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Nancy's Notes - March 12, 2015

History of Morgan Everts, "Last One Home" by Debbie Macomber.

        I hope you aren’t expecting all my library history lessons to be in chronological order. I have two large files of articles that have been thrown together over the years, so as I find something of interest to me, I will pass it along to you. The article I am writing about this week was published in March of 1907. It gives readers quite a lot of biographical information on Morgan Everts, Esq., the name sake of the original library. He was born in Mexico, New York in 1827. He worked on a farm until he was twenty years old. It was around that time that the goldrush broke out in California so he wanted to head West to find his fortune. Unable to secure financial assistance from relatives, he worked for two seasons on a canal. He then traveled to California via the Strait of Magellan. Reaching his destination five months later, Everts spent three years in the mines. Shortly after the Civil War began he enlisted and served for three years. In 1865 he came to Iowa and located in Webster City where he engaged in the land and loan business. At one time he held large real estate interests in Wright and Hamilton counties. After earning most of his fortune in the area, he extended an offer of $10,000 to the City of Clarion for the erection of a public library. In 1884 when his health began to fail he returned to California where he then made his permanent home.
        Debbie Macomber is a favorite of many of our patrons. Her latest is, “Last One Home”. Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close, until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. Cassie had always been their father’s favorite, a feeling that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to accept. After ending a difficult marriage at the age of thirty-one, Cassie has moved back home with her daughter in the hope of leaving her past behind. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from for her older sister, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. As Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities, making amends with her sisters and finding love once more, she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.
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