Lyddie Worthen was a 13 year girl who lived on a small farm in Maine in the 1800’s. After her father left the family in search of riches, Lyddie and her brother Charlie had to run the farm. One day, Lyddie’s mother and her other siblings decided to go and live with other family members instead of staying on the farm. Lyddie and Charlie were left to take care of the farm by themselves. They worked long, hard hours and stretched every bit of money that they had in order to survive. In the spring, Lyddie and Charlie received a letter from their mom that told them that they had to leave the farm because they both had to go work off the debt. Lyddie and Charlie were devastated because they didn’t want to leave their farm, but they did what their mother asked and they began the long walk into town. Lyddie would be working in a tavern and Charlie in a mill. She promised Charlie she would work hard to pay off the debt. Lyddie walked a little further until she came to the tavern. It was a cold and dark looking place, but she pushed on, she knew that she had to work in order to bring her family back together.
After working in the tavern for several months and barely paying off the debt to the farm, Lyddie knew that she had to make more money. One night while Lyddie was serving dinner to the guests, a beautiful young lady, who wore expensive clothing, spoke to her. “Miss, what is your name?” replied the young lady. “My name is Lyddie”. “I have noticed how hard you are working and I’m sure you aren’t make much money. I work in a factory in Massachusetts and I make at least three dollars a week.” Lyddie looked at the young lady in disbelief and spoke, “wow! That is a lot of money to make a week.” “Yes dear, it is. You really should become a factory girl. We could use a lot of hardworking girls such as yourself.” “Thank you ma’am, but I enjoy my job here and it’s close to my family.” “Well, if you change your mind, the option is still available.” Lyddie walked away from the young lady, but she couldn’t help thinking that maybe it might not be a bad idea. The next day, while the mistress of the house was away, Lyddie went to the farm to make sure everything was still there. When she arrived at the tavern later that night, the mistress had returned and she was fuming! She immediately fired Lyddie. Lyddie knew then that she even though she got fired, that it was time to go work in a factory to pay back the debt.
After working in the tavern for several months and barely paying off the debt to the farm, Lyddie knew that she had to make more money. One night while Lyddie was serving dinner to the guests, a beautiful young lady, who wore expensive clothing, spoke to her. “Miss, what is your name?” replied the young lady. “My name is Lyddie”.