24 LIFE OF CHARLES A. GARLICK.
April 1st. When sleighing begins here it is sleigh-
ing all winter. no change to wheels every little while
as in Jefferson. We have not had as cold weather as
you have. Only a very few days of zero weather and
about five or six below for the coldest so far this
winter. One winter it went down to forty-two below
for one night but that was very unusual.
That nice wagon of mine is only a memory now.
It was what I have enjoyed best in a business way,
and I have been sorry many times that I gave it up.
Our lives are one long line of mistakes and my quit-
ting business was one of mine as I look back.
Now I will tell you about our farming. When we
bought our farm of 15 acres, it was all woods. We
have cleared it, planted one orchard of 200 trees,
and an acre of Red Raspberries, and have some in
meadow and pasture and the balance in for gardening.
We raise onions, beets, carrots, parsnips, vegetables,
oysters, lettuce, cucumbers, melons, sage, parsley, as-
paragus, and rhubard or pie plant. Last year we
had 100 bushels of apples, some pears and cherries.
We sell our products to the consumer from our
wagon, but no such grand affair as I used to sell no-
tions from. I do the selling. Our town had 1643
inhabitants according to the last census, and but few
families have gardens. So, you see the town affords
us a good market.
It is not much like the farming we used to do in C.
V. in our younger days, and it is not as I would like