Friday, March 20, 2009

Rose Graham Camfield, 10 December 1897

South Bend Dec 10th 1897

Dear ann I will write a few lines to let you know Mother and father went home yesterday they had their visit out and was anxious to get home they said they had a good visit ay your house and goodriches they arrived here from goodriches last friday mother was so pleased with the cape you made for her we did not think you could get one out of that old cloak, how are you all any way, we were glad to hear Frank is working he might come over here during the Holidays if he hasnt for gotten us entirely

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how we would like to see you all but dont know when that will be unless you come if they ever get that Rail Road done we will come to see you and may be before Bell is Embroidering a dressing sack for herself, it is almost done it is embroidered in cream colored Roses I enclose a sample of the goods it was thirty nine cts a yard she is going to Elkhart to morrow to spend sunday

Lilly carlisle + Husband and little boy are very sick with Typhoid fever

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he husband is not expected to live that is bad luck for them as Lilly was sick all sumer, Mamie has gone south to Bell
I havent heard any thing more definately about that property in Oklahoma only I received letters from __ two girls we havent found the boys yet
I suppose Orville C is at the soldiers home Pearl wants to write him a letter he Gave her some lessons in Drawing while here and she improved wonderfully, she has

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made a couple of crayon pictures since he left and remarkably well in fact her work is almost as good as orvals and so she is very anxious to write to him to tell him how she gets along
well I must close this letter so good by oh I almost forgot to tell you we sent Freds wif some things 1 dozen tea spoons 1 bolt of toweling 2 1/2 yards and a lot of other things the box was fule and bundles besides she is very young but I hope all will be well
love to the children Rose

additional scrap of paper, front

I almost forgot to mention the pictures they are fine as natural as life and the shoes they are just the fit for Ruby and we are ever so much obliged for them I supose Danel and Tamerson are talking of christmas I hope santa C

additional scrap of paper, back

will remember them as well as he did last year Leroy and Ruby have written letters to him telling him what they want they have got a little black hen she lays them an egg every other day they make a great pet of her and would not part with her

Aunt Rose

Rose is very chatty in this letter with updates on Ashley's family as well. Lilly Carlisle was by this time Lillian Carlisle Ghrist, the wife of Thomas O Ghrist. She was the daughter of Orville and Lydia Bartlett Carlisle. The son mentioned was Glenn H Ghrist, 1894-1975. So Orville was still living in the soldiers home and it seems his daughter Mary Frances "Mamie" was visiting her sister Clara Belle Carlisle Sewell, most likely in Tennessee or Georgia. Obviously I have more work to do on that line.

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

Camfield, Rose Graham (South Bend, IN) to “Dear ann”
[Anna Camfield Carlisle]. Letter. 10 December 1897 Digital Images 1-6.
Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,]
Snowville, New York. 2009.
[Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, 1897,
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]

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