Among the things handed down through the family is an autograph book
in perfect condition, given to Rebecca Heim, by Sarah A. Heim in Pennsylvania
12/13/1883. The booklet is currently in the possession of Arlene Coons
Masonbrink. It is a wonderful reminder to us that there were clever
personalities in our ancestry who could write with wit and humor.
The following are some of the entries in this book, most written before
she came to Nebraska with her parents, brothers, and sisters to begin
the Nebraska Pennsylvania Colony.
"Love all, trust few,
And paddle your own canoe."
Your uncle, C.O. Heim
"I've looked these pages ore and ore,
To see what others wrote before,
And in this only spot, I'll write.
Henry W. Heim
"When you are old and can not see,
Put on your specks and think of me!"
"Remember me when you reach far
Susie Heim, Pa.
"Remember me when far away and
only half awake,
Remember me on your wedding day
And send a slice of cake."
Joseph Weinman, Pa
"When rocks and hills divide us,
And you no more I see.
Just take your pen and paper,
And write a line to me."
Isaac Heim, Pa.
"Some write for pleasure,
Some write for fame.
But I write simply
To sign my name.
"When in some far distant land,
Read this the writing of my hand,
Although my face you cannot see,
Look at this and think of me."
"Rebecca is your name,
Single is your station.
Happy be the little man,
That makes the alternation."
"When you grow old and ugly,
As old folks always do.
Remember that you have a sister,
That's old and ugly too."
Sophia Heim, May 3, 1886
"A little word in kindness spoken,
A motion or a tear,
Has often healed the heart that's broken,
And made a friend sincere."
Martin D. Ulmer, 1886
This lovely little booklet is in good condition and no doubt was
read often as the Jacob G. Heim family left their loved ones and
made their way to Nebraska. They arrived in Richardson County in
1874 and bought a piece of land north of Dawson. The words in this
book help to uphold the weary traveler on this journey and through
many of life's journeys. Why? I don't know
. but we just don't
do this much anymore!