Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Mary B Bogardus, Feb 25, 1909
Bronson Feb 25th 1909
Dear Mrs. Camfield,
How do you do this winter? I hope you are quite well tho' the weather is agains us old folks. Just now we have a blistering time and feel the cold, but we had much colder weeather some years ago. I hope you are not sick in any way. We are about as usual. Have a little snow and can call it sleighing if we want to. but really we have heard but little snow at any time this winter. There has been little sickness
I don't know of any.
Very little change about here. but will mention one and that is. Mr. Hardmare that bought your old place has taken the house down and made some out building near his home place. Henry says it looks odd. I havent seen it as I do not get out this winter. We heard from Irene Saturday. She and her family are all well. Isnt it funny - her three sons have been married some time from three to fifteen years, but she has never had a grand child. We hear nothing new from Syracuse, but nothing strange about that as they or any of the Bogardus' are no hands to write. Every thing all right
Even though the letter is not signed I am sure it was written by Mary B. Bogardus.
I have not looked at any land records from Branch County however based on this letter and the 1910 census I believe that Sarah sold the farm to Martin Hardman (b. abt. 1859 Ohio).
Irene most likely refers to Mary's sister-in-law. Irene was Henry's half sister and right now I have no idea who she married or where she lived.
She mentions that she has not heard from Syracuse and the assumption is that Sarah Ann had asked. This makes me wonder if Sarah Ann had made any effort to contact any of her Badgley cousins that still lived there.
For more see:
Camfield Family Letters
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner
Henry Bogardus, Shirt-tail Cousin
Bogardus, Mary (Bronson, MI) to “Dear Mrs. Camfield”
[Sarah Ann Wisner Camfield]. Letter. 25 February 1909. Digital Images 1-2.
Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,]
Snowville, New York. 2009.
[Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, 1909,
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]