The Diary of Lizzie Dopps
day in 1935 two friends of mine, Mrs. Maud McIntosh, of Bremerton,
Washington, and Mrs. Madelin Bissell of San Francisco, and I were
visiting my little mother, Mrs. Lizzie Anna Dopps, in the Home at Retsil,
We had such a splendid interesting
time, mother telling us of some of her experiences of pioneering.
Of course, I had heard many of them before, but they have always
My friend, Maud, Mrs. McIntosh, had
just finished reading a very popular, late book of pioneer life, and
exclaimed, "Mrs. Dopps, why don't you write a book telling of your
experiences? They are as
Interesting as those in this book I have just finished, and I think it
is one of the best books I have ever read."
Mother laughed and said she did not
think she was capable of writing a book, especially at her age, then
Both Mrs. Bissell and Mrs.
suggested I, Mrs. Dopps' daughter, do the writing as mother
related it. They so
strongly urged her, and I said I'd be only too willing to help her, so
she consented to do so.
I have tried to tell of these
happenings in my mother's own words as near as possible, not building up
or exaggerating anything to make fiction.
I have merely been a thought recorder,
I have enjoyed writing these
experiences and it has made me realize more fully what our pioneers have
gone through, their indomitable courage, the courageous cheerful
characters, the hardships they endured to make this country what it is
today. God bless the
pioneers in anything.
Jessie E. Botsford
|This copy of her book was sent
to Wilbur and Clara Close brother of David Close and Ellen Dopps
lived side by side with them in Norton, Kansas.
Ellen was Eliís sister. At
the time of this writing both David
and Ellen had passed and the book was passed by Creighton Close
(the only child of Wilbur and Clara--who had no children) to
Henry Close -- Davidís great grandson, my brother, who has given
permission for us to share this treasure with others who had family who
lived in the Norton area.
Loris Close Arnold
Lizzie Ann Matthews
Eli E. Dopps
|© 2006 Laurie Arnold. All material presented herein was transcribed or otherwise provided by Laurie Arnold from the unpublished text of the diary, family photos and personal genealogy. She and her family have graciously given permission for the diary to be posted to the Norton County Kansas GenWeb website, for the benefit of others who had pioneer families in Norton County, Kansas. This diary, photos and personal genealogy may not be reproduced, published or re-published for any reason, in any format, without prior written consent of the contributors or copyright holders. web design © 2006 Ardie Grimes|