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McKinstry, Henry Harrison
Autograph Letter, Signed, from H.H. McKinstry to His Brother, Describing California]
Two Rock Valley, Ca, 1862. [4]pp. on a folded folio sheet. Old fold lines. Minor wear and soiling. Letter written by pioneer and settler H.H. McKinstry to his brother, James, singing the praises of California and the money to be made there. McKinstry (1841-1908) settled in Sonoma County as a farmer northeast of Petaluma, near the now-defunct town of Two Rock. His letter discusses the prospects for his brother and provides an assessment of agriculture and employment in the area. It reads, in part: "I mailed a letter to you the 7th of this month which will tell you all about how my affairs are at present and it will also tell you what you can do here. A woman gets about the same wages here as a man does which is about $30 per month by the year and the same for teaching which is about $50 per month. A woman like cousin Elizabeth can make just as much money here as a man can working out but a man has the advantage of being able to go into business for himself. I know men here that has made $1000 per year. I made $300 last year and I am getting 400 this year and $100 for the use of my place now. . As for fruit it is the greatest fruit country in the world. All kinds of that will grow in the eastern or Atlantic states will grow here and bear fruit the 2nd or 3rd year and sometimes the first. I have seen lots of trees here that had to have posts set each side of them and some thing across the top to tie them up to keep them from breaking down with fruit. I expect I have got the nicest kind of a place for a vineyard on my place all kinds of berrys that you can name grow here, the b … [Click Below for Full Description]
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