came to the United States from Europe with $4.50 in his pocket.
His first job was as a mule driver on the I&M Canal. For ten or
more hours each day, he drove a team of mules along the towpath
as they pulled the 150-ton canal boats. The most famous mule
driver on the canal later became known as “Wild Bill” Hickok,
the well-known lawman.
drivers were teenage boys, 14 to 19 years old, who had a
reputation for swearing, drinking, and fighting. Many had dogs
to keep them company as they worked long, grueling shifts. Some
lived in dormitories, such as the one that once occupied the top
floor of the Norton building in Lockport.