1898 Letters

September 9, 1898 letter to Nancy Brown from Sarah Keith

September 9, 1898

To: Nancy Brown, Kalamazoo, MI

From: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI

Hadn’t heard about Cora’s accident. Yesterday Sarah couldn’t move but was better today.

1898-09-09 Sarah Keith to Nancy Brown

Galesburg Sep 9 /98

My Dear Girl

Would have [written] to you before, but was out of envelopes. We did not hear about Coras accident[1] till you wrote. Have not heard from S-.[2] Think Cora must be better. I feel worried about Lou.[3] I was helpless yesterday could not move my limbs. Took Ethan, Pa and Hannah[4] to move me. Had no use of my limbs[5] but am better today can walk some with a cane. Robert[6] came Thursday expects to be at your place next Monday.



[1] The 9-9-1898 edition of the Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph on page 3 noted the following: “Miss Cora Harris of Shelbyville has a compound fracture of both legs, a dislocated right ankle, a broken shoulder and several bad cuts as a reward for rescuing her pet pug dog from the cars. The dog escaped uninjured and the woman is at the point of death.” Cora was the sister of Louese’s husband, Daniel “D.D.” Harris

[2] Shelbyville, Michigan where her daughter Louese lived

[3] Her daughter, Louese (Keith) Harris

[4] Her son Ethan Keith, husband Charles Luke Keith Jr., and daughter Hannah (Keith) Towne

[5] According to Henry Brown’s September 13th letter, Sarah had a “stroke paralisis”

[6] Her brother, Robert Crawford

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