MISSISSIPPI RIVER FOLK BACKGROUND
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Walter Blair Speaking:
As soon as I finished my term of school I secured a room at the Gault House in Le Claire and took real pleasure in working on my own boat, cleaning, painting, changing a little here and there to enable me to house, feed and sleep a crew of eighteen men.
I was fortunate in securing Robert Shannon as chief engineer and George O. Lancaster as a good carpenter and a handy man in many ways in addition to being a good engineer.
Source: A Raft Pilot's Log, Blair, Walter A., Arthur H. Clark Company, 1929, p. 130.
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