Letters give glimpse into Moriah's past

She also had the propensity to tease and Elle was her victim. She liked to order her around and then put on a superior air as if I were her servant; or get me to do some ridiculous thing and then tell of it. She liked to listen to conversations not intended for her ears and when rebuked she was told that I did not do so.

One day I, who generally lived in a little world of my own, was told by her to come upstairs with her and she told me to lie down on the floor and listen and hear what Mother and Jane were saying downstairs and told Mother that I was upstairs listening, showing that I was no better than she was. We were both very bashful and one day were sent on an errand with another girl. We stood in a row against the wall, not daring to sit down, and when the woman asked how Mother was, I looked to Ette to answer and, as she did not, I tremblingly told her she was well, and when we came home she told Mother I was very bold.

Although so bashful, we enjoyed our parties. I usually found a quiet corner and remained there very quiet and silent. Partaking of refreshments and occasionally I did indulge in some of the games if I was asked to and went home delighted with the evening's gaiety. I sometimes had to fight my way in school. One boy in particular I remember. I usually beat him with my fists. There also came a time when my sister Ette stood in awe as I became much larger than she was. Notwithstanding all this, we were very loyal to each other."

Joan Daby is town of Moriah historian.

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