Old Settlers Day - 1914
STOUT, KIRK, COOP
Posted By: Bill Rathbun (email)
Date: 3/6/2004 at 20:29:04
The Lockridge Herald, Oct. 16, 1914, Page 3, col. 3.
GLENDALE: --In the multitude of people and the crowded program of Old Settlers Day, no doubt many failed to see and hear the three pioneers of 1836 -- the first year of settlement of Jefferson County -- viz: Mr. Ephraim Stout, Mr. Joseph Kirk, and Wm. H. Coop. Mr. Stout told of crossing the plains in 1849. That the first finders of gold were not sure of its being gold until they boiled the mineral in lye, and that it took three months to go to California then. Mr. Kirk told of pioneer cooking and of baking bread on a board in front of the fire in a “spider,” then a bake oven; also of reaping with a sickle, then a cradle, which was hailed with delight. Mr. Coop told of seeing Indians where Fairfield stands, of hardships and of good times…_
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