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  • By Robert Jackson
    Oct 13, 2010
    CHAPTER 1 ARTHUR ALFRED JACKSON WAS BORN AUGUST 27, 1893 In a home in Lewiston Maine where the elevator shaft is now located in Peck’s Department Store, I am not sure the store is even there now, but I do remember him telling me that as we drove by. Dad’s father, my grandfather, was Joseph Alfred Jackson, one of thirteen children. When Joseph was seven years old his father, my great grandfather, took him to a black Smith shop, he had heard the blacksmith was looking for an apprentice. My Great Grandpa talked with the blacksmith and told him he could take his boy; but he had to feed him good, give him warm clothes and a warm place to stay, not beat him, teach him the blacksmith trade and be sure he gets proper schooling. After all this was agreed upon, the black smith paid Joseph’s father some money and Joseph was bound out to the blacksmith for seven years. This was a common practice in early days of our country, a tradition brought over from Europe. When a family had a tough time... More > taking care of a lot of children; and if they felt the boy or girl would be well taken care of, learn a trade, the family would receive some money to help the rest of the family survive. Joseph was fortunate, the blacksmith’s wife had grown children working in the cities around New England, she missed having children around the house and right away she took a liken to Joseph. In the evening after the work was completed and after supper, she would teach Joseph how to read, write and do arithmetic. The old blacksmith enjoyed sitting around the fire; rocking in his rocking chair, smoking his pipe and listening while his wife taught Joe his lessons, just as she had done when their children were young and living at home. Dad told me, “Grand-pa Joe did learn the blacksmith trade, and when he was fifteen years old, he opened up his own blacksmith shop”. CHAPTER 2 ARTHUR DELIVERS HIS FIRST BABY AT 15< Less
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April 26, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
3.8 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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