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Letters to a Great LakesSailor

William Graham and Hanna (Mortenson) Tisdale arrived in 1874 and settled on the westside of the Kalamazoo River where a small creek [that now runs through West ShoreGolf Course] runs into the ruler. They had six children, Electa(often called Leck), Matilda (called Till, lived in Lee Townshipnear Lacota), George, Susan (Sue, who lived inFennville and later New Richmond),Sara and William.

 

By1893 brother George, was sailing the Great Lakesand in the spring of 1902 was hired as captain of the steamer Folsom for theHines Lumber Co. Most of these letters were sent to mail drops for Great Lakes boats to keep him up with local news. Thefamily watched for notice of ships clearing and entering certain ports in thenewspapers, to see where to mail the next letter. They are an interestingvignette of the era. Words in italics provide added information.

 

Douglas,March 31, 1902, from sister, Sara

 

Dearold Growler -

Congratulations, Captain Tisdale. Peace andgeneral jubilant feelings, with a few expressions of "didn't I sayso?" and self-satisfied "I told you sos"wafted up through the holes around the chimney now make the domestic domicileand ancient abode of the Tisdale tribe, once more happy.

 

Theexamination at Allegan [for teacher certification, although she was alreadyteaching in Saugatuck] was a complete failure. I was not very well and oldMcDonald kept hurrying us so I nearly had nervous prostration, so I am certainI didn't get through. So will probably take the one in June.No, I haven't any gray hairs, but am a trifle disgusted.

 

Theoldest Lundgren boy was drowned Saturday morning. Lou [Louise Lundgren, theboy's sister] was in Allegan too and they telephoned her about $ o'clockand she couldn't possibly leave until 11:30. I was with her when she got thetelephone and she fainted and took on terribly. Then she wouldn't be contentunless I was with her all the time. then we justmissed

the car at Holland and had to wait 2 hours for the next.By the time we got to Saugatuck I was more worn out than she nearly. He and hisbrother were out raising the nets & in some way the boat filled with waterand one was drowned and the other narrowly escaped.

Thereis an Eastern Star meeting tonight and I suppose I have got to go, but I wouldlike to stay at home and develop those pictures. They have got to take thetower off of the [Douglas, proba­bly] M.E, church as it is unsafe and Iwould like to get a picture of that before they take it off but it would haveto be taken in the morning and I don't see how I am going to manage it.

 

Mrs.Plummer told me last night that I seemed very much stuck on"Hawks." Isn't that interesting? Just because he has shown me perfectcourtesy whenever he has seen me and she has always happened to see him, shehas got to begin to talk. I have always attended the ME.in the evening. In fact there is no where else togo, and I intend to keep right on going there. Just wait. I'll give her causeto talk if it's within the bounds of possibility, [Sara 'scourtship by Rev. Hawke, the new Methodist Minister was the talk of the townthat summer.]

 

Themanager of "ArkansasJim" sent me a complimentary ticket from Saugatuck, but unfortunately itwas delayed so I couldn't attend. Sad indeed... Your loving sister, Sara

 

Douglas, April 1st, 1902 from Mama

 

I will try and write you a few linesalthough I am almost froze it is awful cold here today, the ground is freezinghard. Papa has not been up to any of the places since you went away. LastThursday we finished the grapes and Friday it poured all day. Saturday it didnot rain but everything was awful wet.

 

I must congratulateyou on your success in getting a boat to sail and though you may think thereare drawbacks in it, you know better than I can tell you how hard it is for anew beginner at anything to get his place. It seems to be customary in allbranches to not wish to pay a new man or woman as much as an experienced one

even if the new one is superior to the old. I think you have been verylucky, Wm McVea told all over Douglas that Jim hasgot 1 s' Pilot papers far the chain of lakes so of courseit must be so. Jim Left Saturday to go 2nd mate on the Brittain.

 

Sara feels rather blue over the examinationas the questions seemed to be unusually hard she does not think she passed insome of the branches. That and your going away makesher anything but cheerful. She went to the E.! Star (EasternStar) meeting last night. It was an awful cold, dark night but Lizzie Wark brought her home in a buggy. I guess she enjoyed herself.I don't to dare to ask her any questions for fear of having my head snapped offso you see I have a very enjoyable time of it with Papa blowing about the weathernot being fit to do anything in and Sara in her very cheerful mood. I guess Iwill survive it however, as I have most everything.

 

I have taken Sara to school these two daysand each day I have seen George Durham. I told him this morning you were goingto sail one of the boats, he said he wished he could go with you. Can youmanage to get him a job decking on the Santa [Santa .Maria, another Hinesboat] or some of them, he seems to depend on it?

 

Fridayafternoon Papa went over to the [Saugatuck Twp.]Republican Caucus. They nominated G. W, Phelps for Supervisor, FrankKerr for Treasurer, A. Slack, Highway Corn., Wm Takken Clerk.

TheDemocratic ticket follows:

D. M. GerberSupervisor

Doc Heath Treasurer

Louis Schultz Highway Com

Cressy Clerk

After election Iwill tell you how all came out of it... Write as soon as you can and don'tforget G. D. Love from us all

 

Mama

 

Lacota, April 3rd 1902

from sister Till

 

DearGeorge,

Qllie [Till 'shusband] has been busy at the barn ever since you were here. I guess he hasit all done inside except the granary door & the stable & he can't getthe lumber for that now. Those

logshe got of Myers were sawed last Tuesday, there was 1700 ft. of lumber and someis about the nicest lumber I ever saw, its so white & not a knot or badspot in some of the boards. He has got the paint & is painting today. Hegot some of it done & then had to stop on account of the weather. I'm goingto paint as far as I can reach. He don't know anything bout the boat down thereyet, I suppose maybe you will be going soon if you don't go early though &the weather & roads stay nice drive up sometime this spring if you can. Ihave two hens setting, Frankie has just been cleaning out the chicken coop forme.

 

Mr.Tourtelotte of Glenn, Insurance agent for the Kent,Allegan & Ottawa Co. was here Tuesday & insured the barn. Ollie onlyhad it insured for $850, though hay & grain for $100 & cows $50, ofcourse that is not much on hay & grains but is probably all we'll havewhile he's gone.

 

Therehas been quite a lot of freight traffic on the S. Haven R.R. since the Mich.Central & Dunkley Co. have consolidated, they are fixing the track allover. An extra train takes the workmen at morning & night.

 

Wewere up to Myers' one evening to a maple sugar eat butit seemed pretty lonesome without her. Maple sugar didn't amount to much thisyear. Write when you can Till

 

Douglas,April 8, 1902 from sister, Sara

 

Sueand Ray have a fine 10 1/2 pound baby girl. I haven't seen thevision yet. But Mama went up last Friday. It was born April 2.

 

Milton Gerber defeated Geo. Phelps for Supervisor in the electionyesterday. While the election was going on the Masonic Hall caught fire andburned a hole through the floor, that was all. and about midnight last night the interior of Berg's storeburned out. You remember it was under Hirner's.

Yours,

Sara

 

Douglas,April 10`",1902 from Mama

 

Dear George,

Theweather is pleasanter than it has been, but it has been something terrible. Jimand Papa sprayed your orchard yesterday. Jun says the aphis[aphids?] in your orchard are awful bad, but then of course anythingyou or we have amounts to nothing in Jim's eye. He is on the board of review inLaketown. I guess they had a great time at electionup there. Young Geo. Thomas is out of the post office and is coming over hereto run the place this summer. I guess he could not pass the civil serviceexamination.

 

Wellour election is over and we are in for a new steel bridge. D.M. Gerber, supervisor. Frank Kerr, treasurer; Louis Schultz, highwaycom., Wm Takken, clerk, John H. Schumacher, Justiceof the Peace. I suppose our taxes will be high this fall but with everything itwill have to be done. [Replacing the old wooden draw bridge betweenSaugatuck and Douglas with a steel swing bridge was an election campaign issue.The change was made in 1903.]

 

JimCampbell said he pounded the stuffing out of TolBrink and now he avoids him all he can. I guess Jim has a great time among theDutch up there. Jim has a new home, he paid $100 for it, it is 5 years old.Sue's baby's name is Cecile Mortensen, the middle one is my father's name. Tillis up there now but she can't stay only till Saturday and as Sue can not get agirl I am going up there far a few days. She is getting along alright but isnot fit to do her work quiet yet. They had a nurse for a week but one dollarand a half a day is rather expensive for a workman to pay for a nurse. Ray hasmade ten of those urns now and I guess he can sell them all. [Ray augmentedhis income by making molded cement urns. The new front to the (Douglas) Masonic hall is progressing rapidly with A.W. Walker a boss and Joe Devine as general manager. There isa slew of workmen there, I see Rob Dempster is veryprominent among them.

 

Well George, I must close now. Take good care of your health and don'tworry about anything. Jun told Papa to tell you to be sure and not let yourmate take the boat through the Soo river, I knowtelling you this is no necessary but I told him I would.

Love from us all

Mama

Douglas, April 28th 1902 fromMama

 

DearGeorge,

Wereceived your letter all right and were very glad to hear from you. We saw theclearance in the paper and then not seeing any thing more of her we were worrieda great deal though the weather being as rough as it was we thought you were inshelter somewhere.

 

Sue'sbaby is dead, it only lived ten days. I am very sorry for Ray and her both, itwas quite a surprise to me as the child seemed so strong and healthy when I sawit. They let the nurse go and Till came to stay a few days. Sue wrote me andwanted to know if I could come up for a few days, but when I got there the dayshe wanted me the child was dead. If they had sent for me when Sue was fasttaken sick I think I could have saved their child. I certainly should not havedone as they did, but of course I told them nothing of this. Mrs. Fritz Schultzon the Hooter Roaddied last week.

 

Rencha has sold his place to Jay Myers for $400 and I see by the FennvilleHerald that Harbert has bought 15 acres of theWilliams place fronting on Lake Michigan for$11,000, so you see the party that bought the place last fall for $6500 have made a good thing of it. Three years ago Williams soldthe whole thing for $2800.

 

Williecame home (from school in Chicago)last Saturday and is going back again tonight. He was down to the (basket)factory Saturday afternoon and some one asked him what he was doing here hesaid his eyes were sore and as he could not study he thought he would come homefor a few days. When he came uptown he met Sam McVeaand Sam says George has had to quit sailing on account of his eyesight.

 

Lizzie McVea has had to give up her school in Gibson and Gyffey Gaston is in her place. Lecksays she hopes she will stay as she is a live teacher. Jim and family were downa week ago yesterday. They brought me a little pig, it is going nicely. Olliecame down last Thursday evening to do a few hours work on the Saugatuck, butwhen it stormed Friday and

Saturday he could do nothing but he went home Saturday night. We havegot our raspberry plants set out, our oats and grass seed sown and some earlypotatoes planted and I am going to put in some vegetable seeds thisafternoon... Love from us all

Mama

 

LakeForest, Ill. May 15, 1902 from brother, Will

 

Dear George

Ithas done nothing but blow, blow, blow here. I was overhome April 26-7-8. Everything is looking fine over there. I went by Holland and stopped offat Jim's on my way down and we went out through the orchard, his trees are justas full of blooms as they could hang. I never saw such a sight. He says everyorchard in the country is the same way.

 

Weed [E. E. "Deac"Weed from the Douglas Basket Factory] told me he would hold my old job open forme till June 1st, if wanted it at $2 a day and all I need do would be toinspect and check up, last year I was foreman too you know, and then I only got$11 a week. I was making a howl on the wages and he says well, Will, we arepaying you the best wages of any one in our employ but Updyke,and that is all we feel able to pay on that job, but I will tell you what Iwill do, I am tired of Roger Reid and if you say the word you can have theplace of foreman of the mill part. I couldn't say any more then, so I thought Iwould take the $2 but I told him I would expect more before fall if they had agood season. They expect to have the best seasons run they ever had, but theyhave got a punk lot of basket boys, nearly all new ones, I am glad I don't haveto break them in. Clarence, Wheeler, Wilber and all those fellows have strucksome thing down in Tenn.and are going to stay down there this summer.. .

 

IsDurham andRusso with you? Mrs. Durhamwas telling me when I was home, he wished George could stay with you a seasonso he would get steadied down to business. I told him there was no reason whyhe couldn't stay if he did his work and tended to business.

Will

Douglas,May 16, 1902 from sister, Sara

 

Dear Old Man,

Theold is used there in reference to the dignity of your position. not your ancient appearance.

 

Thecountry here is quite pretty now but it keeps so desperately chilly that mostof the trees look as if they were bilious. We had almost two inches of snowhere last Saturday but it did not do any damage. I feel pretty good tonight andwish there was same where to go and have a good time. Just one week more andthen ... [the school year will be over] Got to work like the dickens though allnext week; be up every night and teach next day. There was quite an accident intown this P.M. Nellie Underwood was driving into town just as the [interurban]car came around the loop and her horse got frightened and threw her out hurtingher quite severely, they just don't know how badly yet.

 

Weteachers had a public exhibition on Tuesday evening and all got our names inthe paper. The exhibition was schoolwork done this year, of course.)

 

Idon't know whether I'll get my position again or not as they haven't hired theteachers yet, but guess I will. I went down two or three weeks ago and askedPride (E. S. Pride of the school board) what my chances were; told him I wasn'tgoing to send many applications till I knew whether they would hire me or not.He told me I wouldn't need to send in an application as the board wouldn'tconsent to a change even if I wanted it. Mrs. Pride spoke up and said, Unless "I was going to get married.""Well," Pride says, "Even then she would have to go around andget the consent of the board." He said they had never been bettersatisfied with the work than they were this year, So Iam not very worried.

 

They launched thenew boat and called her the "Addie Wade." ... Got to quit so goodby. Lovingly Yours Sara

 

Douglas, May 16, 1902 from Mama

 

DearGeorge,

We received your kind letter last night andI will try to answer at once. Papa did not fill out your orchard but will tryand get some trees and do so now. The spring has been so cold and backward hereI think it will be time enough to plant them yet. In fact there is not muchfarm work been done around here yet the weather has been too cold and wet. Wehave set out about one half acre in strawberries. thosewe set last spring are looking fine, in fact every thing in the fruit line isfull this year and if all the ills that fruit are heir to will let it alonethere will be abundance of fruit in this vicinity. Jim is worrying aboutthe cut worm. they seem to be awful in his orchard. Ihave not been up to see yours [George supplemented his sailing income withan orchard near Saugatuck] but papa has not plowed it yet on account oftheir work. He says you trees look well but there are quite a number dead. Ihope you will get some fruit this year.

 

Yes,Saugatuck got $135,000 in an amendment and $15,000 in the House [for work onthe harbor mouth]. The bill passed the Senate and now is in the hands of aconference committee. How it will come out no one knows but McMillan, oursenator, is on that committee, so Griffin[local lumberyard owners and others here think there is a chance of ourgetting it. He said he thought the committee might cut the whole bill down somebut at the same time leave us enough to begin work on the cut and when oncebegun they would carry it through alright.

 

Ollie was down herefor a few days to fix something on the boat. I think they will go out aboutJune 1st. Rencha has sold his place to JayMyers and they are fixing it up in great shape. Bob Dempsterhas bought ten acres of land from Mr. King, the Owen place and a party from Chicago has bought 15acres of the same place. Jim McVea has sold his place(the old Kendall place you known on the PeachBelt road) for $4800.

Theyare plastering the Masonic Hall. It is quite an imposing building now. JohnCousins and his wife are keeping house for his father and John is working thePutnam place on the corner. Robert Russell, the owner of the Tourist's Home,went on a tour or rather got so drunk he fell down stairs one Saturday nightabout three weeks ago and died from his injuries the next Monday.

 

Mrs.Dennis Cummings is dead, so also is Henry Oliver that lived on the Peach Beltroad and Mr. Line that bought the Firman place in Douglas and Arthur Williams' father in Saugatuck. Willwas home for two days a short time ago. I think he will take the same place inthe factory he had last year. he will begin at $2.00 aday. Our cows have not calved yet, but I guess they will before long. Our hensare doing fine and eggs at 14 cents a dozen help out a great deal.

 

I took Sara up to Sue's last Friday nightand brought her back last Sunday. Sara was making a new dress for promotion.She will probably write you all about it. Sue is not very strong yet and as shecan get no girl, she has to do her own work. It is pretty hard for her. Ray is-very busy with his vases. he has built a fountain forGeorge butcher with one of his vases in it and is going to build one for Hutchinson. The Cement Co.has ordered one of his vases and Vandercook, themonument dealer in Grand Rapidshave given him orders for some smaller than the ones he had. Ray has had ironmolds made for both kind and I guess for a while he can make something out ofit.

 

Papa and I boththank you for the money and also for renewing The InterOcean [a Chicagonewspaper that carried news about Great Lakesshipping]. On May 7th 1 said to Papa it is time for this paper to be outand when I looked on the name slip I saw it was advanced one year. I tell youPapa was glad. I believe he would rather go without his supper than that paper.He said poor George, he thinks of us wherever he is and I enjoy the paper toovery much I hope you will have fruit enough on your place this year to pay forthe work anyway. Still we thank you very much for the money. I am going to paythat note when it is due and I will try and keep out of any great debt afterthis. Love from all Mamma

Douglas,June 1, 1902 from brother, Will

 

DearGeorge,

Igot done with my school Wed. noon and intended to come home Wed night but therewas no So. Haven boat, so I stayed in Chicagotill Thursday night and then came by South Haven. There were about threehundred passengers but High Adams told me togo and turn in in his bunk, so I had a nice easy timeof it. I had expected to go to work yesterday morning, but when I got here,Weed wanted me to start in as salesman and Gerber wants me to go in as foreman,the same as I did last year, but I will tell Weed one thing. He will pay memore, if I go as salesman than as foreman. There were quite a number of saleslost last year one of which amounted to $125 and Weed is pretty near crazy overit. He says I am the only man they ever had there and by the ---- he will haveme there again.

 

I was up to see Sue on my wheel[bicycle] yesterday, she had been up around but had overdone and was a11worn out again. Sara is going to stay with her for a week or so. Ollie is downfitting out the Saug. [Steamer Saugatuck] Theyare not going to run for G& M this year. I suppose you have read by thistime that they got the harbor appropriation of $100,000 continuing.

 

TheWard School burned down Friday,I don't know how it happened to catch. Sara is hired to teach in Saugatuck nextyear. But Pearland Edith Brown have resigned. Miller and the other two teachers are all goingback in Douglas next year. Mamma has taken thehorse and buggie and gone up to the place, but I amafraid she will get wet for it is raining like sixty.

 

Jim McVea is home and is waiting for you to come to Chicago, hesays he will go watching or wheeling or anything he can get if you will onlygive him something to do. Quite a come down from first mate on the Brittain isn't it? I feel sorry for him and wish you couldget him something to do, he is not to blame becauseWill shoots off his mouth so much about him. Goodbye for this time.

Will

Douglas June 11th 1902 from Mama

 

DearGeorge

Wereceived your letter last night and will answer at once. Thank you very muchfor the money that will pay for plowing and dragging your orchard alright - I hopethe fruit will hang on and I think you will get enough to repay it. Papa got100 trees Golden Drop [peaches] and 6 apple trees. Drought gave him 25Lemon Free and he set 110 peach trees in your orchard and 6 apple trees. He gotthe peach for $2.50 and $.75 for the apple making $3.25 in all. They a11 seemto be doing nicely. Your cherry trees are quite full and the peaches will haveto be thinned.

SamMcVea is very badly hurt. He fell off a load ofshingles and some shingles fell on him. they say hislower limbs are paralyzed and that if he does not die he will be a cripple forlife. I am glad you could give Jim a place, he seemed to be so anxious to gowith you, but they have sent for him so I suppose he will leave again.

 

Papa is up working on the place. Will is inthe factory. Sara is home dressmaking. I am working in the garden. We willbegin picking strawberries tomorrow. They look very nice. Jim & Leck began last week. I had five nice little turkeys butthe blamed crows have taken every one of them besides any amount of my littlechickens. I wish you were here so you could shoot them.

 

The Saugatuck went out a week ago today, but has not come back. I don'tknow where she is. Sara was up to Sue's last week cleaning house for her. Suelooks quite well but she still complains. Saugatuck is going to celebrate the 4ththis year. .. Love from us all

 

Mama

 

Douglas,June 15, 1902 from sister, Sara

 

MyDear old Skinny -

I am getting sopoor and bony you would hardly recognize me as belonging to that long lean,gaunt hungry looking Tisdale tribe. Really I am almost as skinny as you were.My troubles they are many like unto the mosquitoes and bugs that bother. Willplowed up the yard between the old barn and the house and we are going to havea tennis court there.

 

Iwas up to Sue's and stayed nearly two weeks after school was out. Sue is notvery strong but] think she is stronger than she will admit.

 

Thereare to be great changes in the teachers at Saugatuck next year. Amelia Shriveris going to take Pearl'splace and Genie Hoy is going to teach in the primary. Lou Lundgren is gong toteach in the Ward providing they rebuilt it. I suppose you saw by the paperthat it was burned down.

 

Mammahas gone up to Laketown this afternoon and Papa wentdown to see if he could get any o the Slater tribe to pick berries for us.Billy has gone down to town to take some water lilies to KittieWhither and some roses to Murt's. There is a youngboy about 18 there who was kicked by one of Walz'shorses yesterday, and they didn't think at first that he would get well butunless hemorrhage sets in there is a chance for his recovery now. He was kickedin the head and they said part of his brains came out. He came from Fremont. He and anotheryoung man ran away from home and were working for Bert Kite. I understand therewas a reward offered for him and I imagine his parents are quite well off. Hismother came this morning and she is as nice a looking woman as I ever saw andvery refined. His name was Allen.

 

My dear Gaston, how would you like the M.E. preacher for abrother-in-law? I have really captured him and all the natives are shocked andI suppose that from the East unto the West and from the South unto the Northsides of the village I am the leading topic of conversation. But that is ofminor importance when you consider that he has got a complimentary ticket forthe season ball games, good for himself and lady! !Yours lovingly,

 

Sara

 

Fennville,June 18`x', '02 from sister, Sue

 

Dear George,

Iwas awfully glad to hear of your good luck in getting a boat and intended towrite and congratulate you right away but haven't been able to do much ofanything all spring. I've been feeling quiet a little better the last few days,tho.

 

I was so weak when I first sat up that Icouldn't walk out to the kitchen without fainting. I went head first the firstday I was up and Ray just caught me in time to keep my head from striking thefloor. When I came to, I had to laugh at them. Ray was rubbing my head and Sarahad hold of my feet and Mama was coming with a pan of water. When I saw it, Istraightened up for I wasn't quite sure where she would throw it. The girl Ihad to do the housework got the itch and had to quit and I tried to do my ownwork and got a relapse, so you see I've had trouble of my own...

 

Itseemed hard to have to give up our little girl. She was such a pretty baby andso strong. She would shake her head and yell if Ray went to tease her and youcould almost lift her by letting her hold on to your finger. She took cold& it went to her heart and she died in about a day from the time she wastaken sick... Well, they say it is all for the best but it's hard to understandit that way.

 

Isuppose you know that Will is home & has his old job at the factory, bossingthe nailing room, and I guess from all reports, Sara is amusing herself withthat Methodist minister.

 

Rayhas gone to work days. He made about twenty vases and has sold six for $64. Isaw in our Grand Rapidspaper where your boat passed the Soo the 16thso will address this there and you can get it when you go back. Are you Captainyet? and if so how do you like being high muckey-muck? It must be lovely on the lakes this time ofyear.

Lovinglyyours

Sue

 

Douglas,July 20, 1902 from sister, Sara

 

My Dear skinny,

Don'tthink this is written at all on your account that is, I mean because Ithink you deserve a latter, but because I feel particularly ugly tonight. Ihave been having a most terrible time with my teeth. I have been having thenerve killed in some and as a result my tongue and throat have been swelled sothat I could hardly talk or eat, and one side of my face looked just like awood chuck's. Ruth [brother Will 's girlfriend]said it looked like a balloon and I told her I would make an ascensionpretty soon.

 

Nothere is no immediate danger of having the Dominie [theMethodist pastor] for a brother in law but I just wanted to see how theground lay.

Sara

 

Douglas, Aug. 3rd 1902

from Mama

 

DearGeorge,

Will and Ruth went up to your orchard in aboat to spend the day and to see if your early river peaches are fit to shipyet. The Alexanders all rotted on the trees. No onepicked them round here this year. I suppose Sara told you about losing so muchof our hay, but I hope the second crop will make it up if we can save that.Papa has the oats up in fine shape. Our corn and potatoes are doing well. Therewill probably be a fair crop of late peaches on your place if nothing happensto them.

 

Rayhas got the agency at New Richmondand Sue is very much pleased over it. It is four miles from Fennville. Theyhave bought a small house that was owned by the former agent, it stands on therailroad lands. I think it is $15 more a month than his former pay.

 

Willwas up to Laketown last Sunday. He says Jim wastrying to ship some of his Alexanders but they wererotting badly. I see in the Inter Ocean that Michiganpeaches are not wanted in Chicago.I suppose they were too rotten.

Love from us all

 

Mama

 

Douglas,August 22, '02 from sister, Sara

 

My dear George,

[InAugust 1902, George's fiancee and his younger sister,Sara, were guests on his boat]

Istayed in Chicagountil Tuesday evening. I had a fine time. Tuesday night Ed., Charles and Bobbrought me down to the boat, but we missed the Saugatuck and I came by way of Holland. The Dominie was over to meet me at the boat and when I didn'tcome he didn't have sense enough to meet the car from Holland but went to the telegraph office tosee if I had sent a telegram.

 

WhenI arrived they were all worried for fear I had been foully murdered. Of courseit was raining when I got here.

 

Billyand Ruth are still planning for a summer hotel and are trying to decide a namefor it. Everything you can hear is "Our place." Sue and Ray and Jimand Leck were all down Sunday. Jim has sold hispeaches for 55 cents a bushel and did the work himself. He will make quite alittle fortune and doesn't have to work near as hard as he did last Summer.

 

Wehad a marshmallow roast on the lakeshore again last Wednesday night. Thatafternoon I went down to the boat with Till partly so I wouldn't have to go tothe roast with the Dominie. Then I planned on walkingup the beach to the fire. And low and behold what does that goose do but comedown the beach to meet me. I was thoroughly mad. Then when we got to the road Iwanted to come home with Mr. Hauke but the Dominie hung around so I finally had to come home withboth.

 

Lastnight a crowd of us girls went over to Saugatuck and had our fortunes told byPalmistry. Just think, brother, she told me I was to be married twice. The first time somewhere in the next two years. I am tomarry for money, then I am going to get rid of thatone and marry a widower with 12 or 14 children. I don't know which.

 

Justa day or two after I left to go with you I got a letter from Bassett offeringme the Intermediate department at Fennville.

Yourloving sister Sara

 

(To be continued in a future issue)