This is the last of a four part series quoting Rolla Rice, an early village pioneer, who wrote about her life in the very early days of the village. Following are her own words:
“But not all our outstanding leaders came to us through the call of the new village and its industries. Some were here before that time.
On Linden Avenue, only a short way west of what is now Washington Street, was a prosperous farmer, Frank Becker, by name. He sold his farm and with his wife and son Arthur, moved into his new home on Elm Street, which was the first house built in the village.
The O’Brien Homestead was on Linden Avenue, just a little west of the Becker place. One of the first merchants after Mr. Fryatt was William O’Brien, brother of Jack, whom everyone remembers so well. We have every cause to remember him not only for himself, but also for his very enjoyable family -- a very lovely lady and her three children, one of whom is our own Congressman Joe. I don’t think I need tell you about him. From the time he was in rompers, he has been an outstanding leader in our community, one whom we are very proud to know and enjoy as a friend.
There are many footprints in the sands, some are deep and some make hardly an impression. But they are there, footprints in the sands of time. I am not sure if all of us who were here before the coming of the village have gained in wealth, but there are many more things more important to me than dollars and cents: the feeling of friendliness, the companionship, the joy of knowing those who have made this village what it is, is quite enough for me. May this feeling continue to linger in all parts of our lives for many years to come.”
-Rolla Rice, 1949