April the 15th 1889
I will try and answer your letter wich [which] I received some time ago [.] I exspect [expect] you all think I am dead out here but [?] I am still among the living but in poor health [.] I am feeling pretty bad this spring [.] the rest of the family is pretty well. Lola has the cataarh [.] She inherted [inherited?] from me. When she takes cold she is trouble with sore throat and takes cold very easy [.] they all had the mumps this winter [.] it was very sickly out here. There was a great many died [.] there was scarlet fever mumps and measles around us.
[written upside down across the top of p.1] I am still doing my work or part of the work myself [.] we have been trying to get a girl but are awful scarce [.] i wish i had one from in there they are worth two of these out here [.] my love to all and kiss to the baby. Good night.
They have the measles in the school now [.] Lola goes every day I exspect [expect] she will take the measles [.] Mertie is going to school tomorrow [.] it will be the first day for her [.] O Ell I often think how far your children has to school [.] we have only half a mile to the school and three houses to pass [.] I can see the roof of the school house [.] we have a nice spring and we had a pretty nice winter[.] we did not have very much snow and did not have very much mud [.] the oats is all up green and the grass is all getting green [.] there is nice large stalks of dandeline [dandelion] in the garden among grape vines and blackberrys bushes large enough to use [.] we have lettuce peas and onions up in the garden [.] Some of the people is done plowing for corn but do not want to plant yet [.] last year...
[written upside down across the tops of pp. 2-3] I can't tell you much about Mrs Gull for I have not been in her house for two years [.] she talks a great deal you know [.] she talked about me and wanted to be good to my face but I found her out[.] I see her driving by in the buggie [buggy.] She has a hoarse [horse] that she can drive her self [.] you can know she goes [.] she lives in town and has two big girls to do the work [.] she has it good [.] his first woman had to work hard [.] they do not keep any cow or hogs or chickens [.] we do not trade any in their grocery store.
Henry had 16 acres of oats out and got ten hundred and ten bushels of oats. Walter Statlers [Statler] just lives a mile and a half from us [.] Hulda was here this afternoon [.] they have two children, girls [.] they have a boy dead [.] John Statler lives on uncles farm [.] he bought it after his father died but Ell poor Molly died last Dec [December] the 22nd [.] that is Johns S [Statler] woman [.] Molly was a good friend of mine but I do not like John [.] he would curs [curse] Molly and treated her mean when she was living he would not concent [consent] for anyone to pray or talk to Molly about diing [dying?] he is a wicked rough man [.] she died with dropsy [.] they have three boys [.] the youngest going on 9 years [.] well I was sorry to hear that Uncle Sam Statler is dead [.] I exspect [expect] he was the last of that generation [.] I do not know if Aunt
Polly Wendle is living or not [.] how old was Ida Sorber [?] I exspect [expect] Charleys felt bad when Ida died [.] how many girls have they at home[?] is A...ie out west yet? Was she at home when Ida was sick [?] did Carrie Lambert get well[? ] how many children has Becky Sorber [?] how is Jonathan Sorber [?] is he better of the catarrah [?] what dreadful dissease [disease] how is it about that western land has the railroad company taken it all ...?.we lose it all after us poor girls had to all most [almost] kill our selves working to help to pay it and that is the cause of my suffering now exsposing [exposing] myself and could not take care of you know Father was hard to us girls [.] I often think of Phillip Sing he would tell Mother not to let us work so hard [.] I always like to see him come.
[written across the top of p. 4] I will close [.] write soon [.] I had got a letter from you a long time ago but neglected to write but was glad to hear from you again [.] I must write to Ann and Mag [.] I got a letter from Betta [Bertha?] she wrote it after Cora came from Somerset Co [.] Coras boarding at home [.] I do not think Coras done very well or she would not be boarding at home [.] Write soon [.] don't do as i done for I love to get letters and hear from my old home[.] from your affectionate sister