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happy? – Jan 1 (on a government claim)

Abby Sale 01 Jan 06 - 10:17 AM
katlaughing 01 Jan 06 - 09:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Jan 06 - 11:03 PM
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Subject: happy? – Jan 1 (on a government claim)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 01 Jan 06 - 10:17 AM


1/1/1863:
First homestead claimed under the Homestead Act - near Beatrice, Nebraska

        How happy am I on my government claim,
        Where I've nothing to lose and nothing to gain;
        Nothing to eat and nothing to wear,
        Nothing from nothing is honest and square.
                But here I am stuck, and here I must stay
                My money's all gone, and I can't get away;
                There's nothing to make a man hard and profane
                Like starving to death on a government claim.

                        "Starving to Death on a Government Claim,"
                        See Ballad Index & DigTrad filename[STARVDTH

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Subject: RE: happy? – Jan 1 (on a government claim)
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Jan 06 - 09:48 PM

Thanks, Abby. Some of my ancestors probably felt the same way when they homesteaded in Kansas and Colorado.


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Subject: RE: happy? – Jan 1 (on a government claim)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jan 06 - 11:03 PM

There is a great Ed McCurdy recording of that song (among many, I'm sure).


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