Gladys’ Most Profitable and Enjoyable Vacation, 1914

Miss Gladys Harpold of Assumption, Illinois, won first prize for her story on the subject, “My Most Profitable and Enjoyable Vacation.” She was about fifteen years old when she wrote her story and married the following year. Gladys became the mother to five children and died at the age of 90 while residing in California.  …

Foraging for Black Raspberries, a Gift of Nature’s Bounty

Recently I discovered an essay written in 1907 entitled “Wild Grapes for Jelly.” The author writes of the summertime treasure that wild fruit can be to the select few who are willing to claim it. She says this about wild fruits, specifically grapes: They yield their riches to those who know them best and who …