By1893 brother George, was sailing the
Douglas,March 31, 1902, from sister, Sara
Dearold Growler -
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
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 "
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
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
TheDemocratic ticket follows:
D. M. GerberSupervisor
Doc Heath Treasurer
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
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.
Douglas,April 10`",1902 from Mama
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 (
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
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
Williecame home (from school in
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
LakeForest, Ill. May 15, 1902 from brother, Will
Ithas done nothing but blow, blow, blow here. I was overhome April 26-7-8. Everything is looking fine over there. I went by
Douglas,May 16, 1902 from sister, Sara
Theold is used there in reference to the dignity of your position.
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,
They launched thenew boat and called her the "Addie Wade.
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
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
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
Papa and I boththank you for the money and also for renewing The
Douglas,June 1, 1902 from brother, Will
Igot done with my school Wed. noon and intended to come home Wed night but therewas no So. Haven boat, so I stayed in
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.
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
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
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
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,
Fennville,June 18`x', '02 from sister, Sue
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.
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
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.
Rayhas got the agency at New
Willwas up to Laketown last Sunday. He says Jim wastrying to ship some of his Alexanders but they wererotting badly. I see in the
Love from us all
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]
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
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
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.
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