March 13, 1873 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts

March 13, 1873

To:  Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Prosper has just come home from the woods. Robert came home last week. Received a letter from Hiram the first of March. He said he had a hard cold and Kate had an attack of the billous fever but she was getting better. The children were well. Hasn’t received a letter from David since the 12th of January. Has been feeling very bad about him and is afraid he is sick. Eugene came home this week. He thinks of working with Robert and Pros at the Boom. Hopes Hannah will “never make up with that fellow nor give him a chance to have any conversation. He is a fickle minded fellow. He doesn’t love her.” Pros and Bell talk of moving to Winneconne, six miles from here. If Robert sells his place he would go too.

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Omro  March 13 1873

Dear Daughter Sarah

I receive your kind letter yesterday and thought I would answer it soon as you requsted it. I am not very well at present. My stomach has ben quite bad with the Dyspep[1]. I am taking Home Pathe medisine. I am fealing better to day. Prosper[2] jest came home from the woods. He called here. He read your letter. I show him the Photographs. He is well. He thought they look natural and so I do give my love to them and tell them I thank them (NCK HB)[3] for the gift. Robert[4] came home last weeke. He was very un well but is a getting better so he is about so he can see to his bissniss again.  His famly is well at present. They have all ben down sick with hard colds. I received a letter from Hiram[5] the first of March. He said he had a hard cold and Kate[6] had a tact of the billous fever but she was getting better. The children was well. I havent received a letter from David[7] sence the twelth of Janury. I have ben fealing very bad about him. I am afread he is sick. I should have written to him but expecting evry day to get a letter. Robert has written to him so I think I will hear from him soon. It has ben very sickly hear this winter, ben a grate menny deaths among old and young. A fine young man by the name of Charles Betts is very sick with the fever. He is all the child his Mother has and she is a very weakly Woman. Her husband was Elder Betts[8] neffew. I dont know as I spell that right. He dide when Charly was a littel boy. We have had good sleighing all winter but the snow is most all gon. The ice is very thick in the river. There has ben a grate menny loads of ice carred away. It hasent started to move yet. Eugean[9] came home a tuseday this weeke. He is healthy. He thinks of working with Robert and Prosper at the Boom. Eugene received a letter from his Aunt Matillda Munsol. She wrote her health is very poor and Charly Hall was marred and her Father health was very poor. He fell and hurt himself very bad. I hope Hannah[10] will never make up with that fellow nor give him a chance to have any conversation with him. You can see he is afickel minded fellow. He dont love her. If he did he would not do as he has done.

Prosper and Bell[11] talks of moveing to Winacona six miles from here. If Robert could sell his place he would go to. It is neerer to there work. Give love to Mrs Ralph and like wise to Mrs Birdic. My love to your self and famly.

From your affectanate Mother

N B Betts

[to] S C Keith

N B Write soon as convent

Mother

[1] Dyspepsia – indigestion

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

[3] Her granddaughter, Nancy Catherine (Keith) and Henry Brown

[4] Robert Crawford, Nancy’s son

[5] Hiram Crawford Jr., Nancy’s son

[6] Katherine (Atchinson) Crawford, Hiram’s wife

[7] David Caleb (D.C.) Crawford, Nancy’s son

[8] Elder Betts was Nancy’s second husband

[9] Nancy’s grandson, Eugene Crawford, the son of Edwin and Louisa Crawford

[10] Hannah Keith, Sarah’s daughter

[11] Isabella (Steele) Crawford, Pros’ wife

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