Adams Family News
December 20, 2001
concerned the effect our trip might have on mother, but she survived
it, and ended up outliving our father by 15 or 20 years."
other Scotch families were living in Buffalo at the time and they
helped the family find a home.
However, John didn't have job.
with less courage might have been terribly concerned about that,
but not John Flint, When the sun went down the following day, John
had job helping rebuild a school building that had burned.
the job was completed, Flint learned of the need for someone with
carpentering skills at the ranch now owned by Glenn and Muffy Rogers
south of Buffalo.
"They were building a barn out there, so father walked out to
the ranch and was hired," said Janie.
From then until his death, the courageous
purchase the Buffalo Steam Laundry, a
struggling business whose equipment was quite well used.
of John's friends advised against the per-
but John felt certain he could make the business fly. His
financial backers were sufficiently persuaded and equally
astonished when John paid the notes off long before they were due.
years later Flint sold his by-then thriving business at a handsome
profit, to secure a half interest in the underwriting firm of Z. T.
had become a mortician/partner in the business in the rear of the
saloon owned by J. A. "Flat Rock" Jones, grandfather of
Edith Sarver and Ken Buxton, both of Buffalo.
Jones' undertaking business originally located in the
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was never unemployed.
Janie experienced any homesickness for her native land, it was soon
dispelled by the friendship of a little red-haired, freckle-faced
Buffalo girl named Nellie Vincent.
had only been here two or three day when she came riding by bareback
on a sorrel mare," said Janie, smiling at the memory.
"She asked me if I wanted to go for a ride." And Janie's
stayed friends for years," she adds.
ability as a cabinet maker and carpenter soon became legendary in
this area. Before long he began making coffins as well.
can remember the trimmings on the coffins," said Janie.
"The inside was white muslin with
Flint had become an entrepreneur in the Buffalo business community.
After a year at the carpenter trade,he
made the decision to