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    Britt, Iowa, March 2, 1900 

    My dear cousin: 
    We were very glad to know that the letter reached you and to hear of your welfare. Dear Aunt Kate, how we would like to see her. I feel as if I knew her well. I have heard Mother talk about her so often. I have the impression that she is such lively company and so good to children. Mother has told me how she used to buy toys at Christmas time, and how much she thought of my little brother Johnnie who died many years ago.
    There is an entertainment at our school house this evening. Four of our children take part in recitations, so I am at home with Mother and our Charlie. He is six years old. He is now trying to put together a dissected map of the United States. I explain which are in warm or cold climate and which grown certain things. One of the questions he has asked me is "Do oysters grow on trees?". He has just placed the State of Maine and is very much pleased to know that is where this letter is going.
    It was very sad indeed for you to lose your only son; yet you know he has escaped the trials and temptations which are sure to come to all in some way. I think boys are more exposed to temptation than girls when they go out in the world, but where we see a young man of good principles and a wish to help his parents, he is one to be proud of. I think I must describe my family or introduce them as I hope now our correspondence is renewed again, you will be able to keep up their acquaintance by writing often and I also want to know your family in the same way.
    Our oldest is Frank. He is six feet tall and will be seventeen next August. He is very quiet and fond of study. He hopes to get through with the district school another year and then go to college. He is a great help on the farm.
    Irene is quite elated to think she will be sweet sixteen her next birthday. She is very lively and generally manages to have a good time where ever she goes. She is quite a help about housework, but with her studies and practicing her music lessons, she is very busy.
    Willie is next. He is thirteen


    From a transcription by Frank Hayward KLIPPEL

    Owner/SourceEdward Richard Rible
    Linked toElmira Edwards YELLAND; Isabel W. YELLAND

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