hanks on the Hiram Price and finished the season with him."
"One particular thing happened on this up trip. The engineer's name was Bartlett and he lived in Le Claire. When we got to Sycamore chain, on the raft channel side, the boat would not stem the current. Captain Dave tried a number of times and then gave it up and laid up for the night and the engineer went home. In the morning when he came to the boat the fireman had steam up and the Hiram Price walked up over the chain as if there was none there! Captain David was too easy!"
Source: When Rafters Ruled. Clinton Herald, Clinton, Ia., 11-13 Mar 1933.
Transcribed and Contributed by Georgeann McClure.
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