M.W. Stout Sets Fine Example in 1898


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/12/1898.

About five years ago a man by the name of M.W. Stout came to the Hur circuit, this county M. P. church.  And some time after his arriving he began courting and finally married Miss Hannah, daughter of Joseph Slider.  He being badly afflicted, having but one leg, and being on a very meager salary, strong and able bodied men prophecied that he would either starve or go the poor house.  But just to show what pluck and perseverance will do we want to relate the following:  His father in-law gave him a small tract of woods land on which he built a small house and has since enlarged it, but after building he went to work with his own hands to clearing out his land and raise grain, the result is that he has been selling corn for three successive years.  A wide awake business man informs the Chronicle that he is prompt in the payment of his accounts and that he still has eight or ten bushels of corn to sell this spring.  If a man with one leg can raise corn for sale, what ought an able bodied man do?