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not far from his residence. A number of men were
present, but they had no gun. Mr, Anderson told
them to build a Are around the tree and keep the bear
up it until morning, and then he would go up and
drive him down. The fire was made. Next morning
Anderson armed with a club, climbed the tree to the
bear thirty feet from the ground, and ciept out on the
limb on which he had retreated.

Disregarding the growls and bristling of the feroci-
ous cieature, Mr. Anderson went within reach and
aimed a blow at its head with his club which the bear
wai-ded off' and knocked the club to the ground.
Nothing daunted. Mi-. Andeison descended, got two
clubs, and again went up the tree to the bear. Taking
a club in each hand, he made motions to strike with
liis left hand, and when the bears attention was at-
tracted to these, he struck him a terrible blow on the
head with the other club, which knocked the body of
the beast off the limb, leaving him hanging by his
fore paws. A blow or two on his claws loosened
their hold, and the bear was killed by the men be-
low when he struck the ground.

Another time while he lived in A'ermont. being m
the woods, he saw a bear coming towards him. Con-
cealing himself in bushes on a steep place, he lay in
ambush, and the bear ])assed him so near that with
a spring he rushed u]ion him, and armed only with a
stone, pounded his h¬Ђ'ad until he killed him.

Ann Anderson married Daniel Gates of Rutland,
Vermont, niovnd to Gaiuf^s in 1811, and settled



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on lot twenty-nine, townyliip tit'teen, I'ange two. After
a few years he sold this farm and i'emo\'ed to a faiin
in Carlton, where he died January 81, 1858. Mrs.
Ann Gates died January 1, 1866. Two of her sons,
John and N. F. Gates, now reside in Cai'lton, and
another Matthew A. Gates, resides in Yates.

Jane ^Inderson married Phineas Rowley, of Rut-
land, Vermont, moved to Gainers in 1817, and settled
on lot thirty, township fifteen, range one. Tliey both
died several years since. Two of their sons, Jolm
and Andrew J. Rowle}', are yet living in Gaines.

Margaret Anderson married John Farnham Jan. 22,
1818. They removed to Gaines, Oct., 1824, and settled
on lot fortes township iifteen, range two. Jolm Farn-
ham was born in Poultne^y, Xt., Februar}' 26, 1795,
and died November 3, 1841. Margaret Farnham died
in May, 1868.

Nancy Anderson married fSolomon Kingsley in A'er-
mont and moved to Orleans county about 1819. They
removed to Michigan in 1885 and died there.

John Anderson, Jr., was l)orn in Ira, N'ermont,
Sept. 12, 1785. He settled in Gaines on lot twenty-
two, township Iifteen, range two, in b81(>.

At the hrst town ineeting held in llidgeway, April
G, 1813, he was elected Overseer of the Poor. He
was a man of positive chaiacter, a great lover of truth,
withdrawing his confidence fi-om the nuin who failed
to keep liis })romis('S.

A neighbor owed him twelve shillings, whicli he
promised to pay in a few days. Mi'. Anderson re-
plied he hoi)ed h(^ would, that it was woi'th a shilling
to dun a man ain' time. In a few days the neighbor
met him, spoke of liis del)t and renewtnl his ])r()mise
to pay.

As they met 0(M*asionally afterwaids, the debtor
would dun himself, but i)aid nothing, till one da}'
iuiving rep('atnt parts of Ridgeway,
Barre, c\:c.

On these circuits the Idnd peoplt? treated him to
their b(^st, whicli was often corn cake and wliisk}^ or
Evans' root coffee, with sorrel pie for dessert, for the
doctor and basswood browse for his horse.

I find a bill rendered in pounds, sliillings and pence
to my fatlicr hy Geoige Kuck, for general mei'chan-
dise had at his store in West Carlton, in 1818. Ira
Webb was at the same time in trade at Oak Orchard
Creek, on the Ridge, but tlxc 2)i'iacipal mei-cliants wei-e
located at Gaines.

In the spring of 181 (), my father had about half
an acre of corn 'dug in" among the logs near his
house. "When it was a IV'w inches higli a frost blight-



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