The Black Burghardts lived in the Egremont Plain since the late 1700's. I remember my grand parent's home there. My grandfather, Othello, was good-natured but not too energetic. He would often sit nursing his hip that he had broken. My Grandmother, Sally, was an attractive woman who had Dutch and Indian blood in her. She was the one who was energetic and efficient, and who took care of managing the affairs of the farm.

During that time, farming could make a good living. But in time, the industrial work began to make farming less profitable. And little by little farmers, especially Blacks, began to sell of their lands to settle debts. After which, many would move to town in search of work.

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