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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
(1883)

Smith, J. M.
Pleasant homes made happy ones,   pp. 63-70 PDF (1.8 MB)


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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 
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