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Year: 1856 to 1949
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A year and a day of Happy Days

Portland Pa. Aug. 11 – 1894
Friend Walker: -
 Replying to yours of July 23rd. I am very much pleased to hear of your securing so desirable a position in Williamsport and hope you will be promoted to the high school. I saw Mr. Myers, and he says you and him have finally got the mileage book transaction settled, his wife miss directed the first letter containing the check. Mr. Deitrich has been sick for some time with neuralgia, in consequence of which school matters are at a stand still, no announcements printed as yet. Brodt is at Richmond, do not hear any thing from him, as usual. There is much dissatisfaction all round as to Deitrich and Brodt, so we expect the trouble will begin soon as school opens. Yes, there was quite a cut in Principals salary, when your salary was increased to $80. J. D. [Fuiller] made the motion to increase. Now he advocated $65. Of course he does this in the interest of the normal school. He thinks a cheap Principal (no matter how little ability) is good enough for the people here, and consequently those who may become dissatisfied, can send to the Normal school, provided they can afford it. I frequently hear people say now, well why didn’t they keep Walker? John Lenneition and wife are very loud in their denunciation of the School Board for not keeping Walker. Allen has not rented the house yet, do not know if he has had any chance to rent, as the house with but one family in is more suited to the purpose of himself and another party. Allen has nothing much to say, except that he was always in favor of Brodt, while at heart he is tickled because Deitrich got to be Principal, Allen is very much elated over his election as treasure, says he only offered to accept the office at $10 per year to bet LaBarre, I had no candidate, but am perfectly willing for him to have it, as I have succeeded in having his salary cut for $70 to $35 and $35 to $10 per year.
 Rader made a big misstake about supplies. He said we had on hand but 72 tablets of each the “US Mail” and [“Jel___”]. So last Tuesday night we ordered 1500 peneil tablets. Last evening I went with Rader to the school house and found in those boxes in a vacant room about 1200 tablets on hand, so we do not need any and Rader is now trying to countermand the order, can you give me a idea of about how much suppliers you used last year of each kind per scholars or in total. What do you think of the supple mental reading that Prof. Elliott is introducing? We are having the sod dug away from the trees in the school lot and putting ashes around them. Weiss Bros, are putting up two new houses across the street from us, next to John Linsmans. Dr. Anderson has moved in where Cass moved out. But as you take the Enterprise you know all this. On Thursday Mrs. L., Mabel and myself went to Hackettstown [___] and innestigated the Cutenary Collegiate Institute. After looking over catalogues and writing a number of letters, and getting some advice from Dr. Taylor Prof. of Vassar, we have decided to send Mabel to Hackettstown. Dr. Whitney says she cane enter the Senior preparatory class and graduate in one year, but he does not think she can get enough Latin and French in that time to enter Vassar. So much have two Languages, and later on we want her to study German. But think she can learn the French easier with Latin so she will take the French first. She will not take any extras but music, one lesson a week and one practice period per day. Whitney says for her to graduate in preparatory in one year she must double up on Latin, two recitations per day lesson and Vergil. He advise her to take the junior and senior years (as giving her credit for one year of Latin). She would still have to crowed a three years course of Latin, French and German, Astronomy, Solid Geometry [___] [___] into two years. Now I think if she takes two years at Hackettstown she ought to be able to enter the junior class at Vassar or the sophomore at least, and graduate there I 2 or 3 years at the longest. We do not want her to injure her health, and we want her through in what she studies, still we want her to get to Vassar soon as possible, Please give me your opinion. Graduates from Hackettstown are admitted at Vassar on Certificate, with out examination. Pres. Taylor of Vassar recommends this school and says they have sent him some very good pupils.
 I send you to day a catalogue which you will please examine and retain, you will see by it that she must present a certificate of good moral character, Will you please send me such a certificate for Mabel Catherine? Now the expense including Music and incidentals will be about $40000 per year, Books and stationery are furnished at current prices, as she will want quite some books, which will be very expensive at current prices, can you put me in a way to get them at publishers prices? I do not now know what she will want. Well on Saturday A. O. Allen went to Blairstown to make arrangements for Miss Emma to go to school there. Every body takes it for granted that Mabel is going off to school, but what worries them is that they can not find out where she will go to. I think I will explode a “Bomb” amongst them in a few days by telling them that she is going to Hackettstown to prepare for Vassar. Dr. Whitney put Mabel on the witness stand, as if were to testify as to what you had been teaching her. He seemed very much surprised, and pleased, spoke [___rylieglly] of her averages, especially geometry and ended by saying, why you have had a year in Latin also, you have started Mabel and we feel that we must to a great extent depend upon your advice until she finishes her education. Saturday morning between 1 and 2 oclock the saw mill and slate factory of the Francis Co. burned down, cause unknown, loss $8000 insurance $5000. I certainly feel very sorry for him as he has lost so much within 2 years. He is a kind hearted and well meaning neighbor. I think between the people who wanted Brodly and those who wanted Walker, that Deitrich will have a pretty hard time. My health has been fairly good this summer. The [___] Dept. still promise me that I will be taken care of and given a clerkship either at New York, Philada, or Harrisburg, We certainly are very much pleased to receive such glowing accounts of the prosperity and health of yourself and family. Mabel feels rather down hearted about going away. Although it is only 26 miles from home. She spent one week in Easton and this week she is visiting Cora Brodt at Richmond. Mrs. L. says she is looking for babys picture, and will send you one of [___] soon as they are received, she looks at the new houses across the way, and wishes you was here and going to occupy one of them. She says she feels that her hearth is down in her shoes because Mabel is going away. But she has one consolation, as Mabel can come home any Friday evening or Saturday and stay till Monday morning. Dr. Clines lives at Hackettstown, and Mrs. Clines sister will be a day scholar at the Institute, which will be some company for Mabel, as they are allowed one hour each day to go down town, only she does not want to room with any one, and we can not afford to pay the extra charge. She will be pleased if Mrs. Walker can give her any information as to Mabels school outfit & Mrs. L. joins me in kind regards to Mrs. Walkers, Francis and yourself. Hoping to hear from you soon I am very truly yours.
  Mr. LaBarre

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Portland Pa. Jan 8, 1895
Prof. H. F. Walker
 Dear Bro
 Yours of 18th [___], was rec’d in due time. & very glad [___] we to hear from you. To know of your reception into the church, & that Francis has concluded to attend church with his parents as a good boy should do. And we hope the dear little fellow will like it so well that he will not consent to staying at home & thus depriving his parents of the benefits of the service. Give him a kiss or a hand shake & pull his ear & tweak his nose for one or tell him to be [___] & have that fine shaped head of his well filled with maters all that will be worth something where he is grown up thank you for your information about the churches. If [Sha___sk_] is not yet supplied. Will you tell your Pastor that I should like an opportunity there. I want to give up Portland this spring. And would prefer a good church to a couple or three small ones. He could tell you in Watsontown is still unsupplied or Lewisburg, or if any other should be coming vacant in the spring I hope you are liking your new position & work. And that Mrs. W. is pleased with her situation & surroundings. We held our Christmas entertainment on Xmas Night. The M. E. Ch. Held theirs same night. We were clearly ahead this time & our folks did not wipe out their advertisement as they did one & perhaps two years ago. The M. E’s first advertised a free entertainment, to spoil our crowd. But better consoles prevailed & they put price 5¢ below ours we had a house full, & at 15¢ cleared $7 or $8, above all expenses, While the M. E.s at 10¢ had a full house, requiring 3 policemen to hold in check the turbulent, & receipts fell below expenses to the amt of $7 or $8. Our people are feeling more independent. our New Years night at a Chicken & Waffles Supper in the hall they cleared about $3200 this will keep a Sexton paid up for a whole year. We are now talking now about a new furnace hope it will not end in talk. Mr Billis is here now but goes back to Tioga in about a week. Our session got their coverage up in the fall & suspended Nettie Johnson of Water Gap for the usual disgrace. She has mained after childbirth to Bartender Albeit of Portland drinking Saloon. But that is enough of such news. Our weather last week was cold & good sleighing. Sabbath it began to snow & sleet & rain & today it is going on growing more stormy with rain & snow. Mrs A joins me in love regards to yourself & family. Hoping to hear from you again I am your Fraternally
 R. L. Adams

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Rolland Pa, March 2, 95
Prof. H. F. Walker
 Dear Bro.
  Excuse my appearance again, & bear with my request. I purpose offering my resignation here in spring. Now I am anxious to fin a field before I cease to have work here. I note the death of the Pastor at Milton in Pby of Northumberland and it occurred to me to ask you to mention me again to your Pastor with any suggestions you can make in my favor. Ask him to correspond with Rev. E. Ferrier DD of Lafayette College Easton Pa. or Prof. S J Coffin of same college or Rev S G Hutchinson of Stroudsburg or Dr W W McKinney Ed of Presbyterian 1510 Chestnut St Phil. Pa and in case I am not available for Milton at the proper time there may be some other point of which he may know where he could do me the favor to put me in the way of hearing & a chance of acquaintance who can tell whether I would suit them or they me, with out a trail. We are pretty well at present though Mrs A has had a tug with the grippe. Mr Dietrick is very [___] & finds his work very burdensome in his recovery from grippe. Hope yourself & Mrs. W. & Francis are all well. By the way when you write please tell me what is the full name of Francis. Kind regards
From Mrs. A. to you both
 Fraternally yours
  R. L. Adams

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505 Anthony St
Williamsport, Pa.
Mar, 9, 1895
Dear Parents,
 We received your letter. Sorry we have not written sooner but some way we both seem to be busy nearly all the time.
 We were at Philipburg two weeks ago to-day and yesterday. Had a very pleasant time. We find them all well. Francis was a little home sick the last day.
Louise had a hard cold last week and was nearly sick for a day or two. Francis is having quite a time cutting his first double teeth. The four are now just cut through. He now has twelve teeth. He has had quite a cough and has quite a fever every few days. His cough is much better. He eats noting but cornstarch that has been his diet for a week. Am afraid he will get this if he does not eat simple thing else much. He creeps all over on hands, one knee, and one foot and climbs up by everything. He is especially anxious to put everything into the water pail or cash dish. He was standing by the washer the other day When Louis was wringing clothes and caught his thumb in the [___] of the winger. It was very badly mashed but is almost well now except a sport on the nail.
 We get three or four eggs every day, so think our five hens are doing well.
 The town was full of G. A. R men last week & attended a lecture a week ago last Thursday evening by Ex-Confederate General Jordan of Ga. On the “Last Days of the Confederacy” He is I think the most eloquent speaker I ever heard.
 We hope you are all well again before this time.
 Our monthly institute meets at nine o’clock this morning and I expect to get some things in market before that time.
 Let us hear how you are and we will try to write sooner next time.
  Yours as ever

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Mansfield, Dec. 15, 95

My Dear niece Julia
 I saw by the paper that Bertha & Mr. Kelley were married I was in hope we should see you it had been so long I wanted to at least hear from you [_eased] some of you were sick so thought I would try again I know I cant write very interesting it seems very lonely since Julia went to the city sometimes I have a mind to go too then I would like to be thankful for kind children & friends Julia seems very contented all the help she has is a woman to come in and right up things as their house is all new it only takes a part of the time to do the cooking she always liked to get her meals & pay a girl beside John has the charge of a church in the [___] it seems about all he can do & will give up the farming part Emma has her family together nearly every week, Freas wife don’t seem to improve very much one of Henrys sisters is very sick gone to Westfeld to be treated for ulcer in the stomach please let me hear from you from your aunt with love to all.
  Olive Champney

Julia’s address is
55 To[___] Place
Brooklyn N. Y.

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White Rock Jan. 18 – 1897
Dear Bro –
 Yours contaning note recd all right & much obliged hoping this may find you all as it leaves us all comforbaly so so. as I have no news in particular to write about times are so dull that news is of little consequence. But feel inhopes of a change for the better & then may have something to write about & if that time comes will try and improve it if you Harmon & Nancy please say to them I would like to have a lettor from them & [___] this where abots & how they are getting a long since all this family are married & away as none of the boys are mared Tom & Jack are at home & John is at the Indian Agency he is runing a store there I think he is doing very well. so will close for this time by as king you excuse and give my best wishes to all inquiring friends & espetially to Isaac & his better haff hope they may have a prosperus journey through life with with plenty of sunshine and prosperus all along the route to make this enjoyable
  Yours truly
   R. Frost

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Thayer Kansas  Mar 22nd
My Dear Sister Julia
 I recd your very welcome letter a few days ago. I had began to think I was not going to hear from you any more.
 This leaves us comfortably well. but I have had a bad time with the Gripp, as so many others have also. I suppose you have not heard that our daughter Dora & family have gone to Los Angeles California to live. They started the 15th of feb. I had letter from her a few days ago. They seem to be pleased with the country but she says it seems such a long ways from home and loved ones. Her husband had a position offered him before they went from here. By a man that he was well acquainted with that used to live near here. They have a Wholesale & Retail yards of fuel & feed. And are doing well. we hated to see them go away so far and take the little ones. But may be it will be all for the best. They have 3 children a girl and 2 boys. The girl is 8 years old they call her Sarah (pretty name isn’t it) she wrote a letter to me. She said she liked to live in Cal but wished grandma was there too.
 Well sister you asked me if I was willing to give Frank $50.00 from my share of father’s estate. I believe I would be glad to see him doing well, as any one would. But the way we are situated I do not feel it my duty to give him any thing, we owe more than is coming to me and I will have to earn enough to make it up by the first of next January and will do well if I can do it and keep up current expenses, I want to pay out on the land that I have paid interest on so long, thinking perhaps that will make us a living and I have felt for some time that I was not able to continue in the business that I am now engaged in. I have kept at it for the reason that it was quite necessary for someone to earn a living. And A. M. could not find any thing that he was able to do. Of course he does quite a good deal but does not bring in much money. He does all the chores we have 2 little Jersey heifers that we have raised, and keep a few pigs & chickens. Also have a large garden, and sell some vegetables, but most of the people here have gardens so do not sell much.
 I don’t believe you would ask me to give any thing if you knew all the situation: I would have been glad if father had remembered him in his will, but as he did not, and brother Peet had his share in the division of the money. I think he might give that share to Frank as he feels as if he had been badly treated. I have heard our father say many times that his property, what was left when he was done with it should be divided equally among his children but never heard him say he intended to give Frank anything. I have settled with brother L and do not have any hard feelings and would never have said any more about it, if this matter concerning Frank had not come up. And I honestly believe father intended to make an equal division after paying brother L the hundred dollars a year that he said he would for looking after his business after he felt as if he was not competent to see to it himself.
 But after he paid that our brother would have $1000, to any one of the other heirs $100, therefor I think he is the one to divide with Frank
 It is possible I do not look at this matter in the right light. But I decide according to the best of my ability:
 The debt we owe you I want to pay I want to pay if I ever can and not deprive my family of necessaries I have felt bad about it many times, and will pay it if I can
 Love to you all and may God bless you is my prayer
  Your sister
  Write oftener

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Wiser Washington, Dec 17th 1897
Dear Sister & Brother
 We received your more than welcome letter in due time I need not say that we were glad to get it I believe it is the first in 2 years we were glad to hear that your little family were well and hope they continue so, now Julia I can’t conceive of you being grandma does it make you feel old:
I try to believe that I am not old but when I look at my dear grand-children that stand over six feet high as two of them do I feel, at least as though I was more than sixteen if not very ancient. But enough of this my dear ones here all as well as usual I can see that my Boy is growing old he is as bald headed as our dear father was and the loss of his eye makes him look older than he otherwise would. Grandpa Seelye as everybody here calls him is badly troubled with rheumatism and his rupture is troublesome otherwise is pretty well. as for me I am well I guess but so fat that my limbs do not carry me very well and my fingers are to stiff and lame to write very well and then there is nothing that I know to write about we will send you some papers and you will see by them that this county has splendid gold-mines and there may be good prospect perhaps some gold probably there is, but as far as I can learn nobody has mined very much and a good many people have gone to Alaska but they have not all got all the gold they could carried the papers fail to report how many do not make a fortune and it will be just so here if one makes a strike we shall hear all about it but nothing of the hundreds that spend their time and strength and get nothing such is the way of the world I guess. You wanted to know about the cold here well the thermometer very seldom reaches down to zero 9 deg above is the lowest I have ever seen it and it only staid there a few hours. It may freeze a little harder sometimes I don’t know as to that but I do know that from November till may it is useless to look for much fair weather it is what our dear old grandma used to call muggy-chilly in fact it is drizzle drizzle all day drizzle all night never more than 2 or 3 fair days at a time. I have had pansies in bloom right out of doors with no protection, the whole year through so it does not freeze as hard as it does in some places on the other hand it never gets as warm in summer as in Minnesota when the thermometer registers 90 we almost roast but we are in sight of perpetual snow Mount Baker 20 miles to East of us always covered with snow looks cool and it is about 10 miles to the South of us is salt water and when the tide comes in it always bring a cool breeze and farther from us to the north is 2 snow capped peaks I do not know their names but they are among the Camllops or Selkerk range. Vegetation grows slowly but Cabbage Carrots Beets and Potatoes are often of immense size when they get here and the pine sawlogs and hemlock ones we used to see there would cook rather small beside the fir and Cedar they have here. It is snowing here to day I don’t how long it will last it is the first this season it is 2 inches deep now I should think we some times have 5 or 6 inches of snow but have never have had anything that would pass for sleighing in Penn. Since we have been here we generaly get 2 or 3 snowstorms in a year but the only advantage they are is to make the mud track in more which of course I don’t appreciate. Now do you know anything about our Brothers or Sisters I don’t the latest Sade wrote me Ace was dead. If you ever see Aunt Olive or Emma give them my love
  Good bye

I will send you a lock of my hair and I want some of yours we don’t take the Agitator

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Nettleton Mo
April 4th 97
Mrs Walker Dear sister
 I reced your letter was glad to hear from you. You wished to know something about my family we have five children two girls and three boys our oldest is a girl & our youngest is a girl their ages are eighteen sixteen thirteen ten is past six. You wished to know about my situation I am not in very good circumstances I have to rent and rent is pretty high I have but stalk my wife has been in poor health for several years now concerning what I wrote you before Julia Ace and Nat both told me that father got fifty dollars from the town for taking care of me and Nat told me that father let Ace and Rue both off at twenty I staid with father till I was twenty one and worked for father three months that I never got any thing for after I was twenty one I would not think as I do if father had put me out as soon as I was large enough to support my self but he kept me and I worked for him the same as his own. We lived on father Kings old farm the estate has not been settled up yet Father King has been dead fifteen years mother King has been dead it will be three years the first of june. We remember the letter that you sent the little boys a dollar a piece in but we wrote you one after our little boys died. It might be that you did not get that one.
 I will close wishing you all good health we are only tolerable well hope you will write and not think hard of any thing I have writen to you your friend and brother F. A. Newell

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Kingston March the 29th 98
Sister Julia
 I will try to say a few words in reply to yours that was gladly received. We thank you so much for mothers picture I had forgotten that you had it and I tried to call it you but thought if it was you had been very and I was about to write when he was at Teels and they told him who it was I would like so well to see Aunt Olive once more, you said you were growing old I guess that is true of us all but we are as well as we expect to be so try to make the best of it Arthur lives in sight of us he has a good wife and a nice little boy and girl his health is just medium. Joes folks are well and have three children Charley is in south western Kansas on a farm where they irrigate came there last fall they have 7 children one two weeks old .the last we heard from Ruels he was back to the asylum it seems so hard for him to have to live that way. The measles have been every where. I never heard the like Jenny and her children have had them but are well again there has been several deaths from pneumonia setting in Sister Jane is as large as Aunt Betsey ever was but her health is not good. Frank has bought a farm south east of Kingston about 7 miles from here I am going to see them as soon as I can have not seen her for several years we have 90 acres of land our house is not fine but comfortable so I guess that is all we need I am tired so will bid you goodby hoping to hear often love to all
  N. S. Allen

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Jetsam Wyo.
March 26 1894
Dear Aunt Julia
 This Monday “business day” and I am trying to straighten up a lot of correspondence. I am glad to know that you are well and enjoying yourself. We had a hard siege in the way of sickness this winter but are getting pretty well again. I don’t want any more grippe. The recollection of it will be enough for me for a few years any way. Poor Ben hasn’t been able to work since before Christmas he had an abscess of the stomach some weeks ago. And was very sick but he is gaining health again now and I hope he will feel like himself again soon. He has gone out with the rifle today to see if he can get an antelope. We don’t buy much meat here. There is too much game on the prairie to leave any. Necessity for so doing and say do you like to fish? If you do I’d like to have you here. We would give you a feast.
 As to the questions you ask. The boy Jeshi is a strong lad he is 44 ¼ inches tall, if I measure right and weighs 25 pounds. His grandpa sent him a suit of clothes for a Christmas present and they bear the mark 7. They fit him nicely, and he isn’t five years old till next June. He is learning to count, to read and spell, and does pretty well for a little fellow. His mind runs [___] to practical matters. He had a flower bed last summer and weeded and watered it himself and had some nice blossoms. He helped me hoe and irrigate the garden last summer and took me pride in the [___] ownership of the nice vegetables. But he did cut one baby ears took the hoe and chopped up a lot of pumpkins melons cucumbers [___]. He knows how to min wates though and will if nothing happens be a skilful irrigator. I hope you will have a good success with your bees. They are nice little creatures (when they are good natural) and good paying stock too when nothing goes wrong with them. And honey is good for health.
 Those Christmas cards were pretty and thank you for them buy own Christmas tokens were made up worthy of good will and good wishes I was to busy to take time for much work at them.
 That little grandson of yours ought to be a pretty nice boy will be if he lives up to his name. I have received but one letter from Bertha, and that did not mention him. Perhaps it was written before his arrival.
 Aunt Cythena is a good business woman and I think competent to deal with all financial problems. Though her sorrows are heavy she knows where to seek for help to bear the burden. I had not heard if Gil Welch’s failure. I am sorry he is so unfortunate. But the past year has been a hard one on business of all kinds. We do not feel the hard times here as in the East but when the Cheyenne Banks failed last summer a great many people around here lost money. We are 220 dollars worse off because we had it banked instead of stowed away in an old stocking. I am sorry for Charlie Frost family, but it may be they can find friends to help them over this most difficulties.
 You ask if we have taken up land. We did take a claim or rather three of them on our arrival from Pennsylvania But a few months after and we received notice that two of them were already covered by another filing which by some oversight in the land office had not been checked on the township plot. The money we had paid for entry was returned. But I was so disappointed. The claims occupied a beautiful little valley watered by a nice little creek, and the land was smooth as a meadow I had before my mind the picture of a beautiful home in the valley our third claim was not so well situated, and was not watered so we sold it a while after we had proved up, and came to Wheatland determined not to locate again till we had studied the state pretty thoroughly. So Ben has been farming on shares for two years. Did pretty well at it too. But we have our spot picked out now and shall [___] for it early in May. Just as soon as the grass is big enough to keep our teams in good condition if nothing happens to discourage our plans. Our address after the middle of May will be Lander, Wyo. Now I must tell you about Lander. It is a lively town about as big as Mansfield was when we were there and growing bigger all the time. Does pretty good business for it is the supply centre for half a dozen mining towns, as well as the natural centre of the oil and mineral belts of the state. Two flowing mills, wagon shop, brick yard and various other flourishing industries are located there. The state Agricultural College was voted there at the last election there are already good schools churches and society. The town is also the county seat. U track of land his vacant, near the town, and we intend to locate there. There is for twenty five or thirty families and we are trying to get enough together to form a neighborhood of our own. You may wonder how it to be vacant in so good a location. For this reason irrigation is necessary for successful farming in this country, and the ditch to cover that land is too expensive for one or even two or three people to undertake irrigation suits us. I wouldn’t go back and live in Pennsylvania mud for the best farm I know of. Here the roads are hardly ever at all muddy. We don’t long drizzling rains that used to be so depressing to me. Sunny weather from spring to fall and most all winter besides. So we do not have to build big barns to shelter hay and straw, for it keeps perfectly in stack if there’s a crack in the roof we don’t get a drenching every day or two for it doesn’t rain half a dozen times in all summer as a rule. My flowers blossom out perfectly for there is no damp muggy weather to blight the buds. I never ate melons so sweet as [ripe] here under daily sunshine of august and September. How I would have liked to have half a dozen Pennsylvania friends here for a month last fall. To hunt and fish and eat melons and other good things from the gardens the thing that bothers me about our moving this spring is that I can’t have a garden the coming summer. But never mind when we get settled I’ll have a garden again and flowers and bees. Then come and see affectionate niece
 Eva Lambesson

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Jackson Minn April 27th 94
Dear sister
 I got your letter last night am glad to hear from you and learn of the changes that have taken place since I left there. There has been a great many sad changes here in the last year. A great deal of sickness and many Deaths a great many new settlers coming our little village has about 2000 inhabitants our folks have 250 acres of land all but 60 acres in the incorporation of the city we have about 180 acres fenced in pasture we keep cows for the city folks have from 30 to 50 head ever summer get $1.00 per month a head a month generaly pasture about 5 months so you see we get quite a little income I get $14.00 per month pension and Flora is serving out her second term as county Supt. of schools her time will expire on next January 1st if not reelected she gets $84.00 per month our little boy that was so hurt at getting kised is now about as tall uncle Delos, a great worker he does most of the farm work Jack the oldest boy is a veterinary surgeon is out now doctoring horses and dehorning cattle he was out west last year up in the mountains of Idaho and got sick whil boating it down the Missouri stoping at towns hunting jobs he done very well untill he was taken sick with typhoid fever got to a government hospital he was told by the surgeon in charge the way he could hope to save his life was to have a nurse to give her entire time to his case she charge him $5.00 per day but put him on his feet again then went back his boat and after laying a night or two on the river took a relapse then and after having 3 or 4 nights on the boat his money all gone but 35cts his partner [___] but could not get in because they did not have money to pay their fair Jack wrote the condition he was in [___] in and said he was going to ride the boat to Jefferson City if he  lived to get there. The night we got the letter Flora and Moses come home from the Chicago fair Flora took the train the next morning for Jefferson City and got there before Jack did and took him on a visit granpas and a good time with uncle Peter the got home the middle of Oct Jack was not much but a Skeleton had two [___] backs after he got home that lasted the greater part of the winter he has fated up and appears quite strong I met with quite an exident on the 5 of Jan got jerked off of a load of straw and struck on my shoulder on the frozen ground broke my shoulder blade knocked the shoulder out of joint and gave me crippled arm for life. Molly says tell us about Art Goodspeed folks write soon
  Yours truly Nathaniel Frost

[]  Transcribe January 29, 2004, by Wendell R. Evans  []

Jackson Minn March 14th – 95
Dear sister we got yours of Feb 10th all right our folks are prety good health except myself I am suffering a great deal with rheumatism this winter. My nervous trouble caused by getting my shoulder broke in Jan 94 it is not well yet I don’t know but it will always be lame as long as I live. We had our city election last Tuesday and voted bonds to build $20,000 or $25,000 school house this coming summer. I have had my picture taken I’ll send you one it rather a poor job but it may be the only one you will ever get can you tell me any thing about Uncle Elias’s folks pleas write and let us know if they are all living our children all at him most of the this winter Flora spends most of the time travailing over County visiting schools Jack has a Vetrinary office in a livery stable down town gets a prety good run of practice he bords and sleeps at home We have not heard from Mo for a longtime I’ll write to them to day our winter has been rather a dry one and about 1 month of pretty cold weather last half of Jan and first part of Feb we did not get much snow and very little rain Moze is putting in the most of his time hauling manure out of town putting on the land we will plant about 40 acres with corn we have in the stock line about 40 head of hogs and shotes 9 head of horses 10 sheep 11 head of cattle and chickens ducks and turkys plenty
  Yours truly
   Nathaniel Frost

[]  Transcribe January 11, 2004, by Wendell R. Evans []

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