Josephine J. Crawford

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Letters are addressed to Josephine's aunt, Calista. Early letters describe Marysville, Strawberry Valley and San Jose in some detail. Later letters concentrate on the family, giving news of her sister, Alphonsine Saunders (Mrs. Charles Saunders) who lived nearby, her brothers, Durlin and Julian Pond and asking news of various relatives in Vermont. ** Please note that historical materials in the Gold Rush Collections may include viewpoints and values that are not consistent with the values of the California State Library or the State of California and may be considered offensive. Materials must be viewed in the context of the relevant time period, but views are in no way endorsed by the State Library. The California State Library’s mission is to provide credible information services to all Californians and, as such, the content of historical materials should be transcribed as it appears in the original document.

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It seems Cousin Oscor's little Son has gone to join the dear ones gone before. I rec'd [received] the paper with his, and Albert Pease death. We shall soon follow -- and the "places that Know us shall Know us no more". The 3d of next Sept I shall be 60 years of age I have nearly reached three score. How much I wish I could see you and dear Uncle once more in this life, but I do not expect to, but hope to meet you beyond the grave.

I often think of you and our dear friends east – but few are yet left – and I presume if we were to meet we would not recognize each other, all so changed, nothing the same but memory, and undying affection of the next. Dear Aunt Calista do write me very soon My last letter to you is still unanswered I am longing to hear from you again.

Aunt Mary Brayton celebrated her Golden Wedding last Oct. They had a grand time -- Both Uncle and Aunt Broyton are very Smart for people of their years -- My bro-B is living in Chicago. He writes Uncle Dr. Don's Fred Pond has finally married -- He or Carrie both live in Chicago Ella has lost her husband but is left with plenty of this world's wealth – Bro Gulian is still living in Belmond, Wright Co. Iowa. Is your bro Oromel living in Castleton where you can some times meet. I would like to see my brothers again, but we are a long way apart -- Please write about all my old friends -- that you can call to mind. What became of Melissa Brown, who married a Dewey. Is Sallie still living. I could fill another Sheet with questions I wish to ask. Where is Cousins Flora & Asahel, Thornton Is cous [cousin] Julia Ann still living in Castleton. I hear from none of my old friends except you and Cornelia Fuller and seldom from her. Aunt Sarah lives in Joliet, Ill. Is a smart old lady. Much love to Cousin Oscor and wife -- and dear Uncle and Aunt Calista.

Lovingly yours – Josephine J. Crawford --

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Mar 12 – 1889

My much loved Aunt C –

It has been a long time since your very interesting letter came. I thought I should reply without delay, but Sickness and many cares have prevented until now I have thought of you much, and often said I think I will soon write again – my eye-sight is getting so I find some difficulty in writing at night and during the day find little time for it.

Your letter contained much news of interest to us. Sister Alphonsine and I have read it over again and again. We know you must all feel lonely without that dear boy, but when we stop to think that he has gone on only a little before, that you will soon join him – and that he is now free from Sickness, pain and sorrow in the Haven of rest and peace with other dear ones gone before – we feel to say 'tis well

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He may be saved much sorrow and many trials, for life at best has some. How few of the many friends we knew when we lived on Pond Hill are left, and those who still remain will soon be gone.

Sister Alphonsine talks of going east to visit our brothers and other friends, would like to visit Vt [Vermont] but I do not know whether she will be able to go that far east, or not. She wishes to start in June Is very anxious I should accompany her, but I cannot leave. Have duties that demands my attention, so must wait. Her children are grown the youngest is now of age. Her daughter Annis will keep house for her, seems quite willing she should go. She has a nice family. They live 32 miles south of us. Her husband is a farmer. Their home is at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mts.

Sister Mary left two children, but one soon followd her – the one living (Ruthie, is married and is now in Dakota. Bro [brother] Gulian lives in Belmond Wright Co. Iowa. Has two sons, both married and one daughter living at home. Broyton lives in Chicago still. Has four children – two married and sonand daughter at home.

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That Mrs. Winchell who was a niece of Uncle Otis Wood – who lived here, has died since I wrote you last. She left a husband and two girls.

Uncle and Aunt Broyton are in Burmah, both quite smart for people of their age. They celebrated their "Golden Wedding" two or three years ago. Had a very interesting celebration They have one child who lived to grow to womanhood and married the Rev Mr. Rose a Missionary there, who have several children, all save one I believe are being educated in this country, east. Mr & Mrs RoreinBur Aunt Sarah Fuller Savage is in Joliet Ill. Has one child living, a son who is a Baptist minister is spending the winter in Florida. Her husband died several years ago. Aunt Sarah is quite well-off and a smart happy old lady. I hear from brother Broyton who frequently visits her. Aunt Rhoda Lucinda Butterfield is living. Buried her husband – last year in Lapeer, Mich. Is now living with her daughter in Minneapolis Minn She is 82 and Aunt Rhoda Nettleton, Mother's oldest sister is living in Conn aged 85 –

This has been a most delightful winter – very

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little frost. We had tomatoe vines and green beans growing in our garden until the middle of Jan. Have seen snow on the tops of the Mts on both sides of this Valley only once, and then it remained but a short time. The grain is up a foot or more, and Apricot, peaches and other early fruit trees are in blossom. The air is sweet with the perfume of many flowers-

This place is steadily improving we like it and have no desire to go to any other to remain long – Is Uncle Asahel able to saw wood this spring? Are you trouble with rheumatism? O – how glad I would be to see you both once more. Is Oromel still living? How is Cousin Oscor and family? Do you make maple sugar? That is some thing not made here – and I have never seen a winter green growing in California.

I hope you will soon get this – that it will find you in the enjoyment of comfortable degree of health Do you ever go to Pond Hill? How lonely it must seem – not a family only the Wood's that used to live there. What has become of Cousin Louisa and Sophia's children? – I think your place must indeed be very pleasant. How much I used to enjoy going there.

My friends gave me a great surprise on my 60th birthday – besides many presents not published $40.00 in gold pieces – The Daily Mercury our local paper the Odd-Fellows Organ and Golden Gate of San Francisco had an account of it which I will send you – It was a great surprise I do not Know but I have already sent one – I have so much on my mind I can't tell – besides my work I am Chairman of visiting the Sick and needy for the Rebekah Odd Fellow's Lodge – and also of the Relief Com for the "Church of Humanity – so I have no time to idle away The field is large and the laborers comporatively few, to the great need of suffering ones – in need of assistance and sympathy –– I wish I could take you and Uncle out for a drive, and see these beautiful grain fields – vine-yards and orchards containg [containing] acres & acres – for miles all in bloom – and I would like to help you sugar off if you make sugar – as in days gone – by – Much love to all I hope you will get this soon and write as soon as convenient I long to hear from you.

Affectionately Your Josephine J. Crawford

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