Bio: Cook, Mrs. Lon "Kate" (28 Feb. 1935)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Wells

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 28 Feb. 1935

ANOTHER OLD SONG (contributed by Mrs. Lon Cook)

Kittie Wells

You ask what makes this darkie weep why he like others am not gay, what makes the tears flow down his cheek, from early morn till close of day.

My story, darkies, you shall hear, for in my memory fresh it dwells, It will cause you all to drop a tear on the grave of my sweet Kittie Wells.


When the birds were singing in the morning, and the myrtle and the ivy were in bloom, and the sun o’er the hill tops was a dawning it was then we laid her in the tomb.

I never shall forget the day. When we together roamed the dell, I kissed her check and named the day that I should marry Kittie Wells. But death came in her cabin door and stole from me my joy and pride, and when I found she was not more, I laid my banjo down and cried.


I oft times wish that I was dead and laid beside her in the tomb, the sorrow that bows down my heard is silent in the midnight gloom. The sprint time has no charm for me; the flowers are blooming in the dell. For that bright form I do not see tis the form of my sweet Kittie Wells.




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