101 Stories

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

45. The Blood of the Pioneers.

About 1898 or 1899 the pioneer blood in Grandma Speer (Susan Moore Speer)' surged up again and she must go west. In spite of her advanced years and the entreaties of all her sons, she went with Aunt Minnie and Aunt Theresa to the home of her brother, James Moore at Guthrie, Oklahoma. After a little time there they went on west to the then new Roger Mills Co., on the Texas border. There, not far from the little town of Cheyenne, they entered two quarter sections of land, one in Aunt Minnie's name and the other in Aunt Theresa's name. On the one they built a pine house and on the other a "soddy." There they lived until Grandma's death. She had not been well and a neighbor had come in to assist the daughters. As she began to sink away to the end, she cried, "Oh women, lift me up," and there, as they raised her to a more comfortable sitting position, the brave spirit of one of America's most noble pioneer women "went west" again to join no earthly caravan but that other great throng which is gathering to God's great Home In 

The West.

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Thierstein, members of our church in Milwaukee, knew them there in their Cheyenne home. They often spoke of Aunt Minnie and of the fact that they knew she had an elderly mother whom they did not know so well. So, knowing Rev. Mr. Ogle from Brownstown, Indiana, and Mrs. J. L. Thierstein of Cheyenne, Oklahoma, I am able to join the first and last homes of this remarkable woman whom we children remember, affectionately, as GRANDMA.

Aunt Minnie died and was buried there in Cheyenne, beside her mother. Aunt Theresa was married when she was about 80 years and died in LeRoy, Kansas, at Uncle Eli's home. I have seen her resting place there, marked simply MRS. THERESA WELSH.

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