Helen Muir


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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From Helen to IMS - 2/26/43 Walks in the Hills - Continued Our dog always went with us and enjoyed the walks as much as we did. How he ran through the woods, chasing the squirrels into their holes, sometimes stirring up a cottontail or a bob cat. OTHER LESSONS: Both Wanda and I from the time we could read, were given daily lessons to commit to memory. First such easy poems as Shelly's "Cloud", Scott's Lady of the Lake (i can still remember Mother quoting this - jhc) or rather selections from the latter, Tennyson's Claribel, Lillian, The Owl, The Lady of Shalott, parts of Locksley Hall. Later selections from Shakespeare's plays, and selections from the Bible, many of the Psalms, and poems of Keats, Milton, Longfellow and Burns. His belief was that these beautiful words learned at an. early age were literally stored in our minds, to be drawn on and enjoyed all through life. (Turn to page 30 in vol I of Dr. Bade's Life and Letters for Papa's own words in regard to these lessons). Neither Wanda nor I attended public school til we went to High School. Wanda attended Miss Head's School in Berkeley and then went on to the University. There was no High School in or near Martinez until 1902, and I entered it that fall at its beginning. As I was then 16 years old I felt I must hurry so tried to cover the four year course in two years. There were no school buses in those days and I usually rode the two miles on horseback, sometimes in a buggy. . . . Our first real schooling began when Miss Katherine Graydon came to our home and taught us, just how long I don't remember, but it must have been from 1891 to '92 or part of '93. She was a teacher and we had regular school books in use at that time. For more about Miss Graydon I again refer you to the Life and Letters, vol. 2, page 126)


[San Bernardino, Calif.]

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January 1943

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