By Helen L. Laird
A brain of Her Own: Helen Connor Laird and kin 1888–1982 captures the general public achievement and inner most discomfort of a amazing Wisconsin lady and her relations, whose pursuits and effect prolonged way past the borders of the state. Spanning nearly a century, the background speaks to the best way we have been and are: a stridently materialistic state with a deep and protracted non secular part.
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Hinman, Mrs. Rewey, and Mrs. Brown gave and longing to be old enough to be a teacher herself. She remembered people sitting in the same pews every Sunday, Mrs. Upham’s “pretty bonnets and dresses,” the midweek prayer services she attended with her mother, “the thrill of certain Christmas Eves,” Mrs. Riley “in times of trouble about the neighborhood quietly taking charge of things,” and Mr. D. believed in the essential function of religion to provide an organizational foundation and ideal of conduct in national and family life, but he was not a religious man.
The document was typewritten, on legal-sized paper, bound and stapled to a cover, but it had not been notarized. , Sargent did as he was instructed and deeded the land over to the Connor Lumber and Land Company. That did not put things right between the men. When Sargent opened a blacksmith shop and started to sell furnaces and hot water heating systems, Connor moved in on him, putting in a full line of machinery at the company store and driving Sargent out of business. D. Connor do this to us?
Charles (Charlie) Edward Barney heard about it and came from southern Michigan, where the woods had been cleared and everything had turned to farms, and he didn’t like farming. He came into Laona with his wife and children, four hundred pounds of household goods, seven dollars, and a canary, and there he settled in for life. As a young man he worked in the woods and the mill and hauled wood, coal, and groceries to the camps around Laona. Sometimes it got so cold ( degrees below zero) that the only things moving were those head lice going south.
A Mind of Her Own: Helen Connor Laird and Family, 1888-1982 (Wisconsin Land and Life) by Helen L. Laird