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Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912

Assisted by your mother,   pp. 82-83 PDF (386.0 KB)

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know, the 16th of December last. The last two years of her
life she suffered from the effects of a severe attack of pneu-
monia, which she bore, as you know, patiently. Her death
came five days after the sixtieth anniversary of our wedding
day. About four days before she passed away she had the
nurse call me in the night, about one o'clock, and said she
wanted to talk with me. I laid down on the bed by her side,
and she said, "Now, I want you to remain in this house while
you live, keep everything as I have arranged it, keep the pic-
tures on the walls where I have had them hung. You know
I have a very short time to stay with you, and I wish you would
hire a good person to take care of you, because I cannot do it.
Annie will probably stay with you as long as you want her,
and try and keep Josephine as long as you can, for I feel that
she is a jewel of a girl." She passed away like one going to
sleep, without a struggle, and some fifteen minutes before she
ceased to breathe she knew me. None but you children realize
w~hat a great loss her going has been to me.
   This memoranda, or autobiography, covers a very small per
cent of the history of my life since I was nine or ten years old,
but this is probably as much of it as you will care to re-
member, and I will close by saying that I purpose having it
put into book form for my children and my grand children, and
their children, and for them only.
   With more love than I can express,
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, December 31, 1912.

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