Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 120 of 1,110
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was for a short time at the academy. His
lather, however, believed that boys should
be taught to labor at an early age, and before
he had completed the course of study
at the academy he began to work in the
village store at $5o for the first year, and the
promise of $Ioo for the second year. His
work was well done and the promised increase
of pay was granted the second year.
Meanwhile his father and family had
moved to Clinton, the seat of Hamilton
College, where his father acted as agent to
the Presbyterian Board of Home Missions,
preaching in the churches of -the vicinity.
Hither Grover came at his father's request
shortly after the beginning of his second
year at the Fayetteville store, and resumed
his studies at the Clinton Academy. After
three years spent in this town, the Rev.
Richard Cleveland was called to the village
church of Holland Patent. He had
preached here only a month when he was
suddenly stricken down and died without
an hour's warning. The death of the father
left the family in straitened circumstances,
as Richard Cleveland had spent all his
salary of $I,ooo per year, which was not
required for the necessary expenses of living,
upon the education of his children, of
whom there were nine, Grover being the
fifth. Grover was hoping to enter Hamilton
College, but the death of his father
made it necessary for him to earn his own
livelihood. For the first year (I853-'4) he
acted as assistant teacher and bookkeeper in
the Institution for the Blind in New York
City, of which the late Augustus Schell was
for many years the patron. In the winter
of 1854 he returned to Holland Patent
where the generous people of that place,
Fayetteville and Clinton, had purchased a
home for his mother, and in the following
spring, borrowing $25, he set out for the
West to earn his living.
Reaching Buffalo he paid a hasty visit to
an uncle, Lewis F. Allen, a well-known
stock farmer, living at Black Rock, a few
miles distant. He communicated his plans
to Mr. Allen, who discouraged the idea of
the West, and finally induced the enthusiastic
boy of seventeen to remain with him
and help him prepare a catalogue of blooded
short-horn cattle, known as " Allen's American
Herd Book," a publication familiar to
all breeders of cattle. In August, 1855, he
entered the law office of Rogers, Bowen
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/120/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.