NOTE: On many of these 124 year old pages the ink has dimmed so that it was almost impossible to read even with a magnifying glass. Both words and spelling have changed over the years. As the Autograph Book was falling apart, I wanted all concerned to be able to read what was inside without further harm to the book. The book is green pasteboard with "Autographs" in gold script.
AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF ISSAC J. OWEN. Onarga, Illinois May 20th 1877 The following was trancscribed from the autograph book of my grandfather, Isaac J. Owen. He married Matilda Veach "Tillie" Wheeler, born in Onarga Nov.27,1864. She is the daughter of Edwin L. Wheeler, farmer and at one time clerk and head bookkeeper at the Onarga Bank of Durham Brothers. Her mother was Martha Jane Donoho of Madison County, Kentucky. First Entry: Nichols Ranche June 19th 1880. "Lookout for No.1. It is often better to make a good run than a bad stand. Yours, in hopes that you may never be compelled to do either." J A Owen, Armo, Ind. 2. "May blessings attend you both early and late. And Providence guide you in choosing a mate. May your life have great hovering shadows to temper the glare of the sun." Sarah Underwood Georgetown Sep. 6 1878 3. "We can not all be heroes and fill a hemisphere, With some great daring venture, some deed that mocks at fear; But we can fill a lifetime, with kindly deeds and true, there's always noble service, for noble souls to do." Your earnest friend, Mrs. F.P. Beach, Del Rey, Illinois January 27, 1878 4. "The great secret of success in life is to fill well the position in society that we occupy this with a strict attention to business and a dew reverance to our Creator must and will intitle us to manhoods honors in the appraisal of Him hough (who?) Rules all things. Feb 25th 1878 F. P. Beach 5. "How happy is the blameless vestals lot. The world forgetting - by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. Each prayer accepted and each wish resigned. Labor and rest that equal periods keep." Wife Mattie Graves Westville, Ill. 6. "Yours Truly ---- Clifford E. Beach --- August 26th 1877 7. "For Ike: Though the plains may far between us lie, and distance be our lot, please cast one thought on me. Thy well wishing Cousin." Charlie E. Lindley Ash Grove, Ill. March 10th 1878 8. "How dear the ties of friendship are, How oft those ties are broken, That thine and mine shall sever ne'er. May this be as a token." June 13th 1877 George M. Richardson Afton Neb. 9. "Ever your friend, Jay U Goff Onarga, Ill. Mar 9th 1878 10. "The holiest of all holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart. The Secret anniversaries of the heart when the full river of feelings overflows The happy days unclouded to their close, White as the gleam of a receding sail, White as a cloud that floats and furls in air, white as the whitest lay on a stream, these tender memories are a fairy tale of some enchanted land we know not where, but lovely as a landscape in a dream." Wife M.A. Chandler 11. "Yours Respectfully" J.W.Hazzard Nov. 4th, 1879 New Castle, Henry County, Henry Twp. Indiana 12. "Success in most things, depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed." Yours sincerely, Mattie J.Beach Del Rey, Ill. September 24, 1877 13. "Compliments of Mifs Mary Thornflesh Deer Creek Feb 24 1877 (has a beautiful rose stamp) 14. "Cousin Ike ---- On this page I find a spot, to write cousin Ike forget me not." Edgar T. White Buckley, Ills. Batchelors Hall March 10th 1878 15. "Trust no future howe'er pleasant! Let the dead Past bury its dead! Act - act in the living Present! Heart within, and God o'erhead!" Truly your friend, Ella Wallace Forest Ill. Feb 10th 1877 16. "Remember me as your friend." Duvann L. Beach Del Rey - Ills. September 23rd 1877 17. C. W. Young, Norton, Kansas March 6th 1877 18. "It is not just as we TAKE it, This mystical life of ours; Life's harvest will yield as we MAKE IT - a harvest of thorns or flowers." Carcie D. Beach Spring Creek, Ills. 11-11-77 19. "Always remember that Lawyer Your friend and Schoolmate E.B. Lindsey" Del Rey Feb 23 1878 (written in two corners is "Hand" and "Frill" 20. "We that would have the fruit must first climb the tree." Respect. Correy E. White Onarga, Ills. March 9th 1978 21 "The preasant is the time for ages, For ages young and old. So let us not decline until another does enfold. The time is near at hand, and another year comes on, if we are still on land, let's have our work begun." Mary Sanders 22. "Muscatine Iowa December 20 1878 I stop to think - it seems so strange. Another year has paste away. For oh, it seems not long ago, I hailed its first glad rising day." Joel Sanders 23. "Loved Brother, When in a distant land, thou mayst dwell with other friends so dear, Pause, and think of those thee tarried with Almost one year. May thy life be happy as a bright summer day, may prosperity, attend thee in every way." Thy Sincere Sister, Minna V. Neugent Danville, Ill. 24. "Books like friends should be few and well chosen." Yours Atheneunity, Ida J. Packer February 21st 1879 25. "Ever your true friend." S.C.Smiley, Lincoln Neb (upper right corner: "June 6" -- lower left corner: "Ranch June 20 1880) 26. "I.J. Owens Remember me whin far away frome the K.C. Ranch." Yours truly Coachy 27. "I.J. Owens When this you see, please remember me, for I know I shall never for get Thee. G.P. Frame 28. "Remember me as thy Cousin" Ida Lindley Ash Grove Ill March 2nd 1879 29. "Ike. May life in fairest coloure drest, Thy happy portion be, And every hope so dearly prized, be more than fully realized, Is my best wish for thee." Your friend A.H.T. Deer Creek - Neb 2.20./ 84 (there is a pretty little stamp that says "friendships offering") 30. "Success is a plant which indicates a Soil of many virtues." Your Friend Flora C. Packer Onarga Feb 27 1879 31. "When this you see - remember me." Newell Burritt 32. "When you are sitting all alone, Reflecting on the past, Remember that you have a friend that will forever last." Fred M. Baker Cottonwood Springs June 20. 1880 33. "Powder River - Mar 27 1883 Mr Ike. As this world you go traveling through, Never sit down with a tear or a frown, But paddle your own canoe." Respectfully Yours W.E. Freeman 34. "Errors, like straw upon the surface flow; He who would seek for Pearls must dive below." Your Atheneum sister, Ella Rayarmond Onarga March 2nd /79 35. "Brother Ike, alias "Gen. Grant" When far toward the setting sun thou art roaming, where friends are few and far between' when tired, lonely, and forlorn, then think of me." Sister Mary, alias "Flag" Onarga Illinois Mch 4th 1879 36. "Emma Wallace, Onarga, Ill. Feb 20th, 1879 37. "My Atheneum Brother. May your life be accompanied by prosperity and happiness; and often as you recall those by-gone days at Onarga, may you be reminded of the one that penned these lines, and our "Difficulties in getting an education" or "The Wise Choice"; and the many pleasant times we have had in the Old Society Hall." Your friend, Carlile Scott Wellington, Illinois Onarga Feb 17, 1879 38. "Tis well to walk with a cheerful heart, Wherever our fortunes call, With a friendly glance and an open hand, and a gentle word for all. Since life is a thorny difficult path, where toil is the portion of man, We all should endeavor while passing along, to make it smooth as we can." Feb 10th 1884 Deer Creek, Neb Sophie Engle 39. "Prosperity attends those that persue a diligent course. B.F. Owen March 3rd 1879 40. "When thou art far from here, Separated from thy kindred band, Wilt thou direct thy steps toward Heaven, That sweet and happy land." Thy Cousin, Flora C. Lindley Ash Grove, Ill. March 3rd 1879 41. "Dear Child. As thy feet are turned from our home to seek one in a distant land for thy self. forget not that the things of earth are not all that thou kneeds. but seek to lay up riches for the Soul, that will last througout eternity. If we part to meet no more in life, let us strive so to live that we may meet on that blissful shore where we will meet to part no more." Jonathan Owen 3rd mo 3rd 1879 42, "Isaac, Remember thy Mother, when far away in a distant land will be verry anxous on thy account." A. H. Owen (Asenath) Onarga, 3"mo. 3", 1879 43. "If we never meet again, I wish you a long and happy future. C. S. Ford March 27th 1878 44. "Never give up! It is wiser and better Always to hope, than once to dspair; Fling off the Load of Doubts cankering fetter, and break the dark spell of tyrannical care. Never give up! or the burden may sink you. Providence kindly has mingled the cup, and in all trials or troubles, bethink you, The Watchword of life must be NEVER GIVE UP." Your Friend, Cal Clark 45. March 28th 1883 Powder River, Wyo. "Live not to thy self alone" C,S,F, 46. "Gen. Grant" You ask "how long I will remember the eve of March 1st 1879. I trust it, and every one present is indelibley written on the table of memory." Very truly yours, Mamie Hungerford March 2'/ 879 47. "Remember your friend, Olive Scott Wellington, Ill." Onarga Feb 20 1879 48. "Yours Ever" Mayfield Healey, Cottonwood Springs, Lincoln Co. Neb Feb 29th 1880 49. "When far away in my Hoosier home, remember the day of the mountain roam." Allen Whicker Powder River Wyoming Aug 28/ 81 50. "Yours Truly" Henry Booke Massillon Ohio Feb 3rd 1879 51. Nichols Ranch, Powder River Aug 28/ 81 "Brother Ike, So scattered and distant in miles, yet so near are the ties of kindred, I hope one day to meet each other in the happy eternity. Childhood days are gone, and now we are men of the day, hopes of joys and success have flown, but let us look forward to the dawn of May." E. B. Owen Amo, Indiana 52. Lena E. Hungerford Onarga, Illinois 53. "No; never shall my soul forget, the friends I found so cordial harted; Dear shall be the day we met, And dear shall be the night we parted!" Your True Friend, Setty A. Riley Livingston County, Ill. March 3 1879 54. "Always be on the lookout for Brakers ahead. Thy Sister R. C. Owen Onarga Ill March 3d 1879 55. "Let fate do her worst; there are relics of joy, Bright dreams of the past, which she cannot destroy, Which come in the night-time of sorrow and care, And bring back the features that joy used to wear. Long, long be my heart with such memories filled; Like the vase in which roses have once been distilled - You may break, you may shatter the vase if you will, But the scent of the roses will hang around still." Your friend, Emma Wallace Forest Ill. March 2nd, 1879 56. "This life is all chequered with pleasures and woes, that chase one another like waves of the deep. Each brightly or darkly, as onward it flows, Reflecting our eyes as they sparkle or weep." Yours Truly. Delia Wilson Forest Ill. March 2nd 1879 57. "B.P. Bussert, Common Cow Puncher Powder River P.O. Wy Dec 18 1880
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