This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The head of the seed-house of Hiram Sibley & Co , and which is the successor of the former house of Briggs Brothers, is one of the representative men of whom America may well be proud He is an example for young men to follow. He early formed the resolution to make himself as useful as possible to those who should engage his services, and he fortunately had the judgment to perceive that the way to be the most useful was to thoroughly understand all about the work he was set to do. It cannot be too often impressed on the youth, that this sort of integrity and ability is worth thousands of dollars and the best university education, as a start in life. Multitudes of successful Americans owe their success to these principles alone, while numbers with the best scholastic and pecuniary advantages have sunk to poverty and useless-ness. Sibley came from North Adams to Western New York when he was but sixteen years of age. He went sawing wood as he traveled, and doing anything that would make an honest living. On the road he offered to mend a shoe, and was so successful that the shoemaker employed him. At twenty-one he was making carding machines. About this time he was what some boys would call "lucky," that is to say, some one let him have what money he needed to start the machine business.
But the "luck" only came because the lender saw that the boy's " word was his bond," and that his head and his hands were equal to his word. It is the " luck " that any boy may have. There are hundreds of people with money who are only too glad to help young men along when it is evident they are helping themselves at the same time. From that time to this - now in his seventy-sixth year - his course has been successful. The money he has given away to good purposes may perhaps be counted by millions; of which nearly a quarter of a million went to two institutions alone, namely, the Universities of Rochester and Cornell.