I found this letter in an old purse belonging to my Grandmother. She died in 1968. Hopefully someone will enjoy reading the letter from their family member.
April 14, 1935
One of my Dearest Friends,
Mrs. Taul, We were looking over our old letters the other day and we came across yours. (We seldom burn a letter) and it made me hungry to hear from you again. Seldom does a day go by but what you and yours are in my thots(thoughts). We hope we are as dear to you. Do you know that you never answered my last letter or if you did write me, we failed to receive it. We hope you get this one. If you have changed your address we hope the Postmaster will forward it to your new address. Hoping you will receive it and you will write me again. We so long to hear from you.
It was the year 16 or 17 wasn't it that you folks were here? Well, many changes has taken place since then.The town of Bloomington built a dam across Money (?) Creek about 3 miles East of us and built a big water plant there where they filter and soften the water and is piped thru to Bloomington for their water supply, and they built a cement slab road thru here and connected it hard road 2 mi West of us and our lane is graveled so no matter how much it rains we can get out any kind of weather. The road way had to be widened so we had to cut down that hedge fence along the orchard. (We sure were glad to see it go.) Of a Sunday it is like a funeral possession cars going by here to the lake and of course they have to have a been jammed down there.
Only family remains in the neighborhood that was here when you were here That is the Messers(?) Harvey still runs the farm with help the older sister Mag, is quite poorly, has Brights disease. Bernice the girl they raised married and is living in Tennessee. Mr. Cal Jenks (?) moved to Hudson. Stella married and lives near them. However, both Mr. Cal and Tom Junks (or Jenks) lost their farms thru bad management. Mr. J. Vandergrafts livesonMr.Cals farm which he has rented for the last 14 years. The farm is owned by a Bloomington man. Now Mr. Tom Jenks (or Junks) still has the use of the (? overhard) on where he has over a hundred hives of bees, where he used to own. He lives in (?) but drives back and forth.
Mrs. Laura Jenks (or Junks) had to be taken to an insane asylum where she for several months, but is home now in Hudson, but is very poorly with dropsy and Brights disease. She is unable to lie down. Just sits in her chair day and night. Has lost most of her teeth and so poor Stella and husband take care of them. She never came ut to the farm but a few times after they left it. Stella has no children. She is a good girl. Mr. Vandegrafts rent out ground also as Mahlen has had poor health for a number of years. He was operated on for gall bladder trouble a few years ago and got little benefit from the operation until just a few months ago his health is better but has to be careful of his diet. He has 5 sheep and 7 lambs, milks three cows and tends truck patch and helps in garden. We just make butter enough for our own use and sell the cream. Remember how we used to churn and work big batches of butter?
Well, instead of the big barrel churn we use a little glass churn in summer, in winter we stir it in a crock. We don't keep many hens. Have about 60. 3 are setting. We get from 3 to 3 1/2 dozen eggs a day. They're 20 cents here.
Easter morning a glorious day but cool. Was a slight frost last night. We made some more garden yesterday. Nothing is up but asparagas and rhubarb. Trees are slow leafing out. Mahlow (?) says the peach trees are full of buds. We put up 24 quarts last year and 27 quarts of cherries. The fruit trees are all dying out and here they don't get replaced. Do you ever see Ira Duncan? We hear he and Rosa stillcorrespond. Bakers sold their farm and bought another one not far from it. They have a lovely (?). Rosa and Lewis left. Rosa has lots of lovely flowers and raises chickens. I suppose you have learned that Mrs. Duncan Reva and husband and Gladys and husband. Oh yes, and Rosa are now living in California. Rosa has grown into a lovely lady. Gladys was the first to marry, the Reva, then Irma. She and husband live in Bloomington. Reva was the only one that changed and she was my favorite as a child. A family by the name of Paxton live where Mrs. Duncan lived. Mr. Paxton is day engineer out at the Water Plant. There is a son 14 years old and last may another son was born to them by a saecrian (spelling) operation. He weighed 3 pounds. The mother had urannie (spelling) poison and high blood pressure so could not go the full time. Now litte Bobby weighs 17 pounds and has 5 or 6 teeth and is so bright. The mother is 42 years old.
Well I want to tell you the changes that have taken place in our family. Dear Heart, We too have went thru Gethsemane. Adren, our first born, the one living in Texas, was called to his Heavenly home Nov. 29th, 1927. He, his wife, and Mary their adopted daughter drove thru from Amarilla, Tx., just four weeks and four days before he was called. How glad we were to see them , but saw then that he had not long to live tho he seemed not to realize how seriously ill he was. When Clare telegraphed that he had died his father sent word back that he would be unable to come down. She telegrap back that she would bring him back here to be buried, so he is lying here in the Hudson Cemetery. His many friends in Texas loaded his casket with lovely flowers. He was layed to rest the 3rd of Dec. 1927. Clare came with the body. She said she could not bear to think of him lying out on the lone prarie. We received so many letters of sympathy. He had so many friends that loved him dearly. That was the last time I think that Mrs. Cal Junk (?) came to church.
Arthur, the second son married and had a little farm in Mo. He married an Iowa girl, they have four children, Christina Addie 10 in June, Tom 8, Ralph 6, and Bettie 3 years old. They were home two years ago and I spend three weeks down there when Timmy (or Jimmy) was born. Crops have been poor the last three years. Too wet or too dry. They have a lovely little home. The milk a good many cows and raise a large flock of chickens and manage to live.
Arthur spent several months in France during the war but he never liked to talk of the hardships and misery he saw over there. Paul was in different(?) training but was lucky in not being called over there. Adren also spend several months in camp(?). Paul, the son you met here has been living in Chicago since he got back from training camp (?), with the exception of a few months here at home taking care of the farm after his father came home from the hospital. When he came back from camp He worked for the Edison Electric Co. in Chicago. Later on he went into business for himself building and repairing radios. For the last few years he is building recording machines. Radio artists come in his studio and have their songs etc., recorded. He uses aluminum disks he sometimes, instead of writing us he puts a disk on the recording machine and tells us the news. When we receive it we put the disk in our phonograph and his voice come to us so natural. I spent a week with him last Oct. He is still single does his own cooking on a gas stove.
We must close. Write you the rest, next time. Hoping you get this and answer soon as you can.
Very much love to you all
Addie A. Blough.
( apologize for the typing, I couldn't get the message to let me make corrections.)
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