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Letters: Frost, Walker Family
Year: 1856 to 1949
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Boston, Nov. 14  1885
Delos H Walker Esq.
My Dear sir
 I recd a paper from Brimfield Ills. Yesterday giving an account of the death of Asahel Walker which occurred on July 18, 1885. I presume you have heard of it but for fear you had not I drop this note.
 On my book (the margin) I make a note of the death I may learn and thus try and keep the record up as far I can. My mother was in grave health last Tuesday where I saw her at Hartford.
Please give my best “[___] bowed” to your family
 Very truly
  E. I. Garfield

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Thayer, Kansas, January 13 1885
Sister Julia
 We recd your letter some time ago was glad to hear from you again and will try and let you know how we are at present time. Sarah has been sick for over four months and a good portion of the time confined to the bed and come as near dying as was possible and live. She had miscariage at first and all her other troubles came from that she would get a little better and then be down again we had four different Doctors and tried every thing that was likely to do her good she has been improving slowly for past two weeks and sets up most of the time but she is very weak. She will probably write to you soon I though about it a great many times to look after that I neglected to do so and have delayed since receiving yours.
 Thinking to send you a photograph of hour home which was taken three months ago but the artist has not got them finished yet will send you one soon. My trade has been very good this fall although there is a great deal of complaint of hard times and some merchants are complaining of very poor trade and a great many are making assignments. There has been six failures in this town since I came here and any of them had more money to commence with than I did I have done extremely well for the chance I had but Sarah helped me a great deal and I worked to hard for my own good as I have been badly afflicted with kidney disease for about two years and have suffered a great deal of pain and been confined to the bed a portion of the time and am not fit hard work but have been able for light duty most of the time for past six months I keep a clerk now and had the luck to get a good one. We have a good home but it is not all paid for yet could have paid it all this fall easy if it had not been for sickness and hard times I hope to get all clear during the summer I own my store and carry from five to 6 thousand dollars in stock nearly paid for my house and grounds (5 lots) cost me about $300000 and I worked all summer on it myself as soon as I get my home clear I will remember Delos for his [___] to me and I will say that I was completely discourage and appreciated his kindness greatly
 Let us hear from you both soon
Affectionately yours A M Whitteker

We thought of 25th anniversary which was Christmas Eve but had no desire for display and my greatest desire was for the return of good health for S

Jennie is teaching this winter 8 miles from home will be at home this evening

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Lakefield, Minn. May 14th  1885
Dear Uncle and Aunt
 Mother says she has just received a letter from you and that I must write and tell you we are glad to hear from you and that she will write as soon as she can see well enough. I have so many irons in the fire that at times think have almost forgotten about old Pennsylvania and hear from them so seldom that I know they have forgotten me. Mother and father are usually well and living here in Lakefield. Selia seems to be well but stays at home very closely her husband is plowing.
 Nat is getting along just as he always did about [___] days behind Flora spends her time in attending school and teaching she is a excellent teacher but presume she could neither make tat nor cook a meal of situals Grandma Root and Eliza live near Nat in Jackson but take them all in all the people you know here are prosperous and happy we have had a cold backward spring but it is fine growing weather now and the crops and gardens begine to look very nice set onions are large enough to use lettuce and radishes are large enough to make ones mouth [___] and peas here been [___] the second time. We have three little rats all working to know who Aunt Jule is Mamma sends them to help me a good deal I start up the Creamery Monday next last year we made thirty-five thousand lbs. Of butter and expect to double the amount this year My law office takes up most of my time or all that my eye will let me do I had to have one taken out a year since in order to save the other and it has not healed yet sufficiently to allow of a glass eye Lakefield is growing very nicely now and we hope to get the county seat at the next [cleck___] You tell mother that your oldest boy is away at school which I presume makes it lonesome for you but if he is like most boys he will have a [___] time
 I don’t know f any thing more that you would likely care to hear so good bye for this time

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D. H. Walker
My Dear sir.
 I am in receipt of your letter and am sorry that no circulars were sent to you.
 I have written my Uncle J. L. Garfield to send you one by Registered Mail. In it will be more cuts or illustrations than in those sold by the publisher. My Uncle and myself had a good of work in getting out the Book and he has some at a lower rate as part pay. I suppose. The books are sold by the Publisher and Bookseller at $500 per one and they have not all the pictures. Those my Uncle has cost him $400  and they will be disposed at that rate ($400) and have all the illustrations. The one I have sent you is bound in cloth. There are some bound better at 5.50 or 600 which you could have if you liked instead. You will find all about the Walkers and how they are mixed with the Garfields and Egertons in this part of the Country. You may recognize some of your writing under the Head of Isaac Walker My Mother is now with me. Coming only a few days ago. She is not strong and I do not look to have with us much longer. My mother remembers your father who was born in 1813 I believe. Mother was born in 1805. If you don’t get the book in a few days let me know.
 Yours truly
  E. I. Garfield
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Boston, July 30  1885
Delos H Walker Esq.
My Dear sir
 I am not much surprised that you have not recd the book. From some experience of my own I wrote once for a copy of the History of Fitchburg. And 5 copied were sent before I received one.
 I told my uncle this story and he urged him to register it. I saw him a few days ago. And he said he did not. I have written him to day to send another copy to you and register it or to send it by express. My mother has left and gone to Saratoga Spring with my sister I have a little curiosity to know your politics. If it is not an [___] question Nearly all the Walker in this aprt of the Country are Democratic at least all whom I know

 Very truly
  E. I. Garfield
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Boston, July 12  1885
Delos H Walker Esq.
My Dear sir
 I saw my uncle today, and he said he sent you a Shirley book by mail. Did you receive it? My mother is still with us but goes to Saratoga in a few days
 I expect to go to Shirley in a few days and see where our ancestors lived they did good service in the Revolution and we can call ourselves "Blue Blood" My mother looks over the Book every day and I often hear her speak of Uncle Isaac and of the children. She is the last of the children. All her brothers and sisters having “gone over the river” before here I handily think she will be with us more than a year or two more.
 Very Truly
  E. I. Garfield

Don’t you ever come this way
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Lansing, Iowa Sept 27th – 85
My Dear, Nephew & Niece
 Heard you visited Canton soon after we left for L. sorry we could not have seen you before leaving home. Felt very sorry to leave without seeing you & Mary’s family. Mr Young & wife met us at Elmira, so we had had the pleasure of seeing them a few minutes while riding to Corning. Amzi left here yesterday with Houston for Dubuque, Iowa Amzi to be treated by Doct Davis H. Was quite sick a few days we came, went 2 weeks ogadawn, took treatment of D. D. & much improved. Amzi seemed to improve fast for four weeks. About that time he received a letter from home saying Mrs Dartt was failing fast that worried him so he could not sleep. Has been feeling badly ever since don’t know what he may decide after remaining there a few weeks our greatest object in coming was his going to Kansas, thinking a change of climate might be beneficial as medicine seemed to be of no use, if he should received no benefit in Dubuque. I fear he may be so discourage that he will go home instead o K. How is your fathers health & all the rest. Belle left home for Marion 2 weeks yesterday they all in usual health she says her papa is quite flashy & is better. Received a letter from her, in closed was a letter from H. W. Hazleton of Council Bluffs Iowa. He thinks our family’s must be distant relatives, they having been of eastern origin, he is extremely anxious I think john has met him, I have some papers at home that date back some. But you or Mary having your mothers Bible & family records you would be able to trace it farther than I possibly could. I may learn more of him when I go to Marion. Our friends here are very anxious I should stay until spring if so. Sister Philena will accompany me home.
 It will depend something how Amzi is. If very feeble cant let him go without me he is all I have there & he has no one to take care of him should he stand in need now Delos will you please trace to record of our ancestors as far back as possible & send to me & oblige your Auntie
Love to all
   Mrs. R. D. Hazleton

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Boston, Oct 27 1885
Delos H Walker Esq.
My Dear sir
 On Saturday last I visited for the first time in 30 yrs our old home in Langdon N. H. I went all over the old farm of Abel Walker once all he [___] others saw where they first built their log house the old cellar holes are very plain. I also saw their graves. I next look in their descendents many of whom are in town still in the way of grand children and g. grand children none of the people knew me. But I was met most cordially by all and had a grand time I saw my mother on the 18th. She is well and strong

  Very truly
   E. I. Garfield

The price of the Book is $5.50 which you can send me or [___] [___] J. F. D. Garfield at Fitchburg Mass would be pleased to see you here cant you come.
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Boston, Sept 4 1885
Delos H Walker Esq.
My Dear sir
 I was I Fitchburg a few days (at the funeral of my Uncle John Garfield) when I enquire about the book to be sent you. My Uncle J. F. D. Garfield said the book which I suppose was lost did not go at all. On [___] of a blunder of one of his clerks. But that it went later after you wrote me. Have you rec it?
 Very Truly
  E L Garfield

P. S. I am from the Can Window the old Homestead in Shirley

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Canton Penn. Feb 16th 1885
Dear Cousins Delos & Julia.
 I head with much of pain and regret of the death of our dear Aunt your mother. Next to my parents she always seemed near to me. I am sorry to say that my being here is the result of what seems to a rather serious prostration largely of a nervous nature. Have had so abandon work for how long a time, Time will tell. I spent over two weeks at a “Cuie” at [___ville] Books Co. but was not benefited and from there came direct home. Ida will come this week. Her sister having gone for her. If I do not do well here as I hope to it had occurred to me that I might like to come and stay with you a while if Julia thought she could add one to her family for I would not come as a visitor. As I am pretty there and bloodless, my greatest need is a warm place to sleep.
 Have lost much sleep for a month past and am given to too much thinking. The Doctor thinks that a change of summer [___] might be better than home scenes Particularly as Ida’s ill health causes much anxiety of mind at times. I commenced this letter Monday and thought I would wait a little and see how I felt after a few days more rest. Am feeling just a little better but any care or anxiety gives me a pain in the back of my head which I confess alarms me somewhat
 Father Daitls ill health together with Ida’s makes the situation rather bad for very weak nerves and I thought it might be best to know if I could come over and stay with you if it seemed best that I make a change. Mother seems quite well Emma is out if her school and going to school now. Cousins be frank and do not conver___] yourselves I shall hope to get all right here. Best wishes to Uncle James & to you all
 Your Aff. Cousin
  R. A. Hazleton
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Boston, Sept 22 1885
Delos H Walker Esq.
My Dear sir
 Have you recd the History of Shirley yet? If not I will write and have another sent.

Opposite 401 – my Grandfather
    “ 400      “  Grandmother
    “ 402      “  Uncle
    “ 406     “   “
    “ 650     “    Mother
    “ 651    “  Father
Page 650 account of mother near the bottom of same page myself
Page 653 Isaac Walker
  “     659  bottom Yourself
Between 653 – 9 All of Isaac Descendents
On page 122 – 123 you will see a muster Roll of the Men who went from Shirley to Concord and Lexington. You will find Samuel Walker name Isaac’s father. So you are descended from old Revolution stock. He drew a Pension as will as my grandfather Abel
 Yours hastily
  E. I. Garfield
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Marion May 22 / 86
Mr Delos Walker
 I arrived in Kansas from my faithful journey ease some three weeks since. Would been glad to have made you a visit but my business called for my return. On my return found all well we [___] fine and every thing prosperous. We are to have another trunk R. Road the Rock Island from St Joe Mo. Through southern Kansas. Which gives us a compiling line to Chicago. You will see by the map it is an air [___] from Marion to Chicago. Property has advanced rapidly. Town lots doubled in value. All looks bright for the future at present, but we cannot tell what time will bring forth. We have a fine town the County seat if Marion County. We think the best farming county in the state. Good water plenty of building stone (Lime Stone) any of which makes good lime, coal within fifty miles. Good school houses, raise all kinds of grains garden tweek except potatoes (Irish) we have plenty of them but the quality is not as good as you raise east. I have in [___] the county community to adopt your Crawford County sister. I wish you would send me some of your blank you use in making returns, and all nessary papers to assist us to set the thing in good shape from the start. Any information you could give would be thankfully [___]
 Cousin I think it would be good for your health to take Julia and make us a visit this fall. We would be glad to see you all any time. Brother John just returned home from a short visit to us, was very much pleased with the country. Our town is building up rapidly, over one hundred dwellings houses will be built this season beside a large Hotel worth thirty thousand dollars and several store blocks. We have now some twenty five hundred inhabitants. Will be five thousand in three years. We all send love and kind regards to all let me hear from you as soon as possible

 Your Cousin
  C. O. Hazleton
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Mirabile, Mo.
Dec. 14, 1887
Dear Aunt Julia
 I received a letter from you some time ago which I should have answered immediality but failed to do so. Although I have only a small family I have found something to keep me busy ever since I have been here.
 I have not much news to write to day and what I have is sad. I received a letter from sister Dora last evening. Saying that her little boy, who was very dear to us all, had been called to his eternal home. He was sick about two weeks with Scarlet fever and seemed to be getting better when the cankered sore mouth set in which was to much for his little weak body to bear. He died last Friday morning at half past five and was buried on Saturday. If he had lived until Sunday he would have been four months old, had always been a healthy child and was as sweet a baby as I ever say. He was a great favorite among the children at home as well as with his father and mother and all the neighbors. Ma and Pa seemed to think as much of little Harold as they did their own children. He spent a great deal of his time at his grandma’s while living (as they lived in the next house) and will be greatly missed by all, but the Lord knows best and I trust it is better for him where he is.
 Ma’s four girls had the scarlet fever. Two of them were sick at the same time little Harold was. They are all able to be around I believe. The folks here are well as far as I know. I have not seen [___] pa lately but the last I heard he was getting along as well as might be expected was so he was around the house.
 Charley Allen has gone to Polo about eight miles from here, to work in the telegraph office. Will send for Ella as soon as he can get a suitable place for them to live.
 It is almost time for the mail to leave so I will close for this time.
 My husband has gone to Cameron to day so I am alone.
 Thanks for your congratulations I wish you a merry Christmas and a glad new year [___]
  From your niece
   Jennie Brazelton

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Covington, Pa
June 1, 1887
Cousin Jule:
 I must confess I was greatly surprised to get your letter for I though you had forgotten that you ever had a cousin Mattie.
 I have had a picture for some time, but I have been waiting to hear whether you were in the land of the living or not before I sent one. For if I should send it and it would happen to get lost someone might find it, and send it to some rogues gallery, I should hate that. I am such a quite girl.
 If you should ever teach school where I am don’t ask me how to spell quiet.
 I am coming down to Mansfield to morrow (Thursday) to have my teeth filled at Mr. Newells, and unless I should happens to see you I will post you one of my pictures there, I shall be obliged to stay down all day I will go back on the evening train, I wish I might see you.
 Indeed I am so glad school is out that I would cry if it would do any good, the entertainment was immense I assure you it was just like Mr. [Al___] soft, slow, and silly well I wont run it down to much, for I had a part, and I might give myself away if I did.
 You ought to have come up to the festivals Friday, and Saturday evenings last week, we had splendid times if it did rain, I had to wait on the table that was in the reading room, they intended to have had it on the green and it rained so hard we had to move into quarters but it was all the more fun.
 You spoke about my calling on you up to the factory, I never heard of it any way and no one knows where I spent that after noon.
 I wish I could come down to the commencement but I cant I am afraid, my folks think I have to much fun when I am away. If you cannot read this bring it down to the train and I will read it for you.
 If you think this worth answering I will try and be more newsy next time.
  Your Coz
   Mattie L.

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Nelson, Pa.
July 2nd 1888
H. F. Walker
Dear Sir,
 The School Board of the Nelson Graded School had a Special meeting June 30th and it is my privilege to notify you that you were unanimously elected to the Principalship of the Nelson Graded School for a term of six months.
 Your Salary to be fifty dollars per month and one half of the foreign tuition in your room and you to do the Janitor work except sweeping the two lower rooms, the Lady teachers are required to sweep their own rooms but you are to attend to all of the fires.
 School is to commence the first Monday in September.
 If you should not accept of our school you will oblige us by notifying us immediately as there are other applicants diserous of the position we cordially offer for your acceptance hoping to receive a favorable reply. I remain yours truly
 J. T. Losey. Sec.

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Nelson, Tioga Co., Pa. Aug 23rd 1888
H. F. Walker
Your letter declining my offer of board was duly rec’d and I hasten to reply to let you know its “all right” as far as I am concerned I am glad you did. I had come to that conclusion when you did not reply to my letter, and had planned for a visit of a week or so before school began. Now of course I shall go all the same.
It occurred to me several times after I had written you. That it was mistaken kindness on my part and when I rec’d your reply I was fully convinced of the fact if I had no suitable room to offer you that had heat & c. in it. I should not thought of taking you to board. The room I intended for you is on the 2nd floor. Size 16by 15ft three windows, nicely furnished. If my price was to much in your mind I would say it was the same as my boarders last winter paid me for their board a you say you can stay at the Hotel for a few days or as long they will keep you I do not care to take boarders and have refused two younger men board at any price since you were here & do not know of any one that will take a boarder, but you may be successful & I hope in getting a desirable boarding place. I have inquired all around and only offered to take you when all the others refused.
 Respectfully yours
  Mrs. J. T. Losey

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Nelson Pa.
June 13th 1888
H. F. Walker
Dear Sir:
 I have just received a letter from C. L. Maine notifying the School Board that he will accept the Laurenceville School. Therefore there is doubt but you can have our school if you wish. Let us hear from you immediately either in person or by return mail. I assure you that there were as many of us Directors that were in favor of hiring you in the first place as there was in favor of C. L. Maine but we were advised by Co Supt that it would be better for the school to keep the same teachers another year. Therefor rather than have any unpleasantness we made the vote unanimous for Maine
 The school term will be six months at $50.00 per month. Hoping you will accept of our school. I remain
 Yours Sincerely
  J. T. Losey, Sec.

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Nelson Pa.
Aug. 13th 1888
H. F. Walker
Dear Sir:
 When you asked us if we would board you I was sick and discouraged about getting well. I then thought nothing could induce me to take another stranger into our home. But my health is very much better now and everything looks brighter to me with improved health.
 And I hear those I refered you to for board refuse to take any boarders. I have thought of you quite often and do not know what you will do for a home in Nelson, unless I take you in. and I have no scruples in so doing for I hear you very highly spoken of by all who know you and some of our mutual friends have urged me to take you. Therefore if you still wish it I will board you if you still wish it I will board you, if nothing happens to prevent within the next three weeks.
 My terms are fifty cents per day that includes everything except washing I will do your washing and mending for on dollar per month if you have your collars and cuffs done at the laundry if I do them would be worth some more.
 If you decide to board with us please let me know soon as convenient
 Yours truly
  Mrs. J. T. Losey

Nelson, Tioga Co., Pa. July 30th 1888
H. F. Walker
Dear sir,
 We have I trust hired our teachers for this ensuing year. Miss Louise Kelly is to have the intermediate Department, Miss Lottie M. Freer is to have the Primary Department. And I need not mention the name of the Principal as he is already well know to you.
 Yours truly
  J. T. Losey Sec.

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Maine Oct 10th, 1888
My Dear Friend
 I will now endeavour to answer your very welcome letters that is if I can think any thing to write well now you must have thought I was awful saving or stingy in your letter of the 26th of September but I guess I can get along without any paper ink or 3 cent prices from Covington for a week or two yet when I come to that pinch I’ll send you word by telegraph so you can relieve my awful terrible cramp for it would be almost as bad as the cramp I think & as to my saving paper for some one else to write on I will if I am a mind to that so. Well I went to see shelling party but not with Mrs Bud. Sally & I both went had a pretty good time there was some 60 or 70 couple there don’t you think the house was full say tell.

You ask if Dave & Meliss have a right to see my letters. I do as I am a mind to with letters I get & I am willing you should do the same. Now have you talked with Aneil & what did he tell you if you are a mind to tell me. Why I don’t know why you should feel bad because Clara has married well I am sure. I am glad she has aint you Yes I think Frost Settlement will be quite a place yet well I knew that people would begin to leave the place after Sally & Polly come away for we has such [___] a help in the neighborhood, don’t you think. Yes I went to the fair & staid two days enjoyed myself as well as possible I staid all night with one of my cousins at Whitneys Point 2 miles from the fair her name is Amelia Titkon she was at her Aunts & what a good visit we did have now I think I have answered this letter so I will turn the paper over & answer the other good bye in this part

Aunt Emily says I have written enough on this she wants me to write to Aunt Olive so I will have to stop but guess I wont as long as there is room to put my pen down.

Now this is the last I am agoing to write so you must read it last & remain as ever your affectionate Julia [&] Delos

Write a longer & simpler letter if you know how will you now remember this had ought to have two such short letters as yours to my will you, this looks worse than it would if written with a table leg.

 Good afternoon Delos
 Now listen to me while I ans… your other letter as to answering your letters perhaps I wont have so hard a job to write letters as you will to read them well I should think you went considerable for Sunday now I can tell you that tis not a very good plan to visit on Sunday you could go some [evening] day but yes I would be very much pleased to go up to Davids but cant make it convenient this week, I did not burn your letter before I read it as you told me to but if you take this writing on the same condition you will burn it I am very sure of that. You ask what I saw at the fair I’ll tell you when I see you that is if you request. I went Thursday & Wednesday morning home we had to stay on the road while the hale storm lasted & oh how dark it was the rest of the way home we did not stay out of doors however.

If Sally gets well enough we are going down to Uncle Bradlys on a visit this week & stay 2 or 3 days or a week & one thing I almost forgot to do tell you Sally & Polly have been to Binghamton to a show with Uncle Luke & Uncle Bradly.

Delos don’t let Melissa look at this awful letter nor any one else will you say no or I’ll never stop writing & then I guess you will be sorry and you say. I have been to see Sally & her  [sl___] appears to be very sweet I guess she is better yes she is & aint I glad you are I know let your Ma Sadi is going to write to her when she gets swell she says

If you don’t call this a silly or simple paper I shant think your a judge of simple

A Letter will be acceptable at any where from Covington you know don’t you don’t you wish I would stop, writing well I will some time if I ever do to Delos

[___] [___] there wont you say

You cant put so many words on one sheet of paper.

now when Meliss tells you any thing to tell me I wish you would remember better now to say forgetting you ought to ask her what it was then tell me, will you do so if not I’ll see about it. You ask how I like my new home I haven’t got any only a stopping place that’s all I like the folks well enough that is all I have seen as yet.
 Do I enjoy myself any better than at home I did not expect to & didn’t I tell you so before I came here I think I did yes I think my home is very pleasant & many pleasant recollections are closely connected with my dearly loved home & friends in that place and on for my making any place pleasant I wont make every place pleasant for myself & how could I make them so for you. Please to take what I now say on the spirit in which I say don’t let fancy picture for the future what you can never enjoy in reality remember I am not much altered for the better as yet & probably never shall be you know my faults or at least should know them & judge me accordingly & not pretend to think me better than I am you say absence makes your heart grow fonder suppose I say the same but the more I am alone the worse I think of Jule Frost some times I almost hate her do you ever feel so will you please tell me but enough of this kind I think don’t you.
 There is one thing yet remaining I guess I’ll tell you my poor little sister Sally is very sick she has not set up any all day I feel some alarm about her but still I hope she will be better soon she complains of sever pain in her head & some times does not know what she is doing if she is not better in the morning we shall send for the Doctor she has gone to sleep now for the first time in one night & day don’t tell Pa & Ma so as to scare them for I guess she is some better you know I am [___] Doctor myself & I have taken charge of her. I have been to sabbath school to day & a meeting the test this afternoon was in romans the 12 & 21 the preacher told us all to study this chapter & learn it so you must remember it will you not I shall have to stop & I guess you will or glad so good bye Jule
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Nelson Pa
June 11th 1888
H. F. Walker
Dear Sir.
 The School Board decide at our last meeting to hire the same teachers that we had last year. But we have been informed that both C. L. Maine and yourself are applicants for the Lawenceville school if he should be hired there of course he would accept (as they pay their principal more) in that case there is no doubt but that you could get this school. If you wish it.
  Yours truly
   J. T. Losey Sec.

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Sharpsville Pa.

We desire that this shall proclaim to all whom it may concern. Our high appreciation if the sterling qualities unblemished character of Professor H. F. Walker who for a number of years has been principal of the Blossburg Schools.
It was our privilege for over three years to be in close touch with his work in that place, and my frequent visits to the several buildings together with a knowledge of the systematic way in which all work was performed gave abundant proof of his ability as a Superintendent and director of others.
It was ever a pleasure to visit the High School and observe the order and earnest application of every student. Professor Walker has this rare talent of an instructor, he strives to draw out the very best that is in every student and inputs his instruction in the most lasting way for he gives when and what the student is ready for.
One of the strongest points of this instructor is his constant aim to build up character, and boy or girl ever leaves his class room but does so with a nobler purpose, they realize that the best instruction should go hand in hand with the best of characters. Another necessary qualification of any instructor for best results is fineness of discipline. This I observed in the Blossburg Schools. Few rules were laid down, but what were laid down were enforced and with the least frictions of any schools that have come under my observation. It required an heroic effort to change a careless indifferent life of a school into a habit of regularity and punctuality but this was accomplished by the persistent efforts of one whom I have the pleasure of commending. I am confident the school records will amply verify this statement and my residence near the High School gave me a splendid opportunity of knowing the fact. If there is any Profession in this world that demands and deserves the best of men it is the training of our youth the molder of character. I have found Professor Walker as all others have found him, a man among men, a man of energy and ability with the best of characters and highest aims who throws his entire self into his work whatever that work may be.
I have written without suggestions and certainly with hesitancy for these words of mine may convey bit a fraction of the true worth of the one spoken of to your mind I shall be grateful indeed
Paste     Cordiallyr
First Baptist Church   W. B. F. Boowen

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Thayer July 6th /89
Dear Sister Julia
 I recd your very welcome letter some time since & will now try to say a few words in reply we are all comfortably well except Al he has been feeling poorly for the last week. He has trouble with his heart. Jennie was down to visit us and staid a little over 2 weeks she has a bright little boy. But he is not as fat as Dora’s girl. Dora lives 1 mile from town so comes to see us often Ivy stays with her most of the time since school is out. It seems lonely at home without her but she thinks she cant stay away from the baby & she is quite a help to Dora and the baby thinks Ivy is the best friend she has got Julie I do hope you can make us a visit this summer we have an abundance of peaches this season there has been some pretty good ones in market. But the later varieties are nicer. Dora will have a good many. We had our first mess of corn the 4th from our garden do you ever hear from Kide I have not since they left Minn. We have had an abundance f rain all the Season. Most to much all spring it looks like rain to day. I see by the papers that the prohibition party were defeated in old Pa. when I read it I thought what a shame the devils and devilish traffic should win, I think if the ladies could have the privilege of voting on that question the decision would have been different that is the one thing that I would like to be able to cast a vote on. Yes a million if I could. The question is shall we see our homes destroyed and our friends go down to destruction by use of the devils own best we open it seem he can induce the bulk of mankind to use it as long as it is manufactured it seems as if these United States ought to be far seeing enough to see what the consequences will be in not far distant future. If this accursed traffic is not over thrown. I often feel as if I could willingly be nailed to the cross or burned at the stake if I knew it would save this nation from the effects of King Alchohol.
 Well Julia you can Judge something what my feelings are on this subject. May be I am getting too excited so I will close this subject by thinking the good lord knows best what is for our good or he would not allow it and in his own good time he will remove this great evil. Sometimes I think it is to punish Christians for not working hard enough to prevent such evil. I will close this argument for this time.
 Love to you all

I hope to hear that you can come soon. I want to talk with you so much. Write soon

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Gaines Dec. 24th 1899
Dear Cousin
 It is so storming to day we did not go to church, then John came in and [___] till it was to late, we feel quite interested, because he has so many of our friends under his employ in N. Y. City especially Carl, he has been there about six weeks, working in the grass twine factory, besides the matting and rugs they make baskets, screens, baby [___]. Now he (John) says he is going to have them make a phaeton and have it patented in his own name, Arthur Watrous and his oldest son are there also Fred Williams has been there nearly two weeks, we sent them a Christmas box I was sorry you could not come to the funeral, her face looked very natural. She was running down for about two weeks, she wrote to Louise & Hattie to come and see her, but they wanted to wait a few weeks, I thought then it would be her last request. They did not come to the funeral, thought Hattie was to poorly Ira came and Hittie.
 Ma was very patient, she was taken worse thanks [___] say in the afternoon Julia and Nellie were here and went in to see the came and told me, they thought she was dying, I went right in to her room, she soon [___] so she could talk and seemed about as usual, but did not have any appetite
 Anna Watrous took care of her the latte part of the night then the next day. Blanch came down and she visited with her for two or three hours, but in the afternoon she did not seem so well. Fred came down and I asked him if we better send for Ira, he thought not, that night Julia fixed her some milk punch she drank some of it. And slept good all night but she did not want to eat so I fixed her some breakfast as usual Saturday morning and fed her a very little she could not feed herself, then when I went to feed her the next time she looked up at me and tried to say you have to feed me she could hardly say any thing all day. But I think she thought she must eat to please me. When we thought best to send for a Dr. he came and looked at her. At five oclock P.M. I told her it was the Dr. she just looked up at him then turned right away. Then when Fred came in later she says where is Rinda very plain, she died a little after ten, she passed away with hardly a struggle. She was 82 years 4 months and 22 days old. She is buried by the side of Rinda mother
 I have not written in so long I don’t know whether you know Grace is married or not. She was a year ago last Sept. she has a baby born the 7th of Oct. was home when he was four weeks old. And we expect them again if the [___] don’t [___] we are glad to have the little one come home as well as the other.
 Charlie was at Phil in the interest of the grass twine co. at the Exposition but came home the day of the funeral. Ida is teaching she boards at home so I am not so lonely. I keep a girl but she is home for the holidays will come back again. Nellie and family are all well. I hope we will have sleighing now.
 Santa Claus remembered us quite well this year, our oil wells are producing pretty well they have a good one on Charlies place now. Don’t wait so long before writing again
 S. E. Watrous

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May 16, 1890
To Whom It May Concern:
 H. F. Walker has taught under my supervision in the district and Graded School and is one of the best men of the county  His work has proven him to be an excellent instructor and a good disciplinarian.
 He is a gentleman of first class moral and social qualities and his personal appearance render him desirable as a teacher.
  Yours truly
   M. F. Cass

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Received at: 918 Am June 25
Dated: Portland Pa
To: H F Walker

Covington Pa
Your application for principal this school accepted salary seventy dollars term nine months answer your acceptance

The Portland School Board

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Alstead N. Y.
Nov. 3 1890
Mr. James Walker
I’m [___rusing] the History of Shirley, Mass. Published in 1883 I [___] this statement viz. “Isaac Walker born in Shirley Mass. March 18, 1767 married July 21, 1794, Polly Porter, born Feb. 18 1769 of Charlestown N. H. settled in Langdon N. H. where all his children, eleven in number, were born. About the year 1813, he removed with his family to Covington, Tioga county, Penn. Where he died July 25, 1829. Mrs. Walker died in Covington Mar. 24, 1847 aged seventy eight.”
 In tracing the genealogy of the family, I find that that the tenth son of this union was living in Blossburg, Penn. Mr. James Walker, in the year of 1882.
 Now I will explain why I write this.
 Had this Mrs. Polly Porter (your mother) a brother who resided in Charlestown N. H. by the name of Asahel Carpenter Porter who married Mehitable Ball?
 We have of late been interested in looking up the history of the family since the publishment of the “Porter History” and I simply ask this information.
This Asahel C. Porter came from Coventry R. I. Originally, but beyond that we know very little of this family history.
 If you could give me this information you would very greatly oblige
   Yours respectfully
    Miss. Lurah A. Porter

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Reno April5/91
Mrs Madge F. Bender
My dear Madam
 Your letter concerning your father came to hand a few days ago, and today I have found time to go to the Asylum and see him. I have seen him occasionally when there, but I though I should like to make another visit before writing you. I found him in very good condition physically, and no warm mutually then he has been. He always knows me and talks about you all, but that he had not seen you for fifty years. The only complaint he made was that he could not get tobacco enough. I intend to speak to the physician about that but forgot it. I will do so when I see him again. I think there has been no particular change in your father since he was returned there. And there seems but little hope that there ever will be, but he is looking much better than the first time I say him after he came back. I am glad that I can give you ever assurance concerning the treatment he will be receiving under the new management Dr. Thoma has been our Physician ever since we have lived here, and a very warm friend. I know him to be both a first class physician and an honest and reliable gentlemen. The change can only work to the benefit of the patients. We shall leave here in a few weeks and will and will hereafter reside in Carson, but I shall be here occasionally and shall always be glad to give you all the information concerning him that I can get. I had not heard

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