Literary men and women of Somerville.
Three persons remain to be briefly considered.
Mrs. Mary A. Pillsbury
, the daughter of Edwin Leathe
, and connected by blood with the Weston family of Reading and the Brooks
family of Medford
, was born in Lynnfield
She was married in 1863 to L. B. Pillsbury
Of the four children, Harry N. Pillsbury
, it is safe to say, is known as a chess player throughout America
early began to write poems, ‘for her own amusement and for the gratification of her friends.’ In 1888, shortly before her death, a volume of her pieces was published, called ‘The Legend of the Old Mill, and Other Poems.’ The title poem is a story of Mallet
's old wind-mill, still looking down upon us from the Nathan Tufts Park
, perhaps the most venerable landmark of our city.
An Acadian maiden, fleeing from one who would have tarnished her honorable name, takes refuge, disguised as a man, in the old mill, by permission of the old miller.
Her pursuer finds here there, runs up the steep ladder after her, but by a misstep falls through a hole in the floor, and meets a horrible death.
The poems in this volume include rhymed anecdotes, verses suggested by the children, reflections of natural beauty, and thoughts on religious themes.
Mrs. Katherine B. W. Libby
, who died within a year (March 7, 1902), was born and educated in Chelsea
, but lived in Somerville
since shortly after her marriage.
was remarkable for her patriotism, as well as her predilection for poetry.
A ‘Daughter of the Revolution,’ a member of this society, and of several social and philanthropic bodies, she bore her part in practical affairs.
Her writing, however, was to her of supreme importance: she would drop instantly whatever she might be doing when a thought came to her, that she might not lose its appropriate expression.
Her writings have not been collected into book form.
They include poems of nature, patriotism, and religion.