August 27, 1920 letter to Nancy Brown from Willis Brown

August 27, 1920

To: Nancy Brown, Kalamazoo, MI

From: Willis Brown, Chicago, IL

Daughter Ruth had a baby girl but she only lived a short time.

1274 Ardmore Av


My dear sister,

When I wrote you some time ago I expected to be on my vacation now but have not been able to make it but hope to do so by Sept. 13th.

Ray and Esther[1] are on a trip to Michigan but we rather expect them home tonight.

Ruth[2] went to the Hospital Tuesday[3] evening at 8 o’clock and at 10.45 a little girl[4] made her appearance but there was something wrong with her respiratory organs and it was with great difficulty that they got her started to breathing and she did not cry at all and she ended her frail life at 11 last night. Ruth is doing finely and if the shock of the baby’s death don’t overcome her she will soon be home and well. Of course we are all broken up over it and can’t see why it should be so.

I am home today and Lizzie[5] is at the Hospital. I suppose the baby will be buried tomorrow (Saturday). Ralph’s[6] folks were coming tomorrow to see the folks and they will be as much grieved as the rest of us.

Must close.

Your Brother[7]



[1] Will’s son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Esther (Carlson) Brown

[2] Will’s daughter, Ruth (Brown) Kroscher

[3] August 24

[4] Roberta Kroscher

[5] Will’s wife, Elizabeth (Odgen) Brown

[6] Ruth’s husband, Ralph Kroscher

[7] Will was the brother of Nancy’s late husband, Henry Brown

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