Emma Homan Thayer - story of Amy and Mrs. Kipling
Philadelphia Item. ENERGETIC MRS. KIPLING. As at Girl Sbe Helped Scrub Floor ImoroTlied Chnrcb. When Mrs. Rudvard Kipling was young girl, she went out to Colorado with her brother, Walcott Balestier, and lived with him at Salida, then mountain railroad town in the earlier and roneher stares of its history. Liv ing in the same town was a Mr. Thayer, Thayer, who was connected with the man agement of the Denver and Rio Grande Road. His wife. Mrs. Emma Homan Thayer, has published a number number of books, of which "Wild Flowers of the Rockies" and "Wild Flowers of the Pacific Coast" are best known, says , the Philadelphia Rjlletln. Their daughter, Miss Thayer, and Miss Balestier, became great friends, and Mrs. Thayer used to tell In later years how the two girls secured the first Episcopal service in Salida. They wrote to the late Bishop Spalding in Denver, who replied to them that if they would secure a place for the service service he would send a clergyman. The girls canvassed the town, but the only place they could find that was suitable was a room back of a saloon. Tbey rented this room, wrote the bishop, posted notices and did everything everything to Insure a good service. Late the Saturday afternoon before the Important Important Sundny, Mrs. Thayer wont down to the room. It had been charmingly charmingly decorated with mountain wild flowers, an organ moved in and everything everything prepared for the service. But, alas! the woman who bad promised to scrub the floor had failed them, and such labor was almost impossible to get in the camp. So Miss Thayer and Miss Balestier, with rags and pails of hot water secured from the saloonkeeper's saloonkeeper's wife, went down on their knees and scrubbed the floor. Through their efforts an Episcopal church was later established in Salida, and Miss Thayer married its clergyman, clergyman, the Rev. J. Wallace Ohl.