Letter: 21 September 1900

To Lora Johnson Arnold from Amanda M. Johnson

Dear Sister and all,
I suppose Mary has written you as far as she knew about Ida's sickness and death, as she said she would, our time was all taken up and we had no time for letter writing. Seba did the house work and I took care of Ida for eleven weeks. She could not bear me out of her sight to eat or go into another room to change my clothes. When she was first taken we sent immediately for the Dr. and as he lives first door and was at home he was here within ten minutes after she was taken, he at first thought it a severe attack of peritonitis as the pain was all in her stomach and bowels - but after a day or two he began to tell me he was afraid it was another tumor or something which resulted from the one she had removed the 8th of June last year, so when Diah (Dr.) came up from N.Y. I had Dr. Buck come over & they examined her together, still Diah had very little to say and went out to Point-Au-Roche and staid there - for Lora he knew too well - after about six weeks I asked Dr. Buck if he would like to council with some other Dr. and on his saying yes, I sent for Dr. Barnes, he on examination at once said "I think it a sarcoma (which means cancerous.) right on the old spot where the other was removed and best thing to do is, to get her into a hospital and find out if I am right." I took her into Montreal as they all thought that the best place and on Aug 14th Dr. Cameron assisted by Dr. Armstrong and Brown operated on her. I made them promise that if there was no help for her that they would not experiment on her but sew up the insisions (of which there were two about five or six inches) and let her live as long as she could. They were gone from the room an hour and thirty five minutes - she bid me good bye and said you will be here Mamma when they bring me back, and then when they did Dr. Armstrong called me into the office & told me there was no hope, that it must have been malignant last year and they had kept it from me for it could never have come up and reached the growth it had in so short a time but it was just as well I did not know it for I could have done no different & I think the thoughts of it would made me crazy. So all that was done was to draw away the fluid & sew up the insisions. We staid there three weeks & two days when David came up from New York and we brought her home Sept 1st taking her on stretcher & ambulances to & and from depots and on a bed in vestibule care. She stood the journey very well and was so glad to get home as that was all she teased for was to be taken home. Dr. Brown came with us as he was coming to Plattsburth & he had the care of her while she lived. We sent to Montreal for a nurse, and everything was done that could be done for her comfort and to keep her from suffering, at times her sufferings were something terrible to witness & as great that I would have been willing to seen breath her last a good many times while in Montreal and I all alone with her. She would say, "This is agony, torture, it is like crucifixion Mama." It does not seem as though I could ever go through it again but suppose if I were obliged to - there would strength be given me to endure it. She had an air bed and electric fan there and all the nurses were very kind - and as I told Mrs. Hall that if I had the same thing to go through again I did not know or see one single thing that could be done more than was done. I do not think she thought she was going to get well from the first as she told Dr. Buck the first morning that she was going to die, although we did not tell her that it was impossible for her to get well until Tuesday. She seemed perfectly resigned only said "nurse I am young to die only twenty-two" she wished to see some of her friends and we sent for them & she had a word & good bye for all, she gave her things away said she wished to be buried in white, chose her bearers, and thought of everything & said she did not wish anyone to cry for she was not going to & she never shed a tear. She called each one of the family to her & kissed us & bid us good bye, left a good bye for Aunt Lib, Aunt Lora, and Aunt Martha and tell them she loved them all, said she was not afraid to die she was satisfied she had suffered enough & she was going to die at peace with all the world for she loved everybody. Mrs. Hall & the nurse said in all their experience they never saw anything so beautiful. She passed away Thursday morning at half past one without a single struggle not even opening her eyes and had I not been sitting on the side of the bed & looking right into her face she would have gone without our knowing it. We wished to keep her until the third day as she wished but were unable to do so, as the undertaker said we could run no such risk, her stomach and bowels were a mass of putrification and they never had such a time embalming a case before. Her casket was hard wood covered with white brocaded velvet, her robe white cashmere, shirred silk U front trimmed with chiffon. I bought it ready made and it was much prettier than anything I could have had made to order. There was a beautiful plate with her name & age and six handles on the casket. Robbie was home two weeks and David was home three days, but was unable to come to the funeral on account of the conventions & his work, he is not his own boss, but it was far better he came when he could be of some use to her. Carrie came & staid two weeks with Seba while I was in Montreal but her sister was taken sick & she was sent for as Elsie had to go into a hospital. I never saw such beautiful flowers, as was sent here the house was full, there was ten designs and beauquets without number. Arthurs grave as well as hers was covered and lots left at the house, there was four wreaths, three anchors two stars and a Maltese cross, and all hot house flowers and they were just beautiful. Ida had lots of friends - Mr. Hall conducted the services & the choir sang "A little while" and "Some time we'll understand" two very pretty pieces. I have not got rested yet for eleven weeks I had very little sleep as she could not bear to let me sleep a minute when she was awake - I have a terrible cold & Seba also, yesterday your birthday & as usual it rained all day and was so cold, we have had our coal fire in the sitting room running for a week. Aunt Lib has never written to us since she went away - had she treated either Eli or Robbie half as well as she does the Brelies they would probably be there now. Martha is in Charleroix we hear from her occasionally - Susan Weaver is very poorly is going to a hospital next week I think - time will tell but I am afraid they will find it is cancer of the stomach. I was down to see her Wednesday - she does not seem to think it anything serious. No more paper in the house so have got to stop - with love to all
Amanda M. Johnson

You probably saw Kate Mason's death in the paper - was down in bed only one week - Sophronia is liable to go any time & still may live quite a while but is very feeble.
Mattie Jerome has moved to Milton Vermont where he has a better position. Mand is with her Grandma Rugar. She was not willing she should go & Mrs. Rugar is so poorly Mat let her stay. She has staid with her ever since Flora was married -
write soon.

Letter: 2 November 1873

To Lora A. Arnold From Lib Johnson

Nov. 2nd 1873.

Dear Sister and all.
You have doubtless looked for a letter from me before this but I could not find time very well, and I arrived back here last night and write before going home. I had a very excellent visit but did not find Cousin Martha very well, she has many sick days and do not think she will live many years. Ida and I went up to Waverly on the Pennsylvania line to see Emma Murdock (?) and had a nice time for three days. I started Friday morning and no night boat so stayed over at Whitchell and came up the Lake yesterday and enjoyed the scenery much, but not as fine as when we went as all those bright-beautiful leaves had fallen, yet still enough left to be attractive, as it must be even in winter. The Lake was not rough but too cold to be on deck, and I had Mrs. Ketchums and Hirams company also Wallie and others. I came alone not meeting Lucy in my travels nor hearing from her. Mela and I attended Presbyterian Church this morning, and she has gone to Isaac Davis this afternoon and Corral, Amanda and I have been up to Mr. Johnson's. Pete is coming down tomorrow so I shall go home, and shall be glad to get back for I can say with you "I am so tired visiting." There was a fireman killed on the Central the day before I left. The train coming round a curve and running over a cow. and the depot's were all draped in mourning. Work has stopped a good deal on the railroad in consequence of cutting down wages, and many were returning home on the boat. Amos I wish you had been along to have see the beautiful scenery from Aurora to Ithica it was grandly beautiful the beautiful Cayuga Lake on one side and high rocks with little waterfalls, cascade, and water dripping from shelves of rocks on the other. Had a good view of Ithica Falls and would have liked much to have visited the famous Gorge. We had excellent company and enjoyed it. Amanda & Corral were up home last week and our folks were well and getting in the turnips. The neighbors were very much surprised to find out I left with you, "strange wasn't it." Ame (?) I was glad to see you did not get left at Syracuse, as I saw the train pass and Bub at the Window. did not forget my ticket again. Was you glad to get home in safety and get to work again and had anything suffered by your being gone?
Monday morning
Amanda is about sick this morning and Corral has gone to Salmon River. What are the children all about husking corn?
I shall expect to hear from you when you get this as I shall have to go to cleaning house and you will have as much time as I. ppeter has come says they are all well and Ida is coming down to go to school next week. I guess you was glad not to stop in Chicago you were so tired, and how sad that Mrs. McCann died so soon.
Don't forget to write and excuse me from not writing before.
Love to all.
Lib Johnson

Short Note: No Date

To Lora Johnson Arnold (?) from Elizabeth Johnson

No Date

Tuesday morning. Had a letter from Diah this morning and they do not expect to come to Florida until after the holidays; are both well and invited out to Thanksgiving dinner of turkey. Suppose you had as good as that with all the family together. How is your head dizziness all gone? Today bids fair to be more mild at 68 (degrees) this morning, less north wind. Beautiful moonlight (moonlit) nights, and I shall look for the Sourthern Cross in the time I am here, as have never been far enough south before to find it. Mr. Hill has been here two nights since the Minister left so have a man in the house. Auto's is the only way of getting around and 75 on the Isle, and hope to take a trip soon. Mrs. Mellor is now piecing a quilt, while I am doing little or nothing &c. (etc.) Not a great variety of flowers at this season, a few mesquitoes. Did Pearl get my letter and why does she not answer? Hope you will take time. Have the Havens gone to St. Petersburgh yet? Love to all, and how is Clyde in Alberta. I have lost his address so will wait for you to sent it, to write him.
Your sister,
Elizabeth Johnson

Letter: 25 September 1910

To (Lora Arnold ?) from Amanda (Johnson ?)

Sept 25th - 1910

Lib says I must write about Pet's death and funeral. I hardly know how to write bout it. It seemed so awful careless and uncalled for. They were racing and had passed three carts and trying to pass the fourth when they struck the baggage car. They knew the crossing was there and that the train was due there then ? the whistle was blown an extra time on account of many teams and auto's crossing at the time coming home from the fair. Pet was terribly mangled, one leg was broken four times, and the bones protruded into her bowels where there was a big hole made. Her neck was broken, one eye out and several other cuts and bruises. Every bit of clothing was stripped off her from the waist down even her shoes. Hiram took his coat and covered her. The auto was smashed all to pieces even the stuffing in the cushions was torn out. I have heard nothing about the funeral excepting there was no sermon passages from the Bible being read &c. (etc.?) I (received ?) your card many thank for __________ (your) remembering my day. It is so warm & pleasant just as my birthday always is. I must go and start dinner now and Lib will finish so much than I can. with love to all Amanda
(P.S.) Pet was buried in a white dress.

Postcard: 9 September 1910

To Mrs. Seba L. Linn from E. Johnson

Sept 9th

Dear Seba and all.
Perhaps you will be informed by telegraph before this reaches you, of the saddest auto accident relating to your family in which Pet Heyworth was instantly killed, last night on returning from the fair: about 6 o'clock, 3 miles south at the crossing where they struck the train. 2 others seriously injured. Hiram and Mr. Datus Clark little injured. I thought you could break it easier to the rest of the family if not informed before this. Hattie will take it hardest as she had so enjoyed her visit. I am writing this in a hurry but fear others are in such trouble, would wait till later. It has been such a terrible shock. Diah is improving slowly. In haste E. Johnson.

Letter: 12 July 1914

To Lora Arnold from Amanda Johnson

Plattsburgh N. Y.
July 12th /14

Dear Sister & all.

I am all alone to day and will try and write a few lines to you the first I have written excepting to the children since Corral left us never to return. It seems as though I had been in a dream or rather a horrid night mare from which I am just now awaking, but you have passed through the same ordeal and so know all about it. It cannot be explained one must go through it to fully realise it. I had always hoped I might be spared to see Corral through as he is so crippled and always looked up to and depended on me so much for everything. As the minister said to me, you have nothing to regret for you have been both feet and hands for him for nearly 19 years. Three weeks before he died, he was taken with short breathing in the night. I did not know what was the trouble. So telephoned Dr Buck, and he was here in 5 minutes. He said after listening to his heart & lungs. "well you have the asthma all right but I never heard of any one starting in at your age to have it." Broad Street had been closed for sometime for repairs and all traffic was on this street and the Dr said it must be from the dust & his sitting on the piarra so much. The spell soon passed away and near morning he had another short one. He never had them only in the night, would feel first rate through the day & sit out in the back yard so as not to get any dust. The last three nights he set bolstered up with pillows in his chair, and rested very well, escaping those spells. On Saturday he said several times during the day "I never felt better in all my life than I have all day" was out every meal and eat well. On Sunday morning the next day I went out to start the fire when he said "you get your breakfast but all I want is a cup of tea and two or three saltines." I said don't you want a piece of toast with an egg" he said no. He drank a coffee cup of tea & ate the saltines. I did up my work, and shortly after I should say about 8-o-clock he went to the toilet & while there a terrible pain struck him in his back then went to his stomach and he tried to vomit but did not succeed in throwing up anything. I got the rocking chair and (drew?) him away from the bath room and while I was doing so he said I guess I weigh more the (than) 110 don't I Manda, as he see it was all I could do to move him for he was heavy. I put his feet into warm water, and as I was doing so he said isn't that foot swollen I said I think it is, but you know it is your poor limb and you have not been walking any for three weeks. I then went out into the sitting room and wrote two letters, when these were done I said I guess I will call up Rob, he replied I would and see how they all are. I said to Rob, This cloudy dark day & your father feels it, does not feel very good, He said I guess I will hitch up and drive down I said I wish you would. I then went back to Corral and what a change I saw in the few minutes I had been gone talking with Rob. I called the Dr and in a few minutes he came and before he had time to fix him any medicine he was death struck. The Dr was so surprised thought he was going right off, but he rallied. The Dr phoned for Seba to come at once, which she did. It was then about half past one P.M. and he lived until 10 minutes of 7. He was not doped and his mind was just as clear as it ever was, only had heart stimulance. He asked me to go & lie down and see if I could not get a nap saying you need it not more than an hour before he passed away. He talked with Rob, Fred, Seba, and Ida all who were here. His last words were, Rob said, Papa are you in any pain? He replied as clear & plain as he ever talked, "No not a particle. I'm all right." The Dr said he had to look the 2nd time to be sure he was gone, that he just stopped breathing, no death rattle and never opened his eyes. He never saw in all his experience one go so easily without a pain or struggle. The Dr was so kind stayed with me all through. He says now it was not the Asthma although the breathing (?) was the same, but his old trouble went to his heart. Rev Kelly was very kind & officiated at the funeral, and the strange part he finished his discourse with the 14 verse of the 22 chap of Revelations which was our Mothers funeral text. There was no singing. The house was full of people, we were surprised as now the people do not attend funerals as they used it (to?). David & Corral came. The casket was oak and we had a slate vault. Diah & Ida stayed with me right until Thursday night since then Esther Ladd has been with me. Sue & Amanda are coming to stay 2 months shall look for them this week. I asked Lib to stay with me for a few days but she would not. She does not seem to think there is anyone excepting the Brelias that are of any account. I do not intend to give up my home, I have lived here so long I could never feel at home anywhere else. I wish you would come out and stay next winter with me, now why can't you close up your home and Seba could care for it while you are away, and Samantha also would be so glad to see you, just you think it over and see if you cannot arrange to come. I have got a dirty, nasty, cold. Diah says it is larnyngitis and catarrh, whatever it is, it is disagreeable enough. Seba is expecting to be sick every day, is feeling very well, but I cannot help but feel anxious about her so many have had bad luck this year. Frances True's dayghter Nellie died with septic posion, leaving two children. I shall be glad when Seba is over with her trouble, as she is getting so tired and wishing it over every day. She as an excellent hired girl and is to have the same nurse so she will not have to worry about the house work. Rob was down last night, all well out there. He said the baby never cried at all the dau Jennie left him to come to the funeral. I reed (read) a long nice letter from Pearl, and wish you would let them read this and thus save me from repeating it. One finds out who their friends are in time of trouble. I did not know I had so many and they were all so kind. I hope this will find you all well and to hear from you soon Lovingly Amanda
(P.S.) What a strange feeling of lonsomeness comes over me and how big, empty, and still the house seems.

Letter: 23 April 1913

To Mrs. Lora Arnold from Mrs. Isaac Newman
Spokane Apr. 23. 1913

Mrs. Arnold Dear Friend

I received the paper with accounte of Mr Arnold death. I was so sorry you have my sympathy for I know you will be lonly sometimes. you allways got along so well together. I am so glad you have got your children so near you that is one consultation (?) but they can never take his place he was allways good to the children and a good companion for you. I wish I could have been there to helpt you but we all have to part some time or other. Isaac and I are geting along in years to. We dont feel much like we did when we first went to ford county to live. I often think of it. We are feeling pritty well just now but we hive (have?) our ups and downs to. I was out making Garden today but I work pritty slow. I had a litter from Annie the other day tilling me I am Great Grand ma. Bernice that is Annies older girl She had a nice little girl. They are all well. Nora was talking of comeing out to see me this summer but I dont think she will come before fall I wish she would come. I get lonsome to see her. She is the only one that is back there now. I wish you could come and make me a visit. I dont know as I will ever be back in Illinois again. I would like to very much. Leonard lives down the street a little ways from me. Kattie and Paul live here (near) here. they are home quite often. they are all doing well. I hope you will live to see many happy days yet and may God comfort you in your lonly ours (hours) is the wish of your Friend. Mrs Newman
I will close for this time hoping to here (hear) from you some time soon. give my Love to all the folks excuse this. I wish I could come in and (talk) to you just like we use to Good by write soon
Isaac sends his sympathy.

Letter: 12 August 1900

To Lora Johnson Arnold from Amanda M. Johnson
Plattsburgh N.Y.
Aug 12 - 1900

Dear Sister

It is a long time since we have heard anything from you - so I thought I would just write a few lines to let you know what deep trouble we are in. Ida was very well up to last March when she commenced to cough but nothing alarming or to cause her to keep in doors, but she seemed to be running down gradually seven weeks ago yesterday morning she came down stairs to the closet when she was suddenly taken with terrible pains in her bowels - we sent for Dr. Buck who lives right next door & he was here within five minutes after she was taken - he at first thought it an attack of Peritonitis, then after a little she commenced vomiting like billiouness every thing was done for her that could be done. About three weeks ago she commenced to grow & fill up and in a very few days they found it another rapid growth tumor - we had Dr's Buck - Barnes and Diah and they said she must go to a Hospital at once, so Mrs. Hall took her into Montreal last Thursday night, and we expect she will be operated on this week as they put her under treatment at once. The examinations have been very unfavorable but this morning the Dr telegraphed that she rested well the night before and had a more comfortable day yesterday & they hardly thought it malignant now as they feared at first, so we feel a little encouraged, but not much. I am going there in the morning, to stay for a few days that I may be near her, she has not the (strength) streangth and courage that she had last year. she also looks as though there might be dropsy with it. The poor girl has had her share of trouble and her nerves are all unstrung. Ida Ladd is out to Point-Au-Roche sick in bed with stomach trouble of which there is a great deal around. Hugh Conway died yesterday morning, dysentering the cause. Mattie Jerome moves to Milton Vr (Vermont) - this week where her husband is working. I hate to have her go - she has a lovely baby boy. Mrs. Ruger intends going to the Hospital this week goes to Burlington. I think well I can write no more with love to all Amanda Johnson

Letter: 20 April 1913

To Lora Arnold from Amanda Johnson
Plattsburgh N. Y. Apr 20th /13

Dear Sister & All

When I was at your home 15 years ago last Sept. how well I remember going three times to visit Silas' (?) grave and it is as fresh in my memory yet as then. Now me thinks I see another new made grave beside Sila's, (Silas's), and Amos laid there to rest beside the dear one he loved so much. No more sorrow, no more pain and suffering for him. He has only gone on a little way in advance, we shall all soon have to follow, and it seems so wise that he should go before you, and I am sure you see it so, and think it all right and God was merciful & good to call him first. A man when he gets to his age, is so helpless if left alone. I never realised it so much until I saw Uncle Darins and heard him talk. How well do I remember the afternoon, You, Lib & Pearl went down to see Ida Ladd something was said and I made the remark, (") Well Amos you could not get along very well without Lora could you?(") and how quick he replied, "no no, couldn't get along without Lora at all, not at all, no, no, have to have her to wait on me." You will all miss him, but we can all say. He was a good man, and has gone to his reward which is the best that can be said of anyone, and let us feel that it is just and right, although we shall miss him. I was in hopes he would come at least once more to see us, but when he left here he watched us until we were out of sight as though he thought it the last look. I received your telegram about noon of the 13 was not surprised after getting Elmas card the day before. I telephoned the message to Seba then wrote a postal to Samantha thinking she would hear quicker than from you as she would get it Monday morning. Seba came right up and at night we went to the Press office and had this notice (which I send) come out in the Monday morning Press. I knew the Peru people would all see it as well as other friends. Smith Johnson, Sophia Morrison, & Lib Turner all came to see as soon as they saw it, but Corral saw Charley Barber & Sarah come in their Auto Thursday right across the street from here, to Fred Arnolds, I do not think it would have hurt her if she had come in here for a few minutes, think it would have looked much better, but some folks are so selfish think others of no account, but she didn't have to come in if she didn't want too, no one cares I am sure I do not. Jennie's brother Will's wife was buried the 11th. They have not been down since, so do not know only what I saw in the paper. Dick Connor died yesterday morning. I reed (read) Elma's also Mary's cards this week but after the telegram. They were good to write. I suppose Diah & Ida are in Charleston now as they were to leave Fla last Monday and ordered no mail sent to them until further notice. It is cold & windy to-day and every little while the air is full of snow, and it seems very disagreeable after a few pleasant days. Wed was a lovely day here so sunny & warm. We were all in hopes it was as pleasant in Roberts. We are all very well and hope to keep so. Have commenced house cleaning, double windows & doors off &c. (etc.) I suppose you are very tired and your mind all unsettled, but when you feel that you can I wish you would write me about the funeral and some of the particlars. How long he was confined to the bed, what he said &c &c. With love to all. Did Martha come to the funeral? Amanda
(P.S.) I would have liked much to have been with you. But if I was not with you in person I was in spirit for I was thinking of you all the time and could not settle myself to doing anything until after Wednesday. Was the funeral in the fore noon. I wish Samantha would come down I would like to see her. She will now feel as though she were left entirely alone. I hope the girls will write her often she enjoys their letters so much. You tell them too.

Letter: 12 April 1913

To Lora Arnold from Amanda Johnson
Plattsburgh N. Y. Apr 12th --13

My dear Sister & all.

I have thought & dreamed of you so much of late, and feel so sorry for you all in your deep trouble. I had lived in hopes that you and Amos would be able to visit us this summer, and that we might have another nice visit together, but after I received your letter and Seba your card, I fully realized it could never be. I have just read Elma's card. she was good to write and we were all so glad to hear. I know only too well that as yet the Physicians have found no cure for that trouble. Mr Charles Baker of Morrisonville is now suffering with the same complaint and no hopes of his ever being any better. Prudie Beadleston was here last week. She said Samantha was as well as usual but like myself had given up all hopes of seeing Amos out here again. I am glad to hear that he sleeps a good deal, but perhaps it is the medicine, but if he can only get rest from suffering even for a part of the time it is a relief. I am so sorry to hear how much pain he is enduring. I wish I might be there for a few days and see if I might assist you some way and see Amos once more. I hope we may hear very often. There are so many children & grandchildren it seems as though we might get just a card about every day. Don't wait for us to answer, it is us that are the anxious ones. We are all as well as usual, Corral had a badspell, Tuesday in the night about 2-o-clock, he woke me up saying I cannot hardly breathe. I got right up and gave him spirits of amonia but he did not get over it until about noon. We thought afterwards that it might have been that it was gas as the stove door was found open. He is all right now. I went over to see Aunt Esther Dunning last Wednesday found her very well excepting her feet are troubling her. I had not been there since I was there with you. She said it would be four years this summer. I ought to be ashamed of myself, but I go out a very little not even down to Seba's very often. I get all out of breath when I walk very far. I told Esther I often thought of her and loved her just as well if I did not get to see her very often. Mabel has three little ones and expecting another in the future. Mrs Dr Buck our neighbor on the east gave birth to a nine pound boy last Tuesday but it was what they call a blue baby and it only lived one hour. They could get up no circulation. We were all so sorry for we needed some children on this street, and they were so dissapointed. They had been so happy and delighted over the prospect of the coming of the little one. The Dr is almost heart broken over it. He & his sister took the little body to Crown Point for burial yesterday. Mrs. Buck went to the C. V. Hospital was doing well the last I heard. I never saw a little baby with so fat a face. It was lain in a little white casket with the (baby?) clothes she spent so much time in making had on a little crocheted ________ and cap, and looked so sweet. It would have been so welcome and there are so many that are not that it was too bad that it could not have been spared to them. A card from Huldah saying she is fairly well. I also read a letter from cousin Helen (Harris) Henrickle she is now in Cleveland, says Joan is very well. Mattie's two girls are both married. Mattie is a widow and lives with one of them. Fayette (?) Turner died about three weeks ago with throat trouble, no one really knew what it was, some thought it was cancer. His wife is very bad. Her mind almost gone. Sophia Morrison comes over here occasionally but it is very hard for her to walk. She drags one foot. Has had 2 or 3 strokes. I always go home with her. (Do not ?) think we will have her with (us very ?) long. Lora wrote me that ( ___arl ?) had gone to Cal. but gave no further information, We would like to know if she is married or what sent her there. Seba & family are well she is trying to clean house had rather do it herself finds it much more satisfactory. Rob has not been down for sometime but a letter says they are all well. What terrible times with the floods a letter from Uriah saying they escaped both floods and tornadows. Tell Elma I thank her very much for her kindness in writing and hope she will continue the good work & let us hear often, and I will write her later. Tell Amos I am thinking of him many time during (the day) and also I am lying (awake?) so much in the night and wishing that something might be done to relieve him, and that he might be spared to us awhile longer. With love to all.

Letter: 7 July 1872

To Lora Arnold
from Elisabeth Johnson

Schuyler Falls
July 7th, 1872.

Dear Sister and all.

I should think you might write oftener, you ought to anyway if you have any interest in anything pertaining to the old home. We are very much troubled concerning Pa for he seems to be growing weaker every day and is very feeble, cannot sit up but a little while at a time. He cannot even feed the pigs, did so when he carried the pails with the neckyoke a long time, but cannot do that now. Uncle Terry tends him, but he goes to him, and I don't believe he will be able to ride there many more times unless better. Uncle has been very sick, just lived, that was all and will probably never practice much more as Dr. Orman will come soon and take his place. He bled at the lungs nearly a pint and the Drs said he would never live through another spell and he might have another at any time. Dr's said Ann could not live until cold weather and that perhaps she might not appear to be any worse than now, she went strawberrying and picked two quarts last week, she is a dreadful troublesome patient and Mela (?) has her hands full. Strawberries have been very plenty and we have just lived on them and preserved lots. Lydia has just come for Ma in a great hurry as Mrs. Ducat (?) was sick so they have both gone to tend her. We thought Noah Farnsworth would give you a call perhaps he may on his return as he found a place 40 miles south of Chicago that he liked, before he went on farther, was in Minnesota the last we heard, and we hope he may call on you, and if it is a possible thing you come home with him. Hattie was twelve yesterday you could trust her as a housekeeper for a time we think. Martha is still factory girl but should not be surprised if she came any time, as one of the girls came home and she said Martha was homesick. Ida went to Redford (?) with Pa last Tuesday, the 4th, went with Herman and the company, to High Bridge and about tired out. John and Hannah came and spent the 4th here, and after tea we went down to Mr. Weaver's to call. Lib Turner has very poor health this summer; they expect Ann soon. Carrie Stickle has a new five dollar hat and twelve dollar shawl ain't she comin out, she will be as fat as Debbie if she keeps on, but about as smart as when you went away. Mrs. Spalding has had a letter from Aunt Martha Fry, she was well but the (Drs)? health was poor. Joan had moved to Kansas and left her girl with her. She did not inquire about us nor mention our names only said she had heard you had moved to Illinois. How did you like the looks of the picture Amanda sent you, (your expectant brother). Pa appears better this afternoon, this morning he had a bad spell, and Flora is boiling black cherry bark for him now. Mary is quite smart, has been over once. Samantha is weaving all the time as ever. Jane (Rosman) ? has been having a lame back but was out hoeing again last week. If Pa continues failing we would like to have you come and if you cannot get the money to come with let us know and do not stop to get ready for things are cheaper here than there.

Pa is going to Mill so must hurry, e's some better this morning. Mrs. (Ducat) ? has another daughter. Write as soon as you get this or I shall scold again.


Elisabeth Johnson.

Letter: 29 January 1873

To Lora Arnold
From Elisabeth Johnson

Schuyler Falls
Jan. 29th, 1873

Dear Sister and all,

I have been a great while getting ready to write but think I’ll wait no longer, but commence this evening. We are all as well as usual this winter and stay at home as much as ever. Last Friday snowed hard all day and (no ?) blow until last night, and today the roads are drifted and fearfully cold so that no one has passed here and have seen but one team on Beckwith St. Sleighing was splendid before; ever since before Christmas, but we have had a very cold winter, thermometer today 14 (degrees) below zero. Corral came up last night and started to go back today but could get only to the hill. He has been down in Essex Co. but obliged to come back so stormy, and expects to go to (Chateangay ?) as soon as he gets back to Plattsburgh. Amanda has been nursing a frost bitten toe for the last three weeks but put her shoe on yesterday.

May Fitspatrick was married to Mat Rily the 9th, and Amanda and I went to her party the same night, there was a houseful and they danced and had an excellent supper. Charlotte Turner came last week in time for Amy’s party night before last. (Fet ?) came for Ma but she did not go & we have not heard the news yet. Mr. Mason had another shock last week, and they think that he will not live through another, but he is better now, yet is liable to have another at any time. Every time I see him he inquires about Amos and says he would be so glad to see him. Your Grandmother Lobdell’s death I suppose you have heard of before this, she died quite suddenly, only worse three or four days.

Now for a little business. Your $7,000, has been set off for you, as also has ours, in Mortgages, and it is necessary for you to say who to see to it until you come out. That is if you want me to do it; when interest is paid to let it out if there is a chance. There was $70 int. paid on one, and we took a Bridge Bond in Plattsburgh, but should you want to use some we can send it. We wanted Flora to have the East place and this 50 acres across the road for $5,000 and were all willing but Martha and thought you would be, but intended to write to you about it, she may possibly consent when she is 21, but you know what she is, and if she does not then we shall try to keep it until Ida is of age then will do the best we can to keep it in the family. If you have anything to say about it or about your money we wish you would say it, Ma bought in all the stock, and everything; they took an inventory and it was (priced ?) and she paid and it is in the Bank. Everything costs, but we do all we can ourselves, and intend to. We have a good boy this winter but pay him $20 a month the same as we did Pete, and he not 20 years old but he is steady and we are not ashamed to go with him, we go to church quite often, and he does better for us than Pete, for he does things as we say and we can depend on him. We do not know who we can get this summer, we wish we could Nate Spalding but don’t know as we can. It will be hard to find one to do as they ought, and no (farther ?) to oversee, hard for Ma and hard for Flora & I. You don’t know how Flora and I teased to come to se you last fall. We do not expect Martha will stay at home this summer, but think it would be better if she would.

Amanda expects to go to keeping house in Plattsburgh somewhere, so when you come you will have a stopping place, and they will be on hand to meet you at anytime at the depot. Send us Mary’s picture as well as the rest. What time do you expect to come? We are as impatient as you are. Write just as quick as you get this.

Your sister, Elisabeth Johnson.

Charlotte, John, Hannah & Orville are going west this summer on a visit of two or three months. You let the children learn to write as soon as possible so they can write to us. It is time Hattie should write now. Don’t neglect to write soon. Mela has left Uncle Darins is now down to Ephraines.

It is 39 years today since Ma was married, and she is going up to Uncle Darins.

Letter: 6 April 1873

To Lora Arnold
From Elisabeth Johnson

Schuyler Falls
April 6th 1873

Dear Sister Lora,

We had a thunderstorm this morning and the day has been gloomy, but the snow is going now fast and I am so glad to see bare ground again, more than 100 days sleighing, and it has been a long long winter. The first robin made its appearance yesterday, and bluebirds are out, so spring has come. We tapped 311 trees but have not made a great deal of sugar and will not probably make much more. Tommy Fitzpatrick and I have tended the sugar making, but his time is out this week and we have another boy come last week for $20 a month as long as we can agree, named Martin Bruce. John & Hannah cam Friday and left yesterday morning. They with Charlotte are going West in July to stay two or three months. George Gould lives in Iowa & they go there first, then Wisconsin & Michigan. You wanted to know where Noah was, (Lumbrota, ?) Minnesota. Mr. Walker has been sick for two months or better and is very feeble yet, they are where Noah was here, but think they will not stay the summer, as the report is that Si is to be married to Nettie Everett soon, and should not wonder, for the disease seems con

Letter: 9 August 1871

To Lora Arnold
From Elisabeth Johnson

Schuyler Falls
Aug. 9th 1871

Dear Sister and all.

Now I think I will try and surprise you a little with some good news, or certainly hope it will prove good to you. For we certain expected all of you and as you write you are not coming, we do the next best thing that is; send Ma to you. If nothing happens she will start next Tuesday morning the 15th. She is going with Theressa as far as where Mary Ann is, and Theressa wants her to stop over one night there, but if she get in company with any one, to help her to make the change in Chicago she will not stop; and perhaps will not anyway. We thought Samantha was going but she gave it up yesterday, thinks she cannot leave, but they are all anxious to have her go. Ma is going to make a good long visit on a two months ticket and hope you will all have a good time. My school closes this week and I wish I was coming with Ma but it cannot be I suppose. John & Hannah staid here all night and went to Plattsburgh this morning, and they are coming camp meeting time so we shall some of us go. Mary has been up here this afternoon but complains of pain in her side and near her heart. Amanda went to Dannemora last Sunday with Jack Fitspatrick & Mary and a company of Irish (etc.?), and is coming up Sunday I suppose with Johnson of Plattsburgh, Ma will tell you about him if there is anything to tell. Today is Elma’s birthday and we wonder what she is doing. Mr. Arnold advises Ma to stop at Gilman and if it is so Amos can meet her there, she will be glad. She will, if nothing happens be there sometime Thursday. We are sorry we have not time to get an answer from you.

Hope you will be all well and enjoy your visit.

Elisabeth Johnson

Letter: 22 November 1900

To Frank & Sebie (Linn ?)

From Frank's side ?

Marquett Mich
Nov 22 1900

Dear Son, Daughter
I thought i would write you a few lines on business about Eddie i got a letter from Eddie & Alice also and they say that they are going to be married on the 19th Dec and i want you to get them a set of dishes and send them over to Piper City and you can send me the bill and I will settle with you. you can telephone over to Alice and ask her which kind she will like the Brown blue or the Pink Edd never wrote to me till now and he wants the $50.00 i am not going to give it to him i give Alice the dishes and a wedding present of $25.00 so he cant spent it an i want to know if you are going to do as you said you were I had my goods shipped here and not knowing when he was to be married i had his boxed sent (up?) (off?) with the rest and 2 days after they got here i got his letter that he was going after his (?box?) so i have to ship it back to him now Sebie i suppose that you Folks will go to the wedding and i will leave it to you to mark the things the linnen is for boath of them and the sofia pillow is for Alice and the stool from me say Frank i got a letter from Eva Gates today and they want to be remembered to you when i am writing their cousin is not very well Brother Henry and family are all well Dwight came in today and he is growen to be such a big & fat boy i did not know him Ita (?) fellow has had the smallpox and is . . . . . Page ripped here to top of next page . . . . .and had a very plesent eveing and Uncle Tom & Aunty gave us a beautifull wedding supper at DePere we got a fine lots of presents from the DePere folks also from the Marquette folks i will tell you all in my next letter Sebie has your Mother & Aunt gone south yet we have very good sleighing here now and the weather is not cold all of the DePere folks is all well we (?) are nearly all settled now yesterday i had a letter from Mrs. Lahle and she said that there was a . . . . Page ripped to end of letter.

Letter: 31 January 1869

Letter to Lora Arnold
From Elisabeth Johnson
Schuyler Falls
Jan. 31st 1869

Dear Sister and all,

We are obliged to look for a letter for a long time before we get one from you. It has been so long since we have written that I shall have much to tell you. It is snowing to day after a few days of thaw, and we still have good sleighing, and have had for the last two months. Amanda with Elisabeth Weaver sat up last night over to Mr. Rosman’s. Mrs. Rosman died Friday afternoon and is to be buried to day funeral at the house at 10 ½. No sermon to be preached, only a prayer so I think none of us will go, it is so stormy. She died very easy, but has required a great deal of care for the last two months, and suffered much. Effie has been sick with the fever and is still very poorly, but so as to crawl around. The baby is quite sick, but I think nothing but worms. The others are as usual. Erastus Holmes is also buried to day, died last Tuesday – had one fit and went into another and never came out of it. I presume that Mr. Arnold’s folks have written of Grandma’s death which was two weeks ago to-day the 17th. She came here Christmas and as usual that day she and Ma went to Uncle Darins and sewed for two days on Lydia’s Brussels carpet, which was very hard work. Thursday she went up to Mansfield’s and Saturday over to Richard’s but laid down all the afternoon, went over to Mansfield’s and grew worse and Monday he came after Ma and she went and they brought her here the next day. She was here 12 days and we took all the care of her but one night when Mrs. Lobdell and her mother came down and insisted on taking care of her for that night to rest us. She suffered dreadfully but was very patient, and talked but very little and hardly to be understood. She died very easy, much easier than we expected, as we thought she would fill up with phlegm and strangle but she did not. She was laid out in her black dress as was also Mrs. Rosman. Her coffin was very nice probably cost $25, while Mrs. Rosman’s was but $6. Lydia was up but three times and stayed less than an (hour ?) each time. Uncle Darin’s the same, and he and Huldah came just as she was breathing her last. Mr. Lewis, wife and children came a few minutes after. Mela came the night before she died and stayed. Dr. Barnes visited her twelve times and called her disease typhoid pneumonia. The funeral was the next day (by Uncle Darin’s appointment,) here, and N. B. Wood of Peru preached from Job 19th, 25th verse, Mr. Gould was sick. Flora send you the dolls pattern and says cut the feet off where they are marked and sew them on straight so the will not turn out so. Sophronia Patchin and Emma Mills came home last night. Ma and Amanda have been out to Uncle Darin’s think they put on some style. Ma sends you a piece of her new dress. We have one little calf for cold weather. I do not think of any thing more so will leave room for some one else.

New Writer

Pa has gone over to the funeral. Amos, Nate has been quite sick and is not well yet, has Esysipelas (?) in his head and dreadfully swelled, but he goes out some. Bub you will never be a man till you stop (whining ?) never for Lib says so.

Notes in Margins

How much would you give me to come and teach your school. You will see the shooting affair in the paper of Charles Foote, well he is a brother of Henry (H ? C ?) Foote our old teacher. Jane Colburn & children are down on a visit. I guess I’ll make Delina a visit sometime next summer, for I have not been out of town this winter wished Amos would carry us to donation.

Jane Colburn & husband and Charlie & Carrie here this evening.

Tom wants to move to Morrisonville now.