February 6, 1902 letter to Sarah Keith from Hiram Crawford Jr.

February 6, 1902

To: Sarah Keith

From: Hiram Crawford Jr., Chicago, IL

Hiram is writing Sarah to tell her of the birth of his granddaughter, Katherine Louesa Eck. Jessie delivered earlier than expected and there was a certain amount of excitement while they desperately searched for a doctor.

 

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Telephone … West 575.                                                    Chicago, Feb 6 1902

My Dear Sister

Very much to my surprise when I went home last evening I found a strange young Lady there, in such a very young one being only about seven hours old and weighing between 8 and 9 pounds. She called herself or rather was called by the people around there, Miss Katharine Louesa Eck[1]. She is a plump little red headed thing and appearently has lots of vitality. She arrived about fifteen minutes to 1 Oclk and when I left in the morning they did not expect her until about the 20th. Marian[2] claims her as her baby and dont understand why they wont let her hold the little one.

Kate[3] arrived home Sunday morning and is as full of business as a dog is of fleas. I dont know what we would have done if she hadnt come, for this came on so sudden that we couldnt have gotten a nurse. The Doctor did not get there until about 20 minutes before the delivery. It was just the time in the day when all the Doctors are away from their offices. Kate said it was the most exciting time she ever passed through. Charley[4] was on the hunt for his Doctor & nurse, and the Sullivans[5] kept the the telephone hot for about two hours trying to find any kind of a Doctor. However I guess it is all right, but a Physician might have saved her considerable misery.

When I left this morning, she was quite comfortable. Kate left Blanche[6] and Baby well, but said that it was hard to leave them. She had a pleasant trip and arrived feeling all right. I guess much better then she did this morning. I suppose Nan[7] is with you and of course will be interested in this news. Charly is going to drop a line to Bess[8].

We are having lots of winter here and I presume you are having the same. I have been worried about Roy Brown. Did he get through all right? If I had known his fathers address would have written him. Love to all.

Your Brother

HC


[1] Hiram’s granddaughter, and the second daughter of Charley and Jessie Blanche (Crawford) Eck

[2] Marian Eck, the eldest child of Charley and Jessie Blanche (Crawford) Eck

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

[4] Charles Eck Jr., Hiram’s son-in-law

[5] This is possibly the parents of Hiram’s son Harry’s wife, Nellie Sullivan

[6] Jessie Blanche (Crawford) Eck, Hiram and Katherine Crawford’s daughter

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

[8] Bess Rae Brown, Nancy’s daughter

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