Walton, O F
Book Title Angel's Christmas.
Binding (hardback, paperback, etc.) Hardcover
Book Condition Very Good with no dust jacket
Edition First Edition; First Impression
Publisher's Name New York American Tract Society 1880
Seller ID or SKU 57620
Small tan volume with gold print. Gift inscription in front of book. "Merry Christmas! to Myra Olds from your ???? friend, Cora M. Phillips, Wyanet, Il, 1892. This is most likely Myra D. Olds daughter of Mr. John Olds who " was happily married on the 15th of April, 1869, to Miss Annabel Kimmel, a native of Pennsylvania, who came to Bureau county with her father, Samuel Kimmel, in 1856 and was therefore reared in this part of the state. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Olds were born eight children: Bryant, who married Anna Smith, a daughter of William Smith; Howard; Edna, the wife of Elmer Sapp, cashier of the Bank of Wyanet; Blanche; Buy; Lucy W.; John C.; and Myra D. " John Olds "politically was in sympathy with the democracy and always staunchly supported the men and measures of the party. He filled some positions of honor and trust in the county, acting as collector and treasurer of his township. He was a member of Wyanet lodge, No. 231, A. F. & A. M.; Belmont camp, No. 25, M. W. A.; and the Knights of Pythias lodge, all of Wyanet. He died July 8, 1901, and his widow still resides in Wyanet. " ([Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois by George B. Harrington, A.M., Together With Biographical Sketches, Chicago, The Pioneer Publishing Co., 1906, Pages 236-237, submitted by Danni Hopkins) oon after marriage, The author (a female) was the wife of Octavius Walton who took up an adventurous appointment in Jerusalem, in a church on Mount Zion, from 1875-9. His wife wrote Angel's Christmas about a poor little girl who lives in dire poverty and converts her hard-worked mother. Before conversion the house had been dirty. "Yet one could hardly blame poor Mrs Blyth very much, for she had a hard life, and plenty to do. A drunken husband, a mangle, and five children! No wonder she had not time to look after spiders." Mrs Walton is certainly sympathetic to the plight of poor wives and mothers, especially those who have been deserted by husbands who drink, gamble and then run away, leaving them with children to look after, and sometimes others on the way.; Engravings.; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 61 pages