My great grandpa got arrived by boat from Sweden.
His family business involved helping farmers turn property into farmland.
They felled trees and removed rocks.
That's back breaking stuff.
Someone told them, "In America, you can plow for a mile and never so much as turn up a single stone."
I'm sure this wasn't the first truth-stretcher told about America.
But it was enough.
So- the family sold almost everything and bought passage.
This would be a new life.
No more rocks.
No more trees.
Just land and temperature to farm under superior conditions.
Turns out, some stories are too good to be true.
They had purchased some land but crops take time.
Since their parcel, bought with with few funds they had, was festooned with rocks and trees they set about doing what they knew so well.
When word of their expertice travelled, other farmers sought their assistance.
And, they found willing customers.
They cleared rocks and trees for those who desired to turn property into farmland.
I'd like to track down the fib teller and say, "thanks".