Lois Waisbrooker: Eighty Years Young

Eighty Years Young and a Human Dynamo.

In reply to your request I would say that I was born in the lower strata of life. My father worked by the day or by the job to support his family. My mother was a quiet retiring woman who died at the age of thirty-six. I have no noted ancestry. I have worked in people’s kitchens year in and year out when I never knew what it was to be rested. Finally I added enough to the little schooling I received in childhood to enable me to meet the requirements of a country school over fifty years ago.

While thus teaching I learned a lesson I have never forgotten. A new edition of Adams’ arithmetic was brought into the school containing eight pages of added examples, and my first work was to solve them, which I did all but one, and oh the weary hours I spent upon that. Neither could I find any one who could solve it for me, the county superintendent and a college educated gentleman both failing to do so.

One Sunday evening as I was looking into the fire and thinking, not of God and heaven, but of that problem, all at once I saw the law involved, the rule under which it came. I turned to one of my pupils, the son of the lady where I boarded, and said:

“Charlie, please take your arithmetic and slate turn to such an example, set it down and work it out so and so.”

The problem was solved. I had no more question as to the result than I had of my own existence, and I knew he would work it out quicker than I could, for I so often blundered in multiplying and dividing. That blundering propensity pertains to more than the handling of figures in arithmetical problems, and under the disability I have staggered through life, but ever since I began to, think independently of Christian teaching I have been studying the problem of society, and fully believe I have found the principle involved. It is that and not my personality which I wish to get before the minds of the thinkers of this age, that they may work out the problem while I go hence.


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[To-Morrow, October 1906]