Thursday, March 5, 2009
Rose Graham Camfield, 14 February 1895
South Bend feb 14th 95 (1895)
Dear ann and all of you I we got your letter today the children are much pleased with their valentines and we were glad to hear from you all all gad the childrens got over the measles all right you have had your share with sick children well we havent had any sickness at all this winter pearl and ruby havent missed a day of school yet Leroy gets lonesome alone with me Bell works in the same office she did last sumer we were awful glad to get the pictures of the children and thought every day I would write and tell you we got them all right and also the christmas presents but the days are so short and the children are in the house with ther noise as soon as school is out and there insnt much time for writing but we are ever so much obliged for them any way
we havent heard from home this winter but I spose they are all rite or we would hear, too bad Frank had to mess school but he will have to study harder, mamie Carlisle was here the other day she said they were all well she says Lilys baby is growing beuatifuly, She said her father is still in buchanan I was surprised. I thought he has gone to grand rapids they live in the same house yet and mamie goes to school
well ann are you tired of winter or do you have lots of sleigh rides I will be glad to see spring Guy Bunker lives here he married tom Bennets wife see used to be min rose of Bakertown they live on main street sher mrs bunker does forhionable dressmaking I never knew it till yesterday they say she is the best Dress maker in town her mother lives with her I am going to call and have her mother
come and make me a visit I used to know them so well Jessie Mathews called here the other day she was telling me about if she goes to see Mrs Bunker Jessie and her husband and little girl live with Jessies father and mother on Colfax avenue
tell frank Bell goes with marsh Hay yet he will know who I mean he met him here when he was here last faul we want Frank to come and make us a visit during the spring vacation if he can arange it so he can well this is all for this time so good buy and love to all we would like to see you all but spose you wont come before sumer we sent the children valentines today hope they will like them Mrs J H C
Mamie (Mary Frances) and Lily (Lillian M) Carlisle were both daughter's of Ashley's brother, Orville Carlisle and his wife Lydia A Bartlett. Lillian married Thomas O Ghrist in 1889 and their first child died as a baby. The baby mentioned in the letter was Glenn H Grist, born 12 October 1894.
Guy Bunker is on the 1880 census in Buchanan, MI, with his parents. In 1900 he is listed in South Bend, IN with wife Minnie.
In 1900 I found a Jessie Smith, age 36 and daughter Madge age 10, living in South Bend with Jessie's parents, Daniel and Hannah Matthews.
Bell (Mabel) Camfield would later marry Benjamin Marsh.
For more see:
Camfield Family Letters
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner
Camfield, Rose Graham (South Bend, IN) to “Dear ann”
[Anna Camfield Carlisle]. Letter. 14 February 1895 Digital Images 1-3.
Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,]
Snowville, New York. 2009.
[Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, 1895,
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]