Mabel Life & Times
I'm more worried I suppose of adding too much in the way of annotations, notes, sources and dates that give it a timeline. So if you the reader could share your thoughts with me in that regard; e-mail me here.
Mabel calls her mother in the story Clara. Olive Clara Torrey; as has been documented by prime source material, has been called many names by various descendants-Olive Clara, Olive Clarissa, Clara, Clarissa, Mary, Clarissa Olivia, Doll. She is holding baby Mabel in the picture below, it's a haunting image of a mother who passes away much too early at age 43 and changes the course of history for her younger children. But that's the enigma of history- in all likelyhood, I would not be here now if not for her early death.
I have been inclined to call her Mary these days, as evidence and research indicates that her husband Alex called her Mary in all affection.
Mabel Life & Times is the working title for what I'm sharing here with the readers at the Stump Ranch. Originally Mabel wrote up several volumes depicting the different times of her life. The first volume of her life is simply titled "Mabel." Starting with her birth here in Birdsview November of 1891 to her marriage to Tom Royal in 1907. She followed that up with "As the Years Went By" then "Ten Years on a Stumpranch or Mabels Brood."
Mabel also wrote a volume called "The Royals" which repeats some of the last two volumes mentioned, but is more from Tom Royals perspective. If you follow her stories, you've probably already seen "The History of the Boyd Family" and "The History of the Torrey Family."
Her grandson Phil Royal originally helped with the typing of the stories. A very grateful thank you to Larry Spurling for transcribing the old typed manuscripts for me so I have it on my computer. I'm taking the liberty to add chapter titles.