Life in the West In Hamlin Garland’s autobiography he starts out in 1864, in the wooded hills of Wisconsin. He lived in a cottage. His father was in the war, so his mother lived without him. His father could not volunteer until his land was paid off, but once it was, he went into battle. When he came home, he was like a drill sergeant with discipline and chores. His earliest memory was of him sitting in his sisters lap on a mid-summer evening. Her favorite seat to sit in was the doorstone around sun set. They had a lot of creatures around the house. From bats and hawks to bears, wolves, and wildcats. Money was hard to come by, they never went hungry but they had very little luxuries. His first school was in a farmhouse. Once again one late August they packed all their belongings and headed west. They traveled and traveled he thought they would never stop for his father was a natural leader, but
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