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the many friends who have lent a helping hand in my work.

I desire the readers of this Souvenir to consider that it
comes from the hand of a true friend, even though we may
have never met, and are total strangers. Strangers have
often on life's journey helped me; let me in return do more
than pray "God bless them;" grant me the privilege of doing
some kind act also. The world needs more love and charity
from every Christian. We belong to one common Father, in
whose vineyard we should all be busy laborers for God and
humanity, each doing what is possible for us, impossibilities
not being either asked or required of any of us.

Of the reasons I have for publishing my Souvenirs, the
chief one, as I have already frequently endeavored to make
known, is to no good. I have received much, and I want to
give in due proportion. The Scriptures say: God loveth a
cheerful giver, which I not only believe but know, for my
lifetime experience has fully convinced me of the truth of this
passage. A certain Christian writer has said that "a good
deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and
he who plants kindness gathers love. " Then in this world
there is a great deal of good and a vast amount of evil, and it
is for us to choose between the two; if it is in my power to
giiide anyone into the path of rectitude, or lead him fx'om the
one that tends to destruction, then duty teaches me so to do.
L ere is, also, the incalculable amount of happiness that comes


of doing right. A little seed produces a large crop; even a
small investment may bring good returns. Moreover, I de-
light in the work of book- making — writing, studying, think-
ing, collecting ideas and incidents; at home or abroad^in
the quiet seclusion of my study in my old home, or in the
midst of the " madding crowd" in a noisy railway car — I am
ever in search of some knowledge by which others may be
helped as well as myself. "Knowledge is power, " and in
my own humble way I wish to make it a power for good.
Multitudes of pleasant thoughts have come to me, and many
happy hours have I spent in this way, and the benefits my
labors may produce is all the reward I seek. My time and
means I freely give, not for profit or from any mercenary
motive, but simply to do good, and bless as far as possible all
mankind. "If there be nothing so glorious as doing good,"
wrote the Rev. William Law, " if there is nothing that makes us
so like God, then nothing can be so glorious in the use of our
money as to use it in works of love and goodness."

I may compare my work at book- making to my labor on
the farm, which I love; the more I do and the longer I con-
tinue in it, the more real satisfaction and pleasure it brings to
me. I do not forget that our labor in the vineyard of the
Lord will surely bring its reward; and the Bible teaches us
that there is reward in this life as well as in that to come. I
desire to consecrate my life here below, my means, my all,
to every hour and every day teaching the salvation of all men
as set forth in the Scriptures, given us through the Son of
God, who died to save the world, and bring us back to Him;
and if this be not in itself sufficient reason for my writing the
Souvenirs, thereby endeavoring to prove to the world my love
for Christ and humanity, then I fail to know how to express
myself. To God we owe our existence, and subsistence out
of His bounteous storehouse, and it behooves us to make an
effort to repay Him in some measure, and do His will, that it
may be well with us now and forever; and I trust that my
efforts in that direction may be acceptable and blessed.

As it has not infrequently been inquired of me, for the
most part in some indirect manner, as to the cost of publish-


ing my Souvenirs, I do uofc think I need ofPer any apology for
here making it known: The outlay for my work ordered for
the History of Crawford County (1885), together with the
cost of publishing my First Souvenir (six hundred copies
printed, three hundred being bound for immediate distribu-
tion) was two thousand dollars; the cost of my Second Souvenir
(two thousand copies printed, seven hundred being bound
for immediate distribution) was in the neighborhood of two
thousand one hundred and fifty dollars, while that of my
Third Souvenir (sixteen hundred copies printed, six hundred
being bound now — three hundred copies in my Twin Souvenir,
and three hundred separately) amounts to about twelve hun-
dred dollars.

In order to make my Third Souvenir of more interest to
my friends, I have had prepared for insertion in it two
family illustrations, the one group containing twelve sub-
jects — my three sons, their families, and myself — the other
group representing my five grandchildren and myself.

To dear friends and kindred I return sincere thanks for
kind and encouraging words — both spoken and written; also
for valued literary contributions to the Souvenir, received
from time to time. And I feel under special obligations to
Mrs. Inez A. Hall, of Meadville, for the graceful lines written
by her on the subject of the "family groups" as they appear
in this volume.

This book, as were my previous Souvenirs, is dedicated by
me to my kindred, friends, the youth of our land and hu-
manity at large, as a token of my love for them and for the
Truth, the Gospel, the Word of God, the Bible, and f\s an
earnest of my desire for the bettering of the condition of both
reader and author, and the salvation of all mankind, my sin-
cere prayer being that God's blessing and His divine love may
rest upon us and abide with us all for evermore.

Faithfully in the service of God,

F. C. Waid.
Blooming Valley,

Crawford Co. , Penn.



Waid, Frauds C, his three sons, with their wives, and his

five grandchildren facing 270

Waid, Francis C, and his five grandchildren frontispiece


My Fourth Trip to Kansas and the West 9-37

Incidents 9

The Tyler Family 9

Drive to Ottawa, Kas 11

A Coincidence 12

Free California Exhibit at Ottawa 12

Sabbath at Norwood 13

Visit to Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Putnam 14

Clifton, Kas 16

Grand Island, Xeb 17

Incidents 18

Dr. G. W. Weter's Home 18

Beet Sugar Factory 20

Mr. and 3Irs. Pillsbury 21

Rev. Samuel Wykoff 22

Lincoln, Neb 24

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bowman 24

Topeka, Kas 26-27

Francis L. Sexton and Family 26

The State Capitol 26

Lawrence, Kas 27- 29

Emery F. Hobbs and Family 27

Rev. James ^Earviu 27

The Indian School 28

Death of E. B. R. Sacket 29

Ottawa, Kas 30-32

A Sabbath Day There 30

" Investment " 31

Dehorning Cattle 32

Girard and Fort Scott, Kas 33- 35

John C. Ramsey and Family 33

Fort Scott, Kas 34


" Andy " Pitcher 34

Evernrecni Cemetery 34

Paola, Kas 35

Rev. E. C. Boaz at Ottawa 35

Return Trip to Meadville 36-37

Trip to Jamestown, X. Y., and Other Places 37- 42

Charles Breed 38

Jamestown, N. Y 38

The Chautauqua Assembly of New York 40

Lakewood, N. Y 41

Return to Meadville 42

My Fifth Trip to Kansas and the West 42-71

Family fleeting at ]VIonroe, 111 43

Beloit, Wis 44-45

Sycamore, 111 45- 46

Anniversary of the AVedding of Uncle Silas D. and Aunt Frank

Tyler.' 47

Rockford, 111 47-48

Arrive in Chicago 48

Galesburg, 111 49

•Brookfield, Mo 49

Arrival at Norwood, Kas 50

Valley Chapel 51

Centropolis, Kas 52

Life on the Farm in Kansas 53

Death of Mrs. Catharine Boyles and Rev. E. P Pengra 54

Another Sabbath in Ottawa, Kas 56

Lawrence, Kas 58- 59

My Fifth Return Journey to Meadville 59- 71

Davenport (Iowa), etc 60

Michael Pitcher and Family 60

A Sabbath at Lansing, low^a 61

St. Charles, Chester, Rochester and Pine Island, ^liiiii 63

Kasson, Minn 64

A Sabbath at Marion, Minn 65

Lake City, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn 67

Winona, Minn., and Chickasaw, Iowa 67

Milwaukee, Wis 68

Chicago, 111 69

Home 70


Extracts from m_v Diary 72

Introductory 72

At Jamestown, N. Y 73


At L'uiou City, Saegertown and ]\[tMulville. Pciin 74

Resolution of Thanks Adopted by Advent Clnircli 75

Death of Axiut Mary Ann Simmons 75

Home Reflections 76

Again at Saegertown 78

Visit to "Walter Josling in Richmond Township 80

News of Relatives at a Distance 80

My Fifty-seventh Birthday 81

Extract from the PennsyUnnid Fdrincr 81

Farmers" Convention 85

Rev. E. C. Pengra 85

Advent of Spring 86

Again at Saegertown 88

Music 88

Sabbath in Meadville 89

Baling Hay 91

Visit to the Old Daniel Cowen Mill Property 92

Death of Homer Ellsworth's Father 93

Death of Mrs. ]\Iary Jane Seaman 93

Sundry Visits at Titusville and elsewhere 94

Memorial Day at Cleveland, Ohio 97

A Church Incident 98

Funeral of Mrs. Cook 99

My Dear Old Home 100

Republican Primarj- 101

John R. Donnelly 101

Children's Day at State Road M. E. Church 101

Extracts from the Pcnnsylranin Fcivmer 102

Dates of Deaths in Family 104

Beauty of Craw^ford County 105

Commencement Day at Allegheny College 107

Fourth of July, 1890 108

Trip to Conneaut Lake 109

Ebenezer Harmon - 111

Death and Funeral of Capt. Leslie 112

Reminiscence of Pember Waid 112

Distribution of my Second Souvenir 114

Death of " Aunt Polly " Morehead 116

The Robert Morehead Family 116

Marriage of Rev. G. S. W. Phillips 120

Sudden Death of Brother Ross Lane 121

Extract from the Meadville Tvihune 123

Family Worship 125

Erie Conference at Oil City, Penn 126

Some Short Journeys 128


Gifts from Alfred Huidekoper 131

Wedding of Grant B. Ba])cock and Kate M. Simmons 132

Death of Mrs. Maria Long 134

Journey to Jamestown (N. Y.), etc 136

Visit to the Count}' Almshouse and Farm 137

Death of George Dewey 137

Death of Lorenzo Williams 138

Little Floyd Fleming's Example 139

" Multitudes, Multitudes in the Valley of Decision" 142

Old Books and Old Letters 144

" I am Monarch of all I Survey" 146

The Attraction of the Bible 149

Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John Roudebush 150

Some Home ^leditations 152

" Sugaring" 153

Death and Funeral of Samuel B. Long 156

My Assessment for 1891 in Woodcock Township 158

A Lowering Cloud 158

The " Silver Lining" 159

Death and Funeral of John R. Donnelly 160

Letter from Hosea Smith 162

Death of S. W. Kepler, of Meadville 165

Golden Wedding of Mr. and ]yirs. Laban Smith 165

Requests for copies of Souvenir and Criticisms 168

Visit to Greendale Cemetery 170

" Help Just a Little" 173

Some More Old Letters and Books 174

Death of James Smith and Little Willie Williams 176

Work on Our Farms 177

Death and Funeral of 3[rs. ]NLirgaret C. Irvin 182

Horace Cullum .* 182

" Truth," as an Article of ^Merchandise 184

Arrival of Spring 185

My Fifty-eighth Birthday 186

Trip to Warren County, Penn 189

Sundry Visits 194

Funeral of Mrs. Adam Morris 197

Silver Wedding of Charles and Nanc}^ Wygant 199

Shingle Bnying at Little Cooley 201

The Charm of Country Life 202

Decoration Day 203

Letter from Bishop W. F. Malhilieu 204

Funeral of 3Irs. Martha Cobb ... J 207

" Children's Day" at the M. E. African Church .• 209

Wedding of Albert Sherman and Mertie M. Wlieelcr 211


Allegheny College C'oDimencement Exercises 211

The AVord " Blessed" in the Bible 215

The " Fourth of July" 219


Concerning my Second Souvenir, etc 227-263

Little Harry CutshalFs letter 2631

My ]\I other's Old Letters 264

" The Successful Farmer" 266

Partial List of Names of Teachers 268

Record of the Lord and Waid Families 269

Record of Francis C. Waid's Family 270

Record of Andrew G. Waid's Family 271

Record of Cjtus Goodwill's Family 271

Family Record of Eleazer and Lois C. Slocnm 271


Stanzas by ]VIrs. Inez A. Hall facing frontispiece

The Waid Twin Monuments 273

Errata and Emendations xiv

Family Record 275



Page 29: Thirteenth line from top, read Valley Chapel for Chapel

Page 34: Seventh and eighth lines from top shonld read: Soon after
my arrival at the station I met Andy Pitclier up town, driving trans-
fer wagon. [I wish to here add that our next happy meeting was
in Meadville, Penn., on my return home from Michigan, August
14, 1891.]

Page 39: Twentieth line from top, read I saw the largest corn for
largest field of corn.

Page 44: In first footnote it should read that Mrs. Frank Jackson is
from Titusville, Penn., and Mrs. Almira Jackson from New York.

Page 80: In footnote (Andrew G. Waid's letter), read the wooden
bowls for their wooden bowls.

Page 83: Sixth line from bottom of last paragraph, read in her nine-
tieth year for eighty-ninth.

Page 93: Second line from bottom (of last paragraph), read Eadk for

Page 97: Third line from top, read Mrs. Olive Heller for Oliver

Page 97: Sixth line from top, should be stated that I helped to chain
or measure ofE the lot.

Page 113: Fifth line from top, read S. K. Paden for S. R. Paden.

Page 113: Nineteenth line from top, read J. II. Reynolds for J. H.

Page 136: Second footnote: Mr. Washburn died May 9, 1891, in his
eightj^-eighth year.

Page 190: End of first paragraph: Mr. Danford Van Guilder died
August 24, 1891.

Page 194: Eleventh line from top occurs the name of ]Mrs. Jane
Adams; since it was in type I have learned of her deatli.

Page 197: In last paragraph appears name Morris — sliould be Norrix.

Page 206: The date in fourteenth line from bottom is 1845.

Page 207: Twentieth line from top, ])efore my arrival sliould read at
time of my arrival.

Page 231: Last two lines, read Goodwill for Goodwille.


Page 232: Seveuteeuth line from top, read Francis L. for Francis D.

Page 233: Fourteenth line from top, read Frances for Francis.

Page 237: Eleventh line from top, read Ridle for Riddle.

Page 252: 1 am truly glad 1 received the letter from Mr. David S.
Keep, ex-register and recorder of deeds for Crawford county,
Penn.; moi'e satisfaction came afterward, however, in shaking
hands with him and his w ife and son at our home. The desire he
expresses in his letter was granted, but the visit we both wished
for was not then made, and never will be in this life, for he died
October 17, 1891; yet I believe ice shall knmc each other there— in






"Xothing tends so much to enlarge the mind as traveling: that is,
making a visit to other towns, cities or counties, besides those in wliich
we were born and educated."

Dr. Isaac Watts.

HAYING made necessary arrangements for an ex-
tended trip to Kansas and other points in the AVest,
my son Guinnip P. and I set out from Meadville, on Tues-
day, January 21, 1890, via the New York, Pennsylvania &
Ohio and the Chicago & Atlantic Railroads for Chicago.
Here I did some business with my publishers, J. H. Beers
& Co., aEter which we visited Lincoln Park; but the
weather proved cold and uninviting. In the evening we
continued our journey westward via the Santa Fe route, and
on the morning of the 24th arrived in good health and
spirits at the home of my father-in-law, Freeman Tyler,
near Norwood, Franklin Co., Kas., our only break worthy of
mention in the run from Chicago being at Kansas City,
where Guinnip and I took a jaunt on the cable cars,
aloug with my old friend John Cavinee, whom we met at
the station. I found the Tyler family all well except my
wife Anna, who was still in delicate health, although


somewhat better than she had beeu. They are having-
fine winter weather here, and the sleighing is excellent.*

On Sunday, January 26, Rouellef Tyler, Guinnip
and I went to the Christian Church at Norwood, where
we listened with pleasure and profit to an able sermon
preached by Rev. Johnson, whom I heard when here be-
fore. After the services I had a brief interview with
him, and also saw many members of the congregation
whom I had met on previous occasions. Among them
were Albert Tyler and his wife, and in the afternoon
Guinnip and I went to their home for a brief visit.

January 27 is one day in the year I always hold in
the deepest respect and reverence. It is the anniversary
of the death of my revered father, Ira C. Waid, who
peacefully passed from earth twenty years ago. During
the day Rouelle, Guinnip and myself went to Ottawa
where I transacted some business at my banker's. The
snow has disappeared, and the ice is broken up on the
river (the "Marais aux Cygnes ") which is much swollen,
and is carrying down immense quantities of ice and drift-
wood. On the following day, in company with Guinnip,^
I visited Albert Tyler, and took a look over his place^
which embraces 160 acres farm land, and 40 partly cov-
ered with timber, about a mile from his home. On the
29th Albert drove us to Ottawa, where Guinnip took train
home to Meadville via Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati,
&c. I am glad two of my sons, Franklin and Guinnip,
have visited Kansas and seen my father-in-law's folks. It
has all along been my desire that they should become ac-
quainted with each other, the tendency being thereby to

*In fact the best sleighing I ever saw in Kansas. It was not only unexpected
but the first I had seen this winter. The winter of 1889-90 was, in this part of
Kansas at least, the mildest Ivnown for many years; also in Crawford County,
Penn., tlie winter was so mild that fruit trees were advanced and the fruit after-
ward killed by early frosts.

tHis full name is Rouelle Putnam Tyler.


produce good rather than evil, which is my purpose — in
short, to promote the peace and harmony which I hope
may ever exist between us all ; and may the Lord help us so
to live that our days may end with tranquility and under
His blessing. My object in life, as already proclaimed
in my writings, is to do good, and when accomplishing
this object I ever feel within me a peace above all earthly
dignities — a still and quiet conscience.

Sunday, February 2, being unpleasant outside, and
the roads in bad condition, was spent indoors by us at
home. Eouelle read to us — Mr. and Mrs. Tyler, Hattie,
little Yera and myself— from a very interesting book by
Rev. J. H. Ingraham, entitled " The Prince of the House
of David, or. Three Years in the Holy City;" I consider
it one of the best Bible stories I have ever read or heard
read, it is written in the form of letters with answers
thereto, the headings of some of which are: "Heaven our
Home " and " We have no Saviour but Jesus, and no
Home but Heaven," and are supposed to be a corres-
pondence in writing carried on between one "Adina"
and her father, "Rabbi Amos." I love the book, for it
is so replete with Bible truths. It presents Holy Writ
in a manner I have never seen excelled in beauty; in
fact both "Adina's" letters and her father's replies are
too full of Scriptural language for my pen to describe
them with anything like justice; they seem to bring one to
the actual spot where Jesus may be, and into His very

The Aveather is now (Monday, February 3,) getting
springlike, and there are many noticeable indications,
such as wild geese flying northward, and the ever-welcome
frogs heralding spring's advent in their own peculiar
euphonius manner. On Tuesday the thermometer stood
at 71°, so we thought it a good day to drive to Ottawa,


which we did — Hattie, Vera, Anna, Eoiaelle and myself.
While there I called to see my old friend, Maurice Mc-
Mullen, secretary of the Y. M. C. A., having been so
requested by his mother, who lives in Meadville, Penn.
I also met Harry Brown, formerly of Meadville, Mr.
Cook (merchant) and Kev. E. C. Boaz, who officiated at
the marriage of myself and Anna; and I am here re-
minded that last Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting
Mr. Sherman, and also Mr. C. C. Mintou, cashier of the
First National Bank of Ottawa.

Shortly after three o'clock we started for home, and
as coincidences are sometimes interesting in the relating
thereof, I will briefly mention one that occurred to-day:
We drove to Ottawa and back with a span of horses, and
at a particular spot on the road near home, where it was
muddy, one of our single-trees broke, and on our return
home, at the very same place, our double-tree came to
grief in a similar manner! These accidents did not,
however, detain us any great length of time.

On Wednesday the thermometer took a drop to 42^.
but that "set-back" in the weather did not deter many of
the farmers from prosecuting their spring ploughing, a
duty essential to the existence of mankind, a sense of
which duty no real farmer is devoid of. Man has five
senses — seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling—
but some writer speaks of a sixth sense, the " sense of
dutyy On the evening of Thursday (February (3,) Anna,
Rouelle and I visited a near neighbor, Mr. Patterson,
and during that night the snow fell two or three inches,
but by Friday afternoon it had entirely disappeared.

On Saturday, February 8, accompanied by Eouelle and
Hattie, I drove to Ottawa, and Avhile there we visited
the Free California Exhibit, which consisted of two rail-
road cars filled with specimens of the products of that


great State; and so delighted and interested was I in the
display that I went to see it in all four times. Among
the numerous things shown, as evidences of the wonder-
ful fecundity of that favored j)ortion of the Union, were
two Irish potatoes weighing seven pounds and three and a
lialf pounds, respectively ; a pumpkin that tipped the scale
at 150 pounds, and others even larger; there were also
a sweet potato weighing twenty-four pounds, a grfipe-vine
measuring in height thirty-six feet, eight inches, an
ostrich's egg, and a young ostrich fourteen days old; also
the section of an orange tree lifty-six years old, which
attracted much attejition ; while the samples of grain on
the stalk — wheat, oats (nine feet high), rye and barley —
for size and quality were simply wonderful ! There was
a magnificent display of all kinds of Southern California
fruit, and the pears shown were the largest I ever saw,
some weighing five pounds each ; silk, cotton, honey,
native wines and other liquors were also exhibited.

On Sunday, February 0,1 attended the Christian Church
at Norwood with Anna, Hattie Ringer and Rouelle, and
heard an excellent discourse from the lips of Rev. John-
son, with Avhom I again had a brief conversation at the
conclusion of the services. He spoke of the Huidekoper
family, of Meadville, also of Mrs. Shippen,* with whom I
am acquainted, particularly the latter, as I used to fur-
nish her with many farm products in the "days of long
ago " when I marketed in Meadville. I was in time to
enjoy a portion of the Sunday-school exercises, and I
found everything profitable and interesting to the very
close. The day Avas beautiful, and as T was in compara-
tively better health and spirits, I enjoyed this Sabbath
day and its privileges all the more. Anna, as I have
said, was enabled to accompany me, although her health is

*I ever think of Mrs. Shippen as a dear friend and Christian woman whose
influence lives. The nobility of tlie soul exists for ever in kind Iiearts.


still far from satisfactory; and I was glad to have her
with me, for this is the first (and only) time, so far, we
have had the pleasure of attending church together in
Kansas, though while she was in Pennsylvania we at-
tended church regularly, her health being then appar-
ently better.

In the afternoon Rouelle completed the reading of
that interesting little work I have already mentioned,
" The Prince of the House of David, or. Three Years in
the Holy City." Taking it altogether I believe we spent
a very pleasant and profitable Sabbath, in a manner, too,
that I trust has brought us " a day's march nearer home "
in safety.

On the following day, the weather continuing fine,
Anna, Rouelle and I proceeded to Ottawa, Avhere Anna
consulted Dr. S. B. Black in regard to her health, and he
spoke favorably as to her going to Clifton (Kas. ), to
visit her brother. Dr. DeWitt C. Tyler, and also as to
her returning to Pennsylvania in April or May. After
a final visit to the California Exhibit I bade Anna and
the others good-bye, and took the train for Admire, Lyon
County, same State, as I was longing to make a call on
my cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Putnam. I got off
the train at Admire about 4 p. m., and walked back on
the track about a mile to 142-Mile Creek, where Sidney
Putnam, Fred's father, lives, only a short distance from
Fred's place, which I reached about 5 p. m. About the

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