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Josie’s Ledger

I recently shared a poem written by my 2nd great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford. While discussing this poem with my cousins, one shared a comment about his having a copy of Josie’s ledger of poetry. This comment reminded me that I have the actual ledger. In remembering this ledger, I realized that I hadn’t done enough to share with future generations.

When the Internet was young, I did transcribe some of these poems and contributed them to the Kansas Memory project. However, I did not submit all of the poems. Evidently, I also had never scanned the ledger. I have since scanned the ledger and created a document with the scanned image on the left and the transcription on the right. This PDF file has been uploaded as a memory to Josie Hammond’s profile on FamilySearch. I’ve also uploaded Josie’s Ledger to Archive.org. Thus, I’m hoping that her ledger will be preserved well into the future.

Come on, Pal

Do you ever feel a yearning to roam?
There are wonderful ci􀆟es, There are the mountains
And great rolling rivers, And deserts dry.
And the great gray ocean with sparkling foam.
Come on, Pal, let’s go.
There are deeds of kindness that we may do.
There are poor to feed and the sick need care
And sorrow and suffering everywhere
And few t do it but me and you.
Come on, Pal, let’s go.
There is the story of Jesus that needs to be told
To the heathen abroad and the unlearned at home
And hundreds of children who heedlessly roam
With none to tell the sweet story of old
Come on, Pal, let’s go.
And when we think our journey is o’er
We’re so very 􀆟red and in need of a rest.
There is one more journey the last and the best
When Jesus shall call from the beau􀆟ful shore.
Come on, Pal, let’s go