The Kindness of Indians


From the notes of C.C. Bronson we find that Edwin Wetmore was the 2nd child of William Wetmore, first official settler in Stow. The year that they came to Stow, Edwin would have been 8 years old. Edwin upon reading the Doctor Wilcox’s account of their lives (see Friday’s post) was compelled to write his own remembrance…s. At this writing he would have been 76 years young.

I read with deep interest the article from your Hinckley correspondent, Doctor Wilcox, no doubt. To think he would give so minutely, and yet so truthfully, facts connected with my fathers early settlement in this township! As I read of the doings of my dear mother, in relation to the disposition made of that quite expensive flour; I thought of what she used to say and do with and by her importuning children. Mother used with aching heart and falling tears give sparingly of those carefully kept loaves of bread, lest there might be greater suffering by giving than witholding. But we, through the kindness of the Indians, lived to see better days. In the fall of 1805, my father was sick, apparently near unto death, and the kindness and attention we received from the Indian Chief, Wagmong, will go with me to the end of life. He was the chief of a tribe settled upon the south bank of the beautiful Stow Lake (Silver Lake). There are many things that might be said of and by the few remaining of the early settlement of this country that must be said soon, or never, for time is winging us away to our eternal homes.
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Edwin Wetmore

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