Cornelia Alice Touchstone Jones

Christmas Joy At Grey Rock Farm

Cornelia Alice Touchstone Jones
Cornelia Alice Touchstone Jones

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From “Recollections” – “For any degree of success I have attained I shall always remember the debt I owe to my parents, who brought me through infancy and to man’s estate; and particularly to my dear Christian mother, whose life was a benediction to our family, and to me. She was called to her eternal home August 7, 1907. Her memory will ever be an inspiration to me, and I feel that her children will be ever under a great responsibility to endeavor to live up to the example she placed before us.”

“My mother was most liberal in helping the poor people in our neighborhood, at Christmas. She always baked so many excellent cakes that it took one whole back bedroom to hold them, and colored as well as white families were remembered. I still remember the lovely sand tarts, doughnuts, sugar and gingercakes, which she excelled in baking. Also her white mountain, coconut, chocolate and fruit cakes were a delight to all.”

“When we were all little fellows we would hang up our stockings around the mantle at the fireplace just back of the coal stove that had isinglass, through which we could see the red coals. How we would all rush downstairs early Christmas morning to see what Santa Claus had brought us. We usually knew pretty well what it would be. There would be as long a stocking as could be found, and it would be filled to the top with such things as candy, raisins, figs, nuts of several kinds, and then on top would be a big orange. This to us then seemed greater than all the profuse things we now shower upon our grandchildren. One time someone hung up my father’s boot, and by way of a joke, it was filled with potatoes and turnips, much to our fun and pleasure.”

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