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Letters: Frost, Walker Family
Year: 1856 to 1949
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Canton  May 9, 1892
My dear Niece
 I think it time to acknowlege your letter I been waiting in suspense to get a letter Julia but have may not get one they left Kenka sometime in March I knew nothing of it until after they were gone she wrote me as soon as she arrived said they all were well the next letter informed me that little Willie was sick Scarlet fever and knight disease of the kidney before she closed the next letter said he was better but the Dr. thought it would take two or three months to get well have not heard in over two weeks the beet Sugar company have a company formed a Norfolk Nebraska that is their address I am at [___] more Emma has a girl helping her clean house Marion has been housekeeping for a month seems to be happy if the rest are not although they are getting [reconciled], we have had quite a backward cold spring but the trees are beginning to blossom and the grass is growing quite fast now received a letter from Electa Randolp Dougherty she said their family were all except Lottie said Tmelia had lost her youngest son and was nearly heart broken spoke of him as being their dependence spoke of two other sons Dakota in the mercantile business she said Hannah and herself had talked of coming east might this summer I am sure I should like to see them I don’t hear from E Watrous very often I suppose it takes considerable time to be grandmother so take warring and write soon Kinda wrote one that Fred intended going to N Y city the first of this month we had hoped he would stop here on his way do you suppose you could endure another of my long visits between now and fall if I should live to go back how are your absent ones. Isa just came from the office and brought me a letter from Em W saying Johns folks had come and gone right into their own house fetched Willie with them people did not think he would live to get back they say he looks like a ghost the worst of it is they left Toddie so sick he could not come but they will take good care of him hope and pray that they may all live to get settled they own Asthus Watrous house that is where the have moved Emma said she had just got able to write and Henry had been quite sick so I take the grandmothers past all back. Excuse haste and space
 O Champney remember me to all
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Belvidere, N. J., Sept 2 1891
H. F. Walker
Dear Sir: -
 At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of School District No41, held on Tuesday Sept. 1, you were elected Principal of the Jublie schools for the salary of $85 per month. You will please notify me at once whether you accept. The school will open on Tuesday Sept. 8th
 Yours Respt.
  J. M. Simerson
   District Clerk
Reno April 4, 1890
Mrs A. J. Bender

Dear Madam.
 I have been to the Asylum to see Mr. Frost and learned as much of his condition as possible. He recognized me and his mind usual quite clear an some subjects, but altogether he is not near as well as when you took him home with you. I am sorry to tell you this, but I feel that you have written to me for the truth, and I can do no less than tell you so. I have had several talks with Dr Bishop, the Supt. and the attendants. They do not let him outside anymore, as he is sometimes quite violent and hard to control. From what I could see and from what they tell me, I think I can say that there is no reasonable probability hardly a possibility, that he will ever be any better. Your first impulse will probably be to visit him, but I should advise you not to do so. I know it will be hard for you to believe that such a change could come over a loving father, but in his condition you can do absolutely nothing for him, and a visit would only be a source of sorrowful remembrance to you. In such a situation there is but little that can be done for a man. But I do not see but they are doing as much for him as is possible. I talked with him quite awhile, about his family, etc. He remembers you all, but he did not ask to be taken out or to go to you and so far as he is concerned I think he hardly realizes his sufferings any more. I find that the patients are very generally in that situation, after their malady has begun progressing for awhile. He stated that he has spiritual communications with you all, and can see at all times. Even while I was talking with him. To my query whether I could do anything for him or whether he would anything he only said that he was hungry and wanted his dinner. You all have my heart felt sympathies in this affliction, and shall at all times be glad to do anything for you in my pours

  Very usualy yours
   R. R. Bigalow

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Mirabile Mo Feb the 13th 92
Deas Sister
 I hasten to ans your very welcome letter. Was glad you were able to eat your rations as that is far better than some can do. We are all about as usual Harmon and I have just returned from visiting Charles and Lelia also Han 13 found them all on usual health we had kept C little 3 years old Harmon 6 weeks but Chas rented a farm 40 miles from where he now lives and they thought the could not go so far away and leave him it seems lonely without him Arthur is here now but expects to help Chas this season. Lelias husbands brother has just returned from Minn he was at Nats found them all well Flora is giving general satisfaction as superintendent. Rue is just the same Dr’s say no hope it is so sad John has had his leg fractured has had to go on crutches for a long time it cost them $24 a month for Rues care I think it is very hard John writes they are having more snow than he ever saw. We have had a few very cold days but it has been like spring most of the time I have had the doors open most all day a great deal of the time there has been a great deal of gripp and feaver here this winter Father was quite sick a few days but is about as usual now Nettie Whittaker is keeping house for him so is an excellent girl, Lydia still helpless and Joane nearly worn out Dell was here 2 weeks ago said they had bought 40 acres more land and were going to put in 40 acres of corn this year I hope he will be a help to Jane and I think he has made up his mind to do something besides growl. Jenny’s husband is still in the store here and I think doing well they have 2 nice little children Peets wife has been quite poorly but is as well as usual now. Do you know anything about Ann we do not hear a word from her
 Love to all

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Shiocton Wisc Nov 4th 92
Dear Aunt Julia:
 I received your welcome letter a long time ago and have neglected to answer it. As I have good many others, so you are not the only one. We are all quite well at home, and hope you are. But my brother in law John Kuffs is quite misserable he had a tooth drawn two months ago, and caught cold in it and it has grown worse ever since. The doctor said he never knew one to get well after three months. He seems he is so unlucky. He had one eye put out in a saw mill, his trade is Head sawing and the other one hurt. He always work as steady as clock work when he is able and his wages are four and half or five dollars a day. He seems so unlucky. I was disapointed at your not coming. I would have liked you to come so much. I think it is a shame Pa don’t go to see grandpa. I would love to see him but I think it don’t matter so much about me. But I want Pa to go. It is well enough for those who want to live to be so old but I don’t want to. I think the shorter my life is here the less I will have to endure. I could not ask for a sweeter death than Ma’s but I know I do not deserve it. It seems to me any one will die as they have lived.

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Shiocton Wisc July 31st 1892
Dear Aunt Julia:
 We received your ever welcome letter I was very glad to hear from you. We are all quite well, who are left. I hope you are I lost my mother when I least expect it. It was so sudden & such a shock to us all it is hard for us. But it must come to one & all alike, sometimes it is quite a few years since your mother died but one will allways feel it afresh at the mention of it mother’s do they not?
 I know I can never talk about her as dead without breaking down. But it seems to me that she is in Antigo yet. When she went to see her two girls, & my oldest sister was there too. The girls were all there but me. It seems so strange that they was all together for her last time. I am so thankful that she would see them all & that they seen her. It seems to me that she is there yet & I want her to come home. Me or Pa can not come to Mo this fall Pa thinks he hasn’t the time or money to spare. He wants to rebuild our house this fall & it will take all his money. But I would like him to come & see you all ever so much if he would especially Grandpa. He has been to see Pa three times & Pa has never went to see him. He intended to go to Cal this fall, but he will not now. I intended to stay & keep house for him as long as he wants me to. But if you can you will come & see us will you not. We will be so glad to have you. Though we havent much to accomidate you for comfort or luxury. But we will try & make it as pleasant for you as we can

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Mirabile Mo Feb the 15th 92
Dear Aunt
 Will now try to answer yours that was gladly received was glad you were in comfortable health. Wish I could make you all a call but have no hope of ever doing so. Harmons general health is better than it was but his eye and side of his face bother him all the time and disfigures him considerably. Father has been quite for a few days but is now about as usual. Nettie Whittaker is keeping house for him she is an excellent girl and I hope can stay as long as Father wants a housekeeper of course it is very confining to a young girl. Aunt Maria Jane so much for Father when she was here that I shall always be under obligations to her. Lydia is just the same been 2 ½ years since she has turned in bed or spoken aloud Janes lot is a hard one but I hope she has had the hardest of it I hope her boys will be men enough to make things easier for her her oldest was here 2 weeks ago said they had bought 40 acres more land and was going to put 40 acres of corn this year and I hope they will make success it has been sometime since I have been there but mean to go soon. Arthur is at home now but expects to work with Charles this season our land is all seeded so do not need him C has rented a large farm 50 miles away will put in 40 acres of oats and 160 of corn so it will be all work and no play C health is not very good. Lelia lives 20 miles away is not strong has 2 boys they own the farm where they live. I heard from Nats a short time since they were all well and their oldest daughter is giving good satisfaction as Co superintendent Peets family are in usual health I hear from Electa they are still in Kans City but expect to go on their farm when they can get it fixed to suit them we have had a very changeable winter a few very cold days bust mostly warm open consequently a great deal of sickness mostly gripp it was so warm yesterday that we had the doors open to day the wind north and west a fire. Would be glad to hear often love to all
N A Allen

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Shiocton Wisc July 13th 92
Dear Aunt Julia:
 I have never wrote you yet but I will now but I did not think it would be necessary for me to write to you to tell you of my mothers death. The 13th of June she went up north to visit two of her girls. The 26th she was taken sick & the morning of the 30th of June she died. It was so sudden & such a shock to us all not expecting any thing of this kind. It was heart disease she had been troubled for years but we never thought of it taking her from us. I am the only girl left at home and the baby and I shall stay as long as Pa wants me to. Ma always called me her old stand by & I love to.
 Are your children going to Mo with you? I hope they will come here. I should like to see Bertha so much and all of you. I have never seen but three of my cousins. My brother Charlie told me to write & tell Bertha to come for sure. Thank you for the picture it is very nice. Your hands look just like Ma’s in the picture. I have three sisters & had four brothers there are only two now. I will only tell you their names & ages & where they live. I will commence with the older one first if you could only know her she is so good. & she has had sickness and poverty all her life. Sadilla Babcock (aged 43 years) She has always lived on a farm four miles from New London Wisc. Stillman (aged 41 years) lives in California wants to come back her this fall. Merrick, died in 1889 aged 34 years. Martin, drowned in 1870 aged twelve years. Eliza Ruffs lives in Antigo Wisc. Aged 31 years. Charles aged 27 years is at home now. Is unmarried. Mary Stephens Sylvan Lake Wisc. Aged 23 years. And Ida at home aged 21 years. Can you make it out? It is bungling but what you cant read I will tell you when you come. I will tell about my sisters children & brothers, when you come & you must come. Good bye. Love from Pa to you all & from us all. I cant think of any more this time. Please write soon.
 Yours Ever
  Ida Frost

Will send this in Aunt Nancy’s letter

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Think of it now that I always stayed with her as long as she wanted me to. Pa asked me to write to you. He always calles me Jule. I don’t know perhaps I am like you in some way to remind him of you. We miss her so much but not as much as we will as the years go by & we can not see her
 Good bye
Please write to me & tell me about your self & I will tell you more
 Love to all from
A V Frost & Ida Frost


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Mirabile Mo May the 7th, 93
Dear Sister
 Yours of one week ago was gladly received, was glad to hear that I was some better hope he may entirely recover I have not seen father for some time but hear often that he is usually well Jane was here on Friday she thinks Father is fully as well as common Sally does what is done for him but she cannot do every thing. I wish things were different all around. Jane C. has been here twice since I have been there the last time to see the Dr she is poorly and Sam has been down now for 3 or 4 weeks I have wanted to go there but have not had a chance. The Miller is here still and I am so slow that it is about all that I can do to get along and so far 3 men Arthur put in 12 acres of corn over 4 weeks ago the ground was in fine shape then but it has been very cold and wet ever since but it is just beginning to come up he has 8 acres more nearly ready to put in and the clover winter killed so had that they don’t know but they will have to put that corn (6 acres more) it has froze ice several times since the peaches and cherries were in bloom but has not killed them yet don’t know how much longer they will stand such weather I have not heard from sister [___]. Nor [___] either. I think I have written you that the last we heard from Rue he was well in mind and at home but quite feeble there is a great many sick about here and of course it is all gripp no matter how you feel. You said you had not cleaned house yet I am not going t if I can keep top of the shirt until it is better weather. The cistern has plenty of water in it so I don’t wash dishes in hard water any more and I am glad Cha’s folks were well the last we heard so were Logeres I have been to see them once since you were here there is lots to say if I could see you but cannot write any more now let us hear often Love to all the friends
  N. A. Allen

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Spokane, Falls.

Tekoa Washington
Dear Aunt Julia
 When your letter came mother handed it to me after she had read it and said “[___] you answer this for me right away wont you”. And I fully intended doing so, but you see how far I have come from putting my intention into execution. I am really sorry to have been so long but fail sure you would consider me excusable if you know how busy I had been since then. At the time your letter was recd. I was preparing to leave Nevada. Mr. Bender having come here to Washington in Dec. I came the middle of May and as I could get no help had to do all my work alone which proved to much for me and in consequence I have been half sick all summer. I have had an excellent girl for a month though so am beginning to feel like myself again.
 Now I know you are inpatient to hear something of my poor afflicted father and oh! How thankfull we would all be if there was some thing encouraging to tell but every letter from the Asylum is about the same. They say is physical health is good but no change in his mental condition and they consider the case hopeless his age being against him. I would be impossible to describe to you how we fill when we fully realized the dear old father we all loved so much was no longer sane! It was horrible! To have seen him dying would have been easy to bear compared to this!  De weather was very warm when he was taken and he would go in the hot sun nearly all the time, which just set him wild. We hoped if we could keep him home until cold weather he would wear it out, but twas no use. He would listen to nothing, but fancied John, who otherwise might have done something with him was losing his mind. He told ma one day he had to watch John all the time as he was afraid he might come behind him and kill him some day. Such fancies seemed to haunt him continually he would go go all the time made several trips to Elko, (a hundred miles away) would take a team and camp out in the mountains then instead of sleeping nights would walk miles and miles and tell of the wonderful (but unheard of) things he would see, would eat nothing [camp a] [___] and was reduced to a mere shadow of himself. We hoped by sending him to the Asylum during where he would be kept in from the hot sun during the warm season he might be better and for awhile it seemed our hopes were to be realized. The physician wrote favorably of his condition and he wrote several letters himself which seemed quite rational and seemed so anxious to be home so we asked the physician’s opinion and he thought he might be better off at home if we could keep him there. So I went for him and fortunately Mr. Bender who had been in San Francisco for several weeks meet me there. Reno, by the way is about 200 miles on the way from where we lived in Nev. To S. F. we took him to the hotel with us and he acted perfectly rational except when he would get to talking about being sent to the Asylum. Them he fancied it was a plot formed against him to put him out of the way for some purpose and said the guilty parties would have to retract and make an acknowledgement in some of our leading papers or he would them all sent to them Penitentiary etc. He had seemed so trusty the officials had allowed him out on errands and he had found out a gentleman and his wife by the name of Frost and said he had promised when he got out he would visit them before going home he wanted to spend the night with them he did so and returned in time for the train as he said he would do. Mr & Mrs F. coming to [___] meet us I think they are some relation to our family are Bostonians and very nice people. I have corresponded with them since. We reached Golconda where we left the R.R. in the afternoon but Pa seemed so impatient he staid home, that Clarence who was waiting took him out to a Ranch about 13 miles distant and Mr B. and I started the next morning. It took us two days by team to reach the “J. L.” where we lived and where Ma & Julia (who was up from Arizona on a visit) were waiting for us Clarence said he was quite quit until they neared home then he seemed to lose all control of himself. He complained of heart (this was his trouble all the time he said) and after supper went out for a walk but did not return until after noon the following day, then he was wild raving. Clarence got him to go home (he took him as was 20 miles) but he grew worse and worse and in just a week had to be returned and has been there since almost two years now. John has been to see him. We have a friend Judge Bigeton who visits him occasionally and then writes us of his condition, he always advises us not to come to see him as he says it would do him no good and would only make us feel worse, but I should have gone there before I left Nev. Had it not been for the children I could not leave baby as I nurse her and it was to far to take her being over a hundred miles to the R.R. it has been some little time since I have heard but expect a letter from there daily as o have written. All the boys are home with mother this summer. Julia lives in A. T. Hannah still in Mo. And I am now in Washington. We think we will like it here so this will probably be my home for some years to come. Mr. Bender has gone in the meat business he and a partner have a wholesale & retail Butcher shop here at present are doing a good business.
 We have three babies. The oldest a boy will be four the 18 of Nov. Rolla is his name. Maybell will be three next Feb. and baby Alice one this Oct. so I think you can fancy what I have to do when I am without a girl. We were glad to hear Houston is so well intuited and Bertha too has doubtless graduated ere this. I would like to see you all so much and as it is probable we may go East within a year or so I may have that pleasure.
 My husbands people live in New York and his youngest sister married a Frost so there are two Frost in the family. Ma was much pleased to hear of all her old friends and said to tell Sophia Welch she would like to have her write to her very much. I recd photos of Grandpa Uncle Pete & family not long ago they are good.
 Now my dear Aunt Julia I do hope you will answer this sooner than I did yours and I will try to be more prompt. Please consider this as Ma too for she finds it such a task to write. All the folks at home wished to be remembered.
 With much love to you all I remain
  Yours Affectionately
   Madge F Bender

 Mrs. A. J. Bender
   Whitman Co.

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Portland Penna
 June 2ND 1892
Dr Prof Walker
 Here is a copy of a letter that will more fully explain why I have declined to participate in any thing where one A O Allen has any voice or part.
  Respectfully yours E. H. Stewart
Friend [___]:
 I wish you would kindly see Mr. Stewart in reference to difference between us. After carefully considering the matter I see that it was a mistake on my part in pursuing the course I did, and I should never have taken the steps if it had not been for Albert Allen, and some others to whom I was under obligations for assistance, etc. My wife is confined to her bed with sickness and the matter worries her very much and greatly retards her recovery. I am willing and always have been to do what was right and honorable in the matter. Mr. Stewart and myself have lived as neighbors and always friendly and peaceable, and I disliked very much to pursue the course that I did. Had I had my say or used my judgement I should never have published anything at all. I regret very much the whole affair, please use your influence with Mr. Stewart and see if he cannot settle the matter in a peacefull and christian manner.
 I ask this favor of you because we have always been friends and our intercourse has been very pleasant. Kindly keep the matter quite & call at the office in the morning that we may talk the matter over.
  Sincerely yours
   G W Shampamore

 This letter was written in april 1891 just before Libel quit was called up in Court, Allen has done me an injury and untill he repents, I shall not forgive, you can make any use of this that you wish to.
  Respectfully yours
   E H Stewart

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Pittston, Pa. 215 Wyo. Ave.
Sept. 24, 1893
Prof. H. F. Walker
Portland, Pa.

Dear Teacher, -
 I thought for a deviation from the direct or literal mode of (expression) action (I’ll never forget that def. of a fig of speech) I would write to my old teacher. As you will see by the heading of the letter we are no longer at New Milford we remained there only four months. I started to school as soon as we (Pa & I) completed our 3 days drive up over the Pocono & the awe inspiring ride through the big trees of said mountain it looked “spookish” & “bearish” but we reached Moscow all right by noon & completed our journey the next day. My teacher at New Milford was Prof. J. A. Stearns a graduate of Mansfield State Normal School my studies were Arith, Algebra, Civil Gov., Physics, World History, Rhetoue & Spelling. I started there Mon. after New Year’s & went until the close of their term. May 5 excepting &weeks of which I had the pleasure of entertaining a broken leg received while riding the horse, that individual having gotten out (while I was riding him) to the side of the road which was one sheet of ice & some way he slipped & fell & the consequence was my leg went in under 1150 lbs. of horse flesh I crawled to the other side of the road where some men carried me from there home but I kept up my studies & graduated from there received a nice diploma & was on the program for the Mantle Address “sub.” Historical Rocks but at the close of school the measles were so bad that they decided to put the exercise off for 2 or 3 weeks & in the meantime we moved down here & I was not “in it” for the address. Pa did not like it there he had 2 churches 4 miles apart & sometimes last winter it was not very pleasant to ride 4 miles on a cold morning through snow 2 to 20 feet deep. So we came here in may & here we are Pittston is situated at the head of the Historic Wyo. Valley 10 miles from Scranton & 9 from Wilkes-Barre population 15,000 the place contains about 20 churches the Catholic cost $150,000, about & different railroads & the worst of all very nearly an innumerable number of saloons licensed & unlicensed so is the report true or not is yet to be found out Pittston is on the east side of the Susg River & on the west side is situated the garden Village of Pa. West Pittston – the prettish village of the Wyoming. The ch is on the East Side but the parsonage is on the West Side so we live in West Pittston. The Wyo. Valley is all & a great deal more beautiful than pen has ever tried to make it. It extends from Pittston to Nanticoke a distance of 20 miles. I & truly is twenty miles of the most picturesque land I have ever seen dotted with numerous quit & busy villages & towns. The homes of industrious people. The Principal industry of the valley is coal mining, the numerous coal breakers tell by their blackness. The story of thousands of tons of coal taken from the depth of the earth. I always thought that mining towns were a kinds of a tough place & pretty generally made up of shanties & hovels but there is no nicer city of Wilkes-Barre which has justly been called the “Queen of the Wyoming” about four miles from Pittston is the town of Wyoming where Zebulon Butler & Gen Dovance followed by a feeble though strong hearted band defended & withstood partly because of the fact that their wives fathers mothers & children were in the block house at Forty Fort & partly because defence of the flag of the U. S. was their privilege & duty to shed their blood for. But the foe that came not with flags flying & drums beating but the stealthy red skin that came swooping down the Susg R. in Birch Bark canoes & in moccasined feet approached the enfeebled people of the valley soon triumphed & made havoc of the valley. Alone shaft marks the blood spot. About a half mile above Pittston Danfbels ledge a large mass of rock which over looks the valley on this the redskins had their beacon firs constantly burning & the Indian of the lower part of the valley was made known of the fact that the Indians of the upper part was in trouble by a certain no. of fires used as signals, of course there is the usual no. of lovers leaps & the villain persuade her to the very edge of the rock & then forced her over it into the depths below stories connected with the ledge. Pittston might appropriately be called (where 3 valleys meet) because the quiet upper Susg Valley & the busy Lackawanna & the Beautiful Wyo. Valley here meet from a hill back of Pittston the 3 valleys & the whole town can be seen & it is the prettish sight I have seen in a while. Well now I will tell you about the school here we have 89 pupils that is the teachers do I will send you a catalogue of our school later. We have 108 pupils in the High School divided into four classes taught by 3 teachers 1 male & 2 female my studies are German, Plane geometry, geography (reviewed) greek & Eng. Literature. On enclosed recitation programme the studies marked & thus & are the ones I study. We have a library & laboratory the arrangement is thus

Manage to have one teacher in each class room & one in the study room with a class. I expect to graduate next yr. i.e. If I pass in examinations, I see by the paper that the Rev. F. H. Cooper of Lambertville has moved to Binghamton our class the Junior has a society called the Jui Vive=always faithful we meet 2 nights a month & from 7.30 to 9 read from any author. We take Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice this term we get our books for 25¢ apiece we have dues of 5¢ a month & fines for absence. First assist teacher is our Pres & I have the honor of being the Judas in the shape of the treasure. Well I don’t know which else will interest you in as much as I have now almost turned myself into a cyclopedia. How does P. H. S. thrive = of course Pittston has a high school but because of the fact that most all the teachers are Catholic is sadly detrimental to the reputation of that school the West Pittston schools are considered the best because Protestantion runs it our Prof. Receives $1400 a yr. H. J. Stellar
 Well now I will positively have to quit or “bust” so quit I will

 Hoping to hear from you soon
   I remain your old scholar
   Howard I. Stewart
   215 Wyo. Ave.

P.S. should you ever come into the Wyo. Valley don’t forget our address. If you please
     H. I. S.

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Rockford Feb 12th 1893
Mrs. D. H. Walker
Dear Aunt
 Received your kind letter on Christmas eve. Also the Money for my Christmas present. For which you have my sincere thanks. Will tell you what I got with it went to Chicago for a Hammock chair. Received it on my birthday I can nearly lie down in it. Does not hurt my back like the rocking chair did. Every time I had the bed made. Mother has used it some too. She has been very sick she says it was La grippe and Neuralgia in her head and face by spells it went to her heart. She says she never suffered so much with her head could not taste or smell anything for 2 weeks she is better now. Grace has been sick too had such a sore mouth she could not eat any it is about well now so she can eat again. Father health is very poor but he is up most of the time. Dilbert has just come from Uncle Peets they were all in usual health except Uncle was having a bad time with his head.
 18th we had company yesterday and did not get my letter finished. Aunt Sarah sent me a pretty Sunflower pincushion with six nice little pins on it and Aunt Jane sent me a handkerchief both for Christmas. I finished piecing 2 quilts one for Mother one for May for Christmas. Well Auntie I would have answered your letter before this but did not feel like writing when mother was so sick. Am so thankful she is better. She says this winter seems more like Penn. Weather than any winter since they have been in Mo. Has been colder than usual and snow on the ground all the time since Dec. it is a little warmer today and beginning to thaw some.
 Auntie I had a pleasant surprise the 2nd in the in the form of a quilt all made just right for my bed, there is 30 blocks with the Initials of each one that pieced a block worked in centre, a good many of the neighbors that pieced blocks I have not seen since I have been sick but guess they have not forgotten me. Have used it since it has been so cold. I wish I could tell you that I was better than when I wrote last but cannot truthfully thought that I could recline in my chair all the time when I sent for it. But my strength will not admit of it yet. Am not sorry that I sent for it use it for a screen between my bed and the fire and it is so much easier on my back than any chair I have ever tried. I do not dread having my bed made now.
 Hope I shall be more account sometimes intend to keep trying and trusting in Jesus refuge and strength without his help I never could have borne my burden of pain. Am so sorry Uncle’s health is so. Tell me when you Ans. How Aunt Maria Frost and Aunt Olive Champney are. Love to yourself and family your niece Lydia
Love to uncle A folks  Write soon

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Freemansburg, Feb. 24, 1893,

To whom it may concern:-
 This certifies that Mr. H. F. Walker is a gentleman of excellent moral character and of good attainments and qualifications both for instruction and discipline.
 Mr. Walker has taught the Portland High School for the last three years with great success in every respect.
 I can heartily recommend him to any Board of Directors
  W. F. Hoch, Supt.
   Northampton Co.

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Green Lane, Pa.
March 10, 1894
My Friend, -
 It displeases me greatly that I may not comply with your request; I am sure you would never wish me to set my heart on that which o know cannot be.
 You do not need me to tell you these things require money, and that is the basis of my seeming carelessness in this matter.
 Ever since I, and in fact, some of my older brothers and sisters were children, my papa owned considerable property in Portland; yet, as long as I can remember, it was always the same, “I cannot afford it; but should certainly have it, or do so, if it were in my power,” and I believe it.
 If Portland had gone forward instead of backward, I might now be where it would please you to see me; but, when papa became discouraged, and sold out then, he was tired of the world, and wanted a “home” according to his dreams; just to make a comfortable living, and no more.
 Please do not think I am complaining, for indeed I am not; my new home is very pleasant, and as Stella is now with us, I look forward to the coming summer with pleasure.
 Our home is about one mile from the town of Green Lane. The road from there, is exceedingly picturesque, reminding one some of the Gap road.
 Hunting the eggs and feeding the chickens are two chief delights. Milking isn’t so bad, either for I milk old “Lady” and she is very gentle. Stella hasn’t learned yet; she is so very much afraid.
 I am delighted to hear that both Mrs. Walker and baby have progressed so finely; if you are having as beautiful weather as we are, they must certainly enjoy it.
 In conclusion, allow me to express my sincere gratitude for the interest you take in my future welfare; no one could regret more than I do that I cannot obtain the advantages you speak of I often think what is to be will be, and then find consolation in my motto “They will not mine”.
  Your friend
   Jessie B. Brode

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1894 - Delos H. Walker elected auditor of Covington.
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