Metcalfe Museum

Many know that Augusta was a single woman. But did you know that she was used to doing the farm work by herself? Pa, Augusta’s father, was a source of contention for Ma and Augusta. There are numerous journal entries from Ma where she referred to him as “Crank” and “O.M. [Old Man].” She wrote of his lack of work around the homestead and even penned an entry stating that he “…got a blow from stick in Augusta’s hand, which left a fine lump.” Soon afterward, Pa took to wandering off. Pa suffered from epilepsy; the origin remains unknown. It…

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