Bio: Stanton, J. W. (3 Mar 1906)
Contact: Arlene Peil
----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (15 Mar 1906)
Manor, Mar. 3rd, 1906. Dear Friend Noyes and everybody: I though perhaps some of my old friends might want to hear from old Stanton. Well, he is all right. When I left Greenwood some thought I would soon get homesick and be like the Prodigal son and return to good old Wisconsin where any one shivers and shakes with the cold until their toe nails drop off. Well we have been here almost a year and a half and haven't been homesick yet. The longer I stay here the more I think blessed is the man who wakes up in the morning and finds himself in the state of Washington. We haven't any winter at all. One day it snowed but melted as fast as it touched the ground. The coldest it has been was 22 above zero and I guess that is some different from good old Wisconsin. All such birds as robins, blue birds and meadow larks and black birds have stayed right with us to cheer us up with their songs.
There are many things in favor of this country besides what I have spoken of. We don't have any potato bugs or chinch bugs to fight and that is a good thing for any one lazy as I am. The prospects are very good for us to have an electric road by our place - what is called the St. Helens Public Service Co. - they are getting the right of way and sticking the grade stakes.
There are lots of Wisconsin folks close by us from Clark county and Jackson county, some of our intimate friends and it makes it very pleasant to have them to visit with.
Well I will mention some of the stuff we raised here last year in the shape of fruit. We sold over $200 of prunes and we had about 200 bushels of apples and I guess as many as 75 bushels of pears and 25 or 30 bushels of grapes and all kinds of plums and no end to small fruit in the line of berries.
Well I guess I will stop for fear that I will make you all anxious to come west. With best wishes to all, good bye. - J. W. Stanton.
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