By Kent Masterson Brown
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Armya man one year older than the Constitution itselfwas a commanding presence in his blue uniform with its gold bullion facings and epaulets. The post band occupied the loft. Behind the chancel the national colors, proudly bearing stars representing all the states in the Unioneven those in rebellionhung in the still, humid air. M. Solemn music was played by the post band. Eyes were fixed on Professor Robert W. " Church services had been held in the chapel earlier in the day, for it was Sunday.
On either side of Main Street lived Alonzo's aunts, uncles and cousins. Dr. Squire White's home stood on Main Street not far from Green Street. Francis Smith Edwards, a local lawyer and the husband of Dr. White's daughter Julia, lived on Dunkirk Street. Alonzo's Uncle Addison had lived in Zattu's handsome old home on Eagle Street nearby, but he had sold it to George White, Zattu's grandson and son of Dr. Squire White and his wife, Lydia Cushing. The Risleys lived in prominent homes along lovely Garden Street on the other side of town.
Alonzo quickly came to know all his aunts, uncles, and cousins around the growing little community, and Fredonia became his hometown as it had been his father's and grandfather's. 52 Mary Cushing's financial plight was still desperate, and some of the Cushing familyas had some members of the Smith family in Chelseaasked her to allow them to adopt her children, believing she simply could not adequately care for them. To those offers Mary gave a quick but polite rebuff; she was determined to keep her family together.