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Interesting story. You can see the progression of his life from farm hand to cattle buyer to director of the Lake County Fair. It seems he may have maintained his New York connections, even though he lived in the Midwest, since he married his wife in 1897, who was also from New York, well after he was in the Midwest. A couple of New Yorkers in our midst!

I also find it interesting he waited to get married until he was 48, and built his home shortly after that when he was 51 years of age. (Back in those days, you didn't get married until you could "properly" support your wife.) Sounds like life was pretty tough that he had to wait this long.

I wonder what would make a cattle buyer "known throughout the Midwest." Was he a barrel-chested, cigar chomping wheeler dealer? Puts a picture on it, doesn't it?

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