by Leslie Drayton, Curator, Fort Collins Local History Archive
This lovely autograph book belonged to Newton Garbutt of Laporte, Colorado, and from 1884 to 1890 he collected within its pages eloquent signatures, sayings, and words of advice from his friends in Laporte, Fort Collins, and Timnath.
Newton sets the tone with the introductory inscription:
In the struggles of this life,
Through the years that are to come,
When at the end of daily strife,
I rest with the setting sun
These pages will I turn again,
And each familiar name
Will bring before my memory’s eye
The owner of the same
Lerah Stratton and Lillian Post both chimed in:
Charles Duncan wasn’t the best speller, but his advice was still sound:
Finally, my favorite from Nellie:
Now, I don’t want to offend my fine pals who signed my high school yearbooks (UR 2-Sweet 2B 4-Gotten), but you guys have nothing on the friends of Newton Garbutt!