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Son of the Wilderness The Life of John Muir by Linnie Marsh Wolfe Published in 1978 in Wisconsin US 364 Pages Daniel G Hughes John Muir is the subject of Linnie Marsh Wolfes Son of the Wilderness The Life of John Muir A great deal of personal specifics professional accomplishments and philosophical viewpoints are presented all the while providing a plethora of interesting details concerning the life and times in both Scotland and Wisconsin during the late 1800s John was Born in Dunbar Scotland on April 21st 1838 where he spent his first 11 years attending the local schools of that small coastal town He was the third child born to his parents Ann and Daniel Muir following sisters Margaret and Sarah Three additional siblings followed young John including Daniel Jr and twins Mary and Annie In 1849 the Muir family emigrated to the United States settling first at Fountain Lake and then later building Hickory Hill Farm near Portage Wisconsin Here John spent 11 years in the backwoods working through the daylight hours clearing the forest holding a plow to a straight furrow behind a team of oxen digging wells through hard bedrock and taking an adults part in taming the wild nature Muirs father was a harsh disciplinarian and worked his family from dawn to dusk Whenever they were freed briefly from their duties with the plow and hoe Muir and his younger brother would explore the fields and woods of the lush Wisconsin countryside John became more and more the loving observer of the natural word He also became an inventor a carver of curious but practical mechanisms in wood He made clocks that kept accurate time and created a wondrous device that at the appointed time tipped up his bed and dumped him on the floor long before the dawn He called it an early-rising machine He created a thermometer so sensitive that
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