Along the journey, he met Jack Peters on his farm. Mr. Peters said goodbye to his wife and his son. They made camp during the journey to find work. While they made camp, Charles Ingalls met an unknown person -- named Jacob Jacobsen -- during the journey. Charles Ingalls received a surprise: a new pair of boots that were thrown in his direction. He was surprised (but grateful) for receiving these boots from Jacob Jacobsen -- despite not having the money to pay for them right away. Eventually, the three of them approached a quarry to obtain work. The purpose: the dangerous task of placing dynamite in the holes of the large boulders (all for the purpose of attaining smaller pieces of rock) after fulfilling a double jack operation. The double jack operation involved two persons (in a rotation basis) using a sledgehammer and a heavy nail to break the hole open for blasting purposes. They obtained the job for the purpose of being paid in a quarry.
In the meantime, the women in Walnut Grove were doing everything possible to salvage the wheat that was destroyed in the hail storm. Everyone would participate in the gathering of the wheat in the fields -- all for the purposes of gathering the wheat into bundles, separating and chafing the wheat into grains, and gathering the wheat and sending the wheat directly to the mill. Willa Sweeney was one person that griped about this task. She claimed everyone would go hungry because of a deficient wheat crop. The reality: all the families would be hungry if she worked in a lazy manner; therefore, Caroline Ingalls told her she needed to try harder if she wanted to succeed in this challenge. The women entered town for the purpose of obtaining mail and any letters they received from their husbands.
Charles Ingalls and Jacob Jacobsen won the contest in relation to the double jacking task. They obtained twenty-five dollars for winning the contest. They would receive their additional pay at the end of the week. Jack Peters was so excited about the two of them winning the contest. The fatal part: Jack Peters was standing in a pile of rocks that had dynamite underneath the boulders. The dynamite exploded suddenly. Jack Peters was blown to kingdom come. The boss gave Jack Peters' pay to Charles Ingalls. He would tell the wife that Jack Peters lost his life in a dynamite explosion; consequently, the son would be assuming full responsibility of running the family farm. One bright spot: Jacob Jacobsen's wife had given birth to a baby boy. Challenging And Dangerous!! A Solid 10 From The 1974-1975 Television Season!!