Autograph Book of Mary Alice Roberts Hopper
Contributed by Mary Patchett (source #12)
This book is over a hundred years old and is still legible today (March 2001). It is composed of Autographs and Sentiments written to my Grandmother, Mary Alice Roberts Hopper, who was born in Coles County, Illinois August 11, 1877. Her mother was Laura Aleshire Roberts, born 1857, in Cumberland County, and her Father was Charles Roberts, born in Indiana 1851, and resided in Coles County. The text and punctuation is copied verbatim, trying to keep the way the pages were written in the book.
December th (sic) 27,1889
The taller the trees
The tighter the bark
The sweeter the girl
The harder to spark.
Ada Stierwalt 12 years old
Dec 25th 1889
The Compliments of Thos Trub
To Miss Mollie Roberts May
Your life Be long and Prosperous
and full of Enjoyment.
God made the littel (sic) birds to sing
and flit from tree to tree
Tis he who sends bless (sic) in the spring
To ring for Mollie and me
Jennie A Aleshire
December The 3, 1890
Our life is like a summer's day
It seems so quickly past,
Youth is the morning bright and
Gay and if tis spent in wisdom
Wisdom's ways we meet old age with
Out disarray and death is sweet at last.
Lu Eleanor Edwards.
Sept The 7, 1890
Remember well and bear in mind
that A handsome young man is hard to find
and when you find one handsome and true
hang on to his coat-tail both night and by day and if your holl (sic) should
happ n (sic)
to slip grab another and let him
Your frind (sic)
Mary Stisch (not sure of spelling)
To Mollie Remember me
Love the boy
All you can
llie Peters (no date)
Dec th 1887
When years and months,have glided by
When on this page you cast your eye,
Remember I was a frind (sic) sinceer(sic)
That left this kind rememberance here.
With best wishes for your fucher (sic) cheer.
Miss Minnie Niccum Remember me
Friend Mollie December 3 1890
And don't forget.
That I hve (sic)
A Frind(sic) in
your Friend Della Bader
An embossed seal of flowers with a rose predominating, a women's hand opening a book which has the following quote: "With love and best wishes" written across 2 pages. Colors are as beautiful today as they were then. The word "Friendship" is beautifully penned with embellishments across a corner of the page.
Let Friendship, love and kindness
Through all your actions be
And may the wings of wrighteousness (sic)
Cary (sic) you over the sea.
Complimant (sic) Remembrance
by your cousin S.C. Niccum
December the 28 1890
Springpoint Cumberland County Ills (sic)
I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years may the
new year bring you joy and pleasure each day of your life
Some New joy onyour Sparkling Eyes be you Like grafs you Soonmay
Pass Away So go it while you are young
With Fond Rememberances
This has an embossed rose with a bud and green leves affixed to the corner of the page.
December 28 1890
When I in a far and distent (sic) land
You see the writing of my hand
Although my face you cannot see
Read this piece and think of me
Isaac N Cook. Remember me
December 28 1889
Toledo Cumberlan (sic) Co Ill
When you are married And
settled at your ease
Remember I am single
And doing as I please
Jan the 20 92
When you get old and can not see put on your specks and
think of me
(He married her in 1897.)
Some other names in the book are Larence Wisner, Alley Easton, Lu E Cuffman, Maggie Easton, Bert W Smith, J or T F Cruster, A.H. Niccum, Bell J or Z Fuys or Hayes, Eva Wisner, Linnie Estes and Flora Niccum. There are more, but my eye sight is so poor I cannot make out the names with any degree of accuracy.
The quotes below are from "The Johnstown Story" by Freda Wiseheimer. Copy of book with Robert Hopper who lives in Illinois. Ed Hopper's father and mother are the subject of these quotes:
"Jim Cather carried the mail twice a week from Toledo, out to Croake.
Croake was situated west of Toledo on R. 21 as far as Bean School, then
turned south one mile and back west one mile. The road that led to Croake
is now grown up in brush but still easily found. The post office was a
smoke house built of rough lumber with just rough pigeon holes for the mail.
Iin the winter when it got too cold for the smokehouse Jimmy Hopper moved the
post office into the house and into a big wooden box and shoved it under the
bed. When anyone came for the mail, they dragged out the box and rummaged
through it for any letters."
Has any one mentioned the small station called Croak? Jesse Gentry asked
me. "Croake was really a postoffice, but Jim Schee ran a grocery store there
and sometimes there were two stores. Old Jimmy Hopper and his wife
Frances, and their large family were the mainsprings of Croake. Frances kept
the Post Office and was a Doctor and went on a mule all over the country
side. I believe the Hoppers had come from Ohio. Jimmy Hopper had a saw and
grist mill and did a big business with the help of his sons. One was Silas
Hopper who married, I believe into your family and another was Isaac, who
married a Lyb or Elizabeth Easton. The women worked the fields and Lyb
could cut wheat, pitch and stack hay with any man.
of Alice Smith
Contributed by Gina Wolveck (email@example.com)
Presented to Alice Smith by her Teacher, Viola Rennels
Aug. 30, 1887
Dear Alice: Be what thou semes - Live thy ???
Hold up to the world the ? desire
Be what thou prayers to be made
And let the great Marters ? be there. Anna Lumbre
Charleston Oct. 11/87
Be not satisfied to stand below your fellow men. remember that what-ever others have done, with patience you may do.
Our lives are as we make them,
Whether good or ill.
The kind of seed we have sown,
Eternity will tell.
Your Teacher C.A. Quackenbush.
Nov. 15, 187 (sic)
Compliments of a friend.
Dec 22nd 1887
Compliments of a friend.
Charleston, Coles county, Ills.
Charleston, Coles County, Ill Dec 23 1887
I wish you wealth
I wish you health
I wish you heaven after death.
Charleston, Ills, Oct 2, 1887
Long may you live
Happy may you be
Loved by many but
Best by me.
Your Friend, Minnie
When you are sitting all
Alone reflecting on the past
Remember that you have a friend
that will for ever last.
Charleston Co. Ills December 19, 1877 (sic)
You ask me to write in your Album
I hardly know how to begin
For there is nothing in me
Except original sin
Your friend Ella Mitchell
In your chain of memory count me as a link. Remember me.
Dec. 18, 1888 Charleston, Ill.
Compliments of your Aunt.
Dear youth, the maid who sends you this;
Entreats you will not take it amiss;
She sends these lines that they may prove
A pledge of her unceasing love.
June 15th, 1890
There is a star which holy lights sheds
Sweetness on the vale of night
Oh cultivate that little star
Which calls, Forget me not
That star is a Friend.
Charleston, Ills. Feb the 18, 1888
Long may you live
Happy may you be
Loved by many
But best by me
Terre Haute, Ind September 18, 1888
Compliments of your Aunt
Jan 19, 1890
I love you little
I love you big
I love you like a little fig
September the 29, 1889
Charleston Coles Co. Ill
When rocks and hills devide us
and you no more i see
pick up your pen and paper
and write a letter to me.
Charleston Ills. Feb 17th 1888
From a fond heart.
faithrul and true.
You I loved when first we met,
You I loved I love you yet
time may come and we will part
but tis you that has my heart.
Remember a true friend
Charleston Coles Co., Ill
Dec 22, 1887
Compliments far p???
of my friend
Charleston Coles Co Ill
Compliments of your friend
Oct 11th "87
Oct the 11. 1887 Charleston Ills..
You have told me you will not forget me.
In the years that shall come and shall go.
When thy sympathy love and devotion.
Were warmed in my liveing hearts glow...
Oct 10th 1887 Charleston Ills
Trip lightly through sunshine
Time hath his work to do, and we have ours.
Floral Cards from Alice Dawson's funeral
Contributed by Gina Wolveck (source #18)
Mrs. Mose Sanders & Mrs. Chas. Owens
Mr. and Mrs. John Hammack, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brumleve, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Summers
W.F. Matlock and family
Brown Shoe Factory Employees, Second Floor
Miss Black's 4th grade Lincoln School
From Josephine, Lucille & Leonard (Alice's children)
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