As a small child, Walter Jahant wrote the following description of Galt. Wallace Sawyer, about whom he wrote, became a well-known artist.
Galt was made. There wasn’t many bricks or wood on land so Galt is small –not too small. When Mr. McFarland seen it first it had two houses - the biggest was a saloon - There were men in it fighting and one man drinking. He made them stop. He said he wanted it to be a good town so they commenced to be pious.
Dr. Harvey, the father of two little children, quite bright, came along and said he wanted a railroad - He got it. He also brought the first cows to town. They were very big, especially the bulls and all the little girls was afraid of them.
He was a good man and helped to make the town prossfer as Mr. McFarland done. Mr. Sawyer helped to make Galt pious too and bigger - he had six children.
He had a little boy Wallie who was bad. He wouldn’t bring in wood or learn his A. B. C’s or how much 2 x 2 is - He said he didn’t want knowledge - The teacher said he’d come to a bad end - be old bachelor or sometim’. I hope he won’t - I like him best of all the boys - cause he makes pictures in school.
Mr. Whittaker and Ray came and builded a store - It contained pins, & dresses, & nails & pianos & coffins and ribbons & vegetables & Laces & women’s lingerie & many other things too awful to mention. My Pa says that some day Galt will have a bank - Ma don’t think it can. He says may be there’ll be a paper with news in it about people been’ sick and people so journing to big place like Twin Cities, New Hope, Clay and other places too numerous to mention.
Pa says maybe some day the little boys like Bud Wristin; Charley McKinstry, Freddie Harvey, Charlie Ray Johnnie Chase and many others too numerous to mention may drive a wagon without a horse - Ma says may as well say the Mormons will come in and can milk. There might be poets, too like Burns and a drug store & a lumber yard & two stores and many other things too numerous to mention.
Galt school is made of logs & contains six children - The teacher is a old maid of 25 yrs and is kind of good when she isn’t mean.
The Galt Area Historical Society offers a book of our local history called Tapestry. Click here for more information.
Last edited 27 February, 2005
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