May 15, 1901 letter to Sarah Keith from Hiram Crawford Jr.

May 15, 1901

To: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: Hiram Crawford Jr., Chicago, IL

Hiram is responding to Sarah’s news of D.C.’s death. He had sent a letter to Robert and had received a copy of D.C.’s obituary from Henry. He has sent condolences to Amanda.

1901-05-15A 1901-05-15B 1901-05-15env

Anthracite-Bituminous Coal Co.
Miners and Dealers in Coal.

Chicago, May 15, 1901

My Dear Sister

Your letter with the sad news of our Brothers death reached me Saturday morning. It was a great shock to me for somehow I hadent thought of DC passing away. He was a strong active man and was comparatively young amongst old people. I feel it probably more than the rest of the boys for we being so near the same age.[1] All during our boyhood and young manhood when we could be together we were very chummy. He ought to have lived ten or fifteen years longer and undoubtedly would if he had taken care of himself. No one ought to fool with the grip[2] or pneumonia. When he does he practically commits suicide. Well, Sarah, our circle has been broken for the first time in a good many years.[3] We have stood at a half of a dozen for a good while. May we stand at five[4] for many years yet. But we are like the grand army. We are at that age when we must expect these events to naturally happen a little oftener. It is the fate of the human family and we must take it as it comes and as philosophical as we can.

I wrote to Amanda[5] as soon as I got your letter expressing my condolences and sympathy as best I could and asked her to write. I also wrote Robert[6]. Amanda must have sent Henry[7] a paper and perhaps written him for I received a South Bend paper with the obituary in exactly as it was in the Denver paper you sent me, which by the way I gave to Nancy[8] last Sunday. I shall however write Henry today and send him Amanda’s letter with directions to return it to you. We are all as well as usual. Received a letter from Blanche[9] yesterday. She was well and happy. I mail you some chop today. Please let me know if you receive it. Love to all

Affectionately your Brother

H Crawford

215 Dearborn St

[1] Hiram was two years younger than D.C.

[2] Grippe. Mild influenza. An upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. Associated with running nose, sore throat and cough, temperature elevation and aches and pains throughout the body

[3] Brother James died in 1858 and brother Edwin died in 1866

[4] Sarah, Robert, Henry, Hiram and Prosper

[5] Amanda (Thornton) Crawford, D.C.’s wife

[6] Robert Crawford, Hiram’s brother

[7] Henry Crawford, Hiram’s brother

[8] Nancy (Keith) Brown, Sarah’s daughter

[9] Blanche (Crawford) Hessey, Hiram’s youngest daughter

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