Uncle Jake continued sharing Catherine's story with Jill and Seth, saying that Catherine and her mother Naomi exchanged letters while she was away, but her father would not permit Naomi to visit their daughter no matter how much she begged him. "Catherine needs to learn that disobedience comes at a cost," he decreed staunchly.
When the time finally came for the baby to be born, Catherine had a very difficult labor and delivery, and although the doctor who was summoned did all he could, he was unable to save Catherine; she died shortly after her son was born, never having had a chance to hold him in her arms. When the telegram came to Catherine's parents informing them of her passing, they were devastated; Catherine's father could not refuse Naomi's pleas that they raise Catherine's son as their own.
On a warm day in Spring, Catherine's uncle drove his horse-drawn wagon slowly into the farmyard, bringing Catherine's body home in the pine box he had made in addition to the cradle he had lovingly crafted for her son who was bundled snugly in a quilt and held close by Catherine's aunt.
When news of the tragedy reached the neighbors, Catherine's boyfriend was overcome with guilt and sorrow; slipping quietly into the barn he hung himself.
(To be continued)
Disclaimer: I apologize for the sometimes somber tone of this story, but there is no way to sugar-coat how it unfolded. The events that occurred in this family left an imprint on the farmhouse that will remain as long as it is standing.
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