Re: [MO salt-works]
- The Boone salt works was all early-early-19th century...1820 maybe.
The product was used locally. I can't hink of too many ways to
preserve meat without salting it or smoking it. Both processes
require a fair amount of fuel.
The Boones had quite an influence here. Daniel died in Missouri. The
local area is known as the Boonslick due to the salt works. I live in
Boone County and the next town to the west is Boonville.
Speaking of food, is your kitchen back together?
--- In email@example.com, "carlw4514" <carlw4514@y...>
> Hank, watched a real interesting thing on TV once about how localto
> iron-making traditions in Africa died out because of the inability
> keep up with the charcoal demand [what they had to use], the treesit,
> would just get all cut down, too. This was a "local peoples" thing,
> they would be able to make some simple tools from iron ore. The
> film-makers talked some of the old guys into showing how they did
> and they produced some iron. Durned interesting, how the charcoalgot
> hot enough [isn't supposed to get hot enough] was a mystery tillin
> these old-timers showed them the technique.
> -Do you know where the salt was headed, Hank? Fetched a good price
> the Confederacy but I wonder about what they could get otherwise.was
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "hank9174" <clarkc@m...> wrote:
> > --- In email@example.com, "Jack Hultquist"
> > wrote:
> > Jack, your excerpts are always interesting.
> > Another item that impresses me is that in 186x, virtually all
> > and heating was done with wood. For armies on the march the wood
> > necessarily green and smoke terribly.
> > In the early days of steamboating, woodcutting parties were put
> > ashore every night to replenish fuel. Every night, they'd cut the
> > next days supply of fuel. As wood along the riverbanks became
> > the costs of steamboating rose.
> > Another anecdote is of the Boonslick salt works in central
> > The sons of Daniel boiled the flow from a saltwater spring toevery
> > salt. The hard work was supplying the wood for the fire. They
> > eventually went out of business from the fact that virtually
> > tree in the county had been cut and burned for the salt works andit
> > was costing more for the gathering of the fuel than they couldgain
> > for a bushel of salt. The spring, remanants of the works andcooking
> > cauldrons are now a park.
> > HankC
> > > From Harrison B. Talbert's
> > > 1862 letters,
> > > Third Indiana Battery
> > >
> > > Otterville, Missouri, January 23, 1862
> > > We also have to haul our wood about a mile and do our own
> > etc. I will tell you what we draw from the commissary daily,beef
> > or bacon, hominy, beans, rice, soap, and 1 candle to a squad,this
> > vinegar, [and] salt. We have the priviliege of drawing flour or
> > crackers [hardtack] which [ever] we please. We draw enough of
> > to make plenty for us to eat and as long as we get plenty of thisOur
> > I'll not grumble. I for got, we get plenty of sugar and coffee.
> > squad has divided off into 3 messes, me George and 3 others is ina
> > mess. Our cooking utensils, dishes, etc. consists of 2 camp
> > 1 frying pan, 1 tin bucket, 2 big sheet iron dishes, a tin plate
> > peice, and some sort of a smashed up tin cup a peice. Some haveknife,
> > spoons, and some having no k[n]ives or forks. I have a fork,
> > and spoon altogether which I paid 1.50 for.the
> > >
> > > Jefferson City, Mo. May 2 ond / 62
> > > You needent to bother about sending us any eatibles of any kind
> > it might cause us to founder ourselves [disabled by excessive
> > as we are not use to any such nick nacks. And since we have been
> > here at Jeff City we have had plenty of bakers bread. We draw
> > flour and get the baker to bake it on the shears.to
> > >
> > > Jefferson City, Cole County, Mo. May 4th / 62
> > > You may ask the question why I dident go to church or to see
> > [in the hospital]. The reason I dident is this, I have undertook
> > cook for the squad (about 20 men) and cooking and doing my dutyin
> > me busy nearly all the time. I dont get but little time to write
> > the day time I have to write of knights.for
> > >
> > > Jefferson City Cole County Mo, May the 24th 1862
> > >
> > > I am going to express about twenty dollars home. You may look
> > it at the express office at Shelbyville about the last of nextweek
> > (the first of June). The reason I dont send more is this, theboys
> > hasent all paid me for cooking. [.....]. The reason I havedelayed
> > writing so long is this, since I have been cooking I have beenkept
> > so busy that I wrote just as few letters as I could handily makedo,
> > just answering all that I received.he
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Was cooking part of Harrison's official duties and or something
> > did for additional cash?cooking
> > > The way he wrote on May 4 and May 24, 1862 it sounds as if
> > was something in addition to his normal battery duties:for
> > > May 4 - "cooking and doing my duty keeps me busy nearly all the
> > time".
> > > May 24 - "the boys hasent all paid me for cooking"
> > >
> > > This June 26 letter reads as if the cook was also responsible
> > putting up the shade over the tables.it
> > > Jefferson City, Mo June the 26th /62
> > > And the wind blew nearly all our tents down, and all the shades
> > that was over our tables and horses except the one that I put up,
> > stood the storm.