Forget me not
Back before there were photographic school yearbooks, it was not uncommon for young people to have autograph books. They were small notebooks with hard covers that were small enough to fit in one’s pocket. Recently, I found two of them from ancestors of my mother’s father and these are some of the inscriptions I found within.
The first is from circa 1879-80.
To Eddie:Within this book I find expressed The thoughts of many a human breast And wishes too, the most sincere, To greet the eye and please the ear. Another friend her wish will add And this her wish would be, May you be free from moments sad And happy through eternity.
(Minnie Smith)Most of the Shadows which cross our path are caused by standing in our own Light.
(Jim Hogan, ’79)Faith will conquer, persevere, Even labor with good cheer, Do not turn for things absurd, Mind the things in God’s own word; Use the means at your command, Near to Jesus take your stand; Dare to do what he requires; Practice that which he inspires; Into all his will resign; Every act with faith confine; Ready be, and true till death- Each shall overcome by faith.
April 24, 1880.
Eddie,When days are dark and friends are few, Remember me and I will you.
Ritie Felix Kent,
June 1, 1879You asked me to write in your album But I scarcely know where to begin For there’s nothing original in me Excepting original sin. When in looking these pages over My name you happen to see Remember the writer kindly And always think of me.
Alex S.P. Jenning, july 3, ’79.When you with gay friends do join, Don’t waste a single thought on me. But when you join the happy throng, Just say one word for me.
Mrs. SJ Jacobus, 1883.They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
Lillie Pier, Newark, NJ. July 24, 1879.
Eddie,Your Album is a garden spot, Where I will plant Forget-me-not.
A.J.V., Newark, New jersey, Aug. 1880May you live long, May you live happy, And get a wife, That’s never snappy.
W.J. Kanick, Feb. 9, 1879.
[Rufus: The next ones belong to Inez Elizabeth Pierre, who received her Autograph book for Christmas, 1920.]Dear Inez, When the golden sun is sinking and your mind from care is free, When a thousand things your thinking, Will you sometimes think of me?
With love, Cousin Ruth, Jan. 20, 1921Dear Inez, May you never feel the color of this page. [Blue]
Your friend, Margaret Duchame.Fruit is soft as soon as ripened. Love and kisses soon grow cold. Young man’s vows are soon forgotten. Look out Inez, don’t get sold. Your loving cousin,
Alma CollerdDearest Daughter, As the Ripples of the waves Follow the sea May God’s blessings Follow Thee Your Loving
Mother.Dear Inez, He who has a thousand friends has not one to spare and he who has one enemy will meet him every where. your friend,
Dorothy___________________________Dear Inez, Little beams of moon shine, Little hugs and kisses, Makes a little maiden Change her name to “Mrs.”
Your friend, Isabel, January 2, 1921.______________
Dear inez,I like vinegar, you like ale I am sold, and your (sic) for sale. Your friend,
Hazel E. Kerris, Jan. 30, 1921, Pine Brook, N.J._______Dear Inez, In the golden chain of friendship Regard me as a link.
Sincerely, Marion EllisDear Inez, Northern girls are pretty Western girls are fair Southern girls are sweetest, but none with you compare.
Sincerely, Ethel MartinTo Inez, If I should write forget-me-not I know you would not care, So i’ll just turn my motto around Forget me if you dare.
Antoinette SteltsDear Inez, In the pathway of life You will need an umbrella May yours be upheld By some young fellow.
Josephine Heft, Mar.28,1921.To Inez, May he who clothes the lilies And makes the shadows fall Guide and keep you always And bless you thru it all.
Sincerely, Margie Utmane,Dear Inez, All the wisdom in the world is contained in the two words “Wait and Hope.”
A.J.K.To Inez, Know many, trust few, And always paddle your own canoe.
Wm. Lloyd Keris, Jan. 14, 1921To Inez, In sailing down the stream of life, in a birch canoe May you have a pleasant journey And room enough for two.
Your friend, Zelda Manning, Jan. 28, 1921.Dear Inez, Hair was made to frizz and curl Cheeks were made to blush Eyes were made to wink at boys And lips were made- oh! hush.
Your friend, Hilda Shanks, Feb. 27, 1921Dear Inez, If you want to be blest With heavenly joys, Think more of the Lord, And less of the boys.
Your friend, Clarence ThomkinsDear Inez, May you always glide On the wheels of time Like a bobbed-tail chicken On a watermelon rind. Your friend,
Minnie Kerris.To Inez, May you in life remain the same, Unchanged in all, except your name. Your friend,
Marion SchallerTo Inez, Way back here out of sight, I write my name but just for spite.