March 17, 1902 letter to Inez Eaton from Sarah Randall

March 17, 1902

To: Inez Eaton

From: Sarah Randall

She would like Inez and Jay to come visit in the fall when they can take the excursion which would not cost as much as the regular fare. Tells Inez her husband’s and her ages. Also wishes a long and happy life.

Scan of 1902-03-17 Sarah Randall to Inez Eaton

March the 17 1902

Dear Grand Daughter & Son

I will try to pen you a few lines to you this morning to let you know that your Grand Pa[1] & I is as well as usel. We have been having some very fine wether long back but we got up this morning & we found that that we had got a nother young winter come to visit us but I guess that the snow will be gone by night. I had a letter [from] Bertha a short time ago & she was as usel. Her health is not very good at the best. I would like for you & Jay[2] to come & see us when the excursion is this fall for I would like to see you so well & then it would not cost you so mutch as the regular fare. I have not [heard] from your Grand Ma Keith[3] since last fall. I would like to hear from her again for she does right sutch good letters to me. Well I will haft to tell you my age & your Grand Pa he is 66 years old the first day of August & I am 64 the 12 day of May. I can do a good deal of work yet. Inez I wish you & Jay a long & happy life & good helth to help you on your way. I think that is a good deal better &[than] to wish you a whole house fool of children if they are all like Dora[4] baby. He[5] cries the most of the time. Well I will haft to close for this time for I have to get dinner. My love to all enquiren friends if there should be any.

From your Grand Pa & Grand Ma


[1] Russell Randall

[2] Inez’s husband, Jay Eaton. They were married May 29, 1901

[3] Mary Ann (Batey) Keith

[4] Her daughter, Dora (Randall) Beach

[5] Arthur Beach


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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