The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 362
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Charles II's bedroom to give the dying monarch the last com-
forting rites of his church. The pedigree of the Huddlestons of
Millom was traced back to five generations before the Norman
Conquest in 1066.
Even as a young child, Amelia was precocious. Of her birth
she wrote in 1913: "I came to them [her parents] with hands
full of gifts, and among them the faculty of recollection. To
this hour I wear the key of memory, and can open every door
in the house of my life." Her mother, Mary Singleton, was
a sweet, family-loving woman. Thus, in an atmosphere of
kindliness, sympathy, culture, and sincere religious thinking
and living, Amelia grew into young womanhood. She was
carefully educated, especially in literature and music. As an
elderly woman she could recite by the score poems she had
learned as a girl.
Her father, considered comfortably well-to-do, lost his money
through the treachery of a friend. After this family misfor-
tune, Amelia got her parents' consent to earn her own living
by teaching in a girls' school, where she was a success from
the start. But circumstances forced the school to close, and
before Amelia could get her next teaching assignment, she was
required to attend a normal school in Glasgow. Here she met
Robert Barr, young, handsome, affable, and well off, regarded
by ambitious mothers as one of the prime "catches" of the
city. Barr saw Amelia and was conquered. There were a few
months of courtship and then marriage.
Just as the Reverend Mr. Huddleston had lost most of his capi-
tal by misguided trust in another man, so was kindly Robert
Barr victimized. He went to his office one day to find himself
ruined financially and heavily in debt. Amelia consoled him, sug-
gested ways and means of paying the debts, and strongly advised
their leaving Scotland. Her strength steadied and guided him.
They voyaged to New York, visited Canada, and finally set-
tled in Chicago, where Robert rented an office and advertised
himself as an accountant while Amelia opened a private school
for children. Robert soon found himself drawn irresistibly into
the stormy maelstrom of Chicago politics. He was unwise or
unlucky enough to make a personal enemy of a wealthy and
powerful politician. Their quarrel led to a fist fight, in which
Barr seems to have been the winner, but the politician swore
vengeance, and Robert had the choice of staying in Chicago
to await sudden death from a gangster or leaving posthaste.
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