Saturday, May 18, 2013

Josiah Wilbur Wixom's cane and glass eye

Aunt Carol told us stories about Josiah Wilbur Wixom, who was her grandfather, and my husband's great-grandfather.

She remembered Josiah as an old man, who always carried this cane. Josiah had lost the middle finger of his right hand, so she remembers that his hand was misshapen as he held the cane.  Since there was no middle finger, his other fingers folded in on top of the space in a strange way.

I remember Olive Nunn Wixom, my husband's grandmother, telling me about "Mother Wixom and Father Wixom" (Josiah and his wife Mary Aloha Partridge Wixom) who lived with them in their old age.  Carol said her mother was a saint, taking care of her in-laws for so many years.  And Olive loved them dearly.

Here is another story Carol told about Josiah.

Josiah had not only lost his finger, he had also lost his left eye.  (Carol couldn't remember how.)  He had a glass eye, which he took out at night, and also sometimes in the daytime.

SORRY, CAROL DOESN'T HAVE THE GLASS EYE, OR I WOULD HAVE TAKEN A PICTURE OF IT.

When Carol was little and her grandparents lived with them, she said sometimes she would look at Josiah and say, "Grandpa! Your eye is crooked!"

He would take out his little pocket mirror, and adjust his eyeball.

He kept the glass eye in a little box, and when she had friends over, she would ask if they could look at it, and he would let her open the box and show it to them.

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