January 16, 1905 letter to Ira & Adelaide Randall from Inez Eaton

January 16, 1905

To: Ira & Adelaide Randall

From: Inez Eaton, Volina, MI

A quick update on her baby whom they have named Clifford.

Scan of 1905-01-16 Inez Eaton to Ira & Adelaide Randall

Volina, Mich

Jan 16, 1905

Dear Pa and Ma[1]

I have just written Uncle Glenns folks[2] so now I will write to you. Baby[3] stays just about the same and it keeps me bobbing some to keep my work up and care for him. He has got so he laughs and tries to talk to us but he will act cuter for Aunt Lucinda than for any of the rest of us and I believe he likes her better. It pleases her awfully to think so any how. Jay[4] has named the baby Clifford. He didnt think Keith Eaton sounded good together but said I could do so as I liked about it so I thought I would name our next one that and let him do as he pleases with this one. He weighs thirteen pounds

Annie Gray was here yesterday and spent the day. She said to send you her best respects. She liked both of you so well. Mrs Caswell is real sick in Boise. The doctors have given up all hopes of her recovery.

I dont remember whether I told you Aunt Weller sent baby an awful sweet little white cashmere jacket or not. She sent me a pretty little cushion.

Does Mrs McGarry live with Harry or not. Write and tell us all about it for we are anxious to know. Mr. Churchill is real sick with appendicitis and Mr Shaw has the grip so bad that he is crazy as can be. I will send Legion Policy.

Jay is waiting for this so I will close for now. We are all well and hope you are. Answer soon.

Lots of love

From Ina


[1] Her father and stepmother, Ira & Adelaide (Beach) Randall

[2] Her maternal uncle, Glenn & Willie (Shores) Keith

[3] Clifford Eaton, who was born November 23, 1904

[4] Her husband, Jay Eaton

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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