Pan Bread 'n Jerky Author:Walter L. Scott From the inside cover: "This is the life story of one of those non-distinguished workers who have held this nation together. Walter L. Scott worked at whatever was available; paid his bills; raised his family; always did more than he was paid to do with no attention to hours; lived up to his word; and looked after his employers' interests as if ... more »they were his own.
PAN BREAD "N JERKY tells of the many occupations Mr. Scott tried: buckarooing, placer mining, trapping, cutting and selling wood, breaking and selling horses, running a stage line, freighting, and working for the State Forest Service and for what was then called the United States Biological Survey, now the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wages then were twenty dollars a month and board, or a dollar a day for short jobs.
Although Mr. Scott properly plays down violence, he saw robberies, fights, bad fires, fatal accidents, and death from many causes. Doctors were mostly general practioners and many were amazingly skillful. But it cost money for a doctor and many things had to be done at once. The author tells how his life was nearly snuffed out by a fishbone caught in his throat. His father unhesitatingly cut into his throat, removed the bone, with no anesthetic and no training for surgery."
This book was published in 1968, after the death of Mr. Scott. By attention to the detail of his "non-distinguished" life, the reader can see and feel details of a typical life in the first half of the 20th century.« less