Martha (Mattie) Selena Mobley Wheeler was my Great grandmother born in January 1867. This is her autograph book that she first received signatures in 1889. She was 22 years old when a cousin wrote in her book. She kept the book and had friends and family continue writing verses to her throughout the years. The later days include verses from a son-in-law and a son.
If you mary a man and he is a clipper,
make him acquainted with two of your slipper.
June 30th 90
When the golden sun is setting,
and your mind for care is free.
When of other friends you are thinking
will you some times think of me.
F. M. Longshore
This was a writing that I almost missed. It was done by her son Elva Wheeler. It is written in pencil and I had to intensify the contrast to see it.
Elva is the second guy on left as is written.
and Santa as there is just one,
I wish sum way or other,
you'd bring along to share
say today a jolly little brother.
Your son Elva.
Jan. Sunday 4, 1914
When the Golden Sun is setting and sits to shine no more.
God promises in heaven to keep us,
Where trubble shall Be no more.
Your sun, L. M. Brown
To be honest, I know very little of my grandfather Brown. His one son is still living but I really have never heard any discussion of the kind of man that he was. The hand writing is amazing. He projects himself as a tough looking thin guy in some of his later photos but still I don't know much. Everyone was very poor and he was no exception. My mother said that they moved every year, each year, so she was always in a different country school. He did own a barber chair and it was said people would line up at the house for free haircuts on Sundays. I was told that he dug graves for cemeteries. He died in 1937. I do know that he came for family in Illinois and the most of his uncle and aunts could not read or write. So seeing the handwriting he must have attended country school to learn script.
I do need to return to the book from my Great grandmother. As I kept exploring the album I kept finding earlier dates. I guess the 1889 us the earliest date. I had to go back and correct my math on the earlier blog as I just didn't subtract it right. It has been an interesting find and I bet the cousins in the Lorimor and Winterset area might know of some of the people in the book. I will be on the hunt for the back of this album as it is missing and who know what I will find next.