Chicago, Ill.,March 28, 1901 from brother, Will
I suppose youare hard at it this week, but I hope under a little more favorable
Well George,if you can arrange matters so I can go with you & not make too much troublefor yourself why you can count on me for anything you want to. [George wasan officer on the Hives Lumber Co. boat
As far asgoing down to Tonowanda to help you fit out. Sure Iwill. for if 1 am going at all I want to be there at thesend off. Well I guess I will close now. Remember if this is in any way goingto make things disagreeable for you, why never mind, for I will find somethingelse to do till I save up a little money. But if we can work together to betteradvantage, why I want do so.
Waiting farther developments
Your letter received we were allglad to hear from you. Jim McVea is home yet, butthey say he is working on
The weather issomething awful, cold winds and rain almost every day. Ollie is down herefitting out. He began work last Saturday. I expect he will come tonight andstay here. The 2nd engineer has not come yet. Coxfordhas contracted to buy the Green place and Doud's placehere is sold too. Property in
Fred Stoner isout of quarantine now. He said he was awful sorry he had to be kept athome as he had planned for you & him to go up the river in his boat. He washere the day after you left. Willie, Sarah and he were out on the boat a weekago yesterday.
Is C. Richardswith you and how does he get along? His mother told Papa he will not write toher & she was going to come here & see if you wrote anything from him.
Write as oftenas you can. Mamma
I cashed yourorder but have not put it in the bank yet as I thought I had better wait tillyou sent more and then put it in all at once.
Tillie & Frank came down herfor the Fourth. The Saugatuck was in so Ollie came up too. Sarah & Willwent to Fennville in the morning, Leck and familywere up there too. Fred Stoner was going for Sara in the evening and he tookTillie & Frank up there with him, so all our folks were up there but you& Papa and myself. Papa has the hay cut and homefrom your place. There is between five and six tons of it, hay is very lightthis year all around here.
We hadfifty-seven cases of strawberries. They netted about fifty cents a
TheSaugatuck came up to her dock today for the first time since she started out,we are having no service at all this year. I think that is one reason ourprices are so low, they say the boat does not get in till noon when the marketis done for that day Love from all Mama
from brother Will
Your letter received and was very gladto hear from you. I could not help but wonder where you were all through thisterrible weather we have been having. Last Sunday it was 106 degrees in theshade here and has not improved to any alarming extent since though we have hadseveral nice showers and it looks as though we might expect more. Till has beendown since last Saturday but expects to go home again tomorrow. Sue seems to bequite sick again. I do not know whether it is the same thing again or the warmweather but that has been enough to kill anyone.
The folks justsold the little calf to Fred Goodrich for $3.00. It was just two weeks old andthe butchers would not give that till it was five. The corn and potatoes herewill be almost a failure I guess and the peaches will be probably about half acrop.
We expect tofinish up everything in the factory this week and what I will do then I do notknow. Gerber says they will try and keep me under pay until Oct. 15 anyway asthey need a good watchman around the yards even when there is nothing doing.They have been paying me $11.00 per week since June 1st and I have not done asmuch physical work in that time as I would in one day last year. That is 10cents better a day than they were going to pay Gill. Gerber says they havenever made better packages or had things runs as satisfactorily as they havebeen in my department this year. Roger came poking his nose in the other dayand Gerber ordered him out. He said I was running that part and he wanted Rogerto understand it too.
I was a littleafraid Richards would turn out as he did as he never was any good before. I wassorry I did not think of it in time. Ab Williamswanted to go with you the worst kind of way, but he did not say any thing aboutit to me till the other day. He said when the factory shuts down he is going to
I am sorry Idid not go with you but as things turned out it was a lucky thing I didn't forI have not been able to do anything with my left hand for over two months butit is now pretty near well and I guess I can use it before long as good as everI could, but it was pretty discouraging for a while. There was for over threeweeks that it was more than probable that I would have to lose my whole arm.
There has been butvery little doing here this summer. The resort business has hardly paidexpenses. The electric cars now run from Saugatuck to
Douglas, July30/01 from Mama
I will try andwrite a few lines to you. I got your order all right and placed the money inthe bank in your name, but the interest is only three percent.
Ollie was uphere Sunday when Till was here, he looks real well. Sue is not well in fact shesays she has not been well since she was vaccinated last spring but I am inhopes she will be better when the weather gets colder.
There are notso many resorters here this year as there was lastbut then our boat service is simply awful. The Saugatuck trying to make dailytrips she comes and goes when she is a mind to.
Love from us all
Your letterreceived and I was very glad to hear from you, but was sorry to hear that youwere feeling so bad. We have been having quite cool weather here and I was inhopes you would have it the same there. It is terrible dry and dusty herethough and every thing is sadly in need of rain.
We had allbeen down on the school grounds playing tennis to night and had just startedhome when a runaway team passed us. It was one of Heath's livery teams and washitched to a fine new surrey. Well I took after it and caught it just as itpassed Phelp's drug store. Young Stoner then got inand we drove back as far as Plummers but as we didnot find the people who had lost it we took it home. They had just telephoneddown from Pier Cove that the team had run away from there and to be on the lookout for it. Doc was very profuse in his thanks but he never offered us a
Yes, George,if you can arrange it so I can go with you I will meet you any time you want meto. I would like very much to put in till about Oct 15th or Nov 1st.Then if possible 1 want to go to
I will try andwrite you a few lines. We received your letter and money order all right. Willwent just as soon as he got your telegram so I suppose he is with you by thistime though we have heard nothing from him. Papa had gone looking for the boatwhen we left. He came back while I was gone without the boat, he stayed allnight with a man by the name of Inman and they started by day light but couldsee nothing of the boat. Friday we got a letter from Inman saying he had theboat but wanted two dollars for his trouble in getting it. We had paid him 50cents before. This Inman's father raised Joe Lewis amthey are great chums. I think Lewis put him up to this as Joe is up theregetting out wood. Inman said if we wanted to he would send the boat down withLewis. Fine times when we have to pay for getting back stolen property.Wonderful Sheriff Leland is, isn't he? Lewis is up the river now and he maybring the boat back or he may not. I don't know what he will do, but I tell youdon't know where we will get the money to pay for it. It'soutgo here all the time and not one cent income.
We picked ourpeach crop, four baskets in all and sold them to Winnie McDonald for ten cent:a basket in all forty cents. We will have to try another year and put in smallfruits and vegetables on the home place and sell to resorters. We can do so Ithink to advantage. We will certainly have to do some such thing or starve.
I suppose Will hadtold you all the news so I need not write them. Nothing new has happened sincehe left. Fred Stoner and his folks went to
from sister Sue
I was terriblesick for five or six weeks and didn't do anything. Guess it was at the sametime you felt the worst. I had to give up eating everything but warm milk andtoast and then I got better and have made up for it by eating all the timesince. I've gained eight pounds in two weeks.
I've beencanning all kinds of fruit, plums & pears & tomatoes & pickledpeaches, so you'll have to figure on coming & helping eat them next winter.
Chan. Richardswas here one night & was telling us that you & he got along alright buthe guessed the old man got a little sore on him. He said it was time he came homeand aggravated the soil for a while.
Well, I'll have to stop and go and start dinner. Goingto have sweet potatoes. Do you remember when we used to roast them on astick over a fire under the hill. I hope you'll getbetter now since it is getting cooler.
How are you coming and have yougot over being seasick yet and how much longer are you going to sail this fall.I've got two pretty roomers this year, got four altogether. It's too bad youcouldn't be here to help entertain them. The