“In a desolate house on a corner, lived three wealthy men all alone.
For years they had lived there together in the secluded spot they called home.
No mother or sisters had they. Their father had long been dead.
For years they had labored together, cheerfully winning their coppers and bread.
Faithfully they clung to each other, did Loren, Jarvis and John.
And no less than 1,000 acres composed the farm, which they lived on.
In a dark little room apart from the others, stood an iron bound safe firmly locked.
Here was the hoarded gold of the brothers, no stranger allowed on the spot.”
So begins the 1903 song, Jarvis Meach, by Miss Coral J. Irish that sets the stage for the notorious Meach robbery that occurred a year earlier. I recently got to meet with Jarvis Babcock and his sister, Catherine (Babcock) Leary about their family’s Century Farm.… Continue reading Read More »