SEGMENT: BACKGROUND, LIVESTOCK, & LAND ACQUISITION

William Wertheim>UIS Collection T-Z>UIS Collection T-Z, Segment 2

SEGMENT: BACKGROUND, LIVESTOCK, & LAND ACQUISITION,

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BACKGROUND
William Wertheim [a Jew] says he was treated just like any of the boys. He never married.
LIVESTOCK
Discusses how he learned the livestock business by driving cattle for the Soltenstein brothers. Did not get paid leading horses & mules to Athens. Mules then fed & shipped to St. Louis.
FARM-RELATED WORK
Learned butchery skills from George Lomino & earned $3/wk at the age of ~16 yrs. Worked there for 2 yrs, then started his own cattle-buying & butchery business. Discusses first business deal with Gebhardt-Bricks [store?] in Springfield.
LAND ACQUISITION
Discussion of selling everything to join army in WWI. Traded house for 40 acres of land. Then bought adjoining 160 acres from Charley Watts [after the war].
RECOLLECTIONS
Served as supply sergeant in war. Lived at Mrs. Churchill's boarding house in Springfield for a while after return from military service. Commuted back & forth from Athens by train, then by car.