Sketch of Alice Marion Parr
Contributed by, Pamela Duimstra

COPIED AS WRITTEN, PAGE NUMBERS IN (): SKETCH OF ALICE MARIAN KINLEY PARR IRISH WRITTEN IN 1932: (1) SKETCH OF MY LIFE FROM MY BIRTH UP TO MY 73RD YEAR. AM NO WRITER BUT PLEASE ACCEPT THIS AS A GIFT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH LOVE FROM MOTHER ALICE MARIAN IRISH.

I WAS BORN 22 FEB 1859 IN LINN CO IA. IN A LOG-CABIN NEAR BUFFALO CREEK WHICH EMPTIES INTO THE WAPSIPINICON RIVER AT ANAMOSA IOWA. MY FATHER & MOTHERS NAMES WERE LEONARD AND RUTH MARIAN PARR. I HAD ONE BROTHER WHOSE NAME WAS WILLIAM. HE WAS THE OLDEST OF US 4 CHILDREN. NEXT TO WILLIAM CAME EMMA, THEN ELLA MAY AND I WAS THE YOUNGEST. WHEN I WAS A FEW DAYS OLD MY MOTHER WAS TAKEN VERY ILL WITH BRAIN FEVER WHICH LEFT HER IN NO SHAPE TO TAKE CARE OF HER HOME AND FAMILY. SHE BECAME VERY WEAK AND MELINCHOLY AND NEGLECTED HER WORK. MY FATHER WAS OBLIGED TO SEPERATE HIS LITTLE FAMILY AND MOTHER WENT TO MT. PLEASANT WHERE THEY WERE IN HOPES TO RESTORE HER MIND AND HEALTH. SHE HOWEVER LINGERED ALONG A FEW YEARS AT THAT PLACE AND DIED. I DO NOT KNOW WHERE SHE WAS BURRIED. (2) SHE WAS RATHER TALL WITH DARK EYES AND HEAVY LONG DARK HAIR, I WAS TOLD.

FATHER AT THAT TIME OWNED A GOOD FARM AND HAD CONSIDERABLE PROPERTY BUT HIS HOME TIES BEING BROKEN AND HIS FAMILY SCATTERED HE BECAME DISCOURAGED AND RESTLESS AND WHEN A COUSIN OF HIS SUGGESTED GOING TO CALIFORNIA TO THE GOLD MINES THEY DECIDED TO GO TOGETHER. AT THE TIME OF THE SEPERATION OF OUR FAMILY SOME PEOPLE BY THE NAME OF SHAFER TOOK BROTHER WILLIAM WHO MUST HAVE BEEN ABOUT 12 YEARS OF AGE AT THAT TIME. WHEN HE BECAME A YOUNG MAN HE WENT TO CALIFORNIA AND MARRIED A CATHOLIC GIRL. THEY HAD BORN TO THEM TWO GIRLS. THE PRIEST AND A WOMAN RELATIVE OF WILLIAMS WIFE STARTED TROUBLE BETWEEN THEM WHICH RESULTED IN A DIVORCE. WILLIAM CAME TO IOWA ON A VISIT. THEN WENT TO MICH. AND MARRIED AGAIN WHILE THERE. I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE HE IS NOW. HE MAY NOT BE LIVING.

(3)A FAMILY BY THE NAME OF BELTNAP IN ANAMOSA, TOOK SISTER EMMA TO THEIR HOME. THEY WERE WEALTHY PEOPLE AND GAVE EMMA EVERY ADVANTAGE THAT A RICH MANS DAUGHTER HAS. SHE LACKED NOTHING IN THE WAY OF FOOD CLOTHING AND EDUCATION EVEN HAD A PIANO AND MUSIC TEACHER. SHE WAS VOTED THE BEST-LOOKING GIRL IN ANAMOSA FOR HER COMPLEXION WAS PERFECT, HER FORM LOVELY, HER HAIR THE COLOR OF GOLD, HER EYES A LOVELY BLUE. I NEVER SAW HER BUT I HAVE A NEIGHBOR, MRS GEO. PEETY WHO USED TO SEE HER QUITE OFTEN AND SAYS THAT SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL GIRL. SHE WROTE POEMS. BUT THE SAD PART OF HER GIRLHOOD DAYS WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN FULL OF HAPPINESS (IF MRS. BELKNAP HAD BEEN A MOTHER TO HER) WERE MADE PERFECTLY UNBEARABLE BECAUSE MRS. BELKNAP WAS AN OLD MAID WHEN SHE MARRIED MR. BELKNAP AND THEY HAD NO CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN AND WITH HER SELFISH, JEALOUS DISPOSITION IT WAS WELL THAT SHE HAD NONE. (4) OF COURSE SHE HAD NO MOTHER-LOVE IN HER HEART. SHE SCOLDED MY DEAR SISTER AND WHIPPED HER UNTIL THERE WERE PURPLE MARKS ON HER ARMS AND SHOULDERS IN FACT UNTIL THE BLOOD RUNS. EMMAS SCHOOLMATES BEGGED HER TO TELL THEM WHAT CAUSED THOSE MARKS ON HER BODY. UNTIL SHE SAID IF THEY WOULD NO LET MRS. BELKNAP HEAR OF IT SHE WOULD TELL THEM.

MY MOTHER WHO RAISED ME STARTED WITH ME TO GO AND SEE MY SISTERS AND BEFORE WE GOT TO ANAMOSA WE LEARNED THAT THEY NEVER TOLD HER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT HER OWN PEOPLE AND WOULD NOT ALLOW ANY OF THEM TO COME TO SEE HER. BUT MY FATHERS SISTERS PEOPLE, AUNT SABRE CONKLIN AND HER SONS, IN SOME WAY LEARNED THAT MRS. BELKNAP WAS CRUEL TO EMMA. FOR INSTANCE, EMMA AND A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS WELL RESPECTED THERE IN ANAMOSA WERE IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER, AND AS HE WAS A POOR MAN, SHE FORBID THEM EVEN SEEING EACH OTHER.

EMMA LEFT HOME (5) (WHICH WAS REALLY MORE LIKE A PRISON) AS SHE HAD NO PRIVILIGES OR RIGHTS AS TO HER OWN HEARTS DESIRE. SHE MET A MAN PERRY BROWN BY NAME. HE ALMOST WORSHIPPED EMMA. THEY WERE MARRIED. THEY WERE QUITE HAPPY. AFTER A YEAR OR SO PASSED BY, A BABY BOY CAME TO THEIR HOME, WHICH REJOYCED THEIR HEARTS FOR A SHORT TIME. ONLY AS WHEN LITTLE BABY GUY WAS 11 DAYS OLD THE YOUNG WIFE AND MOTHER WAS IN A WORLD WHERE THERE IS NO SICKNESS, SORROW, OR PAIN. PERRY WAS ALMOST WILD WITH GRIEF.

HIS MOTHER WHO WAS NOT KIND TO MY SISTER, TOOK LITTLE GUY AND RAISED HIM AND THE LITTLE FELLOW NEVER WAS TOLD ANYTHING ABOUT HIS MOTHER AND WHEN HE WAS OLD ENUF TO READ HE READ THE NAME EMMA BROWN ON MY SISTER TOMBSTONE AND ASKED WHO WAS EMMA BROWN, YOUR MOTHER. WHEN GUY WAS A YOUNG MAN HE WORKED AND PAID FOR HIS OWN COLLEGE EDUCATION. A GIRL THAT HE LOVED, PROVED FALSE, HE JOINED THE STANDING ARMY. I HEAR NO MORE OF HIM OR HIS WHEREABOUTS.

(6) LEONARD NOYES AND WIFE, YANKEE PEOPLE AND WELL TO DO FARMERS ADOPTED MY SISTER ELLA MAY. THEY SENT HER TO SCHOOL AND SHE HAD EVERYTHING FOR BODILY COMFORT. ALSO MR. NOYES'S HAD A DAUGHTER DELIA. SHE WAS JEALOUS OF MY SISTER AND TREATED HER WITH CONTEMPT. SHE HAD A BROTHER Laverne WHO WAS A GENIUS. HE BECAME ONE OF CHICAGO'S MULTIMILLIONAIRE'S. GAVE FREELY OF HIS MONEY TO HIS WORKMEN AND DONATED LARGE SUMS OF MONEY TO CHICAGO FOR THE BEAUTIFYING OF PARKS. OWNED SPLENDED MARBLE FRONT HOUSES IN CHI. BUT WHEN HE DIED AND HIS PROPERTY AND MONEY WAS DIVIDED NOT ONE CENT CAME TO HIS ADOPTED SISTER ELLA MAY NOYES. THEY VERY THOTFULLY NEGLECTED SIGNING THE ADOPTION PAPERS. SO MY SISTER WAS NOT A PARR, WAS NOT A NOYES (IN WRITING).

(7)WHEN SHE BECAME A YOUNG WOMAN SHE TAUGHT DISTRICT SCHOOL AND EARNED HER OWN LIVING. SHE WAS A GOOD LOOKING GIRL, RATHER TALL AND IN GOOD FLESH. DARK BROWN EYES, AUBURN HAIR, QUITE A ROSEY COLOR ON HER CHEEKS. WAS A GOOD MIXER WITH YOUNG PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE WHO RAISED ME TOOK ME TO SEE HER ONCE WHEN SHE WAS 13 YRS OLD. I WAS 11. WHEN I WAS 17 YRS OLD, SHE CAME FROM HER HOME AT NOYES'S (WHICH WAS ON A FARM NORTHWEST OF SPRINGVILLE, IA ABOUT 3 MI) TO NEWTON, IA. WHERE I LIVED AT THAT TIME.

ELLA WAS ENGAGED TO MARRY ISRAEL MASON IRISH BUT THEY BROKE THE ENGAGEMENT AND SHE MARRIED AN ENGLISHMAN WHO CAME FROM NEW YORK CITY WITH A LOT OF ORPHAN BOYS, WHO WERE BROUGHT OUT HERE TO LINN CO TO FIND HOMES.. A MAN BY THE NAME OF HORACE BROWN, RAISED HIM. MR BROWN WAS A WEALTHY FARMER, HAD IN HIS HOME A WIFE (NO CHILDREN) A MOTHER AN AUNT, A NIECE, A NEPHEW, AN OLD IRISHMAN WHO WAS(8) HANDYMAN, AND THE SOURSE OF A LOT OF AMUSEMENT BY HIS EVER READY WITTY SPEACHES. HENRY DANKER WAS THE ENGLISHMANS NAME. PAT ONCE SAID WHILE WE WERE VISITING AT BROWNS, WELL MISTER BROWN AND HENRY & I CAN GO WEST AND RUN A BIG RANCH. BROWN CAN DO THE HEAD WORK, DANKER CAN DO THE HAND WORK & I CAN DO THE JUG WORK.

MR BROWN ONCE SOLD A FAT STEER & TOLD PAT TO TAKE HIM TO HIS OWNER AND BRING BACK THE MONEY. HE TOOK THE STEER TO THE RIGHT PLACE & HIMSELF TO A SALOON AND WHEN HE CAME HOME MR BROWN SAID. HELLO! PAT, WHERE'S THE MONEY? PAT BEGAN TO BLUBBER. AN SHURE, AN I WISHT THE DAMN STEER HAD DIED WHEN HE WAS A CALF. THEY JUST LAUGHED AND FORGAVE HIM BECAUSE HE WAS, OUTSIDE OF THAT ONE FAULT OF GETTING FULL, A GOOD FELLOW.

WHEN HENRY AND MY SISTER WERE MARRIED THEY HAD VERY LITTLE MONEY. MR NOYES WAS PLANNING ON GIVING ELLA A 40 ACRE PIECE OF TIMBERLAND TO CLEAR OFF AND MAKE THEM A HOME. (9) BUT MRS NOYES SAID IF ANY ONE GETS A DEED TO THAT LAND IT WILL BE ME. HENRY'S RENTED LAND HERE IN LINN CO FOR AWHILE. TWO BOYS WERE BORN HERE, FLOYD AND FAY. THEN THEY WENT TO KANSAS, TOOK UP A CLAIM, PLANTED A PEACH ORCHARD. HAD NO CROP OF AND KIND, GRASSHOPPERS CAME. HAD NOTHING TO FEED THEIR TEAM BUT CORN. NOT MUCH TO EAT THEMSELVES, NOT EVEN SALT. ONE BOY BORN WHILE OUT THERE.

CAME BACK TO IOWA STARTED WITH COVERED WAGON AND THEIR LITTLE BUNCH OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS & CLOTHING NOT MUCH OF THAT. THEIR HORSES WERE BOTH BLIND. ONE MARE HAD A COLT. HENRY TRADED HER AND HER COLT FOR A LARGER BETTER HORSE WITH ONE GOOD EYE. WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT THE HOME PLACE WHERE ELLA WAS RAISED, HENRY WAS SO SICK HE WENT TO BED AND ELLA WENT ACROSS THE ROAD TO A NEIGHBORS AND SHE, TOO, WAS DOWN BEDFAST AND THEY WERE SO POOR AND STARVED THAT I WOULDN'T HAVE KNOWN THEM IF I HAD MET THEM ANY WHERE ELSE. AFTER AWHILE THEY WERE ABLE TO GO TO SEE THEIR OLD ACQUAINTANCES AND FRIENDS. WHO DID NOT SEEM OVERYJOYED TO MEET THEM.

THEY LIVED A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE NOYES PLACE THE 1ST YEAR. ANOTHER BOY WAS BORN TO THEM WHILE IN IOWA. THEY DECIDED TO GO WEST AGAIN THEY GOT AS FAR AS OMAHA. WERE LIVING THERE WHEN A MAN TOLD HENRY WHERE HE COULD TAKE UP QUITE A LOT OF HOMESTEAD LAND NEAR RIVERTON, NEBR. THEY WENT THERE LIKED THE LOCATION. THOT IT A GOOD CHANCE TO GET A GOOD HOME FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. TOOK UP SEVERAL HUNDRED ACRES. BUILT A GOOD HOUSE, ONE ROOM AT FIRST, BUT BUILT 2 OR 3 MORE ROOMS ON TO THAT ONE LATER. BUILT SHEDS AND SHELTERS FOR THEIR STOCK. HAD GOOD LUCK WITH ALL OF THEIR CROPS (11) THEIR STOCK, DUG A LARGE CAVE, WALLED & ROOFED IT. IT WAS A FINE PLACE TO STORE EATABLES. THEY SET OUT ORCHARDS AND GRAPE VINES, EVERGREEN GROVE, PLANTS, SHRUBS & VINES AND BUILT A NICE LARGE FRAME HOUSE LATER ON.

THEY ADOPTED A LITTLE GIRL MARGUETITE 8 YRS OLD AND RAISED HER TO YOUNG WOMAN HOOD. SHE CALLED HENRY UNCLE & ELLA AUNT. THEY TAUGHT HER TO WORK AND GAVE HER AN EDUCATION AND SHE MARRIED A WELL-TO-DO YOUNG MINISTER. HIS FATHER IS ALSO A MINISTER. THEY FARM AND HE ALSO PREACHES. THEY HAVE 3 BOYS. 2 OF WHICH ARE TWINS.

FLOYD-HENRYS OLDEST SON MARRIED AND LIVES ON PART OF THE LAND THEY TOOK UP AS A CLAIM. IS AN UP TO DATE FARMER, WITH GOOD BUILDINGS OF ALL KINDS NEEDED ON A FARM. THE FARM IS WELL STOCKED AND MOST OF IT UNDER CULTIVATION. FLOYD HAS TWO SONS & ONE DAUGHTER MATTIE. THEY ARE ALL 3 MARRIED. THE DAUGHTER TEACHES SCHOOL MOST OF HER TIME. I CANNOT THINK WHAT HER HUSBANDS OCCUPATION IS BUT HE GETS GOOD (12) MONEY OUT OF IT AND THEY OWN A MODERN HOME AT FRANKLIN, NEBR. THE BOYS HAVE GOOD EDUCATION AND ARE PROSPEROUS. DELLS WIFES NAME IS SALLIE.

FAY-HENRYS 2ND SON WIFES NAME IS ANNA. THEY HAVE 3 GIRLS. THEY LIVE ON A FARM NEAR RINGGOLD, NEBR. THEY WERE PRETTY WELL FIXED FINANCIALLY UNTIL HERE OF LATE THE DEPRESSION AFFECTED THEM SOME WHAT. FRED OR BUD (AS HE IS NICKNAMED) HIS WIFES NAME IS BERTHA. THEY HAVE ONE DAUGHTER (LUCILLE). SHE IS MARRIED. BUDS LIVE OUT NEAR RINGOLD TOO ON A FARM. ARE QUITE COMFORTABLY SITUATED BUT NOT WEALTHY. THE BOYS ALL OWN THEIR HOMES AND SO DOES MARGUERITES HUSBAND. UNCLE HENRY'S GAVE MARGUERITE A GREAT MANY NICE PRESENTS WHEN SHE WAS MARRIED AND 2 OR 3 HUNDRED DOLLARS, BECAUSE THEY SAID SHE HAD WORKED HARD WHILE AT HOME AND DESERVED IT.

EARL-HENRY'S YOUNGEST SONS WIFES NAME IS LURA. THEY HAVE A DAUGHTER CLARA, WHO IS MARRIED TO A MR MARTIN HAY, HAVE A SON MONTIE. EARL'S HAVE A (13) SON HENRY JUNIOR. A YOUNG BOY ABOUT I SUPPOSE 12 YRS OLD. EARLS HAVE A RESTAURANT AT RIVERTON. THEY MAKE A FAIR LIVING THERE, AND THEY CERTAINLY HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE PLACE IN EVERY RESPECT, GIVE SUCH PERFECT SERVICE.

HENRY AND ELLA LEFT THE FARM OR HOMESTEAD SEVERAL YEARS AGO, AS HENRY WAS TROUBLED WITH RHEUMATISM. HE WENT INTO THE FURNITURE AND UNDERTAKING BUSINESS AT FIRST AND BOUGHT 3 RESIDENCES AT RIVERTON. THEY FIRST LIVED DOWN IN THE BUSINESS PART OF THE TOWN BUT IT WAS SO HOT AND DUSTY AND NOT ENUF GROUND FOR SHRUBERY & PLANTS OF DIFFERENT KINDS. THEY ALSO WANTED A GARDEN, SOME SMALL FRUIT, GRAPE VINES ETC. AND WANTED CHICKENS, A FEW PIGS AND A GOOD COW. SO THEY MOVED TO THE EDGE OF THE TOWN AND HAVE SEVERAL LOTS. A PASTURE FOR THEIR COW AND HENRY JUNIORS PONY, A PIECE OF TIMBER LAND AT ONE CORNER, A CREEK RUNNING (14) ACROSS IT AND ARE CONTENTED THERE.

HENRY MADE A LARGE POOL FOR GOLD FISH IN THE YARD AND A PLACE FOR WATER LILLIES & SOME OTHER WATER PLANTS. SO AFTER DAYS AND MONTHS AND YEARS OF WORRY TOIL AND TEARS AND NOT NEAR ENUF TO EAT OR WEAR THEY ARE IN PRETTY COMFORTABLE CITCUMSTANCES AT LAST. THEY ARE BY NO MEANS EXTRAVAGANT OR WASTEFUL THO AT THAT, REMEMBERING HOW AWFUL POOR THEY WERE. AND NOT KNOWING WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO THEM YET FOR THEY HAVE LOST SOME MONEY IN THE BANK AND SO DID HENRY JUNIOR.

THEY WERE MARRIED 55 YRS A WEEK AGO LAST SATURDAY FEB 20, 1932. HENRY IS 77 YRS OLD MAR 3, 1932. THEY OWN A RESIDENCE JUST EAST OF WHERE THEY LIVE-JUST A DRIVE WAY BETWEEN. THEY BELONG TO THE M.E. CHURCH AT RIVERTON. HENRY IS SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPT. HE IS JANITOR AT THE RIVERTON SCHOOL HOSE WHICH IS LOCATED ONLY A FEW STEPS FROM HOME. (15) THEY ARE VERY KIND TO ME AND OFTEN HELP ME WITH SOMETHING TO EAT OR WEAR AND ONCE IN A WHILE A DOLLAR.

MY FATHER WAS A RATHER TALL FAIR COMPLEXIONED MAN WITH BLUE EYES AND BROWN HAIR (SO I WAS TOLD). I CANNOT REMEMBER HIM. ON HIS WAY BACK FROM CALIF. HE AND HIS COUSIN CHAUNCY COUKLIN WERE ON BOARD A LARGE SHIP AND MY FATHER WAS TAKEN SICK WHILE ON THEIR WAY HOME AND FATHER DIED AND THEY BURRIED HIM IN THE OCEAN.

I NEVER KNEW THAT UNTIL LAST SUMMER WHEN ONE OF MY COUSINS MRS LOUANNA PENN WAS BURRIED. ONE OF THE SONS OF CHAUNCY CONKLIN WAS AT THE FUNERAL AND TOLD IT TO ME THERE. I LIVED TO BE 72 YRS OLD BEFORE I EVER KNEW THAT. I HAVE A LOT OF RELATIVES LIVING NORTH OF ME BUT I HAVE NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO GET ACQUAINTED WITH THEM. MY VERY OWN FLESH & BLOOD RELATIVES, O WELL. I HAVE LIVED. GOD HAS MADE ME (16) AND HAS ALSO TAKEN CARE OF ME AND WILL UNTIL THE END OF THIS LIFE, WHEN A NEW AND BETTER LIFE SHALL HAVE BEGUN. WHEN I WAS FIRST TAKEN FROM MY MOTHER I WAS ONLY A FEW WEEKS OLD. MY MOTHERS FATHER SCHOONOVER AND HER MOTHER TOOK ME HOME WITH THEM A LITTLE WHILE. THEN A FAMILY BY THE NAME OF HALE HAD ME A SHORT TIME AND THEN TOM WILMOTS FATHER AND MOTHER HAD ME. TOM WILMOT AFTERWARDS MARRIED MY COUSIN RHODA SCHOONOVER, MY MOTHERS BROTHERS DAUGHTER.

WHILE I WAS AT WILMOT'S A MAN BY THE NAME OF FREDERICK KINLEY AND HIS WIFE ELIZABETH HOUVER KINLEY WERE LIVING AT MARION, LINN CO, IA. IN A BRICK HOUSE NEAR WHERE THE WATER WORKS ARE NOW. THEY HAD 2 CHILDREN LIVING. A SON OLIVER CROMWELL 15 YRS OLD A DAUGHTER MARTISSA LEASON 13 YRS OLD. A DAUGHTER DIED IN INFANCY THEY CALLED MARTISSA "MATTIE" SHE WAS WISHING ALL OF THE TIME FOR A LITTLE SISTER.

FREDERICK AND (17) HIS WIFE HEARD THAT I COULD BE ADOPTED. THEY DROVE TO WILMOT'S NOT FAR FROM THE PLACE WHERE I WAS BORN AND DECIDED TO TAKE ME HOME WITH THEM. ALTHO THEY SAID I WAS THE PUNIEST PALEST SICKLIEST BABY THAT THEY EVER SAW. THEY WRAPPED ME UP AND STARTED FOR MARION WITH ME. THEY LOOKED AT ME SEVERAL TIMES ON THE WAY HOME TO SEE IF I WAS ALIVE THEY SAID. FOR THERE WAS NO COLOR IN MY FACE AND MY LIPS LOOKED BLUE. THEY GOT ME HOME ALIVE.

THEIR DAUGHTER MATTIE WAS DELIGHTED TO HAVE ME FOR HER LITTLE SISTER. THEY COULD ONLY GIVE ME A LITTLE COWS MILK AT A TIME. BUT GRADUALLY I BEGAN TO LIVEN UP UNDER SUCH GOOD CARE. AND GET A LITTLE PINK COLOR IN MY CHEEKS, AND GROW. THEY USED TO HAVE A LITTLE SLEEVE THAT I WORE WHEN THEY GOT ME, IT WAS THE LENGTH OF MY MIDDLE FINGER (WHEN I WAS A WOMAN) AND THEY ROLLED IT UP AN INCH BECAUSE IT WAS TOO LONG. (18) AND I WAS 7 MONTHS OLD WHEN KINLEYS TOOK ME TO RAISE. PEOPLE USED TO CALL ME THE RUNT.

I WAS ALWAYS SMALL FOR MY AGE AND THEN UNTIL I WAS 13 YRS OLD THEN I BEGAN TO GROW TALLER. AND WHEN I WAS 16 I WEIGHED AROUND 110 LBS AND WHEN I WAS MARRIED AT 18 YRS I WEIGHED 115 LBS. KINLEYS SOON AFTER THEY ADOPTED ME MOVED ONTO A FARM NEAR NEWTON, JASPER CO IOWA.

FATHER KINLEY HAD A SPLENDID FARM AND IT WAS WELL STOCKED AND WE WERE ALL SO HAPPY AND CONTENTED. THE COUNTRY WAS NEW THERE DID NOT SEEM TO BE ONE BUG OR WORM OR ANY BLIGHT OR ANYTHING TO DESTROY WHAT EVER ANYONE PLANTED. THEY SURELY HAD A RICH HARVEST OF EVERY THING THEY RAISED WHETHER GARDEN ORCHARD OR FIELD.

ALL OF A SUDDED THE WAR CRY CAME.. EVERY MAN THAT WAS ABLE BODIED AND CONSIDERED TO BE FIT FOR THE SERVICE ENLISTED, LEAVING MOTHERS, WIVES, SWEET HEARTS (19) LITTLE CHILDREN AND HOME FAR BEHIND. AT FIRST I DID NOT UNDERSTAND IT AT ALL, FOR I WAS TOO YOUNG. BUT AS TIME ROLLED ON I REMEMBER HOW NEW RECRUITS PASSED BY IN STAGE COACHES.

MY SISTER MATTIE WAS A GOOD SINGER. SHE LEARNED ALL OF THE THEN NEW WAR SONGS AND SHE TAUGHT THEM TO ME. WHEN THE SOLDIER BOYS WENT BY I WOULD SING A WAR SONG, AND THEY CHEERED AND WAVED THEIR CAPS.

MY MOTHER AND MY SISTER WERE NOT STRONG ENUF TO DO ALL OF THE HEAVY FARM WORK ALONE. THEY USED TO HIRE AN ENGLISHMAN, HIS NAME WAS TOM CHARITY. HE WAS NOT MUCH OF A HAND AND I USED TO BE AFRAID OF HIM. WHILE MOTHER AND SISTER WERE GETTING SUPPER READY IN THE KITCHEN THEY USED THE LAMP AND THERE WAS NO LIGHT IN THE ROOM NEXT TO THE KITCHEN. TOM WOULD GET DOWN ON ALL FOURS AND GROWL AND MAKE FACES AND SCAMPER AFTER ME AND I WOULD SCREAM AND ALMOST HAVE FITS. SO I DID NOT LIKE HIM

(20) THE INDIANS A FRIENDLY TRIBE THAT FATHER USED TO SWAP CORN TO FOR VENISON OR DEER MEAT USED TO COME A WHOLE STRING OF THEM ON THEIR PONIES AND ASK FOR FOOD AND CORN. ONCE MY SISTER WAS GETTING THEM SOME EGGS OUT OF A BIG STEAMER AND AN OLD INDIAN SQUAW HAD A BIG HEAVY PIECE OF CANVAS FILLING IT WITH CORN DOWN AT THE RAIL CORN CRIB. SHE TIED THE CORNERS OF THE CANVAS IN A HARD KNOT AND THREW THE CORN ON HER BACK AND HOOKED THE KNOTTED CORNERS ON HER FOREHEAD AND CARRIED THAT LOAD OF CORN OUT TO THE ROAD AND BALANCED IT ON HER PONYS BACK. THEY STRAPPED THEIR PAPPOOSE TO A BOARD AND HUNG IT AT THE PONYS SIDE.

THOSE INDIANS CAMPED DOWN EAST OF US A FEW MILES. WE USED TO HAVE A SUGAR CAMP DOWN NEAR THE RIVER WHERE WE TAPPED SUGAR MAPLE TREES CAUGHT SAP IN PAILS HAD A LARGE PAN TO BOIL DOWN THE SAP AND O THE SWEET SMELL OF THAT LOVELY MAPLE (21) SYRUP AND ALSO THE GOOD TASTE OF IT AND THE CAKES OF MAPLE SUGAR COOLED DOWN IN 6 QT TIN PANS FINE TO EAT WITH SAUSAGE AND BUCKWHEAT CAKES.

WELL THE INDIANS WERE FRIENDLY. WE USED TO VISIT THEM WHEN OUR MEN WERE AT HOME TO TAKE US TO THEIR CAMP. THEY HAD SEVERAL TENTS. IT WAS FUN TO WATCH THE INDIAN KIDS SWIM AND PLAY. WE SAW THE SQUAWS MAKING BEAD BASKETS & SLIPPERS AND OTHER PRETTY BEAD WORK CUSHIONS AND PURSES ETC. FANCY COLORS. THEY USED TO ROAST MUSKRATS THO, THAT MADE ME FEEL SICK.

OUR MEN ALL ENLISTED IN THE WAR. WE TOOK THE WAR PAPERS AND READ OF THE BATTLES AND WHAT A HORRIBLE THING THAT WAR CALLED THE CIVIL WAS WAS. CIVIL! IS IT CIVIL TO KILL YOUR BROTHER? ONE DAY WHILE WE WERE VISITING AT A NEIGHBORS, MOTHER SAW A MAN COME LIMPING DOWN THE ROAD TOWARD US DRESSED IN THE ARMY BLUE. MOTHER THREW UP HER (22) ARMS AND SHOUTED "O THERE CAMES FRED!" AND WE ALL WENT TO MEET HIM.

HE HAD BEEN WOUNDED IN THE LEG. HE HAD THE RIFLE BALL WITH HIM THAT WOUNDED HIM. HE HAD LAIN IN THE HOSPITAL UNTIL HE WAS ABLE TO COME HOME ON FURLOUGH FOR A FEW DAYS. HE ONCE MADE A SPEECH AT OUR SCHOOL HOUSE WHILE HE WAS AT HOME AND THE HOUSE WAS SO CROWDED WITH THE PEOPLE THAT SOME STOOD OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR. HOW THE PEOPLE DID CHEER AND CHEER HIM.

WE WENT HOME SO HAPPY TO HAVE HIM WITH US BUT WHEN WE WENT BACK WE ALL CRIED BECAUSE WE FELT THAT WE MIGHT NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN AND WE NEVER DID FOR HE WAS KILLED AT THE BATTLE OF CHATTANOOGA NEAR LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN. A RIFLE BALL SEVERED THE JUGLAR VEIN IN HIS NECK AND IN A SHORT TIME HIS LIFE WAS GONE. THE BOYS ROLLED HIM IN HIS BLANKET AND BURRIED DEAR FATHER ON THE CRUEL BATTLE FIELD.

WHILE HE WAS AT HOME ON FURLOUGH THERE WERE SOME FRIENDLY INDIANS CAME TO (23) SEE HIM. HE HAD THEM COME IN AND SIT DOWN TO DINNER WITH US. THEY ATE LIKE WE DID. THEY HAD BOWLS OF WATER THO TO DRINK AND WHEN THEY GOT THRU EATING THEY TOOK UP THEIR BOWLS AND EMPTIED THE WATER THAT WAS LEFT ONTO THE FLOOR. I WANTED TO LAUGH BUT MOTHER MOTIONED WITH HER EYES FOR ME NOT TO. FATHER WALKED OVER HIS FARM WHILE AT HOME TOO, AND LOOKED IT OVER. I WENT WITH HIM. HE LEAD ME BY THE HAND, HE PICKED SOME BIG LILLIES AND GAVE THEM TO ME AND SMILED SO KIND. I SHALL NEVER FORGET IT. FATHER RETURNED TO THE SERVICE.

FINALLY ONE EVENING AFTER THE DAYS WORK WAS OVER A MAN CAME RIDING UP HORSEBACK. HE CAME IN AND SAT AT THE END OF THE LOG FIRE PLACE. HE JUST SAT THERE AND SAID NOTHING. FINALLY MOTHER ASKED IF HE HAD ANY NEWS. HE SAID YES, THERE HAS BEEN AN AWFUL BATTLE, AND SAID NOTHING MORE. FINALLY MOTHER (24) ASKED HIM IF FATHER WAS KILLED AND HE SAID YES. ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON THE DAY BEFORE.

I SHALL NEVER FORGET THAT NITE AS LONG AS I LIVE. WIDOW AND ORPHANS AT THAT HOME, ALL HEART-BROKEN. WHEN SHALL WARS END? OF WHAT USE ARE THEY? I HAVE SEEN TWO OR RATHER SEEN THE MEN LEAVING THEIR HOMES FOR TWO WARS AND MANY NEVER RETURNED.

MOTHER SOLD OUR HOME WE MOVED INTO A SMALLER HOUSE FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND SHE AND MATTIE AND I WENT TO INDIANA TO SEE HER MOTHERS MRS BEVERLY. MOTHERS MAIDEN NAME WAS HOUVER BUT HER MOTHER MARRIED HIRAM BEVERLY.

WHILE WE WERE AT GRANDMA BEVERLYS THE BIG CANNON AT ATTICA, INDIANA WERE FIRED ANNOUNCING THE CLOSE OF THE WAR. WHAT A TIME OF REJOICING. ALL OF OUR YOUNG MEN RELATIVES CAME BACK HOME WITH OUT A SCRATCH.

GUSS HINSDALE (25) MY SISTER MATTIES SWEET HEART CAME ALSO. THEY LOVED EACH OTHER ALL OF THEIR SCHOOL DAYS AND AFTER HE CAME HOME FROM THE WAR, THEY WERE MARRIED. THEY HAD TWO DAUGHTERS, LOUANA AND FREDERIKA OR FRITZ THEY NICKNAMED HER.

WHEN WE CAME BACK FROM INDIANA MOTHER RENTED THE WHOLE UPPER STORY OF A LARGE FARM HOUSE OF A RICH FARMER UNTIL THE BOYS CAME HOME AND SHE WOULD THEN KNOW WHETHER TO BUY ANOTHER FARM OR NOT. SHE BOUGHT ONE AND SOME TIMBER LAND NOT FAR FROM HER FARM, BUT THE EXCITEMENT OF THE WAR AND ABSENCE FROM HOME AND HOME DUTIES CAUSED MY BROTHER TO FEEL UNEASY AND DISSATISFIED SO HE DID NOT TAKE TO FARMING VERY MUCH.

WE HAD ONE SUMMER WHEN IT RAINED ALMOST ALL OF THE TIME WHEN I WAS 8 OR 9 YRS OLD. IT SEEMED AS IF THE SUN SIMPLY REFUSED TO SHINE, SO HE WAS DISCOURAGED, MOTHER IT SEEMED TOO (26) (SEEM TO ME) NEVER SPENT AN IDLE MOMENT. SHE KEPT 2 COWS AND MILKED THEM AND SAVED ALL OF THE CREAM NOT NEEDED FOR THE TABLE OR COOKING AND MADE BUTTER AND SHAPED 1/2 LB CAKES AND PRINTED A SHEAF OF WHEAT ON ONE SIDE OF THEM. WHAT SWEET FRESH BUTTER AND WHAT WONDERFUL BREAD SHE MADE.

SHE NEVER BAKED BISCUITS BUT SHE MADE PERFECTLY LOVELY LOAVES OF LIGHT BREAD AND I NEVER SAW SUCH SWEET SALT-RISING-BREAD AS SHE COULD MAKE. SO WE ALWAYS HAD GOOD BREAD AND GOOD BUTTER.

NO ONE CANNED FRUITS OR VEGETABLES THOSE DAYS BUT WE ALWAYS HAD A GOOD SUPPLY OF PRESERVES AND DRIED FRUITS. AND ALWAYS SORGHAM MOLASSES AND QUITE OFTEN MAPLE SYRUP AND MAPLE SUGAR PLENTY OF GOOD PICKLES.

WE LIVED WELL. AND I ONLY WISH I COULD KEEP MY HOUSE AND ALL OF MY WORK INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE DONE UP AS WELL AS SHE DID. HER GARDEN WAS A BEAUTIFUL (27) THING TO LOOK AT. SHE SPADED IT DEEP AND WORKED THE DIRT UP FINE THEN SHAPED INTO BEDS AND PLANTED SEEDS IN ROWS ACROSS THE BEDS. ALL LAID OUT WITH PATHS BETWEEN SO EVEN AND NEAT. THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF HER GARDEN HOW WELL I REMEMBER THAT BROAD SMOOTH WALK WITH A BORDER OF SHORT GREEN FOLIAGE COVERED WITH LITTLE PINK FLOWERS THEN JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT, OLD FASHIONED FLOWERS.

MARIGOLDS, BATCHELOR BUTTONS AND I NEVER COULD NAME ALL OF THE KINDS THAT SHE HAD. THE BALSAM OF SO MANY DIFFERENT COLORS AND SPOTTED ONE RAGGED LADIES ETC. THEN A FLOWERING CURRANT BUSH SMELLING SO SWEET & SPICY A CYPRESS VINE WITH SUCH LOVELY STARING RED FLOWERS, MORNING GLORYS AT THE WINDOW, ROWS OF HONEY LOCUST TREES THAT SURE CALLED THE BEES IN WARM WEATHER WHILE THEY WERE IN BLOOM. THOSE WERE MY HAPPY HAPPY CHILD HOOD DAYS. I USED TO LOVE TO GATHER WILD FLOWERS WHICH WERE TO BE HAD IN GREAT ABUNDANCE.

I HAD A PET YELLOW HEN WITH A RED BROWN HEAD & NECK. MARY WAS HER NAME. SHE ONLY HAD ONE EYE. I COULD HOLD HER AND SHE WOULD STICK HER HEAD ON ONE SIDE AND LOOK UP AT ME (28) IT MADE ME LAUGH AND SHE WOULD TALK HEN TALK TO ME. I LOVED MARY.

I HAD A LITTLE BROWN RAT TERRIER, HE GOT THE WIGGLES SO BAD WHEN YOU TRIED TO HOLD HIM AND PET HIM. HE WAS NOT VERY MUCH COMFORT. HE GOT TO SUCKING EGGS, SO I FINALLY MISSED HIM AND ASKED WHERE TIPPIE? SO THEY SAID THEY KILLED HIM. I CRIED OF COURSE.

THEN MY BROTHER WENT TO A NEIGHBORS, WHERE THEY HAD LOTS OF SHEEP. THEY HAD SO MANY EWES THAT HAD TWINS & TRIPLETS THAT THEY WENT AROUND KILLING ALL BUT THE BEST LAMBS. MY BROTHER BROT ME ONE FOR A PET. IT WAS ALL WET FROM THE RAIN AND CHILLED BUT MOTHER MADE A NIPPLE OUT OF A GOOSE QUILL & RAG AND PUT WARM MILK IN A BOTTLE AND DRIED HER NICE AND DRY.

IN A FEW DAYS SHE WAS WOBBLING ABOUT PRETTY WELL. WHEN I CAME HOME FROM SCHOOL SHE CAME TO MEET ME IN THE BACK YARD. WE HAD A CAVE OUT THERE AND IT WASN'T LONG UNTILL LUCY (THAT WAS HER NAME) AND I (29) WERE RUNNING AND JUMPING WITH ALL OUT MIGHT UP & DOWN & AROUND THE CAVE AND I WOULD RUN UP THE STEPS AND INTO THE KITCHEN AND LUCY RIGHT AT MY HEELS. AFTER AWHILE SHE WOULD RUN AT ME AND BUTT ME OFF OF MY FEET.

WE SHEERED HER AND SOLD THE FLEECE AND MOTHER GOT ME A BEAUTIFUL SKIRT WITH SO MANY STRIPES OF GAY COLORS IN IT AND A LONG STRAN OF SPARKLING GLASS BEADS THAT WER CUT SO THAT THEY SPARKLED.

I HAD NO CHILDREN TO PLAY WITH BUT I HAD A DOLL I CALLED JULIA. I MADE CAPES AND THE FUNNIEST LOOKING HATS FOR HER. ONCE I MADE A HAT OUT OF PASTEBOARD AND PUT RED CALICO STREAMERS ON IT AND RED TIES AND I WENT UP TO OUR OLD TURKEY GOBBLER AND TIED IT ON HIS HEAR. I DON'T KNOW NOW HOW I EVER DID IT, BUT I REMEMBER HOW SQUIRMY THOSE LUMPS ON HIS NECK FELT TO MY FINGERS WHILE I TIED HIS HAT ON. AND WOULD YOU BELIEVE HE STRUTTED AROUND WITH THAT SILLY HAT ON AND MOTHER SURE DID LAUGH.

MOTHER SOLD THE (30) FARM AND I WENT OVER TO VISIT THE FOLKS WHO BOUGHT IT. THEIR NAME WAS TOMPSON. THEY HAD ONE CHILD, JENNIE, SHE WAS A YOUNG LADY. WE SAT DOWN TO DINNER. THEY ASKED ME IF I WOULD LIKE A PIECE OF EAT, I SAID YES. I ATE IT IT WAS TENDER AND SWEET AS COULD BE. THEY SAID HOW DO YOU LIKE THE MEAT, I SAID IT WAS GOOD. THEY SAID THAT IS SOME OF YOUR LAMB. I WAS ALL THROUGH. I ATE NO MORE DINNER. IF THEY HAD SAID THAT WAS A PIECE OF YOUR GRANDMOTHER I DON'T BELIEVE I COULD HAVE FELT ANY WORSE.

WE MOVED TO KELLOGG A LITTLE TOWN BETWEEN NEWTON AND GRINNELL. WENT TO SCHOOL WHILE THERE. WE MOVED FROM KELLOGG IN A YEAR OR SO TO WAMEGO, POTTAWOTTAMIE CO, KANSAS. MOTHERS SISTER IN LAW AND HER HUSBAND AND FAMILY HAD MOVED OUT THERE JUST OUTSIDE WAMEGO ON A LITTLE FARM AND WANTED US TO COME TO KAN. THERE WAS A GREAT BOOM ON THERE AT THAT TIME. ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY POURING IN. (31) A LOT OF PEOPLE FOOLED TOO. HARD-PAN SOIL AROUND THERE AND GREAT BUFFALO WALLOWS, BLACK JACK TIMBER, COARSE BUFFALO GRASS, AND SCARCITY OF GOOD WATER. WE ONLY STAYED ABOUT ONE YEAR.

THERE CAME A TERRIBLE STORM WHILE WE WERE THERE AND WAMEGO IS ON THE BANK OF THE MISSOURI RIVER AND BLUFFS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER. OUR CELLAR WAS SOON FULL OF WATER. WE WERE FRIGHTENED ALMOST TO DEATH. A LUMBER YARD AND ONE HOUSE FLOATED AWAY AND QUITE A LOT OF DAMAGE WAS DONE. WE CAME BACK TO IOWA.

I HAD A BEAU WHILE AT WAMEGO. HE TOOK ME TO THE CHRISTMAS TREE. I THOT AS MUCH OF HIM AS A 12 YR OLD GIRL CAN THINK OF HER SWEET HEART. HE WENT OVER ACROSS THE RIVER TO WORK AND THE DAY WE LEFT KAN. I THOT I WOULD NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN. BUT JUST BEFORE THE TRAIN STARTED HE CAME TO THE CAR WINDOW AND GAVE ME A LOCKET AND CHAIN AND BID ME GOODBYE.

WE MOVED TO MOBERLY, RANDOLPH CO, MO. NEXT. THE PLACE (32) WAS FULL OF DEMOCRATS AND DARKIES. MOTHER WAS A STRONG REPUBLICAN. OF COURSE IT WAS SO SOON AFTER THE WAR THAT THE SOUTH COULD HARDLY BEAR THE SIGHT OF THE REPUBLICANS AND THEY STILL TREATED THE "NIGGERS" AS THEY CALLED THEM AS ROUGH AND MEAN AS THEY COULD.

ON THE 4TH OF JULY OUT CAME THE MOBERLY DARKIES ALL DRESSED IN WHITE WITH GAY RED & BLUE TRIMMINGS. AND A GREAT BIG FINE LOOKING DARKEY DRESSED FIT TO KILL RIDING ON A LARGE IRON GREY HORSE WITH WHITE MANE & TAIL. THE COLORED GENTLEMAN WORE A HIGH SHINEY HAT AND WORE A LONG SCARF OF RED WHITE & BLUE. ANY THEY PARADED THRU THE STREETS WITH MORE STYLE THAN WISDOM. FOR BEFORE NIGHT THE TOWN WAS IN AN UPROAR AND FIGHTS AND SHOOTING GOING ON AND DARKIES THROWN INTO JAIL AND LOCKED IN.

IT WAS ALMOST EQUAL TO SOME OF THE HALF BREED INDIANS AND TOUGH SCRAPS IN KANSAS. WHERE THEY HAD A DRUNKEN (33) CROWD AT A DANCE ONE NITE AND THEY STARTED A ROW AND THEY HAD A LARGE KITTLE OF BOILING SOUP OVER THE FIREPLACE AND THE SQUAWS HELPED OUT ON THEIR SIDE BY THROWING BOILING HOT SOUP ON THEIR ENEMIES. THE DANCE BROKE UP.

AT MOBERLY THE WOMAN ACROSS THE STREET FROM US SHOOK HER FIST AT THE DARKIES AS THEY PASSED BY AND TOLD THEM "WE WILL HAVE YOU BACK INTO SLAVERY BEFORE LONG." SHE FOUND OUT THAT MOTHER WAS A REPUBLICAN AND SHE REFUSED TO LET US HAVE WATER FROM HER WELL. WE HAD ONLY CISTERN WATER AND IT CAUSED US TO GET SICK WITH THE AGUE OR CHILLS & FIVER.

OUR BOYS WERE RAIL ROAD MEN ONE A BRAKEMAN ANOTHER AN ENGINEER. THE ENGINEER WILL LOWELL MADE HIS HOME WITH US BEFORE THE WAR AWHILE AND STILL MADE IT HIS HOME WHEN HE CAME BACK.

OLIVER MARRIED ANNA GRAHAM THE DAUGHTER OF A PENNSYLVANIS DUTCHMAN (34) WHILE WE LIVED AT MOBERLY. I CRIED, I DID NOT WANT HIM TO GET MARRIED. ANN WAS MY SCHOOL TEACHER WHEN I WAS LIVING WHERE I HAD THOSE PETS I MENTIONED. BUT HE MARRIED ANNA AND THEY MOVED TO RED OAK, IOWA.

MOTHER AND I WENT THERE WITH THEM. MOTHER HAD SOLD OUT FIRST ONE PIECE OF PROPERTY & THEN ANOTHER AND HELPED OLIVER AND KEPT ME TOO. ALL OF THIS TIME UNTIL SHE DID NOT HAVE MUCH READY MONEY AND HAD NO HOME EXCEPT WITH HER SON OLIVER OR HER DAUGHTER MATTIE.

WE STAYED AT RED OAK A LITTLE WHILE AND CAME TO NEWTON, JASPER CO WHERE MY SISTER MATTIED & HER HUSBAND AND TWO GIRLS LIVED. I WAS 15 YEARS OLD THEN. I WENT TO SCHOOL, TO CHURCH, AND TO SUNDAY SCHOOL. I ENJOYED MY SELF PRETTY WELL THERE. I MADE A GREAT MANY FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTENCES. WHILE THERE MY FOLKS ALL WENT TO PLAYS, WENT TO PICNICS, AND TO PARTIES SOCIABLES BELONGED TO A CLUB DANCE THERE. (35) ONLY MOTHER OF COURSE DID NOT GO TO THE DANCES. I WAS ALLOWED TO GO TO A PARTY NOW & THEN WITH MY FRIENDS & SCHOOLMATES. BUT NEVER TO BE OUT OF NIGHTS RUNNING WITH A TOUGH CROWD.

I WAS HAPPY AND CONTENTED HAD PLENTY OF GOOD CLOTHES, PLENTY TO EAT. AND THE PEOPLE WHO RAISED ME WERE GOOD TO ME UNTIL I MET A FELLOW AT A 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION. WE KNEW THE MOMENT WE SAW EACH OTHER THAT WE COULD NEVER FIND ANY ONE ELSE THAT WE WOULD CARE SO MUCH FOR AS WE DID FOR EACH OTHER.

WELL MY FOLKS, THAT IS MY BROTHER-IN-LAW AND MY SISTER-IN-LAW BUT MOSTLY HER HUSBAND, SET THEMSELVES TO SEE TO IT THAT WE SHOULD NEVER BE ANYTHING TO EACH OTHER BUT STRANGERS, AS FAR AS THEY COULD GO WITH IT.

HE WAS A GOOD RESPECTABLE WELL EDUCATED YOUNG MAN GRADUATED AT THE NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL. WORKED IN THE PRINTING OFFICE AWHILE, THEN IN HIS STEP FATHERS DRUG STORE AND (36) HE HAD NO BAD HABITS AND HE BELONGED TO THE YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION. USED TO WRITE AND READ TO THEM AT THEIR MEETINGS AND WAS AN ALL AROUND GOOD YOUNG MAN. BUT THEY RUINED OUR HAPPINESS.

HE WAS RATHER TALL AND BROAD SHOULDERED BUT NOT FLESHY, HAD BLACK HAIR AND DARK EYES. NOT REAL DARK COMPLEXIONED BUT NOT FAIR. NOT MUCH COLOR IN HIS FACE. RATHER QUIET AND DID MORE LISTENING THAN TALKING.

I THINK IT IS WICKED TO MAKE OR BREAK UP YOUNG COUPLES PLANS. LET PEOPLE NATURALLY CHOOSE THEIR OWN LIFES PARDNER. THEY KNOW BETTER THAN ANY ONE ELSE DOES WHO THEY CHOOSE TO LIVE WITH. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO THEM.

WE MOVED TO DES MOINES FROM NEWTON AND I NEVER SAW OR HEARD OF HIM AGAIN. I ASKED MY SISTER MATTIE WHAT EVER BECAME OF HIM AND SHE SAID O I DON'T KNOW. GUSS (37) NEVER LIKED HIM. I SAID NO MORE BUT I SURE HAD AN ACHING HEART TO THINK HOW THEY RUINED MY HAPPINESS. IT JUST MEANT A LOVELESS LIFE FOR ME.