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Our First Day in Crown King

We were glad to get to the end of our journey; it had been a most pleasant trip and a lot of fun. But we thought when we got off the train and seen what we had come to, we thought we were at the jumping off place, which was a pretty good name for it, as it was the end of the line. The train turned back from there and went back to Prescott, a distance of 54 miles. The elevation here was just over 5,000 feet - just about a mile above sea level.

The first thing we did after arriving was to look for our household furniture, which we found had arrived ahead of us. And we got the section foreman and his men to move the furniture into our new home, so we would have a place to eat and sleep.

I left Mother and the children to fix up the house, and I went back over to the station to check in, so that I could take over my new job.

Mother Read in front of her restaurant The first thing when I got back to the station was the unloading of the car of merchandise brought in by the train, making out the freight bills and delivering the freight to the patrons waiting for it. Seems like everyone in town and the mines were there looking for express and freight. They came with wagons and pack burros, and it was a mad house for a couple of hours until we could get everyone waited on and sent on their way satisfied. I met nearly everyone in the mining camp and from the surrounding mines that afternoon. They were all friendly folks. There was Mr. David B. Gem-mill, general manager of the Bradshaw Reduction Company, which owned the Mill and several large producing mines, and his brother Mark Gemmill; and the Superintendent and Mr. Hurlburt, the bookkeeper at the Mill; the storekeeper, Mr. Eli S. Perkins, who was also the postmaster; a Mr. R. S. Patterson, his clerk; Mrs. Perkins, and also a sister of Mrs. Perkins; Mother Read, who owned the restaurant; Mr. Lloyd and a Mr. Anderson, who ran the local pool hall; a Mr. Geo. P. Harrington, a mine owner; Mr. Donner, Mr. Brickson, Mr. Heath, Mr. Young, Mr. Saylor, Mr. Kaylor, - all mining men - and others too numerous to mention; all nice people with whom I got to know quite well as time went on.

Soon as we got the freight and express delivered and things quieted down, I began to balance the books and check the station, and by time to close that afternoon, we had everything fixed up and turned over to me as the new agent. It was my baby from then on, and I was then ready to take over the next morning.

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