Historical Bible: Singleton and Squires
Item 110 in Abby's classified collection is a bible that belonged to Mrs. W. Singleton, and passed on to Evaline Winifred Squires.
Mrs. Singleton is listed at address: 809 Artabasi, Long Beach, Ca. Evaline Squires is listed at the Pea Vine School, Carroll Co., Mo. Evaline Winifred Squires was born in 1868 and died at the age of 81 in 1949.
The bible has some very interesting articles attached to the front cover that both speak of the joyful quality of the owners, and of the times they lived in. Here is a transcript of the clippings.
"So many faiths so many creeds,
So many paths that turn and wind,
When all the old world really needs,
Is just the art of being kind."
"There's joy a-plenty in this world to fill life's silver cup,
If you'll only keep the corners of your mouth turned up."
(A vivid characterization of the personality of the Apostle Paul is given by English writer, F.J. Gould, in his book, "A Concise History of Religion.")
At the time of his propaganda Paul appears to have been a widower. His allusion to nursing and feeding of children an the labor pangs of women, suggest married experience. His advice, "I say, therefore, to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I," gives us a gentle hint of a wife's grave.
"Death is majestic, even sublimely beautiful if viewed aright. It is not the end. It is but the entrance door from one narrow room of existence into a broader, more glorious field of life--the field Elysian, the Ides celestial. The passing of the physical body is best seen as the laying aside of a meaner garment to put on finer, more radiant rainment."