the bell rang starting, Engineer Seymore at the throttle, John Madson, conductor, and William E. Laramore, grand marshall of the day, when open went the throttle, on turned the steam and away went the train westward bound, but not all, for two or three cars at the rear end with passengers loaded, a surplus of the engine's capacity to pull, remained quiet and unmoved, to those passengers' great chagrin, and the spectators' great amusement, for many were there who did not want to ride, not much!
Mid afternoon came, and the excursion party returned, and then the patriotic hosts were marched, Grand Marshall, William E. Laramore commanding, to the public square, where the flag of our country on a large flag-staff fifty feet in air, waved, the stars glittered, and the stripes marched in rythmic wave to the tune, "Yankee Doodle," to the safekeeping folds of which, Laramore committed his celebrators and citizenship, and the Fourth of July to the keeping of Dr. Williamson and Engineer Seymore. That was a Red-Ribbon Day, and a way-mark of passing out of the Old into the New.
By way of Post Script under the head of the "Village Tradesmen" we add the following:
"Frank Potier was the primitive wagon maker of the village on the corner where now is the Odd Fellows' building. He was of large avoirdupoise and muscular strength in proportion. He had a predecessor whose name was Jacob Nail. One Peter Finfrock was his successor whose auger for the boring of hubs is in possession of Fred Moore and was made in I787. It is yet in good repair, and was originally owned by the grandfather of the Author's wife and came across the Allegheny mountains as the property of her father."
The Pioneer Trail Resumed.
Absalem Brandon, who was not a resident pioneer, but his son,
William, and daughters, Mrs. Hannah Dunwoody and Mrs.
Conner were, is said to have brought out from the "Old
Dominion," the apple seeds from which were grown the scions, from
which the orchards on the many Brandon farms resulted. Fruit of
these trees, the Author has often eaten to his fill, drank many a
tin-full of cider of this same fruit, and carried many a piece of
bread to school for his dinner, spread, not only with golden
butter, but with apple butter of this same fruit, and apple pie
as well, which makes us think of the school days of youth, and
say, "dear old days, a thing of beauty is a joy forever."
* [Transcriber's note] To prevent later confusion, Long seems to have erred here. Mrs Hannah Dunwoody's sister was Mrs Elizabeth Conner. Elizabeth was the wife of -Richard- Conner, not James.
Van, Sidney, Jane, and Marinda. John owned a quarter section to
the east of Job. He was a well known and thrifty farmer. Of his
children there were Joel, Lewis, Harrison, John, Mary, Marinda,
Lucinda and Eliza Jane, well known citizens. Vincet G. owned a
quarter section adjoining Alexander Brandon his cousin,
afterwards the Dr. Williamson farm. Of his family there were
Robison, John H., Levi, Huldah, Hannah, Mary Jane, and Lydia. He
with his children were well known citizens.
Stephen, John, Samuel*,
Rachel Jane, Sarah Ann, Mary Elizabeth.
These remained in the vicinity and of them there is a goodly
progeny well known.
Table of Contents* [Transcriber's note] This Samuel is none other than the author himself.
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