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I Wonder as I WanderThe Life of John Jacob Niles$
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Ron Pen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125978

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125978.001.0001

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The Move to Rural Jefferson County

The Move to Rural Jefferson County

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I Wonder as I Wander


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Niles's father moved the family away from Louisville to Inverness Farm in rural Jefferson County on September 22, 1902. Because of moving, Niles's piano lessons turned to daily chores such as milking cows. The move to rural Jefferson County provided Niles with a range of experiences that were later useful. He proved to be equally comfortable in rural or urban settings. In 1905, Niles left school to work at the farm. His inventive ability to create whatever was needed from the materials at hand is reflected in his brake-light anecdote. After a year of freedom and work at the farm, Niles came back to school and studied well and finally graduated. The commencement exercise and reception are just a sideshow for the theatrical event. Niles's plans for the future included working for a surveying crew. Since his family was financially insecure, he was careful to plan and document his expenditures.

Keywords:   Niles, farm, Jefferson County, inventive ability, surveying crew

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