I'm Mrs. H, and I've lived in Cottonwood since it was founded in 1852. I love this little town. It's slowly growing and most of the people are lovely, devote Christians who live and act the way God wants us to do. There are some who don't, even though they go to church regularly and claim to be believers. Scripture tells us that we will know them by their fruit. The way they live will tell us if they are believers or not. We can't know the heart but actions tell and character eventually comes out.
Mrs. H's introduction continued
Well, enough of my soap box preaching. I'm here to let you know a little about the town and those who call it home. A while back the railroad put a station at Cottonwood. That's helped quite a bit in bringing people and goods to town.
Johnson's All Purpose Store is the mercantile. Hal and Mabel Johnson own it and supply the townsfolk with whatever we might need. They're good Christian folk who don't allow any gossip in their store. There youngest son Luke helps after school and makes deliveries from the store and the train station. They're raising him in the faith and it seems to be sticking to him.
Theo Ralston and his wife Gladys came over from England a while back. I can't remember how long ago. I'm getting forgetful in my old age. I'm sixty-five, you know. They run the livery stable. They're good folk too.
The bank's owned by Eustace Taylor. He and his wife Beulah, well, let's just say they have some heart work to be doing. Both love to gossip and aren't too concerned about the facts of a matter. Beulah is always pushing her youngest daughter at some man. Since he's come back from medical school that man is Sterling Graham.
He's a good doctor even though he's young. Lives in the house he was raised in. His father was a doctor too. Influenza took both of Sterling's parents while he was taking his schooling. Hard on the boy. He loved his folks and had hoped to practice with his pa after he finished training.
We have us a mighty fine pastor. He's Pastor Peter Lendrey, and he's married to the sweetest lady you'll ever know, Ella. They have two darling children, Rye whose seven and Janie who just turned four.
Our sheriff is Drew Richards, handsome and young. He, Peter, and Sterling played together as children and have stayed friends to this day. What rascals they were. The stories I could tell...
There's other folk who live in town too, and more move into the area to farm the fertile soil of western Iowa. Like I said, most people are friendly and God-fearing.
I must say, those two young men, Sterling and Drew, well, I just think both would be better off with a fine wife. One for each of course.
I hope you come visiting us here in Cottonwood. Spring's coming and it usually brings new and surprising events.