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)
ELEVETH ANNUAL RBPOlZT OF TM Let us turn to another picture. Among the schoolmates of my early years was a young lady a few years older than myself. At an early age she married an excellent young man and moved with him to what was then an unbroken wilderness in eastern Michigan. There, in a long, low log cabin they commenced the battle of life together. As the years passed the forest gradually disappeared, and field after field was added to the farm until it was a beautiful one to look upon, as well as a profitable one to its owner. The log cabin still remained, but around it had grown up many shrubs and ornamental trees, and flowers of many colors and varieties nestled about the quiet home from early spring un- til late in the fall. A beautiful climbing rose had succeeded in hiding nearly all of the logs on one side of the building from view, and was doing its best to hide the roof. How was it within? Let me give you the words of another. A gentleman who owned and lived in the finest mansion in the county called upon her one day, and after chatting a few minutes with her, threw himself upon a very plain lounge in the room and said: " Well, Sarah, you have the most real home here of any building that I was ever inside of in my life." There was neither church nor school near them, yet a large family of children grew up who were neither igno- ramuses nor heathen, but on the contrary are intelligent Christian men and women and valuable citizens. The good husband and father sleeps in the silent city. He left behind him no large accumulation of property, but a name revered and honored by all who knew him. My old schoolmate, now rapidly growing old, is spending her remaining days with one of the children she trained so well. To her children and friends, the memory of the bright and happy, as well as the useful lives of herself and husband, are worth much more than any amount of gold could have been. Surely I need not ask any one in this audience which of the two lives they would prefer. I trust no one here is so far gone in his love of money, simply as money, that he would accept the home and life of the wealthy man first described in preference to that of my old schoolmate. And yet, when I am traveling in the west, I often see 64
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