Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sarah Ann Camfield, 3 Jan 1888

Noble Center 3rd 1888

Dear Children

I dont know what you must think of us that we have not written before I thought I would write before Christmas but I did not we butchered and I had to do more than I was and and have been waiting to get a little over it I felling better now I have to do what I can and let the rest go Fred helps me in the morning what he can of course I dont have much to do but I am not able to do much we are as well as usual our presents came all rite but we feel ashamed to except because we did not send you any I intended to send you and Joseph each acrock of butter but our have rather gone back on us they are not doing


verry we expect they would give milk til march but they are most dry now.
Joseph sent a box of things to Fred for Christmas and among them he sent Father a pair of slippers and me a china cup and saucer
we have had quite a pleasant winter so far afew cold days and then warm we have a little snow now some sleighs slip round but a wagon runs the best there has been no sleighing yet so far
we hope you are all well and enjoying your selves Children and all how I should like to see you all I hope we shall when warm weather comes
how is your rheumatism this winter how is Ashley’s health this changeable weather would be bad for his lungs

write as often as you can
S A Camfield

Too bad Sarah didn't mention what presents Anna had sent. Without these letters I'd have no idea about Anna's rheumatism or Ashley's lung problems.

For more see:
Camfield Family Letters
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner
Michael Camfield

Camfield, Sarah Ann. (Noble Center, MI) to “Dear Children”
[Anna Camfield Carlisle]. Letter. 3 January 1888. Digital Images 1-2.
Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,]
Snowville, New York. 2009.
[Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, 1887 - 1889,
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]


Miriam Robbins said...

Rheumatism, eh? The modern term for that is fibromyalgia: painfully sore muscles around the major joints, and extreme fatigue. It is an auto-immune disease, which some naturalists believe is triggered by food allergies and/or mineral deficiencies. I have some symptoms, which I keep at bay by taking large daily doses of magnesium.

Imagine trying to run a farm and household and just feeling sore and exhausted all the time! Good thing Sarah had Fred to help her.

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...


I really think that that is why Fred ended up living with them - to be there to help. A short history written by one of Fred's descendants made it sound as if his parents didn't want him around. Maybe there is a bit of truth in bboth thoughts.

I hope you can keep you symptoms under control!

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Thank you for posting these letters.
I don't have any letters that are as informative as these but I have a few from my father during World War II.
You've inspired me to post them!
Evelyn in Montreal

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...


Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to reading your father's letters.