Friday, November 6, 2009

Etola Robinson, Jan 10, 1909

Medford Okla 1 - 10 - 09
Dear Annie:

yours received I was very glad to hear from you.

Say but thise things you and Tamerson sent me are pretty. wonder which you made? The collar I think. They are booth so dainty: I cleaned of my dresser you know how my dresser is always stacked I washed the scarf and put the pincushion on there, got out the pretty hair receiver Tamerson sent me three years ago and which I have never used, put a few other things on it and it looks very pretty,

I was well remembered also Christmas. Sarah sent me cloth for a waist, Amelia a set of collar pins, Mrs. Northam a sweeping cap, Dr. Thomas a chiffon bowa I guess it should be called, for my neck and her sister a pretty white footing bow for my collar. Cleo gave me a black rusleen petacoat and my friends here gave me a few little things. so you see I faired very well. and O recd 7 poast cards. ment to send you folks new years cards but could not get any pretty ones. I made myself a present of a poast card album. got it for Cleo but someone else gave her one so I kept it for myself. I have 51 cards. Tamerson sent me the principel part of them.

I do not think you will have me when the five

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years are up. you know I did not promise to come back unless I prospered.

I am not loanly for I have made a few nice friends here, but I do long for the old frinds some times.

The switch you sent to me I took off the stems and cleaned the hair and made a switch and set of puffs out of it. Last week I sent it to Miss Darr for sale. If she sells it will devide the proceeds with you. If I do not get in other work this week shall go at your combings and get them in shape to sell.

I Wonder if you are having any cold weather last wednesday morning ot was t below zero here; then it warmed up and yesterday it was like spring, but turned cold and snowed a little in the night and has been groing colder all day untill at the "present writing" 9 P.M. it is decidedly chilly. I brought most of my bed out hear by the stove to warm. The wind is blowing hard and you know what that means when houses are not built very tight, and this one is decidedly loose.

Am sorry your mother does not become any stronger but it is not surprising. if we should live to be as old as she is we may consider ourselves lucky is we should be strong. well I shall have to close and make my bed + get into it. Tell Tamerson I shall write to her soon.

love to all and write soon. From your friend Toley.

A five year contract? And what kind of hairpieces is she making?

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

Robinson, Etola (Medford, OK) to “Dear Annie”
[Ann Camfield Carlisle]. Letter. 10 January 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.]


Tipper said...

What was the contract? Or do you know? Wish I could see the hair pieces-and I bet you wish you had the book of postcards or do you?

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Tipper - They all had albums and I do wish I them all or even just one. Sadly "the box" contained the letters, sveeral diaries and one photo. I have no idea what happen to the albums although Tamerson did donate some of her papers to a different library and I may find them there. I wish I knew what Toley Had contracted to do. Perhaps I'll learn more as I continue to transcribe. If I keep peeking ahead I'll never get them done ;-)