Why did your family return to farming after your father’s industrialist career?
In 1845, after father’s last mill failed in Center Falls, New York, he and mother found the farm outside Rochester and were able to buy it with funds mother had inherited from her parents. We planted all kinds of fruit trees and bushes. I was especially fond of the peaches that Father planted by the hundreds. And on Sundays many of our friends would journey out for dinner and discussions, including, anti-slavery advocates Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.
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