Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Eleventh annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Elk-horn, Wis., January 31, and February 1 and 2, 1883. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests
Smith, J. M.
Pleasant homes made happy ones, pp. 63-70 PDF (1.8 MB)
WESCoNSR DAtRyEN'S AssoITION. well Have system about your business; watch details; care for the small things of life; they make the large ones; the details are as important as the great things; begin right and work to some purpose, and success in life is assured; with- out an aim your work will amount to little. PLEASANT HOMES MADE HAPPY ONES. By J. M. SMITe, President State Horticultural Society, Green Bay. Upon one of the rough, hilly farms of one of the Atlantic states, there stands, or did stand, a few years since, a house, tha dwelling place of its owner. It was of fair size, and, with proper surroundings, might have been a comfortable and happy home. On the contrary, everything about it was chilling and forbidding. No lawn or shrubbery in front, no flowers or garden in sight. Not a respectable fence between the house and the highway, or even a lilac bush or a wild rose to bid a silent welcome to the~wayfarer, or to relieve the dreary monotony to those who were compelled to make this place their home. Within, the house was as cheerless and destitute of everything but the.barest necessaries, as if the owner and his family had lbeen on the verge of starvation. He said he would have no useless gewgaws about him. He dressed in the plainest of clothes, and even these were often dirty, patched or raggel. He lived and compelled those in his house to live upon the cheapest and plainest of food. In manners he was rude, profane and vulgar. Toward his wife and children he was arbitrary and overbearing, and among his hired men he was a tyrant and a savage. His wife, weary and worn out with her burden, lay down and died before the summer of her life was half over, and his child- ren left such a dreary spot as soon as they were able. The owner lived simply to gather property. He died a few years since, leaving an estate valued at $250,000, with no indebted- ness. In amassing property in a wild mountain district he was certainly successful; but to him this was all of life. Was such a life worth living? G3
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