1889 Autograph Book of May Pollock

“Dear May, In memory’s wood-box, drop one stick for me.  Your friend and school-mate, M. K. Armstrong”  (Jordan Prairie, Jan. 3, 1889)

“Dear Cousin,  Not like the rose may our friendship wither but like the evergreen live forever.  Your friend and schoolmate, Eugene Miller”  (January 11, 1889)

“Act well your part / Therein the honor lies.”
Your Sister Cora (Shirland 12/24/1890)

“Dear May, When you are old and cannot see, put on your specs and think of me.”  from your playmate M. ???  “Remember me is all is ask”  (Shirland, Ill Jan 22, 1889)

“Friend May, long may you live, happy may you be, sitting on the wood pile sipping catnip tea.  Your friend, Frankie Dreynmay”  (Shirland, IL  1/5/1889)

Shirland ILL Jan. 6 1889 “My Dear Sister, You ask for something original but where shall I begin for there’s nothing original in me, except originality.
Your loving sister Alice Pollock

“Dear May,  There’s beauty all around our paths;  If but our watchful eyes can trace it midst familiar things and through their lowly guise.  Your schoolmate, Leila.”  (10/1/1891)

“Dear Sister, May your life be long and happy.
Your brother, Samuel” (Jan. 6, 1889)

“Dear Sister, May friendship and truth be with you in youth and catnip and sage cheer up your old age. Your brother, Wilbur” (1/6/1889)

“Friend May,  Kind hearts are the garden, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the blossoms, Kind deeds are the fruits, Love is the sweetest sunshine that worms into life, for only in darkness grow hatred and strife.  Clarence Miller.”  (Shirland 1/21/1889)

“Dear May, When this you see please think of me and bare in your mind let other say what are they may think not of me in kind. Friend, your loving Sister Clara Pollock.” (1/5/1889 age 10)

“Dear May, As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every minute of time.  Your loving friend, Gertrude McKendall”  (Shirland, 1/25/1889)

Dear May Strive to keep the golden rule and learn your lesson well at school from your brother “Trulie” 4 years old Jan. 1889 (brother Truman)

“Dear May, Every day of your life is a leaf in your history. Try to keep each page free from blot. Your schoolmate and friend Ada Nye.” (1/2/1889; Ada Nye later married May’s brother Wilbur Pollock).

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3 comments on “1889 Autograph Book of May Pollock

  1. Dick Gove says:

    These people were very creative – I love it!

  2. Kim Hoover says:

    what a treasure! Thank you for sharing!

  3. EllaDee says:

    The autographs, so of their time and the book are priceless. I have my mother’s from a more recent time, c 1960 and I had one also a decade later but they’ve gone from fashion. What a precious thing to share :)

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