BAALAM, THE WHITE BURRO WAS DEPENDABLE SERVANT
How many remember Baalam, white burrow which belonged to
Jack Collier, pioneer cobbler in Hamilton many years ago? Uncle Jack was a
cripple and trained Baalam to pull him on a sled. Baalam would pull him to
his shop, where he would get out and send the burrow back home. In the
evening members of the family would hitch Baalam to the sled and send him,
alone to the shop after Uncle Jack.
Uncle Jack, a notable character in Hamilton was a
brother of W. B. West, blacksmith, whose picture appears in front of his
shop elsewhere in this paper. He was LaGree West’s grandfather.
HAMILTON COUNTY NEWS, Vol. VIII, No. 7
THE CARLTON CITIZEN, Vol. 30, No. 23
Friday, June 24, 1938
W. F. Billingslea, Publisher, Hamilton