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The Life History of Martin Emmet Quinn
An Autobiography

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May 9, Friday, 1919 - 305 m. - Slight sea sick in morning. Feeling fine.

May 10, Saturday, 1919 - 228 m. - Fine in morning. Wind raising at noon. Everyone feeding the fish after dinner. Feeling pretty rocky.

May 11, Sunday, 1919 - 207 m. - Heavy sea running all day. Ate a little bite about 2 P.M. from canteen. Feeling tough.

May 12, Monday, 1919 - Heavy sea running all day. Ate a little today from canteen. Feeling a little better.

May 13, Tuesday, 1919 - 208 m. - Heavy sea running. Ate breakfast. Feeling good on guard, 1st relief. Wind changed SW to NW.

May 14, Wednesday, 1919 - 286 m. - Raining. Slight improvement on water.

May 15, Thursday, 1919 - 228 miles - Fine day. Sea calm as could be expected.

May 16, Friday, 1919 - 297 m. - Fine calm day. Rainy in evening.

May 17, Saturday, 1919 - 290 m. - Fine day all day. Very hot. On guard.

May 18, Sunday, 1919 - 316 m. - Fine all day. Little wind and rain in evening.

May 19, Monday, 1919 - 307 m. - Fine day all day. On guard.

May 20, Tuesday, 1919 - 255 m. - Sighted land 5:30 A.M. Docked about 10 A.M. Loaded on train 3 P.M. Left NY 3:15 P.M. Arrived in Camp Dix about 8 P.M.

May 21, Wednesday, 1919 - Went through delouser. Turned in wet equipment.

May 26, Monday, 1919 - Transferred to the 50th inf. causal co.

May 28, Wednesday, 1919 - Left Camp Dix for Camp Russell 11:15 A.M., Philadelphia, Penn. 12:30 P.M., Harrison, Penn. 4:30 P.M., Lewiston, Penn. 6:30 P.M., Altoona, Penn. 9 P.M.

May 29, Thursday, 1919 - Pittsburgh, Penn. about 1 A.M., Mansfield, Ohio 8:25 A.M., Fort Wayne, Indiana 11 A.M., Chicago, Illinois 3 P.M., De Kalb, Ill. 7 P.M., Sterling, Ill. 8:30 P.M. Crossed Mississippi 9 P.M.

May 30, Friday, 1919 - Missouri Valley, Iowa 7 A.M., Omaha, Neb. 8 A.M. - Red Cross. Fremont, Neb. 11 A.M., Columbus, Neb. 12 noon, Kearny, Neb. 2:45 P.M., Sidney, Neb. 7:30 P.M. Arrived in Cheyenne 11 P.M.

May 31, Saturday, 1919 - Left Cheyenne about 9 A.M. for camp. Took exams. Turned in pay book. Signed pay roll and discharge 5:30.

June 1, Sunday, 1919 - Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming - snowed and blowed most all day.

June 2, Monday, 1919 - Discharged 11 A.M. Left Cheyenne 11:20 P.M.

June 3, Tuesday, 1919 - Arrived in Billings 9 P.M.

June 4, Wednesday, 1919 - Left Billings 8:30 A.M. Arrived in Great Falls 7 P.M.

June 5, Thursday, 1919 - Arrived in Bonners Ferry 1:40 P.M. Had bath and shaved beard. McAnellys had moved. Went to show with Mrs. Chambels and Mrs. McAntre.

June 6, Friday, 1919 - Left Bonners Ferry 7 A.M. Arrived in Spokane 11 A.M.

June 9, Tuesday, 1919 - Left Spokane 8:30 A.M.

June 10, Wednesday, 1919 - Arrived in Big Sandy 11 A.M. Back to McAnelly's at noon.

The folks were at the train to meet me. I stayed with them about a month then Frank, Alice, and I went out to Washington to take in the harvest and threshing. After that Alice and Frank went home, and I went to work in an elevator where I worked all winter. Then I went back to Montana. I worked most all summer for the McAnelly's and got ready to start on a place we rented from the Russell's. On June 12, 1920, Alice and I were married in Fort Benton. We had purchased 13 head of cattle, 6 milk cows, and the rest younger stuff, wheat, a sulky, 1 bottom plow, a six foot disk, 6 horses that were not much, and a couple sections of harrow. The house was not much, siding nailed on 2X4s and lined inside with cardboard. It was 20 below beside the bed. Tea kettle froze solid. Chickens all froze their combs. Not many eggs. I had broken out 50 acres of sod, planted to winter wheat. It was a beautiful stand of wheat just beginning to ripen. We were all in town for the Fourth of July. When we got home, there had been a hail storm that had mowed it off and washed it away, so I had to go out in the harvest fields and threshing to earn money to buy seed for the next year. We had to live off the garden, cream from the cows, and eggs from the chickens. That was a hard winter, a lot of snow and cold weather. There were a few cottontails that helped out at times on the meat bill. We had raised six pigs that summer. Sold four and butchered two which we put in the salt house for winter. We stayed on the farm for the first six years then we bought a six cylinder Chevy with a cloth top, and then we drove to Spokane to see the folks. Mack, our first boy, was six years old by that time if I remember right. We had about 3 head of cattle and purchased a half section of federal land which took ten more years to pay for. It had more buildings and a livable house of about five rooms. Had a monarch range that burned oil. I had built a new cow barn. I still milked five or six cows and worked from five in the morning until dark. I never knew what it was to get tired. There was some good years but more bad ones - hot dry winds. By 1946, I had everything paid for, then I could sleep at night and not worry that every car coming down the road was a collector.

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