February 10, 1902 letter to Cora Keith from Malvina Meredith

February 10, 1902

To: Cora Keith, Chicago, IL

From: Malvina Meredith, Shelbyville, MI

Scan of 1902-02-10 Malvina Meredith to Cora Keith

If Hannah won’t take $25.00 for Flora, then Mr. Bowen will give her back. Pa thinks that Malvina and Cora “must be sick” to let little things like that worry them. Malvina’s arm hurts her so bad she had to quit sewing Marion’s handkerchief. Lou Harris sent over some liniment that D.D. makes but so far it hasn’t helped. She hasn’t done any washing since last July but hopes to begin again once it gets warmer.

Shelbyville Feb. 10. 1902.

Dear Daughter

I will write a few lines in regard to the letter I got from you Sat eve. Pa[1] says to not let it worry you about the horse[2] for he will make it all right some so all will be satisfactory. If she[3] wont take the twenty five dollars for the horse Mr Bowen will give her up but he would like to keep her awhile. I was pretty near mad but Pa laughed at me and said you and I must be sick to let such little things fret or worry us. He said he had rather give twenty five dollars right out of his own pocket than to have any trouble about it and I know he had.

We are all feeling better. Fred has been here evry day since he came home untill to day. He has been up to day but did not come in. He he was over to Berts[4] to supper. He saw Marian[5] over to the Store and told her he was going to skip one day but would be up tomorrow. I guess his folks roast him about coming up here so much. His Mother is improving evry day. I guess they think she will get along all right now. Fred talks about Walter[6] all the time. He says if he stays at home this summer he is going to have him over thare part of the time. Pa is going to load some of his green wood tomorrow. Will wants him to ship it as fast as he can but Pa dont want to let it go now but Mr Briggs ordered three cars to ship his wood and cant get any body to draw it so he is going to let Pa load them. Marian got her Battenberg and trimming all right and I have been trying to sew it on her hand kerchief this eve but I had to quit for my arm pained me so I could not stand it. It has been worse since this stormy weather. D. and Lou[7] was over last eve and Lou sent D. over with some Linament that he makes. She did not know but it would help my arm but it has not yet. I have not done a washing since you first came home last July or any one else here. Just think what it has cost me in that time but we are going to begin again as soon as it gets a little warmer weather. Josie[8] had a good long letter from Cora and Aaron[9] to day. I guess thay are as happy as they ever expect to be in this world. You need not get John[10] any slippers for Pa got him a pair. D. is having another sale on shoes. Well I guess I have written enough for this time so good by. Love to all.

From your loving



[1] Her husband, Walter “Burton” Meredith

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

[3] Hannah (Keith) Towne

[4] Her son, Walter Burton “Bert” Meredith Jr.

[5] Her daughter, Marion Meredith

[6] Cora’s son, Walter Keith

[7] D.D. and Louese (Keith) Harris Jr.; Louese was the sister of Cora’s husband, James Keith

[8] Her daughter, Josephine Meredith

[9] Cora (Harris) and Aaron Hogeboom. They were married January 15, 1902. Cora was D.D. Harris’ sister

[10] Her son, John Evans Meredith

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