In each "Ramble", Aunt Libbie would greet the reader as if she were waiting for them, and then takes the reader on a "walk" through a different part of Hyde Park. She remembers who lived where, and what happened to them. She talks about who lives there "now", and so forth.
From May 2, 1917
"Rather pretty up this way. Say, look down there. Wish we had a sled. Quite an idea, but not so pleasant when we--or you, rather-- would have to draw it upgrade. Here we are to the right. The house has not changed, but the barns have. Yes that is so. Benjamin Miller lived here in olden times. I can't seem to remember a thing about him. The daughter, Julia, married Carlos Lilley, son of Luther Lilley. They had two children, a girl and a boy. Yes, Carlos went to war-- the Civil War-- and died out on the field...."
Aunt Libbie lived in an old plaster house (photo above) that was built by her husband's great-grandfather in approximately 1788. The house no longer stands, but was in an area called "Felcherville", between Hyde Park and North Hyde Park. (Past Casella's on the left as you head north.)
We are pleased to announce that the Moonlight Rambles, along with other news articles about them and about Aunt Libbie are all together in one spiral bound book and are available at the Lanpher Memorial Library. Supplies are limited, and we're selling them for $10 each. We will have copies available to borrow from the Lanpher Library too.
The rambles are gems....and Libbie Felcher a local treasure for writing them. We hope you find time to take a look and enjoy them.
The Moonlight Rambles have inspired more Hyde Park History related events and programs at the Lanpher Library....coming soon!
or as Aunt Libbie might have said:
"Well, time to wend our way homeward, so good night."