Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life, 2: Elmer as a Young Boy on a Goat Cart, Circa 1915

It was about this time, at the age of six, that Elmer was moving with his mother, Jennie, and infant sister, Caroline, to Muskegon, Michigan. His parents had separated; his father remained in Chicago. "We were on our way to Muskegon—not for a visit, but a permanent move. My mother was taking two of her four children and leaving Chicago for an uncertain future. I remember going down to the big boat dock at dawn, my sister a baby in my mother's arms, I a small boy trudging beside them. It was my first trip on a big boat, my first trip to my mother's home in Muskegon. It was a momentous day for me, but the only memory I retain is of that early morning walk to the dock."

Image courtesy H. B. Fuller Company

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