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AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF JESSIE BELLE LAWSON ONARGA, ILL. c. 1880 The following was transcribed from the autograph book of my g-grandmother, Jessie Lawson. She became Jessie Lawson Whiteside with her marriage to Samuel Addison Whiteside. 1. Inscription for this volume dedicated to Friendship's Record. "Still o'er these scenes my memory wakes, And fondly broods with miser care; Time but the impression deeper makes As streams their channels deeper wear." Burns May this be your happy experience as you read over these pages in after years and the sweeter recollection that your name is "written in heaven." Affectionately your friend and Pastor, W. C. Magner Onarga, Ill. Sept. 21, 1880 2. Jessie! "Get theu spindle and they distaff ready and God will send thee flax." Your friend M. E. Magner 3. To Jessie L. A few lines in your book I'll write - And wish you a future which may always be bright. Be kind and good, faithful and true, And the Lord will bless you in whatever you do. Your friend, J. Will Porter Greenwood Home 9.26.1880 4. For Jessie L, Long tried, trusted and true, Make friends of the truest blue, Always remember a friend you've helped in need, Will always endeavor your pleasure to speed. Your friend, A. Porter Greenwood Home Onarga, Ill. Sept. 27th, 1880 5. Dear Jessie, "Tis weary watching wave by wave, And yet this tide heaves onward. We climb like coral, grave by grave, But have a path that's sunward. We've beaten back by many a fray, But never strength we'll borrow. And where the vanguard camps today, The rear shall rest tomorrow." Lovingly, Jessie Onarga, Sept. 26, 1880 6. "May friendships brightest gem of earth E'er wreathe its smiles around your way; And Love - that flower of heavenly birth, Yield you its richest aroma. Your friend, Laura T. Grant Roseville, Ill. 10-7-80 7. Miss Jessie, "The Lord bless thesee and keep thee; the Lord make his face shine upon these and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up him countenance upon thee and give thee peace." Sincerely, Frances M. Gilbert Rossville, Oct. 7, 1880 8. Compliment of your friend, Steward Jones Ridgeville, Ill 1882 9. Jessie May sunshine gild your path through life, Each day bring some new pleasure; May you be free from care and strife, And lay up heavenly treasure. Your cousin, Addie M. Coe March 23, 1882 10. Jessie May peace and plenty you every day attend, May you never want or lose a friend; May all your moments pass as you desire, May you wed the one you most admire, Your Cousin, Jennie Coe Onarga, March 23rd, 1882 11. "Imagine the rest" Every your friend, Ed. E. Whiteside Ridgeville, Nov. 3rd, 1880 12. Like ripple following the wave to sea So many God's blessing follow thee. Your friend, Albert M. Amerman Onarga, Ill Nov. 7th, 1880 13. Onarga, April 24th, 1882 Jessie - A long happy life I wish you. The happiness will depend, in a great measure on yourself, and will be of your own making or marring, for life is what you make it. We can make our own life pleasant by making others happy for tis said that: 'That which the fountain sends forth returneth again to the fountain.' [this one is signed "Mc" or so it seems] Sheldon, Iroquois Co., Ill. 14. [this page is headed with O.C.C. Along the sides are written Banking, Journal, Ledger] Mistakes are the stepping stones by which we can learn. Very respectfully, Chas. E. Pickett Onarga, Ill May 25, 1882 15. [this page is headed by G.P.C. - that is probably Grand Prairie Conservatory] One of the Six E. L. Philbrook New Sharon, Iowa First Class and Union Paris, Ill 12-6-80 16. Friend Jessie Take me as I mean, not as I say. Your commercial friend, Jonas Vanderwoort Onarga, Ill May 12, 1880 [along the side of the page in parentheses in says Don't forget the stripes we saw one day] 17. Compliments and respects of Ida A. Motte Onarga, Nov. 28th, 1880 18. Ever your friend, H. L. Walton Thomasboro, Illinois 19. Mon ami, In your selection of friends choose those who will support your judgment and give peace to your affections, be slow in choosing them and slow to change them. Very respectfully, J. Chall (?) Gray Watseka, Ill April 12, 1881 [along the side of the page is a long string of numbers 11-3 11.10.23-220.127.116.11.25.9-27.5-18.104.22.168-22.214.171.124.23-126.96.36.199- 23.3.9-188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206-6.22.23-220.127.116.11.25.9-27.5] 20. Your resp'c't'y, Jno. T. Gourley Cornell, Ill. 21. That your life may be crowned with success, prosperity and happiness is the wish of Your friend, WR Kussel Buckley, Ill May 24, 1882 Onarga, Ill 22. Miss Jessie, "Every hour that fleets so swiftly Has its to do or bear, Luminous the crown and holy If thou set each gem with care." Your friend, Sarah A. Robinson Onarga, Ill Nov. 7, 1881 23. Miss Jessie: Remember me as long as you do Double Entry Book Keeping and I shall not soon be forgotten. Your loving friend, Mattie Haight Commercial Room Oct. 28th, 1881 24. Dear J - In the boquet that represents your cousins, your sisters and your aunts, please place a "forget me never" that is "hardly ever" for, Your best friend, Carrie Ludwick Onarga, June 20, 1881 25. Onarga, Nov. 3rd, 1881 In memorry's golden casket Place one little pearl for me. Irving M. Dean Racine, Wis. 26. Yours commercially, E. L. McClave Buckley, Ill Onarga, March 15th, 1882. 27. Sincerely your friend, Ida S. Sudwick Onarga, Ill June 11th, 1881 28. Dear Jessie While virtue consecrates these lines And friendship holds them dear. Let memory of several to mind The hand that placed them here. Your friend Ida L. Morris Gibson City Onarga March 3rd, 1881 G. P. Conservatory 29. If scribbling in albums, Remembrance secures. With the greatest of pleasure I'll scribble in yours. Your friends and schoolmate Lewis _____________ [page torn] Buckley, Ill October 25, 1881 30. "A millstone and the human heart are driven ever round; If they have nothing else to Grind, they must themselves be ground." [a stylish signature - perhaps R_____] 1884 31. "If thou dost bid they friend farewell - But for one night, though that farewell may be Press thou his hand in thine. How canst thou tell how far from thee Hate or caprice may lead his steps - Ere that tomorrow comes? Men have been known lightly - To turn the corner of a street, And days have grown to months, And months to lagging years Ere they have looked in loving eyes again Yea, find thou always time To say some earnest word Between the idle talk, Lest with thee hence-forth Night and day, regret should walk." Your friend, P. G. Amerman Junction, Nov. 19th, 1880 32. Dear Jessie - We part today, perhaps for years and perhaps for ever, but Please think of me kindly (if at all). Your loving coz, Ella Lawson Westerville, Ohio Dec. 22 33. May 22nd, 1882 Friend Jessie, The lines, which here I humbly trace, Time will change and age efface. They will be read and valued not, When the one that penned them is forgot. Your friend, John Hickman Wellington, Ill. 34. "I feel better now" Ever your friend, Sam Whiteside Ridgeville, Ill Oct. 4, 1880 [this is my favorite because this is the man who Jessie married in 1883 - my g-grandfather] 35. Onarga, March 25th 1881 Dear Jessie, May your pathway through life be strewn with never fading flowers. May the rose of life you pull be ever blooming and fragrant. In short, may your happiness be commensurate with your exhalted worth, it can be no greater. Affectionately your, Aunt Nell 36. Jessie - A wreath of good wishes for thee I twine. Each bud a wish of love devine. Whose fragrance ran through life may run And paint not with your setting sun. Your friend, Anna Sudwick June 26th, 1881 37. We all sow, What shall we reap? Yours truly, Annie D. Atwood Onarga, December, 1881 38. Friend Jessie There is not a truth in wisdom taught There is not a feeling pure and high There is not a grand inspiring thought That may not be read in a Mother's eye. Yours, a friend, E. O. Sheldon Clifton, Ill. "Ever remember New Years at W.P.P." 39. "There is a ship named Sometime; Men dream of it and wait, One on the short, impatient, And one at the household gate Thinking, "If it come not in the morn, Then in the evening, it may." But one I knew, not thinking of ships, Worked till the close of the day; Lifting his eyes at the evening time, There his ship at anchor day." Your friend, Helen Amerman Onarga, Ill Nov. 19th, 1880 40. 1884 "The aim of all is but to nurse the life with honor, wealth and ease, in waning age." [signature looks like Smallee]
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