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Pioneers 1920

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 13, 2014

Pioneers 1920

By William Mulder

To my immigrant parents– “Two of a City”

They came too late for praise as pioneers –
By steam and ribboned road and shining rail
They followed what had been a wagon trail
Into the Valley. The ease belied frontiers
Still left to them: grain gathered from a foreign field,
They faced the flailing on the new life’s floor,
Were winnowed, tried for firmness at the core,
And themselves were sown, seed certified to yield
The promised fulness of the land. They came
Expecting much, but they had much to give:
Desire and purpose naturalized to live
The kingdom’s way. And if at times a blame
Arose that Zion’s dream they found unfilled,
They steadied with the thought, “We came to build.”




  1. A nice complement to the “Think Not” post from a couple of weeks ago.

    Comment by David Y. — March 13, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Bill Mulder was a kind, gentle, incredibly humane man. It was a distinct privilege to have known him.

    Comment by Gary Bergera — March 13, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

  3. Thanks, David, I hadn’t made the connection.

    Gary, I met Bill Mulder only twice, as a stranger working at the next library microfilm reader. “Kind, gentle, humane” absolutely describes even that brief encounter.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 13, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

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