Chapter 6: An Old Bachelor

Mort Austin (right) and unknown friend.

Jennie Leavenworth Austin. Photo courtesy of Cynthia.

Mort Austin wrote to his brother Lon:

“I have made up my mind to live an old bachelor the rest of my days. Don’t you think I would make a good one?

“But I think you would do well to take Nell for I guess she is a real good girl and I think you would be better off with a good wife than single.”

Life as you know, does not always work out how we think it should.

Nell, though she loved Lon, married a man she did not love at the request of her father out of a sense of duty to him.

My grandfather Mort Austin, fortunately for me, met and married Jennie Louisa Leavenworth. But in 1890, the year chapter 6 starts, Jennie was 10 years old, and Mort Austin, 25, started Centenary Collegiate Institute in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

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