The Story of Osteopathy Part Two
When he was 18 Andrew wanted to enlist in the army to fight in the war between the United States and Mexico, but Abram refused to let him go, saying that he was too young. In 1849 Andrew married Mary Margaret Vaughn. Andrew’s primary occupation was farming. He ploughed 60 acres of land and planted corn. On 4th July 1849 a hail storm destroyed the crop. It was a disaster and the family was financially decimated. Andrew taught at the local school that autumn and winter for $15 per month and began to study medicine with his father. Andrew and Mary’s first children are born in 1849 and 1852. In 1851 Abram was posted to run the Wakarusa Shawnee Mission in the Kansas territory. Part of the reason for the posting was to get him out of Missouri, a pro-slavery state where Abram’s strong anti-slavery sermons were getting an increasingly hostile reception. Andrew and his brothers helped Abram with the family farm, whilst Andrew also helped him with his preaching, teaching and doctoring. Andrew and his family was to live in Kansas for the next 22 years. In 1853 Andrew served in John Fremont’s expedition that set off from Kansas City to find a central route for the transcontinental railroad, through Colorado, Utah and Nevada to California, crossing the Rocky Mountains. Bad weather in Utah forced the expedition to turn back.