Singer tells of his work, skills and history on the Boardman River (and many others), saying he will never waste his money on drink, but will save it for his old age.
According to Beck, the "Manistee River Song" is alleged to have been composed by Ole Nelson in 1880. However, he notes that this very similar song was being sung along the Boardman River in the 1880s. - PJS
And, similarly, note "The Kipawa Stream." Chances are that there is some ancestral pierce (we can hardly tell which) which various singers localized.