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

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CHAPTER LII

Eason and George were close friends and congenial companions. He did not long survive the death of George.

A few years later death again cast its shadow athwart our path, and took our youngest, Mary. Life seemed to hold all that was desirable for Mary--wealth, a kind and indulgent husband, and two bright little children. She, with her family, visited the World's Fair at Chicago. After their return her health declined rapidly. On her last visit home she told me that she would soon be with George, whom she dearly loved and sorely missed.

When she left us for her home I gave her a bouquet of beautiful roses. I see her now, as the carriage rolled away, and though she looked so much like the white roses she held in her hand, I could not bring myself to believe she would soon be taken from us.

The twentieth of June, 1899, many friends from far and near gathered in the "Judson Opera House" to celebrate our golden wedding. It was a very enjoyable occasion. We were both in good health and spirits, rejoicing in the prosperity of the country, and the evidence of love and affection from all.

The following verses, written by La Bonta's wife, who was in California, were read by a friend to the assembled company:


TO MY DEAR FATHER AND MOTHER

How sadly sweet are the pleasures of today,
That memory brings to the pondering heart--
The falling tear and the bitter sting,
How faintly they loom in that far away past.

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Table of contents

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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