Westport Jackson Co. Mo. Feb the 15 1874
Mrs Mage Hays
Dear Sister (21) as I have been thinking of writing to you for some time but have had the headache and bad cold nearly all winter that I have not felt much like writing but will not put it of any longer. I hope you will pardon me for my long seeming negligence. I will try and do beter in the future. I do not think there is any one that thinks of you any oftener than I do & if we never meet no more on earth I hope we may meet in that blest land where parting is no more. I supose Eda has give Fleda (22) all the news. That cancer on Fathers (23) neck is still growing, he has had several doctors doctoring on it, he is able to be up all the time now, he has gone home to Bens (24) . He says he wants to die in the same room that Mother (25) died in. Meek Selfs (26) baby is a very prety. Meek is very poorly, she has got the scrofula (27) in her neck, it is very badly swolen. Seat (28) is going to keep Meggie and Aron and Era the rest of the children (29) . Tell Jinnup (30) that her Uncle Lin (31) and I were very glad to get her leter and song ballad & she must write again. We will be very glad to hear from her at any time, tell her she must write to Wily (32) , he is anxious to hear from her but he thinks he cannot write good enough to write her yet. Well Mag, Eda and I looked on the map today and saw where you lived. Mage when have you heard from Nan Ervin (33) . Mage have you quit smoking. I still have your old pipe for akeep sake, it still lays on the mantle. I never see it but what I think of you.
Mrs Cunningham (34) has gone home. She left directly after Christmas, I have not heard from her since, she made me a Christmas present of a new calico dress. I have just pieced me a new calico quilt and have 2 more commenced. I have pieced me a bird trap worsted quilt since you left and have pieces enough to commence another one. Times are very hard here, harder than ever known before. Mage have you any grangers (35) in California and what do you think of them any how. I dont know what to think, they do for me to laugh at, they say they are going to do great things, bring down the taxes. Tell Jinup that Dixie Hays (36) has joined the Cumberland Church down by Jimie Lobs (37) . Mage do you ever hear from your sister Mrs dickeson (38) , they had the cholera (39) very bad in Fayette (40) last summer. When have you heard from your sister Letta (41) , tell Louis not to kill all the gees, to leave some feathers for some one else, well it is getting late. I will have to close by sending yourself, the girls, John, Will and Louis (42) my love. Eada says she would write but she has got nothing of interest to write as the news is all given so I will close, write soon, no more at present but remain your ever loving sister
NB Tell Will and Louis that Miss Frank Hale (44) & Miss Bell Adams (45) is still on the carpet and if that is not inducement enough to bring them back I dont know what is. Write soon and often Laurinda (46)
Cass Co. Mo. Jan. 25, 1875
Mrs Margret J. Hays
I have been trying to here from you for some time but could not learn your Postofice address. I saw Alfred Hays (47) the other day & he had received a letter & give your address. I was very glad to here from you & learn that you are all well & well pleased with the country. We are all able to be up this morning for the first time for a month. We have had better health for two years than common but this country has had two years almost intire failure in crops which has put me on the move as I have not determand which way I shall move yet if I can Sell my farm I will make a move some way this Season.
Mag I want you Louis (Utz) & Will (B. Overstreet) to write to me as soon as you get this letter & give me the full history of that country in all perticulars whither vally land table land hilly land bottom land timber land preary (48) land with climate & seasons health & Society with all of its changes & varyations when to plant & Sow all the productions of the country & when to geather or reap & what is the more productive when the rainy season sets in & when it end & what is the best season to emigrate how far from the cost & where is your nearest Rail Road S.P. Station (49) how fare & what direction. Give full particulars about everything relating to the country.
Jan 25 1875
Give me the prices of the leading artickles what land is worth & whither there is any land not yet taken up & what the chance to preempt (50) is there any wild animals (51) in there yet or Indians (52) .
Eliza (53) is in better health than she has been for years. She is busy ironing & cannot take time to write any says she will write next time. Claton Bains (54) family is all well. Uncle Amazon & Aunt Pap (55) has been very sick but is getting better the rest of the connection are all well so fare as I now. I wish you would make some inquiry for Alfred G Hornbuckle (56) (wife's brother) as we cannot here from him. Write as soon as you get this and oblige your friend
Richard Crump (57)
Near Independence Mo
Feb 20th 1875
Mrs Margret J. Hays
Dear Niece (58)
Your very kind letter of December 31th was gladly received and we certainly would have tried to answer it before now but owing to sickness have not been able to do so. I was taken sick the 7th of January and have not been out of my room since, am much better now however can sit up some and hope to get out soon. We were glad to hear that yourself & family were well but sorry to learn of your mothers afflictions, hope she had continued to improve and is well by this time, would like so much to see her. Bear to her our love and kindest wishes. This has been a long cold winter and owing to the short crops raised last year it has been very hard on a great many consequently times are dull and close, an early spring is hoped for.
In regard to your business since I have been sick I am not very well informed but know this much that some of your friends are doing all they can to obtain some money for you as early as possible and think they will suceed soon. The business is still in an unsettled condition, would be glad if you could get yours so that you could pay for your home and get it fixed up comfortably. You have many warm friends here who feel a great interest in your welfare and are pleased to hear that you are well satisfied and getting along as well as you are. I am so glad that John (59) is the same good son he was when small. Tell him that I can wish nothing better for him than he should be as good a man as he was a boy.
Your Aunt Mary (60) went out to Colorado the first of last October, got back home Christmas day. left them all doing very well. Lou (61) has another fine boy, calls him William Briant (62) . Yager (63) thinks he is almost a man now that he has a baby brother. I am very proud of my grandsons and hope they may grow up to be good men. Would enjoy it very much if I were so situated that I could see them often, and you tell as you are grandma (64) , no doubt it does make you begin to feel that old age is creeping on. We would like to see Bettie (65) , her husband and her boy as well as John, Fleda and Jen Uppie. Remember us kindly to them, to your brother Jack, Berry Yocum and any others who feel an interest in us. Now Mag I ask as a favor from one who has always been a kind neice that you will not wait on, be at all particular with us but write as often as you can ever remembering that your letters are a great source of pleasure and information to us for through them we not only hear from your own family but it is about the only news that we get from any of the other relations in that country. All the relatives and friends are well as far as I know of, but few changes have been made since you left here. D & Mary Gregg (66) have both been here since your letter came and told us to return much love to you for them. They have charge of the County farm (67) now, the second year and are doing real well, children all well. Your Aunt Mary says as she likes to travel about so well that she thinks she would enjoy a trip to Cal (68) to see all the kin folk. With our best wishes for you all I remain as ever your Uncle
J. B. Yager (69)
Cousin Mag now for my say. I have been here six weeks. Pa has had a very hard spell, was taken with Rheumatism in the joints and it went to his heart which had already been diseased for some time. It was thought he could not recover but he is mending now very fast. I think I'll go home the next time Henry (70) comes down, he comes every few days. Tell John, Fleda, and Uppie I would so love to see them as well as yourself. Much love for all and will you sometimes think of your cousin Rachel (71)
My dear Neice Margaret (72) ,
Yours of July 22nd was received in due time, just as I was on the eve of starting to Colorado. I went out to see Will & Lou (73) , arriving at their house the 15th of August and spent some six weeks with them, bringing Lou & the Boy home with me when I returned, they are here yet but expect to return to Colorado in a few weeks.
We were glad to hear of your & the children's good health, sorry that your Mother is failing so fast. Your Aunt Mary's not very well now, but about as usual. This week has been guite stormy. Considerable snow on the ground now, but 'tis thawing very fast. We have had a very pleasant fall, with exception of one cold spell in November.
You want to know about money, the banks (74) closed here in September. Some have opened again and are yet going, but money is very scarce. Times are harder what I ever saw, it is impossible to get cash for anything. Land half of its value now. In the settlement that was in progress when you, four hundred dollars ($400.00) was allowed for your part but owing to the death of Sam'l Hays (75) the estate has to wait its time before settlement. There has been no money collected and a poor show for doing so now. I sent you an Independence (76) paper last summer. Have you ever received one. It is to go six months, you will excuse me for not writing oftener. You know my sight is poor & my time very much filled up. Dont let this keep you from writing us often. Tell the children one & all to write to me & believe me your true friend and Uncle. Give my best regards to your Mother & Jackson & all my friends. I have the smartest Grandson you ever saw. Yours truly
J. B. Yager
I will write you a few lines. I am tolerable well, this damp weather makes me feel stiff. Mary & D Gregg (77) are well. Henry & Rache are at home. Rache's health is very poor now. She is doing her kitchen work now. Lettie and Frank moved out to Henry's farm, times are so hard. Henry thought he could not keep anyone this year. It goes hard with her. You must be satisfied there for times are very hard here. Lou & her little Yeager are here now. He is a great boy in the family. Lou expects to go home soon. Mr Hamilton cannot come in & he sent her & the baby home. Mary Cunningham is here now. We all expect to go to Westport (78) tomorrow. Tell your Mother (79) (my sister) that I would love to see her once more in this world, but if not we will hope to meet in Heaven. Tell each and all the children that Aunt Mary Yager often speaks of them & would love to get a letter from all of them. Give my love & best wishes for one & all, also to your brother Jackson. I will close. Write soon & often and I will do my very best. Dont wait for me. With much love I remain your aunt
Mary J. Yeager (80)
1873 - 1875
Letters 86- 90
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