~The Book Of
Turn me loose and let me be
Young once more and fancy free;
Let me wonder where I will,
Down the lane and up the hill.
In an age that knows no "must,"
And no voice insistently
Speaks of duty unto me;
Let me tread the happy ways
Of those by-gone yesterdays....
Age has stamped me as its own;
Youth to younger hearts has flown;
Still the cherry blossoms blow
In the land I used to know;
Still the fragrant clover spills
Perfume over dales and hills,
But I'm not allowed to stray
Where the young are free to play;
All the years will grant to me
Is the book of memory.
Edgar A. Guest
Welcome to "Days of Yesteryear." On these pages
you will find stories about a family living in a rural
area of America's midwest during the early 1900's. They are
told by the author as she remembered events that happened during a
seven or eight year period of her young life before her dear
Mamma passed away in 1917.
Fortunately her memory was excellent as
she portrayed life as she lived it "down on the farm." Sit back and
enjoy these accounts about a counrty store, the arrival of the
automobile, her grandmother's garden, harvest time, beekeeping,
holidays and much more. Enjoy!
The author, Louise, was born in rural Wisconsin
in 1903. Hers was a close knit family
with many relatives living within a six mile radius of their farm home.
She was loved dearly by them all. After the death of her mother, members
of her family helped raise her to adulthood. Her wonderful Papa made
sure she was able to attend high school, something few rural children
had the opportunity to do. She was an accomplished artist. In the late 1970's
she decided to attend college and took courses in creative writing.
Her stories have been published in the National Genealogical
Inquirer and Exclusively Yours.
Louise was truly a talented and wonderful person.Copyright 2003 By Angel Reflections
Please do not take the background and graphics for your own use.
A Wealth of Warmth And Love -
The "Majestic Wood Stove"
An Immortal Experince -
Picking Morels in 1910
Bins Boxes And Barrels -
The "Old Country Store"
So Long Old Dobbin -
The Arrival of the Automobile
Nature's Golden Harvest -
Beekeeping in Wisconsin
Bringing In The Sheaves -
The Threshers Harvest the Grain
Inside The Picket Fence -
Grandmother's Wonderful Garden
Hidden Treasure - Discovering Family Treasures and History
Stocking Up The Larder - Food Preservation in Years Past
Saturday - Saturday Baking at Grandmother's House
That Holy Night - Christmas Across Two Continents