its black square drawn on our township’s 1879 plat map
perhaps built by Wm. Deming, hand-written as the property owner
with scalloped trim requested by his bride?
sometime between 1910 and 1920 my husband’s great-grandfather acquired the homestead
Glen Brown, a “Home Farmer,” according to the 1920 federal census
words recorded when my husband’s grandmother, Mildred, was 8 months old
certainly the home was not desolate then
Mildred and her husband later lived in the humble abode with their young family
until they built a new home across the road
and then years of renters occupied the old homestead
ultimately, a granddaughter of Mildred’s sister purchased the home
but it was no longer loved
So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.