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Zack D. Mathuss
195 South Water St.
Sep 20th 1869
My Dear Zack
Yesterday I did not have an opportunity to write the long letter to you
that I expected. My uncle and his family came home from church and
stayed all day, and last night I was so sick with headache that I felt
more like going to bed than writing. I know my dear would have told me
to do the same if he had the advising to do. I am sorry you caught so
bad a cold. Hope you are fully recovered ___ this you must put off
getting sick until you have someone to take care of you. I am glad to
know Mrs. Jones and Mollie are so deeply interested in me. I hope they
may always continue so. Remember me to both of them please and tell them
I think of them often. Zack you say that Hand M (maybe Harry and Mollie
– but sure does not look like it) are not going to have any person at
their wedding. I presume they mean they will not even have bridesmaid.
Now Dear if he says nothing about having you to stand up with them don’t
ask him to stand up with us for as far as I am concerned there are other
that I should prefer in order to please the folks at home. And if he
don’t ask you, you are under no obligations to him. I am surprised that
even his folks are not to come. No Dear you need not tell him when we
will be married for you don’t’ Know. But Darling I do love you dearly
and I am doing my best to please you. In a week or ten days I shall be
better able to decide. I will see what progress I can make in that time.
I am real happy. I look forward to our future with a great deal of happy
anticipation for I believe you are good and always will be good to me. I
told Nellie a few days ago that if you always loved me and treated me as
kindly as your do now I should be so very happy. I only hope and pray
that I may always do my duty toward you.
Have you changed your boarding place yet or will you wait to hear what I
have to say. Zack I think it would be ever so nice to furnish our own
rooms. Then we will feel more at home with our own things. You know it
will never come amiss for we will keep house some day. As to room or
rooms you can suit your own convenience of course it would be pleasanter
to have small bed room and sitting room. But you may not be able to get
that at a convenient place so suit your own dear self and I will say Amen.
Our Picnic passed off very nicely. The day was beautiful and I enjoyed
myself nicely our principle game was croquet.
When are you coming home again. I wish you were going to be here this
week we would go to Sterling to the Fair which is held from Tuesday to
Friday or Thursday. I presume will be the closing up day, but we cannot
always have things as we like or I should have you with me all the time.
Mr. Waldron was up here two days last week. He was very inquisitive
about you. I did not give him very much satisfaction. He did not like
very much the way I acted I guess for I payed no more attention to him
than to the other boarders. I told him he asked too many questions.
The folks all wish to be remembered to you. I dreamed last night I was
in Chicago and at Mr. Woods and the folks all treated me so coolly! I
did not see you, but wondered why I did not. I awoke before I had done
I must not write more this morning. Good bye. May Heaven protect my boy.
Ever yours, Josie
Copyright Margaret Gagliardi 2004
Sep 7th 1869
My Dear Zack
Your letter I received last night made me feel badly all the evening. I
am sorry that you should have doubts in regard to my feelings for you. I
do love you and not once have I regretted my promise to one day become
your entirely. What reason Dear have you for thinking as you do? Have I
said or done anything by which you could infer that I was changing? Now
Dear Zack cast away from your mined those doubts and fears, and in their
stead have thoughts full of confidence in me. I certainly should not
marry you if I did not love you better than I ever have any other man.
We can never be happy if we do not have perfect trust in each other. Our
lives would be anything but happy if we doubt each other. Let us be
consoled with the thought that we love each other better than any person
else. I am happy for you say you love me and I believe you. I am real
glad to know that you think of coming home this week. I shall only be
too happy to see you.
I want to see you just as often as I can but at the same time I could
not ask you to come so often as I would like to have you because you are
in business now and your money will be to a greater advantage to you in
that than in coming to Dixon so often. The visits are oh so pleasant
while here but how badly we dread the parting. I was up to Gracie
Everetts this evening and found her sick abed. Zack you are quite a
convenience to Mollie when she has company for she can provide them with
such a nice escort. I think I would like to make M a visit. Do you
suppose she would assign you to me as my gallant. If it was convenient I
should try it just for the fun of hoping you for my beau. Well I wont
say any more foolishness now. It is quite late and I am tho sleepy and I
don’t want to give you a sleepy letter for they are poor enough when
awake. So I will big you Goodnight Old sweetness. Cautioning you never
to allow such doubts and fears to find resting place in your mind again,
for I do love you devotedly and am your own Darling Pet.
Copyright Margaret Gagliardi 2004
Zack D. Mathuss
195 South Water St.
Aug 31st 1869
My Old Sweetness
How do you do tonight. I hope you are feeling better than I am. I am not
sick, but completely tired out. Today we only had ten strangers to
Dinner and this evening five, but we have only about two days yet and
then we will be at rest again. I enjoy having company very much but when
all the work depends on a few, then there is very little comfort or
pleasure. Your letter written to me Sabbath afternoon, I did not receive
until Tuesday Eve. I looked for it on Monday, but I guess you did not
get it to the Office in time as the train leaves very early. But its
goodness made up for its tardiness. What nice little ___ you must have
in your rooms all alone by yourselves. They must be happy little circles
all that is lacking is Josie I presume. Well the chair wont be vacant
many years longer will it dear? But Zack when you do think of me don’t
think aloud so much. It will not benefit the public any and perhaps do
more credit to yourself in society not to mention my name very often.
Of course I mean in your little gatherings where any others besides M &
H are. They of course know us so well. That I do not care for you
wishing for me in their presence, but with other, keep your wishes mum
please. I know you love me dearly and wish for me so often that you do
it before you think sometimes. I appreciate your love Dear and love you
with all the ardor a heart can. I am yours in heart, for I love you
better than I ever have loved any person and that let me tell you is
considerable for I have thought I loved several times, but soon found my
mistake. You mentioned changing your board. I should think you plan a
good one as far as eating and lodging goes but you have very little
society. I presume it is considerable cheaper and for a while might do,
but I think you would tire of it to keep it up long. As to furnishing a
room that would not come amiss to you – when you did stop that way of
boarding, for madam Rumor has it now that Zack M is going to be married
in the fall and in such a case he might want to furnish his own room to
suit himself or does he intend taking his worser half to the restaurant
for meals, and continue the same style of boarding.
I am delighted to know that you are getting along so nicely in business.
Dear you don’t know what a comfort it is to me to know that you have now
something in which to occupy your time. God has given us our time not to
idle or spend it in trifling things, but intends we shall improve it for
the good of someone. Therefore I like to see people improve every day of
their lives to the best of their ability.
I am going down to Aunts on Sunday. I will then tell her that the next
time you come (which will be as soon as the moon is nice wont it Dear?)
then we will come to make her a short visit. She is very desirous of
seeing you so now remember put your best foot forward when we go to make
our visit. I wish you were going with me Sunday. This letter is written
very carelessly but I don’t feel any other way tonight. Write to me
soon. Good night love. May our Heavenly Father watch and protect you
from all harm is the daily prayer of one who thinks of you very often
and loves you very much.
Good night again with a huge big kiss.
Copyright Margaret Gagliardi 2004
Zack D. Mathuss Esq
211 South Water Street
Aug 15th 1869
Sabbath 9 ½ P.M.
My Dear Zack
I have just returned from church heard a right good sermon from Mr.
Thummel. I can scarcely tell you my disappointment when I received your
letter last night saying you are not _____ here. I expected to ___ ___
that every ___ ____ ___ ___ for your own ___ ___ ___ do that instead of
being here alone tonight it should have you very near me. It has made me
feel blue all day. It is indeed too bad that your plans should be so
blasted. I am real sorry hope you may soon be more successful. It must
have been very trying to you to have the arrangements so near completed
and then so abruptly cut short. Business must certainly look rather
perplexing to you by this time. Of course it is perfectly right that you
should be cautious before entering into a business but dear let not the
extra expense of keeping me worry you. I propose having a little
conscience in the matter so do not fear that I will make the burden
greater than you can bear up under. And I do not ask of you to make too
great a risk of what you have merely for the sake of bring into business
at the same time do not be too choicy for my sake. Do not think I twill
make such a very great income to keep me however. I had better not say
any thing on this subject. You know for your self all I can tell.
I was surprised to hear of Harry’s having sold out. Why did he do so? Is
he trying to get with you? Or did he and Col. Jones get along well
Dear much as I would like to see you I love you more for being a man of
your word than if you had come home under the circumstances. I do love
you ever so much for that because it was a great temptation – a little
thing to say but a great think if carried out. I got back yesterday. One
morning while gone ___ got up at day break and went blackberry picking –
had a grand time and picked lots of berries.
Tell Mollie she need not think because Harry is there and she is very
happy that lo poor I am to be forgotten ___ I am waiting anxiously to
hear from her – tell her I wan to know how many pillow cases she has
made. I will not write more tonight. Write to me very soon and often.
Pleasant dreams. Our folks wish to be remembered. Good bye old
sweetness. Your Joseph.
Zack I ___ this is a poorly composed letter I have been very sleepy and
dull all the time. I will try and do better next time. Good night. Pet
Copyright Margaret Gagliardi 2004
Zack D. Mathuss
211 South Water Street
In my room
Aug 8th 1869
Sitting alone in my room, my thoughts of course wander off to Chicago
and my treasure it holds. I have wished so much for your today. I begin
to wish I had not told you not to come until you were settled in
business for it is so long to wait. Come next Sunday wont you dearest if
you can. For I do want to see you so much. I hope it will be as you said
in your last letter that you hoped you might be settled in another week
so as to visit me. I shall be so happy. I presume you were somewhat
surprised to see this letter ____ at home for I said in my last I would
be at Sterling. The day before I had it to go a young lady from Frankin
came to visit me and is still here so that I was obliged to give up my
visit to S. The Friend here will leave on Tuesday then I will go with
her as far as Nachusa and visit there the rest of the week but will come
home Saturday morning again. Is that if you come I shall be home. I will
not stay over Sunday. You say Mollie is very busy preparing for her
wedding. Perhaps you would like to know that your Darling is also very
busing making pillow cases. Zack I have the new calico for the wonderful
event (you wished me to have) will show it to you when I see you. Will
not make it up until needed. I think at least hope you will like it. You
know you told me to get calico but I did not. Hope this may please you
Well Dear did you see the eclipse yesterday? I did from the top of the
Courthouse where we could see it to a good advantage and also for the
_____ful shadows or the scenery _____ ____ I enjoyed it so much. Will
Johnson took me a up there were ____ other young ladies and a gentleman
also. So that there was a very party of us. Well Dear I guess that New
York Lawyer stands very little show in these letters of mine for ____
____ is pretty well ___ ___ already. Please excuse the haste in which
these is written. Anna wanted me to go with her for a stroll – her last
____ is Angel. I tell her all that is lacking are the wings. Goodbye
Darling. Write very soon to your own Pet. I do love you heaps a Kiss.
George Ball was in town this week. He asked me when I was to be married.
I told him very soon. Bye Bye
Zack D. Mathuss
211 South Water Street
Steadman & Co
Alone in my room
July 31st (1869)
My Dear Zack
Your good sweet letter I received this evening. I wish your letters
would all be as long, but I am satisfied as it is if it cannot
conveniently be otherwise.
I have been to choir rehearsal this evening so that it is quite late
now. I only commence this letter tonight will finish it tomorrow
sometime. I have had very little sleep nights this week but have taken
more than ten minutes naps in daytime on account of Gracie’s illness.
Tonight as the first night at home since Monday night I feel quite tired
and want a good rest tonight. I don’t know but what I should be jealous
if that Miss Clark stayed in Chicago much longer. I am glad she is going
away. I don’t want any person to get ahead of me in your affections but
then I will not be so selfish. You may go with any young lady you wish.
You have given me the same privilege and I use it so that it is
perfectly square for you to do likewise. I know you love me very much
and I know too that no one without considerable difficulty would occupy
the corner of your heart that I flatter myself. I do. Zack Dear do you
realize how fast time flies. It is now more than three weeks since you
went away from here the last time and three months since you came home.
Zack I believe I could have selected several business in that time.
Perhaps I would be to fast and pay for in the end, but you say business
is to be dropped in our letters hereafter so I will have patience and
keep quiet but do hurry. I want to see you so very much. I expect every
day to hear mothers or Father ask me if you are in business yet, and I
must confess I have answered the questions of much I am run out of
answers – so do help me give them a new one. If I could not set myself
there I would go elsewhere.
Last night before dark I went with Grace E and Will Johnson up to see
the new High School building on this side. Also the new Piano they have
there which is quite pretty.
I will bid you Good night and finish this in the morning. Heaven protect
my boy – a Kiss
Dear I have just returned from church went with George Thummel – he
asked to come in but I politely declined saying “it was not convenient
tonight.” Oh Zack. Man came home on the two o’clock train this morning.
We were quite glad to see him. He has been gone just two months. He
comes home looking about as brown as you did when you first came home.
He enjoyed his trip highly, but thinks land speculation is not what it
is cracked up to be. He says stock business is the most paying.
Tell Mollie I saw Harry Young and his mother Stedman on the street
yesterday and was sorry I had no chance to speak to them. Asa is getting
so very fleshy.
Well Dear I have some jolly news to tell you. On Friday evening this
week I had a letter from a young lawyer in New York City (a
correspondent who very deliberately lays down to me his heart and hand
and fortune for my consideration and acceptance. Now Zack hurry up and
let me see you settled soon – or I might hich to the Lawyer. I will not
frighten you too much as I will say no more. Do not fear that I will
accept him before I hear from you again. I will see if you love me yet
as much as ever. Just think dear a home in New Y- City would be quite a
Write to me very soon Zack. I wish so much you could be here tonight
instead of Chicago. Where every word that passes between us must be in
black and white. I hope to see you soon. Writing does not satisfy me.
Good night again Dear. Pleasant dreams. A big kiss.
July 24th 1869
I received two letters from you tonight for which receive my hearty
thanks. I have been looking for a letter from you every day. I was
afraid to write for fear you had changed your mind and gone elsewhere. I
am disappointed at not hearing of your being settled in business yet. I
truly expected in your next letter to have you tell me that your time
was occupied in business. I hope it may be so soon for I want to see you
very much. It seems a long time since you were here and as I do not
expect to see you until you are in business. I am quite impatient. I
hope the wish to see me will be an incentive to hurry a little more. I
hope you may be able to come soon for I am truly very lonesome without you.
Dear I was out boat riding Thursday evening. There were six ladies and
three gentlemen. We went in the big sail boat and had a glorious time.
But to ease father I promised I would not go on again at night. He feels
so very uneasy when I am on the water for fear some accident might
happen. So I will have to give that up much as I enjoy it. I am glad
that you have sent for those letters. In thinking over it all It seems
very much as if I had made a mistake in directing one of them. It seems
to me I wrote Ohio instead of Iowa and yet I cannot tell. If I did it
will have to go to the Dead letter office before it is returned if
returned at all.
I am glad Mollie is made happy by Harry’s visit. I wish I could be made
happy by your visit tonight.
Zack I did not get your letter finished last night because George came
for me to go and hear Blind Tom. I enjoyed it so much. He is indeed a
generous as far as music his but he is more of an idiot in other things
than sane. I wish I had a good share of his music abilities wouldn’t I
make good use of it? I think I should.
I had a letter from man last night he is coming up through Missouri.
Will be home in about three weeks I presume. He is traveling with his
pony and says he will try and bring it home for me to ride.
Zack your letters to me must have been written in considerable of a
hurry, for there seem so many words I had to supply with my imagination.
In several instances four and five words were omitted. You see I had to
think and guess at the meaning but I guess I got it all right. Dear what
do you think is the reason I do not want you to come home until you are
settled. Please tell won’t you? I do love you and want to see you very
much but it all depends upon yourself when I shall see you. Write to me
very soon. Dear and I will do them same. With my best wishes for your
success I am yours only Pet. Many kisses excuse pencil Gracie spilled my
Copyright Margaret Gagliardi 2004
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In my Room, Friday Eve.
Jan 29th 1869
It is quite late but nevertheless will commence a letter to you. I wrote
to you last Sunday and now another aint I doing well?
I have just returned from hearing the Alleganians or Swiss Bell Ringers
enjoyed it ever so much. The singing was splendid. I would give a good
deal to have a voice like the one I heard tonight. I should then not
hesitate to sing for Zack whenever he wished it. I am going to commence
taking music lessons again as soon as the days get a little longer. I
want to know a little more of music before I commit myself in your
keeping. I think music adds so much toward happiness in a family. Music
cheers and comforts when words will not.
Zack do you remember the minister you met here? A widower well advanced
in years. You had better keep a watch over Josie. He is here again and
they have been out riding in the county today. There is no telling what
it will amount to if you do not see after her soon. You had better let
somebody as a watch in your absence “ahem”.
I received a real sweet and long letter from you this week for which I
am ever so much obliged. Also received a short one with Mr. and Mrs.
Wanns photos. Will you please remember me to them and say I am very
thankful. I hope to send a better one of myself soon. I think Mr. Wann
must be a very sweet woman Judging from her picture, and I think Mr.
Wann is right gay looking man. Should like very much to become
acquainted with them some time if they ever come east. I never expect to
get so far west, unless you prefer ___ving there to here, which I don’t’
believe you do. You speak of coming home before fall. Of course I should
be delighted but naughty boy, don’t you come back until you have
whiskers again. What made you shave them off? I think you must look
comical. Dear Zack I am getting very sleepy. I know you will excuse me
if I finish this letter some other time. It is after eleven and I don’t
want to give you a sleepy letter. So good night Dear. Pleasant dreams. I
am thou shleepy.
Saturday morning, before day break. I wonder if Zack is up so early as I
am this morning. I attended a right gay party last Tuesday night. A
reception give for Kattie Loveland who returned from London last month.
It was a very large party and much more sociable than most large
parties, although a regular kid glove affair. They were not stiff. I
enjoyed it very much.
Mr. Wanns must be quite comfortable from your description of the house.
I really should like to share with you your invitations to tea for I
have no doubt I should enjoy Mrs. Wanns Society but most of all yours.
Harry Powers has been coming up here quite frequent of late but I can
hardly expect him any more as Mollie has returned to Chicago. What do
you think of that but don’t’ mention to him that I told you. You speak
of your Room mates contemplated marriage. What will you do when he
leaves you? Will you be left entirely alone?
Dear Zack I was so glad to hear the words of encouragement in your last
and long letter. I hope you may be able to continue in well doing. I do
not think you rough, only like so many many others careless in regard to
religion. But I think you mean to do what is right and I will be happy
in that belief. I know your circumstances were rather discouraging by
losing your father and mother so young that was a great misfortune. But
of course it must have been for the best for God never does any which he
thinks will not benefit us in some way.
You are a dear good boy (or man) and I love your very much. When I said
boy I was thinking of your being without whiskers which necessarily must
make you look somewhat boyish. That is why I want you to have whiskers
when you come to see me. I feel very gay and happy this morning. I guess
it must be because I am up so early. But it is nearly breakfast time and
I must hurry through with my letter. The widower teases me considerable
about getting so many letters from Rochester. He knows who their from
and he gets a good many from the Office. He knows how often they come.
Zack I am rather short of paper is why I use this half sheet. Will have
to lay in a fresh supply.
Hoping to hear from you soon I will bid you good bye – with much love
and Kiss. Your Own Josie
Copyright Margaret Gagliardi 2004
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His remains were placed in a beautiful casket of cypress wood, and on
Wednesday, the last day of the year, we carried him from his earthly
home and laid him to rest beside our dear mother between the graves of
our mother and our Grandmother, there to rest till the great day of
reunion. May his children live as he lived and die as calmly.
His character was that of a christian gentleman. His heart so large he
found room there for all. The rich, the poor, the scholar, the
unlearned, - all. Said one who was speaking of him as a man of broad
views and liberal mind and loving heart, Why, sin, although one of the
most outspoken and strongest temperance men, he is such a gentleman and
so kind that the lowest saloon man in town, will take off his hat
quicker to Mr. Trimper than to any one else.
Without intending it so, the selection of pall bearers was an
illustration of his hold on all classes. There were two ministers, one a
D. D. one college professor, one wholesale grocer, one miller and one
superintendent of city street car and omnibus lines. At the funeral an
old man threw himself on the casket and wept aloud exclaiming My
friend, my friend. Afterward I asked who he was. Mr. Pollock. Who is
Mr. Pollock? He was a man whose hand is against every man and every
mans hand against him And yet he wept aloud over my fathers lifeless
form. The old colored washer woman, weeping said He was just an angel
for years. And this man, loved so dearly by the poor and ignorant, was
a scholar and a saint, and the associate of the best intellectially,
socially, and religiously wherever he lived. K. T. U.
Copyright Margaret Gagliardi 2004
Saturday night, near midnight, as his children all stood sadly around
his bed, he said in a distinct voice Goodnight then signified he
wished to kiss each one. We all complied, receiving what each considers
the most precious kiss of all their lives. This done, he raised his weak
and trembling hands to heaven and slowly and distinctly blessed his
children in these words, The Lord, our God, bless thee and keep thee,
Amen. About half an hour later he said I want you all to unite then
his voice failed him for a moment. with you in prayer, Pa? I said. He
nodded his head and we all knelt. He led us, himself in a short but
earnest prayer for Divine support during the final struggle. This night
also we sang for him. It soothed, and comforted him to hear Rock of
Ages, Nearer my god & How firm a Foundation. His sufferings, which
were terrible to witness, ended at 8 oclock Sunday Morning, yet never,
for a moment, was there a look or sign of a disturbed mind. The future
gave him no trouble and he said I know in whom I have believed and by
God will not desert me now. During the last week his pain had been
unremitting and extreme, and at dissolution his dear face showed a
degree of agony that wrung our hearts.
On Monday his physician told him he was bound for Glory. This
statement he received as quietly, as calmly, as if some friend he had
looked for, had called for him. When he saw us all weeping he wept at
the thought of parting but tried to make us realize how much better he
would be. Said he I have no ecstacies but a firm hope. This was in
answer to one who asked him What is your prospect for Trimper? During
the last week he repeated many passages of scripture indicative of his
calm reliance upon the Divine Arm. On Wednesday night at his urgent
request Mary and I Sang Rock of Ages, Nearer my god to Thee, and
several other hymns. Thursday night he asked to have the whole family
sing. This, though a severe task to the singers, was done, he nodding
his head frequently in approval of the sentiments of the hymns.
His most intimate friend, Rev. A. M. Richardson, had promised several
years before to conduct his funeral (if he survived him.) and he was a
frequent caller. It was like hearing a poem read, to hear them quote
passage after passage of scripture, really conversing in scriptural
language. When about to take his leave on Friday afternoon Pa said
Brother Richardson, if I am not here when you come again, remember, it
will all be right. I have fought a good fight I have finished my
course. I have kept the faith. Here strength failed, his head dropped
on his bosom but Mr. R. took up the broken thread, and as he said,
Hence forth, there is laid up for me a crown, which the Lord my
righteous Judge shall give me at that day. Pa raised his head and, a
beautiful smile illuminating his blue eyes, he nodded his head and said
In the fall of 1879, our father had a very severe and protracted attack
of typhoid fever, which left him in very feeble health. It was, indeed,
as a sequence of this that his final disease resulted. The first year
after our mothers death, he continued a great sufferer, so feeble as to
require the almost constant attention of some one or other. Mary was his
right hand, and nurse. Sept. 13th 1883 he was married to Mrs. Susan R.
Rand. His health at this time was somewhat improved, and became better,
and so continued till a few months before his death.
The day before Pas second marriage Henry Stever was married to Miss
Emma Poehler at the residence of the brides father Mr. Theodore
Poehler. (Henry, Edward and Mary were all married by our father).
On Feb. 7th 1884, Mary L. was married at Pas home to Albert C.
Hamilton, (photographer), and Mar 6th 1884 Edward P. was married to Miss
Hattie Arnold. E. P. was the last of the children to marry, the eldest
living, Katie (the, writer here) having been married at Dixon, Ills, Nov
11th 1866 to Mr. Jonathan Uhl. (flour miller)
On Sunday, Oct. 19th, 1884, Pa was taken very ill while at church, but
afterward seemed to mend for a time, then grew worse, other better, till
early in Dec. we found he was gradually but steadily failing. On Sunday
Dec. 21st he baptized the infant daughter of his son Henry, I stood
sponsor and the baby was named Helen Catharine in honor of its
grandmother Catherine Tremper.
Having received a call from the Luth. Ch, in Muncy, Pa, I resigned my
pastoral charge of the Lena church. I did not however, go to Muncy, Pa.,
but, instead, accepted a call to the church at Dixon Lee Co, Ills. Here
I served for five years until my health failed, when, for that cause, I
was obliged to resign. I now became the financial agent of Carthage
College, a new institution, organized by the Luth. Ch., in consequence,
of the failure of Illinois State University, and Mendota College. I
traveled in the interest of this new institution, three years, and
secured an endowment of between thirty-four and thirty-five thousand
dollars. But then, in consequence of the failing health of my wife, we
sought a milder climate and located in Lawrence, Kan, in the spring of
1873. Here I became pastor of the English Luth. Ch. Here it was that our
son Henry graduated at the Kansas State University, and then from the
law department of the University of Mich. At Ann Arbor. Here Edward
Payson attended the University and lacked but one year of graduation
when, because of my broken health, it was deemed better, that he should
learn some trade. He went into the office of the Western Union Telegraph
Co here and soon became a very successful operator. Here Lucy Ellen
married W. O. Fricker and removed to Clayton, Mo. Here in Oct 1881 my
good wife was taken away by death, and one month afterward, Mrs.
Trimpers mother, Mrs. Elisabeth Miller, died. Here, in the spring of
1883, my health having failed to that degree, I was obliged to resign my
pastoral charge of the church. Our daughter Mary L. supplied the place
of her mother to the utmost of her ability in taking charge of the
family affairs and her father.
This sketch was given, simply as a pastime and practice in Stenography
for bro. Henry and was never copied, till after my fathers death.
Hence, if it contain mistakes they are scarcely my fathers. K. T. U.
Then I was elected President of Mendota Female College, and moved there
and took charge in 1858, but, becoming dissatisfied with the management
of the trustees of that institution, I moved to Canton, Ills. Though the
influence of Dr. Harkey, then a professor of Illinois State University,
I was appointed financial agent of that institution. I travelled mostly
in Pa., and was very successful until the election of Abraham Lincoln,
when war was declared, and financial matters were in such confusion, I
was obliged to return home. I omitted to state, that, at Canton, Ill,
our son Edward Payson was born. After I returned from the College
agency, we lived at Cedarville, Ills, where I was pastor of a large
church of several congregations. From here we removed to Lena, about 14
miles northwest of Freeport. It was while we lived here our son John was
killed in the battle of Fort Donelson. He had volunteered seven months
before for three years or the war, while we lived in Cedarville. In Lena
our youngest child was born Mary Lyon.
At Oregon, we buried a pair of twins, on the west bank of Rock River.
They died within a few days of each other. Their names were William
Abraham and Mary Elizabeth.
From Oregon we moved to the city of Peru, where I took charge of the
Peru Academy, and held it about one year. Here our son Henry was born.
This was in 1854. Thence we moved to Peoria Co. My health, owing to
close confinement in the school-room had broken down so badly I was
obliged to resort to outdoor employment, in order to build up. I bought
a little farm at a place called Pennsylvania Ridge, a little settlement,
where I took charge of a church and ran my 20 acre farm. On the way from
Peoria city out to the farm Henry took off one of his shoes, and we lost
it on the road. Thence we removed to the state of Iowa, to a place
called Eddyville. Here I took charge of the public school, having three
teachers under me and was pastor of the Luth. Ch. a house mission.
From here we went to Knoxville, the county seat of Marion County. Here
I was pastor of the Luth. Ch. and opened a select school, as the public
school was not giving satisfaction, and the ch. was weak and poor. Here
Lucy was born in 1857, in a beautiful grove (adjoining the town), in
which our little home was almost hid. At the time of her birth I was
away from home attending a meeting of the General Synod of the Ev. Luth.
Ch. of U.S. which convened that year at Reading, Pa. This was my first
attendance on that body, though I have since been a delegate to the same
a number of times.
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