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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I so much wish to see – Grandfather Ponds and Grandfather Fuller's old homes are now occupied by Strangers – Since Cousin Cornelia died the old Fuller home has been sold – Aunt Sarah is still living in Joliet, Will Co [County], Ill, She is quite smart and well-off Two nieces live with her – Her Son lives in St Paul, Minn – Has several children He finds homes for orphan children – Is working for the St. Orphan's Asylum – Aunt Rhoda Still lives is past, 90 – I think 94 her next birthday – and is physically smart, can run up and down stairs quite spry, but has lost her mind or memory so her daughter has to watch her like a child – only those two and you and Uncle, left of all our many Aunts and Uncles – that we once had – If I could I should certainly go to see you Uncle and Aunt S – I don't care so much for Aunt Rhoda for I never knew her. Don't remember ever seeing her - I well remember the snow-storm in May that you mentioned in your last letter. What a time that was – Allie and I often speak of the time when we all lived in the old yellow house on Pond Hill we wonder how you had so much patience

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with us children.I do think you must have been sorely tried with us. Hope you will be recompensed for it. You have our grateful remembrance for your many kindnesses to us Alphonsine has a large nice home about 32 miles from here - She has a large family of summer boarders at present who go out into the country for a change from the noise of the Cities. She has some from San Jose. Oakland and San Francisco. She keeps two girls. Her daughter is here being treated for kidney trouble Is able to be up around but is in bad health Their youngest son was lately married and is living in a new house, built near his father's He will continue to work his father's farm. They have all kinds of fruit and berries, grown here, vegetables and their own milk, cream and butter. So they live well. Gulian.V.Pond lives in Belmond.Wright Co - Iowa He has only a Son and daughter left. The son is married and lives near him. He has one child The daughter is at home. I hear she is a lovely girl a very sweet singer - They are all well and getting along well. Gulian has a nice home there. Broyton and family are in ChicagoHe has a son and daughter married, and son and daughter at homesingle - Uncle.Dr.Don's Carrie and Fred also live there - We have had an unusually cool Spring with late showers. Some of the hay that was cut has been damaged and some of the cherries, but their is plenty that have not, and fruit of all kinds have had to be thinned on the trees, they were so over-loaded. Mr.Crawford has today been thinning our apples, pears, plums apricots, our orange trees are not over-loaded. This city is situated in the very rich beautiful Santa Clara Valley. I wish you could see it and our lovely roses and other flowers. They are beyond description of my poor pen.Allie would write to you if she did not have so much work and care. I hope I shall be more ready to write in the future.

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Dear Aunt C. you don't know how much I prize your letters, and how much good they do me. I do hope you will be able to write again soon. Has Cousin Oscar's daughter that was in poor health, become strong? I wish his wife would write me. I want to get acquainted Have you made much maple sugar this spring? Remember us to all our old friends. I write for Alphonsine as she has so much to do she can't I will send a few pieces of Sea Moss. that I gathered. I have some of the woolen stockings made of the nice yarn you let one spin of your nice wool when I was at yourhouse the last time, more than forty years ago. and the ticket you have me for diligence and good behavior in school when you taught our School on Pond Hill, before you were married I keep it in my big Bible that was given me by Aunt Sarah Savage. I have the piece of Rutland marble that Oramel got for me in Castleton. I prize these keepsakes and those that once belonged to your angel Sister the pebbles your Mother gave me that she thought we gathered when together we played by the side of the Lake. I love to look at them and think of those dear loved friends and scenes of my childhood's days.I shall be 66 the 3d day of Sept next. Have known the dangers and hardships of pioneer life and passed through many trying scenes, but have been spared until my last years seem more quiet and peaceful - and I feel thankful to our dear Heavenly Father for all his mercies and Kindness.

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Dear Auntie, put this moss on white paper piece by piece, taken apart then its beauty can be seen and you can arrange it to look very pretty. "Call us not weeds We are flowers of the Sea. For lovely and bright And gay-tinted are we. And quite independent Of Sunshine and Showers, Then call us not weeds We are ocean's gay flowers."

Have not forgotten when Uncle Asahel had his leg broken- and his black horseand among many things lives in my memory How he used to delight in teasing us just a little for fun.- O. The dear old Uncle the last of his family

I have rested many times since I commenced this and I think you will need to rest if you read all this at one time. I have made many mistakes, but I feel you will excuse all. Mr.Crawford send regards. With much love to all I am as ever Lovingly your Josephine.J.Crawford

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Sept 29, /95

Gilroy Santa Clara Co, Calif

Dear Aunt Calista

In your last letter to Sister Josephine you expressed the wish that Alphonsine would write you And I thought when I read your good long newsy letter that I would very soon but I have not done so for the reason that I am not much of a letter writer, and I find it so easy to let Sister do the letter writing and I have the reading of her letters from the friends Still I do write our brother's now and then and the Farewell girls, our cousins, also

It is getting bed time Mr S has retired and I will close I hope we can hear from you once more since we cannot see you with the best of wishes I am ever your Niece Alphonsine P. Sanders

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