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Education was a hit-or-miss proposition for the young boy. Still went to school only in bad weather, because on good days he had to work around the house. Even when he did go to school, the teacher was so poorly trained that the students were taught incorrect grammar and pronunciation. Sometimes Still would contemplate the enormity of the obstacles standing in the way of his becoming a doctor: There were no black doctors, no white doctor would teach him, and he couldn’t afford to go to college.
Some of the more than three hundred different minerals uncovered at Franklin are found nowhere else in the world, and geologists seem to be constantly discovering new ones to add to the list. The Highlands have played a major role in the history of New Jersey, as well as that of the United States. The ridges are a continuation of the famed Green Mountains of Vermont, and this is appropriate indeed. During the Revolutionary War, Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys gave the American cause for independence a lift by capturing Fort Ticonderoga.
Using a cigar box as a medicine chest, he traveled around the area, dispensing his homemade medicines. Physicians laughed at the uneducated black man driving around in his homemade wagon, derisively calling him “Black Jim,” but his patients never laughed at the results. “My calls were many, and I rode continually,” Still said. ” Interesting People39 Although his usual charge was just one dollar for medicine and advice, Still and his family soon grew prosperous. The man who once had to wrestle a cat for supper acquired property at the old Cross Roads section of present- day Medford, built a large home there, and was able to keep his growing family (eventually numbering seven children) properly fed and clothed.