101 Stories

with which I follow the road of the Family for a Century

37. The House by the Side of the Road.

No series of anecdotes about the Garton home would be complete without an interpretation of the Home itself. Hospitality unfeigned was its genius. They were religious and the preachers of the Methodist church always knew where a night's lodging and a warm welcome was to be found. Old men and poor people were always treated most kindly. Often they were given odd jobs and retained for days at a time, even though their work was not highly desirable.

Relatives and kinsfolk were always dropping in to visit and be helped. One of their nephews in the West recently told me with a voice filled with emotion how much his visits meant to him as a boy when he would go to visit Uncle Duncan (His name was Joseph Duncan).

There is a high purpose connected with the founding of The Home In The West - to continue the spirit of that splendid farm home. It could well have been the inspiration for the poem by the above title, by Sam Walter Fess: *

Let me live in a house by the side of the road 
Where the race of men go by. 
The men that are good, the men that are bad 
As good and as bad as I. 
I would not sit in the scorner's seat 
Nor hurl the cynic's ban 
Let me live in a house by the side of the road 
And be a friend to man.

* Sam Walter Foss

Sam Walter Foss was an American librarian and poet whose works included The House by the Side of the Road and The Coming American. Wikipedia

 Born: June 19, 1858, Candia

Died: February 26, 1911
Education: Brown University (1882)

(quoted from Wikipedia)

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