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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San Jose Santa Clara Co Cala June 15-89 Much loved Aunt CYour very interesting letter has just arrived I have given it a second reading and now will try to reply without delay. I do enjoy your letters more than I can express in words, and am fully conscious that I can't have the pleasure of receiving manymore. we are both on the down grade hastening on to the close of this life. If I had the means and could leave home I should visit you and dear old Uncle Asahel one more.I long to see you, but I do not expect to ever have the privilege. It is a long tedious trip. but by cars now made in a few days, that took us six months and 7 days from Ohio.Il. did not then seem possible that a Rail Road could be built over those Mts and deserts But thirty-six years has wrought a most There are man churches and fine schools in this city. Colleges and Lick Observatory near -

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marvelous change from the borders of civilization to the Pacific Coast I have had all the experience in pioneer life that I desire, and am contented to spend the remaining days allotted one here, in San Jose. I think if I could, I would visit you and the dear sacred haunts of my childhood, but I would not wish to remain longerDear Sister Alphonsine left here last Tuesday for Chicago - with the "Teacher's Excursion Party with no bad luck will arrive in Chicago on Mon 2 o'clock P.M. June 17- will visit brother Brayton and other friends there, before going to bro Gulian's - She would like to visit VT friends but had not fully decided upon it before leaving here - Her daughter Annie does her housekeeping while she is away- she has a girl to help her, and still keeps boarders as before Allie left - She writes me she is getting along nicely - Bro Broyton's address is P.B.Pond - Providence, Cotton Batting Mills- Cor - Wentworth Ave and Maple St. Inglewood. Ill. {He would be please (it is a suburb of Chicago)

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to hear from Cousine Jane. I have long intended writing her, but have so may cares I have not much time to devote to better writing.If we could only have our thoughts understood without this labor of writing - how nice it would be - The Bartlett Springs" in Contra Costa Co. about 75 miles from here. There are many Springs of different kinds in this State. I would be delighted to have some of your Maple sugar and more than pleased to have you have some of the luscious cherries, apricots, peaches and other kinds of fruit now in the market. Haying is over, and the harvesting of grain will soon be - The rains are over until fall, and a nearly cloudless sky for weeks, yes months is expected- This is the busy time of the year with the farmers and fruit menIt required many hands to gather and take care of the fruit in its season. I thank you dear Aunt C - for writing me about our friends. I do like to know where, and how They are Think Cousin Flora's life

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has been a sod one - What was the first cause of her insanity? It is amost deplorable condition to lose ones mind Truly we need all our faculties to get along comfortably while here - but the low of wearing out, holds good and we can't cope it. I am glad cousin Jane has gone back to visit the dear ones there. I would like to join her in that pleasure. I have had letters from her, but none from Julia Ann. Cousin Cornelia.J.Fuller used to write, but have not had anything from her in along time. You are the only one Ihearfrom in dear old VT. What a longing I some-times have to see the few dear ones left and the dear places I loved so much. It does seem that I must go - but I must not allow myself to think ofit since I can't go - But I do often visit you and the other friends in thought and memorykeeps green, all, as I last saw them I wish to be remembered to all the friends will not mention names as it takes up too much room - Where is Winter?Am sorry to hear of Cousin Oscor's poor health. Hope he and his family will soon improve, and fully recoverSister has sent two postals since she left the last she was near Ogden. was having a pleasant time. The party are to stop at Salt Lake 12 hours to visit places of interest thereCousin Emeline Pond Ashley lives in Los Angeles Co. at Verdigo and Syman her brother lives with her she is the only relative I have met here except her family - My eyesight is not very good my hair is turning front teeth good but back ones my grinders, are used up Think I weight about 130lbs perhaps trifle less Uncle and Aunt Broyton are quite smart and enjoy life much - are still engaged in their work in Rangoon, Burmah. Aunt Sarah is a widow, with one Sone - who is a Minister. She is quite well-off-lives in Joliet. Will Co- IllI hope you will be able to write me a few lines before very long time has gone by.I wish Uncle would write one. I do not remember seeing a letter from him, not even to father, but I would like one - would like to hear from Cousin Oscor and wife - with much love I am as ever yourJosephine

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San Jose. Santa Clara Co Cala 196 Montgomery St Sept 3 - 1890 Dear Aunt CToday I am sixty-two and memory has taken me back to the days I were my teacher. I have one of the tickets you gave one then. for "diligence and good behaviour", which I keep in my big Bible as one of any sacred treasured gifts I am longing to hear from you Have not heard in a long time Sister Alphonsine went east as far as Chicago last season, but did not have time to go on to VT. She visited bro Broyton and Cous.Carrie & Fred Pond Uncle Dr Don's children Cousin Fred is married and has one child a son. who live there. Then went South to Aunt Sarah Savage's in Joliet found her Kindest regards to all of our dear old friends,

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