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Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Book of poems penned by early Cottage Grove settler found

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When Lutheria Bailey and her husband, Levi, celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Feb. 1, 1860, at their Cottage Grove farm, Lutheria cinched up her corset for the special occasion and put on her best dress with the hoop skirt and a dozen crinolines.

She might also have worn it, and her best bonnet, three years later when she and Levi buried their daughter, Jesse, in the Cottage Grove Cemetery, where, through the years, many members of the Bailey family would be buried.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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