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VPS16 Andrew Johnson

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Hidden : 8/7/2013
In Iowa, United States
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

#16 in the VPS.  Watch for poison ivy in the grass!


Andrew Johnson was a vice-president under Abraham Lincoln, and became president following Lincoln's assassination.  Wikipedia.com notes: "As a boy, Andrew followed his brother as an apprentice tailor in James Selby's shop at the age of ten; he was legally bound to serve until his 21st birthday.  Selby does not appear to have had any great influence on the future president. The apprentice was boarded with his mother for part of his service; one of Selby's employees was detailed to teach him rudimentary literacy skills. This minimal education was augmented by citizens who came to Selby's shop to read to the tailors as they worked; even before he was an apprentice, young Andrew came to listen. These readings began a lifelong love of learning for the boy; his biographer, Annette Gordon-Reed, suggests that Johnson, who would be acclaimed as a public speaker, learned the basics of that art as he threaded needles and cut cloth.

Andrew Johnson was not happy at James Selby's, and at about age 15, ran away with his brother. Selby responded by placing an advertisement in the paper, as customary for masters seeking missing apprentices, "Ten Dollars Reward. Ran away from the subscriber, two apprentice boys, legally bound, named William and Andrew Johnson ... [payment] to any person who will deliver said apprentices to me in Raleigh, or I will give the above reward for Andrew Johnson alone." The boys went to Carthage, NC, where Andrew Johnson worked as a tailor for several months. Fearing he would be taken and returned to Raleigh, Andrew moved on to Laurens, South Carolina. There, he found work in his craft, and met his first love, Mary Wood, for whom he made a quilt. After his marriage proposal to her was rejected, Johnson returned to Raleigh, hoping to buy out his apprenticeship, but he could not come to terms with Selby. Then, like many others in the late 1820s, he journeyed west."

This cache might be challenging, and watch the poison ivy possibilities!  Be safe.  Have fun!

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Last Updated: on 5/9/2015 6:45:04 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:45 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum