The Sequential History of How Tanglewood Came To Be – Part Five
Robert made quite a point of his conversation. David’s youngest son, Fred Laughlin, told me this story:
“David was quite an astute business and cattleman. He accumulated much land and owned a full section [640 acres] north of Blue Mound, Kansas. One time Robert was visiting his brother, David. One day they went to see David’s section of land and the cattle. This was on Friday. They visited on the way and were having a wonderful time. Along toward evening they were still some distance from Blue Mound. Robert became quite excited and kept asking how much further to reach the land. Finally Robert grabbed the lines and whip and really belabored the mules. David was very much amazed and astonished that Robert would act so. “My religion says I can’t travel after sundown on Friday.””
FROM OHIO TO IOWA IN 1851
A Memoir by Robert John Laughlin, Youngest Son of James
On the second day of July 1851, we started for Iowa with two good teams and a covered wagon. There were six of us in all; Father, Mother, two sisters, one brother, [and] I, being 18 years old and the youngest of the family. We left the little village town of Lafayette situated in the north part of Richland County, Ohio. We being filled with emigrating spirit, we pushed on westward making quite a number of short visits in the west part of the state. But, leaving the old Buckeye State we got into the low, swampy lands of Indiana. Oh what slumping and plowing we did have. And as we progressed westward we struck what is known as the Black Swamp. We were about one-third of the time on what is called corduroy bridge. That was logs cut and rolled in against each other. It was about ten miles across it. But I thought the longest ten that I ever traveled.