November 26, 1905 letter to James Keith from Nancy Brown

November 26, 1905           

To: James Keith, Shelbyville, MI                      

From: Nancy Brown, Chicago, IL

It is Dorothy’s birthday and Nancy mentions some of the gifts that Dorothy received. Is anxious to see Wilma’s picture. Talks about her brother-in-law Will Brown’s family.

Scan of 1905-11-26 Nancy Brown to James Keith

Sunday Nov 26th

Dear brother and all,

This is Dorothys[1] birthday and its a beautiful day. We recived the Potatoes & fruit Friday. All came in fine shape. You send your bill Jim so I can give you credit. What have you done about Wilmas[2] pictures. I’m anxious to see one. Would be _____ awful glad to see her & give her a good hug & kiss. So Winnie[3] could not leave her and go to the Burg[4] for a few days. Well I know how she felt. Claude & Eda[5] are coming over for dinner. They Lela[6] & I got Dorothy a nice dress. Bess[7] a small set of dishes. Al[8] some toys and Carrie Severson[9] a nice ring with two turquoise & a pearl. I have not answered Wills[10] last letter so have not heard from them Lizzie[11] got there. I hope she wont be so homesick as Will and that he will feel better when they get settled though I dont see how Ray and Perry[12] can go as Will says there is nothing for them to do. Evry thing is so new and different from home that its no wonder if they are homesick. In time they may like it better than here. I asked Claude about his coat. He is not going to get a new one this winter but says he will have a good one you can have next winter. Will be glad to have you have it.

Evening. Claude & Eda have gone also Ray. He comes over evry Sunday. Is pretty home sick I guess or lonesome. Perry is in Michigan. I will close and to to bed. With love for all and a kiss for Wilma.

From sister Nan

Dorothy talks lots about “ittie baby Wima” sends her kisses & hugs “_____” for her a good many times a day.


[1] Nancy’s granddaughter, Dorothy Recoschewitz, daughter of Julius and Bess Recoschewitz. It was her second birthday

[2] Jim’s daughter, who was born in January

[3] Jim’s oldest daughter, Winifred, who was 13 years old

[4] Galesburg, Michigan, where Jim’s brother, Ethan, and sister, Hannah, lived in the old homestead

[5] Nancy’s son and daughter-in-law, Claude & Edith (Neumeier) Brown

[6] Nancy’s daughter, Lela Brown

[7] Nancy’s daughter, Bess (Brown) Recoschewitz

[8] Julius Recoschewitz’s son by a previous marriage, Alphons Recoschewitz

[9] Believe this is Bess’ best friend, Carrie Svendsen

[10] Nancy’s brother-in-law, Willis Brown

[11] Will Brown’s wife, Elizabeth (Ogden) Brown

[12] Will and Lizzie’s sons

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