February 4, 1902 letter to James Keith from Hannah Towne

February 4, 1902

To: James Keith, Chicago, IL

From: Hannah Towne, Galesburg, MI

Hannah is writing to let Jim know that she doesn’t want Flora sold. Since Flora has such trouble breathing in the summer, whoever would buy her would most likely mistreat her. It would be better to kill her and bury her beside Bill.

Scan of 1902-02-04 Hannah Towne to James Keith 

Galesburg Feb 4, 1902

Dear Brother

Ethen[1] is sending your letter. Now about Flora.[2] I dont want her to be sold so I think she had better be killed and buried for when summer comes she will be just as bad about her breathing and who ever gets her wont have any sympathy for her and she will be pounded around and made to go whether she can or not. I cant see into her kicking for she has always been a kind horse never offered to kick or bite. Perhaps D[3] would take her and keep her till spring and use her what he can then the ground would be thawed out so she could be buried good. Now dont you decieve me for I want to know just what is done with her. All I wish that she had been killed last summer and put beside of Bill.[4] She is more to me that any one else. All well as usual. Nancy[5] is here.

Good bye


I am in a great hurry so cant write much.


[1] Their brother, Ethan Keith

[2] There are several letters regarding Flora; see the “Saga of Flora the Horse” following Malvina Meredith’s 10-04-1901 letter

[3] D.D. Harris, their sister Louese (Keith) Harris’ husband

[4] Another one of the family horses

[5] Their sister, Nancy (Keith) Brown

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