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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 02, 1912, Image 22',
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"DON'T TALK TQOMUCH"
"Don't talk too much!"
This was the simple advice
which a quiet, unassuming little
woman brought to John D.
Rockefeller when she came into
his home and his life at Cleveland,
O., Sept. 8, 1864. She was Laura
Mrs. Laura pelniaii -vjt.rieieiier.
Spelman. Practically nothing" has
ever been written of her.
The American money king has
never forgotten her advice. And
only those who have tried, in
vain, to tear him from his citadel
of finance know how often he has
practiced and profited "by the
The name of Mrs. ..John D.
WON JOHN D.'S WEALTH
Rockefeller i rarely ever seen in
public print. Libraries which
contain volumes on the lives of
most great men's wiyes, are silent
on this gentle helpmeet who has
spent a lifetime as wife and
She has been the leader of her
home, as Rockefeller has been the
leader in his business world.
More than half a century ago
John D. Rockefeller and Laura
Spelman were play fellows in a
little Cleveland school. She was
hi.s only sweetheart, and when she
left her father's home, she took te
her new abode the sterling quali
ties of honesty and the deep re
ligious convictions he had instill
ed in her with long training and
example. She has never emerged
from the unpretentiousness which
attracted Rockefeller to her in
their school days.
Her habits of life, environment
md manners are as simple now as
when she left a comfortable home
to share the ups and downs of a
tpuggling young merchant.
Her acts of charity are never
leralded in the press. New York
loes not know her face from the
face of the wife of the humblest
citizen in the metropolis. She is
73 years old. And the only story
which has ever been told about
her is that she is a good wife, a
Christian woman and a splendid
She has lived for her husband
and her children. Her friend
are the friends of her youth.
But some day the historian,
writing of Rockefeller and his