January 3, 1924 letter to Ethan Keith & Hannah Towne from Nancy Brown

January 3, 1924

To: Ethan Keith & Hannah Towne, Kalamazoo, MI

From: Nancy Brown, Chicago, IL

This letter was Nancy’s first letter of the New Year. She is sending $5.00 and the girls are sending $5.00 of Nancy Keith money. Writes about the candy business; Edna has ordered 15 pounds in the last two and a half weeks.

Thursday Jan 3rd 1924

Dear brother and sister

My first letter of the new year. If I had one dollar for every letter I have sent home the first of the new year we could buy two horses. I am enclosing five dollars and the girls[1] are sending ” ” [five dollars] of Nancy Keith[2] money (your first installment hope it will get so they can do the same every week. I told Lela may be this was where your four million is coming from.) You can call part of it butter money or “candy” money just as you wish. I think of you all the time. This cold weather dont know how you stand it Ethan, when I think of the wood, no horse. While I know it makes the chores easier it is hard not having a horse. Lela is getting ready to go down town will mail this. We have not sent the candy yet, may tomor.  Not much doing with candy these days. Will make again tomor. The girls needed the rest. Lela spent New Years with Lou[3] or rather Monday. Alice[4] went with her. She only stayed about two hours. Lou felt awful bad not to come home. Lela says he seems all right. I would not be surprised if he did come home, dont know when. How are your teeth Hannah. I think of their aching all the time. Try to think they are not. Alice gave Lela & Lou each 10.00 and the children[5] 2.50 each. Jessie[6] just phoned, had a letter from her mother[7] this A.M. she is sailing arond feels fine. She had better stay where she is for it would be ____ for her here. Marian[8] and family still there. I disipated[?] New Years night. Mrs Laff invited the remnants of our old club to see the old year out & the New Year in. When it started the first year we were here there was five tables now only three. I went with Wills folks. Did not get back to Wills till “three oclock in the morning.” Will brought me home Tuesday none of us went away to dinner. Jean[9] has not been to school this week. I am afraid she has pin worms the way she looks and acts. Jessie says to give her sage tea. A few lines from Edna,[10] has ordered two more pounds of candy. That makes fifteen pounds they have ordered in about two & one half weeks. This goes to California. Lela is ready to go so must stop. Wish I could come and stay a few days. I want to write to Mildred[11] but cant find her address. Seems to me its 1024 N. Edward but I’m not sure.

Good-bye with love



[1] Her daughters, Lela (Brown) Mueller and Bess (Brown) Recoschewitz

[2] The girl’s candy business

[3] Lela’s husband, Louis Mueller, who had been admitted to a sanitarium

[4] Lou’s sister, Alice Mueller

[5] Eda “Jean” and Helen Mueller

[6] Jessie (Crawford) Eck, Nancy’s cousin

[7] Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, the widow of Nancy’s Uncle Hiram Crawford

[8] Marian (Eck) Meiss, Jessie’s daughter

[9] Lela’s daughter, Eda “Jean” Mueller

[10] Edna (Crawford) Henry Tullar, the daughter of Nancy’s Uncle Robert Crawford

[11] Mildred Harris, the daughter of Nancy’s sister, Louese (Keith) Harris

June 24, 1883 letter to Sarah Keith from Robert Crawford

June 24, 1883

To: Sarah Keith

From: Robert Crawford, Omro, WI

Robert was thanking Sarah for her letter of sympathy. It was hard for Robert to believe that his wife Louisa was gone, but it was also a relief for she had suffered so much. Robert described the last few months of her life and the funeral service that they had for her.

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Omro June 24 1883

Dear Sister Sarah,

Your kind and sympathetic letter I recd yesterday on my return from the Boom.[1] I could hardly realize at first when Louise[2] died that she was gone but since that time the girls[3] have gone out to their Aunt, the house is shut up and I miss her for she was always there when I came home. But when she died, Sister and Brother, it was a relief to me for she suffered so much and was so patient to bear it. I was at home the most of the time for the last five months of her life and took care of her the latter part of the night and she talked to me a great deal about the children and of herself. She wished me to keep the girls together and Lizzie to keep house and I would have a home and they would and I am going to do it. Everything was done in harmony with her wish at the funeral. She wanted Elder Baleck to make a few remarks at the funeral and the Misses Drew[?] to sing and to have the services at the house. It was so. I would like to come to Chicago if Mother[4] comes out there but I am so fearfully behind, or in other words in debt, with all of this sickness and expense attending it that I cant go and my business is just booming now and I must attend to it. But Sister tell Mother Dear I hope to see her again before long to and now my love to you Sister and your and Mother and regard to inquiring friends.

From your affectionate Brother

Robt Crawford


[1] Bay Boom was where the lumber companies sorted out their lumber

[2] Louisa (McCann) Crawford, Robert’s wife, died June 8, 1883. According to the 1880 census, Louisa had consumption and was “unable to attend to normal business or duties” as she was “maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled”

[3] Presume he was referring to his three youngest daughters who were still living at home, Melissa (Lizzie), who was 21, Cynthia, age 13, and Lulu, age 6

[4] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

Obituary for Louisa (McCann) Crawford

Louisa (McCann) Crawford died on June 8, 1883 in Omro, Wisconsin, and she is buried in the Omro Cemetery.

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Omro Weekly Journal, Page 5

Death of Mrs. Crawford
Mrs. Robert Crawford, who has been confined to the house for years, died at about one o’clock, Saturday morning. For a long time it was known that she could not recover and that in death she would only find relief from her severe suffering. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. O. W. Babcock from the family residence, on Sunday afternoon.


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Crawford, Louisa – Obituary

Obituary (source unknown):

Mrs. Crawford, wife of Robert Crawford, of this place, died last Friday night at about one o’clock. This estimable lady who has been a resident here for many years, and was well and favorably known, has for several years past been an invalid whose sufferings were long and protracted, though patiently borne.

Though perhaps her life has not been one of wide and varied experiences, it has been one of the character that most endeared her to her kindred and friends — a life permanently devoted to her family, and of the kind that tend to better the world and society. Her most prominent characteristics were fidelity and affection — in youth a dutiful daughter, in woman’s years a loving wife and mother. These traits make the blow fall with still greater weight upon her beloved family, notwithstanding it has been long expected.

The funeral services were held at the house Sunday afternoon at two o’clock, Rev. Babcock officiating, and were very largely attended, both from the village and country.

June 12, 1879 letter to Hannah Keith from Edna Crawford

This is an updated version of the letter that was originally posted on 10-28-2015

June 12, 1879                 

To: Hannah Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: Edna Crawford, Omro, WI

Edna writes about her responsibilities at home with housework and caring for her mother. Louisa had been doing better, but yesterday she was trying to walk with her crutches when she slipped and fell and hurt herself quite badly. Eugene is in Leadville, Colorado working with Uncle D.C.

Omro June 12, 1879

Dear Cousin

You long letter was recd. some time ago & I have commenced to ans. it twice but some thing happening did not finish. We have been having real warm weather & with it company – first some young ladies from Oshkosh & lastly Mr. Birkelund[1] from Chicago. You know how hard it is to do house work without a mother to go a head especially when you have company & I had to be in school & do what I could mornings and nights but they have all gone & we are to rest until Saturday, when there is some more coming to stay over Sunday. Mother[2] has been feeling pretty well until yesterday. She was trying to walk with her crutches when she slipped & fell and hurt her quite badly.

I had a letter from Eugene[3]. He is in Leadvill with Uncle D.C.[4] Likes it very much. Say if he makes a hundred thousand will be out to see us this fall. Do you expect him?

I have two week more of school and then a long vacation. How I do wish I could come and see you all or you were coming to to see us.

Edna[5] was going to be awful smart when she was first married. Wouldn’t catch her in any such fix &c, but they are always the first ones.[6] Are you going to stay with her? I would have good pay for it if I did. How are all of your folks,[7] Henry, Nancy, babies and all?[8] Father and Will[9] are both away to work.

I don’t think I shall ever give my Auntie Bell[10] a chance to speak to me again. I wish she would come up here this summer. I would make her visit as pleasant as she did mine. You know you & I can do such things.

I suppose there isn’t any the rest of them as ugly as we. How does Grandma[11] get along? Is she moved yet?

Yes, you and I will visit our rich sisters & cousin, be old maids[12] and take care of the young ones. Goodby. Love to all.


Write soon.


[1] Believe she is referring to her future brother-in-law. Ormand Birkland married her sister, Katherine Sarah “Kit” Crawford, on August 18, 1880

[2] Louisa (McCann) Crawford. According to the 1880 census, Louisa had consumption and was “unable to attend to normal business or duties” as she was “maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled”

[3] Her cousin, Eugene Crawford, son of their late uncle, Edwin Crawford, and his first wife, Louesa Hall

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

[5] Edna Alice (Crawford) Allen, daughter of their late uncle, Edwin Crawford, and his second wife, Mary Hamilton. Edna Alice married Oscar M. Allen Jr. on September 25, 1878

[6] Edna Alice was pregnant with her daughter, Madge Allen

[7] Charles Luke Jr. & Sarah (Crawford) Keith

[8] Hannah’s sister, brother-in-law, and their children, Nancy (Keith) & Henry Brown, Claude and Lela

[9] Robert Crawford and his son (Edna Irene’s brother), William Crawford

[10] Isabella (Steele) Crawford, wife of their uncle, Lucius Prosper “Pros” Crawford

[11] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

[12] Edna Irene was approximately 20 years old and Hannah 24 years old at the writing of this letter. Edna Irene married Emmett Henry on May 15, 1880 and Hannah married Charles Towne on September 21, 1891

[13] Edna Irene Crawford

November 13, 1878 letter to Nancy Brown from Edna Crawford

November 13, 1878

To:  Nancy Brown

From: Edna Crawford, Omro, WI

Edna is home cooking and caring for her mother, whose health is very poor. Louisa is suffering from sores on her foot and has not walked for five weeks.


Omro Nov. 13 1878

Dear Cousin N[1]

Your nice long letter was recd & must tell you it was quite a surprise party to me to get your letter for I had given up all hope of ever hearing from you. Thought you had gone back on your Wis. cousin. Oh N I am so mad to think that fellow had to wait until I had gone before coming but then he come under my wish bone so of course it will be allright. In time he will go back on his other girl or she on him.

Well I am home again & it don’t seem possible that six or seven weeks ago I was away out in Mich. or Ind.[2] I have written Lou[3] since I come home but have not heard from her yet but I know her failing so shan’t look for a letter until she get ready to write. I almost fell in love with her. She has a very pleasant house to live in. It is so nice to live with our aunts & uncles.[4] They are so thoughtful & generous to their neices especially Chicago ones.

Mother[5] is very poorly. Her foot has the worst sore I ever saw. She has not walked for five weeks or steped on her foot. Father[6] is not at home now. Will be gone three or four weeks. Will[7] goes away next week. Kit[8] is going up north on a visit to ma’s sisters & they have elected me chief cook. Don’t you pity me?

Well how is Grandma?[9] All settled I supose presume.[10] I suppose her granddaughter Hannah[11] stays with her most of the time. You know she was so lonesome without her when she was away to Chicago.

Mr Allen[12] my cousin — I didn’t see him but half a day. They came Monday night at ______ oclock & he went away the next afternoon. He got a nice carriage in the forenoon & took us all around the city. I think he & Edna[13] make a very good couple. They both think a great deal of themselves.

I have had one letter from uncle D.C.[14] since they got home. They were all well when he wrote. As to the pictures the neg have been taken to Chicago but we are going to send for some as soon as we can get the artist address.

How is Jim[15]? Is he at home now? Are you going to stay at home this winter?

Now don’t so long before writing again & make up your mind to come & see us as soon as possible. Yes Mr ____ was knew me too well I guess. Love to all the folks. Write soon.

Your Cousin



[1] Nancy (Keith) Brown

[2] According to September entries in Luke Keith’s 1878 diary, several family members visited them before continuing on to the wedding of Edna Alice Crawford to Oscar M. Allen, Jr. in Dowagiac Michigan on September 25th. It appears that Luke’s family, as well as Edna, did not go, but on September 28th, Edna left for Dowagiac. Since their Uncle Henry Clay Crawford’s family lived in South Bend, Indiana, it is presumed that Edna made them a visit before returning to her home in Omro, Wisconsin

[3] Louese Keith, Nancy’s sister

[4] Louese was living with their uncle and aunt, Hiram & Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, Jr., while attending school in Chicago

[5] Louisa (McCann) Crawford

[6] Robert Crawford

[7] William Crawford, Edna’s brother

[8] Edna’s younger sister, Katherine Crawford

[9] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

[10] Since May of 1876 Nancy Betts had been living with her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah & Luke Keith. According to a letter from Sarah’s brother, Hiram Crawford, Jr., she was “so lonesome and not having any church privalegs and that she was so happy while living by herself, that we agreed to let her try and get her a room in the Burg and try it this winter.” Luke Keith’s 11-2-1878 diary entry shows that she moved into John Freer’s home in Galesburg. The June 1880 census shows her in the household of Amelia Davis. A December 12, 1880 letter from Hiram notes that her mental health is failing and by January of 1881 she was again living with Luke & Sarah

[11] Hannah Keith, Nancy’s sister

[12] Oscar Allen Jr., the husband of their cousin, Edna Alice Crawford

[13] Their cousin, Edna Alice (Crawford) Allen, who was the daughter of the late Edwin and Mary (Hamilton) Crawford

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

[15] James Keith, Nancy’s brother

[16] Edna Irene Crawford

October 1, 1876 letter to Sarah Keith from Robert Crawford

October 1, 1876

To:  Sarah Keith

From: Robert Crawford, Omro, WI

Robert writes that Louisa is getting her strength again but her lungs are still quite weak. His daughter, Lulu, is growing. Robert hopes that Mother is contented now that she is living with Hiram in Chicago but he is afraid that Hiram’s wife, Kate, and Mother will have difficulty getting along. He feels that it is likely that Mother will move to Omro in the spring. If she does Robert will do his best for her but he feels that she will not be contented.

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Omro Oct 1, 1876

Dear Sister

I received your very welcome letter last week and was pleased to hear from you again. We are all quite well at present. Louisa[1] is getting her strength again but her lungs are quite weak. Baby[2] is growing finely. I suppose that Mother[3] is contented now as she is living with Hiram[4] in Chicago but I am afraid the Devil will be to pay before another spring for I dont think that Kate[5] and Mother will agree that long but they may. I hope so for Mother is so discontented. How long did Mother stay with you Sarah? Are you sufficiently paid? Write me particulars as Mother has been writing to me to send money to her now as she was living with Hiram. I will send you $2.00 Sarah for I believe it is your due and more if it is necessary. It is very dull here and I have been out of work a month nearly. Expect to go in the Pinery this winter if I get a chance. I know you have a struggle to get along Sarah and I mean to do all that I can and I had hoped that Mother would have been contented to have stayed with you. We would have known just what to do. It is very likely that Mother will come here in the spring. If she does we will do the best we can for her but she would not be contented.

Well Sarah I will close now by wishing you all well and our love and regards to you and your family.

Write as soon as you receive and oblige.

Your affectionate Bro

R Crawford


[1] Robert’s wife, Louisa (McCann) Crawford. The 1880 census indicated that she was suffering from consumption (pulmonary tuberculosis).  She died in 1883 at the age of 46

[2] Robert and Louisa’s daughter, Lulu, who was born July 22, 1876

[3] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

[4] Robert’s brother, Hiram Crawford Jr.

[5] Hiram’s wife, Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford

September 26, 1875 letter to Sarah Keith from Robert Crawford

September 26, 1875

To:  Sarah Keith

From: Robert Crawford, Omro, WI

Louisa has gone to Minnesota to visit her folks. He expects her home this week after an absence of three weeks. Mother is getting along about as usual. She cannot keep a cent of money. Will has been coughing this summer and we are getting alarmed about him.

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Omro Sept 26/75

Dear Sister

I hear from you occasionally by the way of Mother[1] and I thought as I had some leisure moments I would pencil a few lines to you. We are all well. Louesa[2] has gone to Minnesota to visit her folks[3]. Her sister Cynthia Mrs Long[4] went out with her. We re’d letters last eveing from them and expect them home this week after an absence of 3 weeks. I have been engaged at River Work this season but I have not done as well as usual as the Lumbering Business is quite dull this season.

I should like to have come out to Mich this fall but but I dont see my way clear. Money is not plenty here and it is hard to collect but if I live will try and come another fall. I should like to see you Sarah and your Family. It would give me pleasure and to see the old burg[5] and some of my old Friends. I send you my photo. Mabe that will do some good. Sarah you see that I am getting old but I cannot help that. Mother is getting along about as usual. She cannot keep a cent of money. She had a spare dollar the other day went a bought a map of Washington. Her health is quite good. I wish you could come out and see her and us, you and Luke[6]. How is Ethan[7] now? Our Will[8] has been coughing this summer and we are getting alarmed about him but we got some medicin for him and he has got about over it. Please to write Sister and mabe I will find something to write when Louesa comes back. Accept our regard and love to you Sister & Family.

From your affectionate Bro

Robt Crawford

[1] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

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

[3] John and Rachel McCann

[4] Cynthia (McCann) Long, Louisa’s sister

[5] Galesburg, Michigan

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

[7] Ethan Keith, Sarah and Luke’s son

[8] Robert’s son

February 13, 1874 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts

February 13, 1874

To:  Sarah Keith

From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Nancy has been in Oshkosh getting her teeth fixed and visiting old friends. Had one letter from D.C. after he returned home. He had a pleasant visit with Sarah and family. After he left Sarah’s place he traveled to Mary’s and found Eugene there. They went on to Henry’s who was tickled to see him. Henry writes that he had a good visit with D.C. and how surprised he was to see him. On opening the letter she found a post office order for five dollars. Doesn’t know whether Jenny knows any thing about it. Henry had news about all of his children but said nothing about his wife. Robert came home last week. He suffers from rheumatism much of the time. Louisa and the children are well. Has not seen Bell in two or three weeks. Doesn’t know whether Prosper has come home from the woods. She was looking for him in the middle of this month.  

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Omro     Feb 13th 1874

My Dear Sarah

I take my pen in to answer to your kind letter that I received a short time a go. I should have written to you alittel soonner but I have ben from home most a week to Oshkosh to get my teeth mended and to viset some of my old friends. My teeth cost me most four dollors and a half all to 20 cents and going on the Exspress one dollor more. I feal that I must have my teeth fixt if it takes all that I have. I received aletter from Hiram[1] a short time a go. They where all well only the baba[2]. It had a hard cold. I had one letter from DC[3] after he returnd home. That was some time last month. I am lookin for aletter from him. He wrote that he had a plesent visit with you all and after he left your place he arived at Maryes[4] and found Eugene[5] there and they went to Henrys[6] and H was tickeld all most to peases to see him. He had a good viset with them. I am alooking for a letter from him now. I received aletter from Henry to day. He writes that he had a good viset with DC and how surprisd he was to see him and on oping the letter I found a post office order for five dollors. It com very exceptabel. I dont know wether Jenne[7] knowes any thing about it or not. He did not say any thing about her. He told me about all of the children but said nothing about his wife. Robert[8] came home las week. He comeplaind of not fealing very well. He is troble with rheumatism very much at times. Lousea[9] and children is well. We have not seen Bell[10] in two or three weeks. We dont know wether Prosper[11] has come home from the woods or not. She was looking for him home the middel of this month. I am fealing better again. I feal that God is merciful and kind to me in sparing my life to this time and giving me reasabel good health and I feal that he provids for me alltho I feal that I am unworthey of all his merseys and kindness to me. The Methest is a holding a protracted meeting in this place. I went last night.

There seemes to be a goodeal of inerst. There is a man gone to Lecter to night in Omro to exspose Spiritualism and yesterday Victora Woodhull hand bills was sent round to let the peopel know that free love is the best docktrin that can be oferd to the Publick. It is to be next week, fifty cents for admitance. It is quite healthy here this winter. We are having good sleighing and a pleasent mild winter. Eugene wrote to me sence his uncel DC left. He said he had a plesent viset with him and told of old Mrs Mac Conol Death, that her son Frank had marred a mean girl and he turnd his Mother out of doors[12]. She went to her daughtters and dide brokenharted. Write soon. My love to yourself and all of your famly. I think of you often. I wish that you could come and see me. I wanto see you very much.

From your mother

N B Betts


[1] Hiram Crawford Jr., Nancy’s son

[2] Jessie Blanche Crawford

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

[4] Mary (Hamilton) Crawford, widow of Nancy’s son Edwin Crawford

[5] Her grandson, Eugene Crawford, Edwin’s son by his first wife Louisa (Hall) Crawford

[6] Henry Clay Crawford, Nancy’s son

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

[8] Robert Crawford, Nancy’s son

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

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

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

[12] The 1860 Atlas shows the McConnell family living next to Edwin Crawford and both Mary McConnell and Franklin McConnell are listed in the 1860 Census in Dowagiac, Michigan. Further research shows that Mary (Ameigh) McConnell died September 18, 1873 in Silver Creek, Cass County, Michigan; her cemetery headstone spells her maiden name as Ameigh while her death certificate spells her father’s last name as Amah and her mother’s as Ama. Her son, Franklin McConnell married Elizabeth Barnett on June 23, 1872. It was previously thought that Mary had two daughters, S. Helen and Amy; however, Sarah Helen McConnell, who was listed as living with Mary and her husband, Breese McConnell, in the 1860 census, was actually the daughter of Cyrus (Breese’s brother) and Rebecca (Ameigh – thought to be Mary’s sister) McConnell (she is also listed in their household in the 1860 census). So it appears Mary spent her last days living with her daughter, Amy (McConnell) McKnight

February 3, 1870 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts

February 3, 1870

To:  Sarah Keith

From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Eugene went to the Pinery last week. She has not heard from him or Prosper since he went away. The last letter received from the boys indicated they were all well. She doesn’t get any letters from Henry. She hadn’t received but one since he was visiting Sarah. Robert is in the Woods. His wife had a letter from him the other day. Eugene heard from Pros before he went away.  They are in the same camp about sixty miles from here and they have to work for low wages.

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Omro Febuary the 3 1870

Dear Daughter Sarah,

I take my pen in hand to adress a few lines to you all though I have nothing if inportence to write to. Only that my health is quite good for me at present. I feal that God is good to me. He has spaired my life and has giving me good health when menny of age has ben cut down and _____ to the towne wheare as I am yet spaird. The Lord is mersafull to us all allthough we don’t appreciate his goodness to us as we ought to. Eugean[1] whent to the Pinery last weeke. I have not heard from him nor Prosper [2] sence he whent away. The last letter I had from the boys they whare all well. I dont get any letters from Henry[3]. I havent received but one sence he was out to your place. Robert[4] is in the Woods. His wife[5] had letter from him the other day. He was well. Eugene heard from Pros before he whent a way. He was well. They are in the same camp about sixty miles from here. They have to work for low wages and have thear board in. We are having a nice winter. Good slighing and plesent wether. We have som sickness and deaths but no prevailing decease. Tell Luke[6] that Mr John E Hunger of Omro, formly superintendent of schools died at his residence January the 23. He had formly lived neare the junction on the road to Oshkosh neare the Odd Fellows Hall of wich he was a member of that Boddy. He if you relect lived in a brown hous on the left hand side a going from Omro to Oshkosh. The Methodest and Baptist have commence a protracted Meeting. I have ben very ansous about Nancy[7]. I hope she is better. I hope thease few lines will you all in good health. I received a letter from Sister Jane[8] a short time ago. She injoys good health. Answer this soon when when you received it. My love to you all. I have ben looking for a letter this some time from you. I wanto heare from Nancy. I hope she is bette. This is from your Mother.

N B Betts

[1] Eugene Crawford, Nancy’s grandson

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

[3] Henry Clay Crawford, Nancy’s son

[4] Robert Crawford, Nancy’s son

[5] Louisa (McCann) Crawford

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

[7] Nancy Keith, Sarah’s daughter

[8] Nancy’s sister, Jane (Comfort) Nelles Sunderlin

August 1, 1868 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts

August 1, 1868

To: Sarah Keith

From: Nancy Betts, Chicago, IL

Arrived at Hiram’s on Thursday. Hiram and his wife Kitty met her. Her grandmother lives with them. Hite and Kitty send their regards. Expects to go visit son Henry and then Mary and then to Sarah’s. Prosper has complained of poor health this spring and the first of summer. Robert is up at the Boom weighing logs. He boards and gets over three dollars a day. He comes home every Saturday and goes back on Sunday. His children are well. Louisa is a good deal better than she was two weeks ago. One of her sisters is with them part of the time. She looks very bad.

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Chicago August the 1, 1868

Dear daughter,

I received your kind letter over a weeke a go and was glad to hear from you but thought I would not answer it till after I arived at Hiram[1] in Chicago. I rived thear a thursday eveing at the Depot, met Hiram and Kitty[2] his wife redy to receive me. We took the Street Car and went home. Found her old grand Mother[*] aliving withe them, seventy two year old. She is a considerbel healp to Kate. Prosper[3] has complaind of poor health this spring and the frist of the summer. He is a working in the harvest fild now a complaines of fealing a goodeal better. I hope he will keep so. Robert[4] is up to the Boom[5] a scailing [weighing] logs. He is bourded and gets over three dollors a day. He come home evry Satterday and goes back a Sunday. The children is well. Lousia[6] is a goodeal better then she was two weekes ago. She and her littel girls does the most of her work. One of her sisters is with apart of the time. She lookes very bad. Two weke ago we had exstream hot wether. Grate menny was sunstruck in difernt places. It is quite cool and plesenter now after the thunder showers it has cleard of plesent. I expct to viset Agusto the firs of the next weeke and I think the last of the weeke to go to son Herys[7] and then to Mayes[8] and then to your place. When I get redy to go to Galesburg[9] I will drop you a line to meet me at the station. The perticulars I will tell you when I see you. Tell Jimme and Sis [10] that gramma is a coming to see them. My love to all. Your Mother

Nancy B Betts

[to] Sarah C Keith

NB Hite and Kitt sends thear regards to you all NB Betts


[1] Hiram Crawford Jr., Nancy’s son

[2] Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, Hiram’s wife

[*] Katherine’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth McGrath

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

[4] Robert Crawford, Nancy’s son

[5] There were as many as five companies running logs down the Wolf River in Wisconsin which were then sorted and weighed at Bay Boom and sent to saw mills in Oshkosh.

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

[7] Henry Clay Crawford, Nancy’s son

[8] Mary (Hamilton) Crawford, widow of Nancy’s son, Edwin

[9] Galesburg, Michigan, where Sarah and Luke Keith lived

[10] Sarah’s two youngest children

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