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Lorenzo Freeman Bingham by his daughter Blanche Rebecca

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  1. 1. / -,,- ~ LORENZO FREEMAN BINGHAM. • • • as told by his daughter, Blanche ~ father was a very kind man. I H~ always could find time to help a neighbor. After working from ) ten to fourteen hours a day. There was no union at that time and there was street cars and horses and carriages. So most of the time th~ could ride as far as the street car went and then walk. MY father was a lovely tenor singer. When we children were little he would sing, orread to us and I and one or the other of us would keep him busy getting drinks of water. It didnt matter how tired the poor dear was he would wait on us and I know that we wasnt so thirsty as we enjoyed him to wait on us. He always fixed our shoes by half soling them. When we had company mother was getting din- ner he would tell t.he.i what a good dumpling he c orLd make. He liked to tease my mother. She would tell him after company was gone that she would like to see and taste his du~plings. He would just laugh, put the smallest child o~ his knee and sing funny songs to them. He loved the church but never went very often but always upheld the principles of the church. I think on account of his smoking his pipe that Lept him from going to church; and maybe his work. Most of the time he worked as a laborer. He cut and put up ice for the summer. That was the only way at that time to have ice in the summer. MY father said that when he was a young man that there wasnt money for everything so they would all take something they had grown such as squash, or apples or potatoes or onions to pay the ones that furnished the music to dance by. The dances were always church dances and they would dance all night or until 4 Oclock in the- morning every one turned out--old and young--they would bring their babies, put them to bed in the windows and in corners on chairs. Single ones came on horses with a sack of whatever he had and the families came in wagons and buggies wrapped up in quilts and hot rocks and straw. MY father said next morning Grandpa would call them to get up to do chores and he AQuld say he was so sleepy and grandpa would say, "those that dance had to pay the fiddler", for his to get up.i~. -; r ", ]. ) Father was a man of love for every one and he had charity. to anyone hed ask them who their parents were. Its a shame that he hadnt worked on geneology for as soon as he talked He would laugh and tell them he knew them ve-.."Y well and then he would have a long talk about some of the fun things they had done. He always enjoyed living over his childhood days.