Willey Family Disaster

Extrapolated from Frank Leavitt’s original 3-verse poem (1885):






I drew this comic using Frank Leavitt’s poem as my starting point.
I added some details from other sources (see below) & then made up a couple of my own lines to fill out the story.
I have found that the poem actually fits quite well into the old fiddle tune “Forked Deer” [Henry Reed, LOC.gov].  The tune dates to at least a little before the time of the Willey slide.  (These verses fit the A part perfectly; & the B part gives you some time to ponder mortality & fate.)

Here are a couple source links for the text:

28 August 1826

Published by Marek

Cartoonist, musician, teacher.

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