Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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-10- to build the house. That part of Wisconsin had no roads at all In those days, and he hauled the lumber by ox-team across the trackless country, steering his course by the aid of a compass. It wbs the first frame house anywhere in that part of the state. It stood on a hill looking down upon a little lake, which they called Fountain Lake on account of the many springs th&t fed it, and they called the farm the Fountain take larm. Long years afterward, when my mother and father were married, they bought the Fountain Lake Farm from ay Grandfather Muir, and so it happened that I was born in the Fountain lake House where my uncle spent his boyhood, and of which he has written so much in "The atory Of My Boyhood And Youth.'* 1 wail the only child in that wide family circle to be born in that house. My mother was only a little girl of thirteen years when she came to this strange new country to keep house for her father and tw© little brothers in the lovely Wisconsin wilderness; a little town-bred girl who knew nothing of cooking or housekeeping, and had never been away from her home town in her life. There were no neighbors for miles around, it was not unusual for the Indians to'come to tho door and ask for breads which she always. I - gave them. Ifclie they never harmed her, still she was always afraid of them. Fountain Lake is one of the aa&y small glacier lakes which abound in Wisconsin. It is fed by twenty or more springs, and is only eibout a half mile long, and scarcely as wide, iyt that time it lay in the midst of a lovely flowery meadow, and 09Sf>


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