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in Indiana and neighboring states. Harry D. Bertsch of Centerville, Ind., ! spnds the the following poern about Farrand, written by Eleanor - , V, r v 4 r till v i r- r - rr l BY K ATE M1LNER RABB Bethuel Farrand was an officer in one of the New Jersey regiments during the revolutionary war. His wife was Rhoda Farrand and numer ous descendants of this couple live And ah stepped from her cha:r. helped M- her tn. W ith hr first iiay' v. ork and her stockings done. On Eo-kawav river. i bright and rlear. The brown leaf skims ill the fall of tht; .ear. Around threush the hills it curves like an arm. And hnMs in Its clasp more than one orient farm Throueh Ro kauay valley next day drove Dan. Boy, tliouch lie was-. et he w orked like a man. His mother neliinrt him sat in her ohair. who have Morns county, New JeMiheV "iS 'Vj,, " In"', thin drove through the col (re And e.opj e.l for a niinut ror se. Hunter in 1S76 and widely circulated I during those centennial days. Those j sey, ancestors (and there are many of them in the middle West) and those who recall the knitting activities of world war days, will find interest In the stnry of patriotic Rhoda Farrand. After a preliminary stanza in which the poet explains that the New Jersey fields have been harvested by the boys and girls and that winter had swept bitterly down, she introduces Rhoda. the heroine, left alone on the farm at Parcippany. To her was brought a letter from her husband. "Hparf of his heart and l:f- of h: l.f- I read from the paper, wrinkled and "We Then on were fd. Poonton. at oinpton's and there they the letter uj passed around and , Rhoda. "a. fast as you ran. f the srorkincs to me. and my son the T?or,,hl firt of the npk tvU! d-i.e me down ' rii take the Srk,nE3 to Morris "'largely tnat Bnnrnn hme. and t t of her Mick- Then frm She entered hr house with .i here for the winter in Morri?- tcuvn. I And a s-orry slpht are our rrn tndav, i In tatter and rags and no s:gn of pa; i As wj mart-ii'd to camp, ;f a man I'll r. th 'iiopp'n of n;ood he loum trare For 9'vt)v a man has a decent nhof. Ani XW01 1 ,!ock:'! 'he rmy stookinrs. as quick as you My ron pan nds them. 4vry man, And every man if a neijrhhor'a lad. Tell tin to their mothers they need f hem had." Ins d On Th'ird a . they knit from morn till r;cht. FH and The etrl.t. xvith nU the r nvph. When th ye, rn gave o it, they raided and rspun,. And every day, more eionkinsa were don. When the wool a? eotie, they killed ft rilt'Pp i f U'Pt t Mi tifodv vmppd to u ppp. ; They pu'lod the flVece and they caided j fl,1v, .And 8"un and knitted from right until I day- Tn a! ihe roun'ry, no woman ronM res. Thry knitted on like people "pneesse'1 ;" .And Person .'nndit expoun-Ied his views t 'n PahVatrr dav un'o enip'y pews. K epr for a f.-w- srav Isds who rame And sat in the Rall'ry to save the name. Rhoda lost no time, says the poet, but. ordering her daughters to set .n Mondsv niciit. a an early hour The sto'kin;s camp in a p-riet shower, A shower tha' tajeTeH until the n'rht to knitting at once, she ordered her ; Black, i.rown and ry ones, and mixed son Dan : hi lie nril white There were nairs one hundred and thlr. Yoke un the steers as nui'-k as you oan; tv-three. Put a chair in th wafon. as you're alive, j L.onB ones, roir.emher. no to the knee. I will ait and knit while you go and i And tho nxt day. Rhoda tarried them drive. j down Thty started at onct on the Whirpany . In the old nx-waron. o Mnrriatown. road. j 1 hear, like an erho. the soldiers' cneers She knitting away while he held the for Rhoda and Pan anil the waffon and goad. ! Pterin. At TVlvppany village she stopped to fall j Growing v ildor yet for the chief in cotn-On sisters of Prudeme nnd Mary Ball: l niand. Sh. would not (to in. she sat in her! While up "salute" to the hrow flies chair. eaoh hand from ; As "ashipTton pas. Ht.erine: them J ) tharl: M-strees Farrand In name of An4 read to the girls hpr letter That wa enough, for their hmthen t hr "'re tn TJput. Farrand rnmpanv. Then nn fthoda went, stopping hpre and hr To roii thi neiehhor?. from her o'd -tlPir. ; Prill wht h wan rMinir. her flnor. ; flew, j And mln'ite hy minute the fv klrir j hi nipn. But th words Thai lt fall. "I know vnu would of ali. hr husband's !fp do if," were he.t mn'rv, wtth'd and brown, till rhT ame to Han over 1 r-rtSl th" I Thev dro-, j town. There. met!o-v id hroq d i a nrf. i with ttirm sh tnnk d:nn I her hand ! Nxt Toward Hanger N'e'-k ITan j th srppr. : Where he- rniis'n. the Ki'! h!!. WMh fh" KithpUn he supped, TVhne 3"' VhMar. nk ian burned . lay the PniMia' and warmed turnel ". had then An intprpstin? inrirlpnt, even though the poetry is not of the first class, and all true, says Mr. Bprtsrh even to Rhoda's rcreivinff the. personal thnnks nf Washington for this substantial contribution to the patriot rr.usp. Mr. Bertsrh adds that the late Dr. Joseph Farrand Tuttlp. for ypars president of hash rol-Ipsp. was a srnnd.inn of Bpthtiel and Rhoda Farrand. Mrs. Bertsch is a descendant of the Farrand family and would like some information rnn.-ernin? other descendants of Bpthuel and Rhoda Farrand. i-

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  1. The Indianapolis Star,
  2. 25 Apr 1928, Wed,
  3. Page 6

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