IN spite of the high hopes with which Father took his inventions to Pawtucket, no great financial rewards came to him. He was unable to establish a market for his products. His family was growing in numbers and was increasing in stature and appetite. He became a "contractor" in the plant, hiring his own help. Still the going was hard. Let me record the next move as described in memoirs written in his later years:
There, was where we had a struggle to keep "the smoke coming out the chimney." After living in the city for a few years, we moved out to "Reservoir Heights." I still worked in the same wood-working shop but lived 21/2 miles out. I was blest with good health. I have never had a headache a second in my life. I set out a fine lot of red raspberry plants and in the summer time I would get up to work as early as I could see and work till breakfast. Then walk to the shop and do a days work and then walk home. I kept 2 or 3 cows and before the raspberries were large enough to yield I would carry down 2 cans of milk to sell. When they became mature enough to yield, I managed to get a horse so I could carry the berries. I took a job trimming Toy Tool Chests. Later I packed them. Finally I took the job of tuning toy piano steels. I would have as many as 12 working for me in the busy season. I would never allow any dirty talk. I employed all nationalities and I must admit that I never had but one American that was first class. I paid higher wages than others paid but I got the work done
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Publication information: Book title: Senator from Vermont. Contributors: Ralph E. Flanders - Author. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1961. Page number: 23.