This week we’re learning about the Erie Canal. I think the most interesting thing I learned was the story about a man who had his outhouse washed away from a flood on the Erie Canal. He sued the people in charge of that because of this: He lent out farm equipment and other tools to farmers in the area on credit. The only record he kept of these transactions was by scribbling them on the privy wall! He sued them $2,000 because he claimed that without the proof of how much his borrowers owed (which had gotten washed away with the outhouse) he could not collect from them all of the 2,000 dollars they owed! Wow!