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One hundred years. One hundred years of hopes and fears. One hundred years of joys and tears. Five times within this hundred years has history repeated itself. Five generations have completed their life work and passed to the great beyond. As many more have taken their places, and still the long procession is slowly moving on. The pendulum of time that has swung untiringly and unceasingly for so long a period of years is now ticking away your life and mine. In childhood, when our lives are young and our hearts are strong, the hours pass all too slow, and we would fain move ahead the hands of the clock were it in our power; but in after years as our life has passed its meridian and we are moving down the western slope, so quickly do the years slip away, that before we are aware, the shadows of late afternoon are falling far across our pathway.
Latham, Ettie J., "History of the Town of Pownal: written for its centennial, Sept. 2, 1908" (1908). Books and Publications. 29.