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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smart for a person of her age - Then on to visit. Paulina Parker and Mariette & the other cousins in that vicinity, and while there she had |the| pleasure of meeting Lucy Farwell Smith who came out from Vt on a visit- she then, went to brother Gulion's in Belmond Iowa then on to St Paul to see Aunt Lucinda. F. Butterfield and part of her family -She is past 80 Aunt Rhoda will be 90 her next birthday. Is quite smart - Aunt Mary F. Broyton is also past eighty - She is feeble, but Uncle is smart and active. They enjoy their work very much - Uncle Durlin has been a very energetic worker Has been favored with good health & takes good care of himself so I think he will live to be an aged man - Aunt Sarah is now visiting her son Eddie at St Paul. Minn - He is a Baptist Minister - Brother Brayton came to this coast last season on business, and made me a

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short visit. It had been thirty six years since I had seen him. Neither recognized the other, both were so changed This season, in June, Gulian came on an excursion, he too made but a brief stay as he had to be back on time. or pay extraHe said he would known my eyes, but I would not known him. He is a steady, fine man, a church member -- uses no liquor or tobacco. Has only one Son & daughter left. I think if he can sell to suit him, that he will come to this State to live. He does not like the long severe cold winters and thunder and windstorms they have there. Had one of his best cows killed by lightning this summer. Sis. Alphonsine family are grown and all of age. Are fine very interesting young people -- Her husband is building them a new home this summer and Mr.Crawford is there at work on it. They live about thirty-two miles south of us, at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mts.

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This city is steadily improving. Have a new City Hall- Large Hotels and fine Business blocks will soon have $200,000 P.O.Building completed. Have Electric St Rail Road and other improvements Since I wrote you, have been on the thresh-hold of the other life - In June after eight M.D's passed their opinion upon my case. which was that I had cancerin my right breast in advanced stage of development - and that without immediate skillful treatment I must soon die. It had troubled me for two years. Finally decided to go to the Sanitarium at Crystal Springs near St Helena. Napa Co - about 70 miles north of San Francisco - I there had it drawn out & lived through the operation, came home and am now able to resume some of my duties but am not strong - my friends here consider it marvelous that I am as well as I am - Do not expect to have perfect health - but think my life may be prolonged for some-time yet. If this reaches you I hope if you are not able to write that Cousin Oscor or his wife will for you. If I could go east, there is no place I so wish to visit as your home. and my childhood firends. Sometimes I visit you in my dreams and I fear it is the only way I can while in this life - but we do not know what is in store for us - I would be very, very happy to see you and dear Uncle Asahel once more in this life, but we shall all soon go to the other home. Are you and Uncle able to do any work? I do so long to see you that I feel that I can scarcely wait until I can How is Cousin Oscor and family? Please write about all our old friends and neighbors- we have had but a few days of hot weather this summer - greater part of the time it has been cool and pleasant - Hoping this will find you well and Happy. I am as ever lovingly your nieceRemember much love to dear Uncle and all the family Your aff Josephine.J.Crawford.

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San Jose. Santa Clara Co. California 196 Montgomery St June 12 - 1894. Very dear Aunt Calista. Your excellent and most interesting letter came in due time but found one very sick with inflamation of my lungs - Tis going on five weeks since I took down, am now able to sit up part of the day and am gaining but am still quite weak. Think I will recover if I get no cold. I came near going to my other home. Mr.Crawford was elected delegate to the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows that convened in San Francisco and I. to the State Convention of Rebekahs that met there at the same time. we went and spent a week attending the greater part of it at the sessions which were very interesting and enjoyable After the close of that business we went to the Mid. Winter Fair which is a wonderful

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grand display It is doubtless equal to the Chicago Fair in many respects but not such an immense affair. The third day there, a cold rainstorm came up, and got my feet damp in going from the grounds to the cars. took cold and came home sick. Before visiting the Fair I went through the U.S. Mint and saw the works, and many millions in gold and silver being made into coin. I wished many poor people had some of it. Before I write another word I wish to say that I had long been trying to get a letter started to you, but had so many cares and duties to attend to that I did not succeed My dear Auntie I do not forget you and our friends east Allie and I never meet that we don't talk of you and scenes of other days. and the few dear loved ones left us there in old VT.and we realise that it will not be very long before all will be gone, and we too. Do hope we may meet again in the better world. I long to see you, dear old Uncle, cousins and those left there that I used to know but I don't expect to, again in this life - There are places

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