Aaron L. Sleyster, ca. 1893
|In June, 2000, the George Sanders family of
Fairwater received a worn book of poems published by an Alto poet around 1900. The book
was Hours of Pleasure. The poet was Aaron L. Sleyster. Included in the collection
was a poem titled "Zilda's Dream," written in remembrance of one of Sleyster's
early teachers, Zilda Harwood, a Fairwater native who died of diptheria on July 21, 1863,
and was buried in the Fairwater cemetery. The school has been identified by the Sanders
family as the Kolsta School in section 10 of the town of Alto.