December 2, 1867 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts

December 2, 1867

To: Sarah Keith

From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Prosper has gone to Chicago to find work. Hiram wrote him that he would find Prosper work if he could come there. If Prosper finds work, he will stay in Chicago until spring. Robert has been in Green Bay with Mr. MacArther hunting pine forests for Mr. Wilson of Chicago. They expected to be gone all winter but MacArther lost his wife and wrote to Mr. Wilson that he could not tend to the business any more. Robert has returned home again and has no work. Louisa wants Robert to hire out to someone who is going to the woods and she will go with him and hire as a cook. She thinks it would be a great saving for them. If Robert goes to the woods, Nancy will be all alone except that Willie will stay with her. Received a letter from Hiram a few days ago. He said they were living in a small three-room cottage. Received a letter from David last week and had heard about Henry from Hiram.

1867-12-02 1867-12-02D 1867-12-02C 1867-12-02B

Omro Decem 2th 1867

Dear Sarah Keith,

I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines. It has ben some time sence I heard from you. I did not know but you may be sick. My health is quite good a gain. Prosper[1] is gon to Chicago. He thinks of getting in to som kind of bissness. Hiram[2] wrote to him that he would get him in som kind of work if he would com out theare. So he started last Satter day moring twenty minets to six on the cars[3]. If he liks it whatever bissness he is in he will stay till spring. I some think he will be Conductor on the street car. Robert[4] has ben out to Green bay with Mr Maccarther to hunt pine land for Mr Wilson of Chicago. They was gon four weekes and then returnd home. Robert expected to begon all the winter and make a good job of it. He had a bout four dollors a day. Robert whent back again and Maccarther lost his wife sence and he wrote to Mr Wilson that [he] could not tend to the bissness any more. So he is home gain and has nothing to do. She, Louesa[5] wanted Rob to hier out to som one tho is going to the woods and she would go with him and hiare for cook. She think it would be a grate saveing for them I feal hart sorro for him. It seams that his calcalation all fail. He has loss most all of his labor the last year. I received a letter from Hiram a few days ago. He and wife was well. He said they were a keping hous now in a small cottage a bout three rooms. I think he said he wrote to you and have not received a answer yet. I received one from David[6] last week a monday. He was well and injoying good health. He said if he had staid out here in som parts here and tended to his bissness, he would ben better of then he is now but he is not discourage yet if he can keep good health. If Roberts folk goes to the woods I will be all alone exsept Wille[7] will stay with me. Omro is still improveing. Theare is buillding a going up most all the wile. The Cathlicks has built a nise looking meeting hous up by Charls Bushnales, Luke[8] knows were he lives. The Baptist is a makeing improvements on theare hous, makeing it larger and raise it up three feet higher. It will look a grate eal better for it. I heard Henry[9] by the way of Hiram. He said he see Henry in Chicago. They whare all well but Jenne[10] and she had her old complaint. I don’t know what it is. I must close for I have made cuch work of it I dont know as you can read it. My love to you all. I wanto see you all very much. Kiss the littel children for me. Tell them that granma would be glad to see them. Write soon. I am anxous to hear from you. This is from your Mother.

Nancy B Betts

[to] Sarah C Keith

[1] Lucius Prosper Crawford, Nancy’s youngest son

[2] Hiram Crawford Jr., Nancy’s son

[3] The train

[4] Robert Crawford, Nancy’s son

[5] Louisa (McCann) Crawford, Robert’s wife

[6] David Caleb (D.C.) Crawford

[7] William Crawford, Robert Crawford’s oldest child, and Nancy’s grandson

[8] Charles Luke Keith Jr., Sarah’s husband

[9] Henry Clay Crawford, Nancy’s son

[10] Virginia (Worley) Crawford, Henry’s wife


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