Many of the earliest books for authors dating back before the 1900s are now becoming hard to find, but, fortunately a couple of years ago I found one with interesting illustrations dated 1882.
Will Carleton (1845-1912) born in rural Lenawee County, Hudson, Michigan was an American Poet and probably best known for his poems about rural life. In 1869, he graduated from Hillsdale College and delivered on that occasion the poem, Rifts in the Cloud. His poem “Over the Hill to the Poor House” in 1872 was about developing the plight of the aged and those with indifferent families. This piece captured national attention and catapulted Carleton into literary prominence—a position he was to hold the rest of his life as he continued to write and to lecture from coast to coast.
The above illustration depicts the harvesting of peaches, but it reminds me of the apple orchard on a farm where I grew up.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, May 5, 2015