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A BALL PLAYER'S CAREER

Being the PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND REMINISCENCES
of ADRIAN C. ANSON

Late Manager and Captain of the Chicago Base Ball Club

 

To My Father Henry Anson of Marshalltown, Iowa,
to whose early training and sound advice I owe my fame

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CHAPTER I. MY BIRTHPLACE AND ANCESTRY.

The town of Marshalltown, the county seat of Marshall County, in the great State of Iowa, is now a handsome and flourishing place of some thirteen or fourteen thousand inhabitants. I have not had time recently to take the census myself, and so I cannot be expected to certify exactly as to how many men, women and children are contained within the corporate limits.

At the time that I first appeared upon the scene, however, the town was in a decidedly embryonic state, and outside of some half-dozen white families that had squatted there it boasted of no inhabitants save Indians of the Pottawattamie tribe, whose wigwams, or tepees, were scattered here and there upon the prairie and along the banks of the river that then, as now, was not navigable for anything much larger than a flat-bottomed scow...............

 

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