This is a 1910 Merriam Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. And it was one of my Grandpa Dreher's favorite possessions.
Grandpa was born in 1902 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky. He had so wanted to attend a University, and was actually set to head to seminary, when he met my Grandmother, who talked him out of it.
Grandpa was a voracious reader. And he told me that I should strive to learn something new every single day of my life.
He was 75 years old when he passed away. And for nearly every day of his adult life, he took this dictionary and strove to learn 5 new words a day. Yes... 5 new words every single day!
He had started at the very beginning when he was a young man. He had just completed the F's when illness kept from going farther, and then he died.
This is one of my most treasured possessions! This and his Bible, which he read and studied from daily.
A self-taught man, he was a giant of intelligence! And how I so miss him!