St. Joseph County By Judge William H. Cross
E. Lakin Brown, of Prairie Ronde:
"Yes, everything is changed, friends;
There's nothing seems the same; And yet it was not long ago,
The time when first we came. But the years have passed by swiftly,
My hair is white as snow, And not a white hair when I came It's fifty years ago.
Then came days of trial and toil,
But we weathered them bravely through, For our mothers and wives had cheerful hearts,
And were always brave and true ; And our brothers and friends were stout lads then,
And Nancy, Cynthia, Aryna and Kate Could lend a hand in cabin or field,
And we all worked early and late;
And the Indian seemed half sad, half pleased,
As our cabin logs were laid, For he dreaded the white man's grasping hand,
Though fond of white man's aid; His sullenest moods we ever beguiled
With the hand of welcome and cheer ; To his sunniest smile we trusted not,
And the loaded rifle was near."
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