1899 Letters

June 30, 1899 letter to Nancy Brown from Louese Harris

June 30, 1899

To: Nancy Brown

From: Louese Harris, Shelbyville, MI

Lela hasn’t given Dr an answer yet but Louese thinks she will before she returns home. They get along very well with Aaron and Cora. Doesn’t know how Hannah will cope with the family visits coming up.

1899-06-30 Louese Harris to Nancy Brown

Shelbyville  June 30/99

Dear Sister,

Lela[1] is writing to you so I will do like wise. Guess it has been about eight days (one week ago yesterday) since I wrote you and you know I promised you that one of us would write every four days. Rec’d your letter Wednesday but as you certainly got Lela’s yesterday you know where she is and of course Bessie[2] is with you now. To night Pa[3] crosses the Lake. How much more pleasant for him if they had waited and come over Monday. Well I hope it will be pleasant and the Lake smooth and that Pa wont be sick.

Did he see Uncle Hi.[4] He had’nt when you wrote. I’m sorry for Hannah[5] and the rest that Cora[6] is coming there now with the children.[7] So much to do and I dont see how she can give up that west bedroom. It will have to be different than when you and I are there. I enjoyed Bessie’s visit here wish she could have staid longer. Presume she has told you how we cut up. Well it is so all the time. Dr[8] come in & the first thing we know we are all in a scrap about something. Lela has’nt told the Dr what she would do yet, but I ‘kinder’ think she will before she goes home.[9]

He rec’d a letter from home Wed– saying his Mother[10] was poorly and wanted him to come home as soon as possible. He is going the 18th or calculates to now. He & Lela, Aaron[11] and Cora[12] sit up quite late every night and are quite fond of each others company during the day Lela & LaVerne[13] expect to go to Pa’s next Wed though I have written home to know if they had rather the girls would wait until Jim’s folks[14] get away. I’m busy getting LaVerne ready to go or would have written you the fore part of the week. Lela wrote about our trip to the Lake and how frightened we got coming home in the boat, did she not.

We are invited to a picnic over there the 4th. Well I am so sleepy I can’t write an other word. Will write you again next week. You do the same.

Love to all



[1] Nancy’s daughter, Lela Brown

[2] Nancy’s daughter, Bess Brown

[3] Charles Luke Keith Jr.

[4] Their uncle, Hiram Crawford Jr.

[5] Their sister, Hannah (Keith) Towne

[6] Their sister-in-law, Cora (Meredith) Keith

[7] Cora’s children, Winifred and Walter Keith

[8] Samuel Boyer

[9] Samuel had asked Lela to marry him

[10] Amanda (Hale) Boyer

[11] Aaron Hogeboom

[12] Louese’s sister-in-law, Cora Harris

[13] Louese’s daughter, LaVerne Harris

[14] Their brother Jim’s family

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