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Tales of the Grandmothers

Women And Work

Ibegin with the story of a girl baby, born 1826 in Massachusetts, Luna Puffer Squire (Squier). As a seven year old Luna came with her family to Illinois, where she married at 19. The family farmed; their place was about 100 miles up the Illinois River north of St. Louis. That gave them easy access for harvesting timber and shipping wood to build the growing city during the U. S. years of westward expansion. One piece of family lore holds that they owned barges and tugs that moved the logs to the city, until these were lost during the Civil War.

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