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Two-fingered typist became our best writer

— Marylee Manson Armour knew how to turn a phrase. She was one of Liverpool’s most gifted writers ever. Her crowning achievement was a book about a Fourth Lake mail-boat captain, “Heartwood: The Adirondack Homestead Life of W. Don Burnap.”

Marylee died Feb. 20 at age 89, but she had continued journaling up into her 87th year, this time in the form of a blog. Her favorite topics were nature, spirituality and homespun Hoosier humor.

Born in Terre Haute, Ind., Marylee had resided in Liverpool since 1947, spending summers at the family camp at Fourth Lake.

Here’s how she remembered meeting her husband, George Armour, and moving into the village:

Settling in the village

George and I came to Liverpool from our home in Philadelphia. We both had worked for the Signal Corps Inspection Agency, but at the end of World War II, that work was ending.

It was interesting how George and I met.

I was the editor of the monthly periodical for the Inspection Agency. I was also a two-fingered typist. Because that method disturbed the rhythm of the other typists, I was moved to another room. My office had a spacious window and desk. No mind that the room also had a number of filing cabinets.

Another desk was across from mine, and to that desk George Armour regularly came in from field work needing to type his report. George also typed with two fingers. An office secretary would have typed George's report, but he liked to do his own work to be certain it contained what he needed.

After work and on weekends, George and I and other young workers had fun activities. We had suppers together, picnics, roller skating, hiking, bowling. George and I began to pair off.

When the company moved its office to Philadelphia George and I were assigned to go. We decided we would get married by George’s Uncle Herbert, a Baptist minister.

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