AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 2f
farm Ufe as one; as they were so similar and the routine of the farm changed but Uttle, it is useless to go over it fully. I was at that time in my fourteenth year and made a full hand at any work on the farm. In the harvest field I held the post of honor, pitching on on the near side in the field, and pitching off in the barn, the two hardest positions to fill in harvesting. During these two years we burned Ume to put on the farm. The Umestone quarry was about two and a half miles distant from the kiln in which it was burned, and it fell to my lot to do the hauUng; this was done in the spring, after seeding and before harvest, or after harvest and before fall seeding time. The hours for aU workmen at that time were from sunrise to sunset. It was my duty to be at the quarry, have the wagon loaded and on the scales waiting for the workmen to take the weight of the load. This required early rising in order to get the team in proper shape and in the quarry at the time named. But this I did not mind, as all farmers at that time were early risers. I was anxious to have some knowledge of everything that was necessary to be done on the farm, and the burning of Ume was about the only part of the business that I had no experience in. Hence, it was a source of pleasure, as at aU times I tried to get all the information possible about everything I had to do with. This practically completed my farm education; as it was before the introduction of agricultural machinery, all work was done by hand. It was a source of great satisfaction to be able to say that I had done aU kinds of work on the farm, and to feel fuUy con¬ scious that I had not only done it, but had done it well.
Having given a very brief account of my last two years of farm Ufe, I wiU next give briefly something of my last two winters of school Ufe.
First, we had a new teacher, by the name of EUsha Jefferis, the son of a well-to-do Squire, who Uved close to