|Cliff Olson 1942 - age 26|
Another thing that was interesting is they baked bread twice a year. They would wrap it in cloth and store it back in the oven for up to six months. They say it was very hard bread. If I were guessing I would say you could use it for a hammer or snow shoes or a lever to lift things if it was able to last for half a year.
Anyway what drove Grandad to come to America was the fact that the tax rate was 72%. The government promised to take care of you when you retired including all medical and housing. From Granddad's perspective you could never get a head no matter how hard you worked because the taxes were so high. In fact because of that he said no one ever saved any money and far too many people became alcoholics and lazy because they did not have enough responsibility which made them lazy. Does this sound familiar?
So in 1898 Grandad left Stockholm, Sweden for America at the ripe old age of 16.
part 3 tomorrow
What did I learn from these stories in the Osage?
- Responsibility makes a man (person)
- Lack of responsibility ruins people
- If it seems free, remember it costs someone
- The Osage really was and is the land of opportunity