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The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography$
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Anna Botsford Comstock and Karen Penders St. Clair

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501716270

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501716270.001.0001

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The 65th Milestone and Retirement

The 65th Milestone and Retirement

(p.355) Chapter XVI The 65th Milestone and Retirement
The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock

, Karen Penders St. Clair
Cornell University Press

This chapter recounts John Henry Comstock's 65th birthday on February 24, 1914, which he willingly celebrated. To him, it symbolized freedom from executive slavery and unfettered opportunity to do the work he loved best. The principal event in the Comstocks' lives that spring were the retirement of Henry and the 40th reunion of his class. He was very busy much of the time with correspondence in connection with the reunion and in making arrangements for the entertainment of the returning members. In addition, he was more or less anxious regarding his part in the exercises in connection with the presentation of the Comstock Memorial Library Fund. Meanwhile, in the fall, Anna Botsford Comstock was busy lecturing at Kalamazoo, Michigan, and at Dayton, Ohio. Her Pet Book, which she had written with the idea of making the lives of all sorts of pets happier, was published on December 2, 1914. She also attended the meetings of the Nature Study Society of America with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At the same time, the Comstock Publishing Company already had enough books to make a display in the Corner Book Store of Ithaca windows.

Keywords:   Anna Botsford Comstock, John Henry Comstock, retirement, Comstock Memorial Library Fund, pets, Pet Book, Nature Study Society of America, Comstock Publishing Company

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