June 16, 1901 letter to Inez Eaton from Dora Beach

June 16, 1901

To: Inez Eaton

From: Dora Beach, Mesick, MI

Received the wedding invitation and would have liked to be present but her health is quite poor. They are still living with her parents but expect to build soon.

Scan of 1901-06-16 Dora Beach to Inez Eaton

Mesick             June 16th 1901

Dear Niece

It has been some time since I received your letter but my health is quite poor and with lots of sewing, housecleaning and thousands of other kind of work as you will soon learn (if you haven’t already) as you are a woman of a family now. We received your wedding invitation[1] & Oh how I would like to been present. I see your marriage licence in the Hartford day spring. You are both old enough & you are good looking enough & know enough (I have never saw husband) to know whether you want to get married or not. Now Inez just consider where this comes from. I hope you have married a good husband & that you will live a long and happy life together. We are still living with my folks[2] expect to build in a short time on our place which is a mile half east of here. Pa & Ma are down to the lake now there is a small lake on Pa’s place it is called Chub Lake. There is lots of Inland lakes but very poor shores. I have never saw only one pretty lake in northern Mich & that was Crystal Lake near Frankfort. We took in a excursion there last summer & saw a live aligator, a boat where whole car are run on and carried across the lake & went all over the life saving station and saw lots of sights I had never saw before. How is Mr & Mrs Keith.[3] Was sorry to hear she was sick but hope she has greatly improved by this time. Are you going to live close by them. They will miss you so much. Please to send us a piece of your wedding dress & the paper with your wedding in if you have one.

Ira has been gone two weeks doing road jobs up in Wexford & the boys have cows to milk and potatoes to plant. They are a great help to him. Ervie is a splendid scholar. He passed in the eighth grade, Leo & Laverne in the sixth. Teacher gets $30.00 and up. You would be amused (not be used to seeing cattle run) to see the woods & roads full of cattle. Well Inez you must excuse this scribbling and answer soon. I remain your true aunt.

Dora Beach

to her niece Inez Eaton


[1] Inez married Jay Eaton May 29, 1901

[2] Russell & Sarah (Williams) Randall

[3] Inez’s maternal grandparents, James “Oscar” & Mary Ann (Batey) Keith

This letter is among several which were loaned to Jim & Ruth (Stankey) Keith, probably back in the 1980s, by Ella Nola (Curtis) Eaton, whose husband, Clifford Eaton, was the great-great-grandson of James “Oscar” & Mary Ann (Batey) Keith. This is a photocopy of Ruth’s handwritten copy of the letter. Note: Jim Keith is the great-grandson of Charles Luke Keith Jr., who was James “Oscar” Keith’s uncle.


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