A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home: A Book of Personal Memoirs

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CHAPTER XLVIII

Our first industry was hoop-pole making. What a stir it created in the uneventful tenor of our lives when a Seattle firm contracted with us for poles, and sent a half dozen men, or more, to get them out. We hailed their advent among us as the entering wedge to more prosperous times. They all boarded with us, and what lively evenings ensued. As there were several fine singers among the company, my little melodeon, with Dollie as organist and soprano, was in great demand. The foreman, Miles Rittenberg, being one of the musicians, their mutual love of music soon created a bond of sympathy between them.

The crew remained all winter. In the spring the little steamer "Gem," the first that ascended the Nooksack, was sent up from Seattle to carry away the hoop poles and workers.

Miles had found so strong an attraction here, that he decided to cast his lot with the Lyndenites. The following May he and Dollie were married. He opened a cooper shop, our first permanent industry. Dollie became the village dressmaker, and her talents are still in constant demand.

When their daughter, Lettie, a sprightly, curly-headed little dumpling, was five years old, she decided one day, in spite of frequent admonitions, that she would take a look down into the well. Placing the washboard against the high well curb, she climbed up and leaned over to take a peep into the dark depths. Her mother came to the door just in time to see the wind catch her short skirts, and fling them into a miniature balloon, carry little Lettie head foremost into the well. Her little brother, Will, who was play

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface 6
  • A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home Chapter I 7
  • Chapter II 14
  • Chapter III 18
  • Chapter IV 22
  • Chapter V 27
  • Chapter VI 31
  • Chapter VII 35
  • Chapter VIII 39
  • Chapter IX 45
  • Chapter X 49
  • Chapter XI 55
  • Chapter XII 62
  • Chapter XIII 68
  • Chapter XIV 73
  • Chapter XV 81
  • Chapter XVI 85
  • Chapter XVII 89
  • Chapter XVIII 95
  • Chapter XIX 103
  • Chapter XX 111
  • Chapter XXI 116
  • Chapter XXII 124
  • Chapter XXIII 128
  • Chapter XXIV 134
  • Chapter XXV 141
  • Chapter XVII 148
  • Chapter XXVII 151
  • Chapter XXVIII 153
  • Chapter XXIX 159
  • Chapter XXX 167
  • Chapter XXXI 173
  • Chapter XXXII 178
  • Chapter XXXIII 182
  • Chapter XXXIV 189
  • Chapter XXXV 194
  • Chapter XXXVI 200
  • Chapter XXXVII 208
  • Chapter XXXVIII 215
  • Chapter XXXIV 222
  • Chapter XL 229
  • Chapter XLI 234
  • Chapter XLII 240
  • Chapter XLIII 243
  • Chapter Xviv 249
  • Chapter XLV 257
  • Chapter XLVI 263
  • Chapter XLVII 269
  • Chapter XLVIII 273
  • Chapter Xlix 277
  • Chapter L 285
  • Chapter LI 288
  • Chapter LII 296
  • Chapter LIII 303
  • Chapter Liv 306
  • Chapter LV 308
  • The Conquest of the West 310
  • Conclusion 314
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