Books [First Baby Born in Roswell]
“Some years later a friend visiting here remarked how much the town reminded her of her own home town - Cleveland, Tenn., My uncle had lived in Cleveland and had unconsciously used the same plan in laying out this town.”
This writer, than fifteen years of age, was the overnight guest of Ella Lea's step-sister - Willie Day. The two girls were busy packing their trunks. They were leaving the next day for boarding school in Texas.
“I remember that trip well,” said Mrs. Dow, laughing heartily, “It was in 1894, the railroad to Roswell was not yet completed. Willie, my step-sister, and I rode in a topless wagon drawn by mules. We were poking along on our way to Eddy (now Carlsbad) when I took the reins and whacked those mules good and hard, and one of them kicked me clear out of the wagon. I was so sunburned when we arrived at the school, the girls called me the 'mexican from New Mexico,’ this bothered me not at all for it furnished amusement for many a day.”
At this point in Mrs. Dow's story, she showed me many treasures accumulated in her beautiful home. Among them was a photograph of an exquisite mural done by her cousin, Tom Lea, who is a well known artist, who has lived and still owns a home in Santa Fe.