Wonderful letters from Esther Hollinshead Anderson to her children and her brother. *
A FAMILY LETTER WRITTEN NEARLY 67 TEARS AQO, By a Brown Township Pioneer. in is & as 504 The following pioneer letter, which appeared not long since in tbe St. Paris News, is reproduced here as a sample of the old time family letter, in which the Bran- sons in this county, and perhaps other families dating back over a half cantury ago, are interested: Brown Township, Miami Co., Ohio. October 25th, 18*0. Very Dear Children:— Yours of the 9th of August came to hand, with tbe draft for 525 dollars which I have received and purchased 4 hundred acres of land for Wm H Anderson, Sara H Reeder, Daniel H Anderson, Eliaa H Pownall and Jane D Anderson, the deed to be given in each of your names Previous to this in August your father went to Cincinnati and bought 160 acres. Having four hundred in the first purchase there will be eighty acres apiece for each of the children counting Robert for one; and eighty for ourselves. We have great reason to be thankful for the health we have enjoyed while there has been so much sickness and death in different parts, but in this neighborhood it has been vary healthy. Wm'a family have been very much afflicted but have recovered, his little son Wed. has a severe oold. I received a letter from him yesterday; he says he s coming to see us soon, he is about all the time from home. David has been up and got his house ready to live in.. Peter is to take the wagon for him in about three weeks. But when Hettle will come I can't tell for Silas has been sick so much of his time this summer, he can't get money to go on with. They were here several weeks after he got well and worked at his house. He has It up and covered and .chinked, the crib for the .chimney and a mud back wall, the sticks split to put up the chimney, and boards for the floor His house stands in a pretty place within call of our house. The other day when George White raised his house, Peter was belated and stayed all night at Mr. Matters. The next morning he went back to finish put ting up the house and I happened to hear that Jane had been alone all night and just at sunset I started to go and stay with her to keep her from being afraid, thinking it would be late before he would get home, bat I had not gone far before I got out of the path, the leaves had filled it that I could not see it, I went baok and found it and had aome thoughts of going home, but I thought of Jane being alone and I proceeded towards Peter's but soon lost myself entirely. I traveled until almost dusk I was sure I had gone far enough to reach the house, the sun setting was to my left as I was going, I turned right around and kept it to my right hand till I saw a bright star which I knew would lead me right, but the logs and brush were so thick that I could not get along. I knew If I went round them I would be likely to wander out of hearing. I had my night cap and bed gown with me. I very deliberately sat down on a log in the middle of a slough (the water was dried i.up) and pulled ofl my bonnet and shawl and put on my night cap and bed gown and called loud as I could. Peter's wife, Jane, heard me and thought it was somebody calling cows. Eliza heard and answered once, but your father thought it was not anybody. I still continued to call, at last Peter returning fromGeo. White's happened to stop at our house and David and Joseph lit a torch to light him and heard me. Petar said somebody was lost but the others thought not. At last Peter said it was a woman's voice. It made him feel very bad to find a woman lost in the woods at night. They soon knew my voice. They started and ran, and, when they came pretty close they invited me to come to them but I could not^for the brush. I suppose you think I was afraid, but I had strength given according to my day. It is astonishing to think a person BO cowardly should not feel any afraid at the time. I feel more afraid if I only go outside the door at night than I did all the time I was out. After the boys found me, we all got lost and wandered till we got tired and concluded to build a fire and stay In the woods all night. We sat down on a log and Joseph began Almighty, who has always preserved me in every trying time. Robert grows tall but is very slender. I should like to hear from his mother. Please to take some pains to hear of Eliza's children and let UB know. Jane (now Mrs Jane D Miover) has been to Clear Creek this fall, she has not had her health very well, but has not been very ill, she is? spinning wool at present. I bought 16 pounds of wool at 28 cents per lb, 2 at 25 ctd, at Clear Creek. Jane can ride on horseback, she has grown a good deal ;taller but is no thicker. Your Aunt Charlotte Dner moved up last Saturday but has not got into her own house, it will be done in a few days. Charlotte is here now reeling stocking yarn, We have a new reel, price one dollar. We bespoke a wheel bat was disappointed, we borrowed Mrs Mathers'. Our Bay mare went away in July and we have not heard from her since. I wish you would please to inquire and look in the newspapers, perhaps she may be advertised^ Charlotte aays sha heard Hetty has two wheels, one large and one email. Silas bought them at vendue, 75 cents for the two. Hetty has made 18 dollars this summer and has bought a bureau, a very large one, her little Eliza is the smallest child and smartest, Jane says she ever saw, but is not the handsomest Got 29—David Hetty put up a rye head oat of her windpipe the other day and is in a likely way to recover her health. George White and f am ily are with us yet, he is about putting up a house of hewed logs and i takes much longer to put up such i one than it would to pat up round logs. He bought 80 acres joining Mary's. David has ^killed four turkeys, squirrels are so plenty they- seldom think of shooting them. Young Mr Hunt shot a Buck day before yesterday and stopped here to show it to us. ;It had five prongs on each horn and he told us to send next morning and we might have a piece. Your father went and got better than a quarter, it is excellent. Peter and father went out with their guns yesterday, Peter got a chance at a deer and shot at it and they think he got hia mortal wound but could not find it. We have not got any dog yet to help them hunt. Your Aunt Charlotte Duer and family are very well satisfied that it is better for them here than it would j have been for them there. But Cor- } nelins Slack's wife says she don't \ like it as well for all she is sensible ' they would never have baen as well ofl, I was there the other day, she is very cheerful and fatter and looks ,better than I ever saw her. I was 1 • at Thomas Lieedom's, they appear to ( be doing very well, Ann is much I pleased with her situation. [ i We have dried a bagful of peaches. We might have dried a great many more but they were about two miles ofl, at the lot our people put In with corn.' They think there was a hundred bushel rotted. AB you often go to Philadelphia, I wish you would please to go to Mr Duncan and see if it will be convenient for him to do any more business lor Mr Chapman in the same way. I did not see Mr Chapman myself and have forgotten what Wm said about it, but however they had giv- n credit for the money before Wm went after it and if it can be done I will write an order at the bottom of his to your Uncle J Holllashead, hat will do any time month. I am glad Anut Jane is in good o give my best love, pleased with Hetty's hem must write not to wait for one of Allen's children was choked ' with a bean and died that day and one of his horses died that same day. Your Father's leg is in a very bad way, I am very uneasy about It. George White shot a buck this morning. The one Peter shot was found the next day but waa spoiled. G W took a quarter of venison to Peter's today for his raising. Joseph and he are helping him up wlth'a crib. It has been uncommon dry weather but we have had a clever rain this week. I must conclude and may ever blessing attend you is the sincere prayers of your afother, Esther Anderson, Mr Joseph Reeder, Mrs Sarah Reeder. P 8—Mary and all our family desire to be remembered to you. Please to answer this ae soon as convenient. THE OKDEB FOR MONEY. Brown Township, Miami Co, Ohio Nov 1st. 1330. My Very Dear Brother:—I have enjoyed better health since I came to tbia State than I have for many years. 1 can walk two or three miles and not ba much fatigued I am fleshier than I ever was before, the family ars In usual health ex oeptyour Brother David who has a very sore leg and had a chill last Saturday night, bu* is better today. We have purchased land for our children with the money paid by George White. We are more comfortably fixed than we could possibly have been if we had stayed in Bucks county. Please to pay the money due me to Joseph Reeder, and you will oblige me. Please to give my best love to Sister and family and believe me to be as ever your fond and loving sister, ESTHEK ANDERSON. To Doctor James Hollinsbead. DON'T DESPOND TJRES—UP AND OVER FAIL- TRY AGAIN BT CHBISTOPHBR HAKVIE. 'Said I not BO—that I would sin nolmore ? Witness, my God.'I did ; Yet I am run again upon the score; My faults oannqt be^hld. "What shall I do? Make vows and break: them still? 'Twill be but labor lost." • My good cannot prevail against mine ill; The business will be crossed. .-.: •'-"• _ .ISP -•&• "0, s&y not 'BoP thou. canst net tell what strength Thy God may give thee at the length; Renew thy vows, and if thou keep the last, Tby God will pardon all that's past, Vow while tton canst; while thou canst vow thou mayst Perhaps perform it when thon. thinkeet least. "Weep for thy broken vows, and vow again; VOWB mad« with*tears cannot be still in vain. Then onoe again I vow to mend my ways: Lord, eay Amen, And thine be all the praise!" North l»-6t all Hone?, the In »t 15* fire and David said he would go on a piece farther and halloo, maybe be could make somebody hear. Oar people expected George White and Mary home and were listening fo them when they heard and answer ed and kindled a great fire on i •tamp, when to onr great joy, I wa brought iafe to my family, for which I hope £ may ever be thankful to the after the last to hear your health, please I was maoh letter, some of again, you ought me always. We lave been looking for a letter from Daniel this long time. I wrote to him some time ago. Your Father's leg is very sore. He haa a aore • on bis hand. There are a great many raisings and log rollings just now, so that our folks can't get time to work at borne. We have not got maoh cleared bat we expect to had a clever piece against spring. We have about 15 acres deadened. Mrs. Mothers is on a visit, I must break ofl. Nov. 1st—Your father had a chill Saturday night bat is some better today. Pater has the the Bheuma tism sometimes, bat has been dig ging potatoes for us today. Oar crop has been very light. Peter has about twenty bushel, 'tis thought they will be scarce t his year Wheat is thirty eight ots per ba corn 18%. We bought a cow and calf for 10 dollars to keep us in milk and butter till Muly have a calf, which took place last Saturday, but it la very small. She is fit for beef. We heard a great outcry among the hogs. Eliza, Mary and Jane ran to see, they thought somebody ,'had caught wild hogs but when they got there, two dogs were on one of our hoge, they tore one ear ofl and bit the other very bad. There is a Post office within three or fon? miles of OB by the name of Allen's Post office. Last Sunday Qeorge White went there to eee i there were any letters for him and PHONE 161, RES. PHONE 192: Rayner & Bowers, m FUNERAL m * DIRECTORS * 423 N. Main 8t, PIQU A, O. WE ARE EXCLTJSIYELY Office Open Night and Day. Put a Watch On The Boy. He will be a better boy—will be early to school—It will teach him habits of punctuality. For $4.00 we sell a fairly good watch. With proper treatment It will last for years. We call it the "boy watch," because It aeems to just about suit the average boy. Our reputation for handling only the beat watches is well established and we can eell voa a good one from $4.00 to $100 00. If others have failed to repair your watch satisfactorily, give us a trial, we, pride ourselves on the adjusting of Fine Watches. Jacob Wendel, The Leader.