Abbie B., age 22, Kansas


Set the house to rights, made yeast, then went to the garden. Gathered two dozen late cucumbers—a cantilope and a mellon—and came back J. R. came with corn and we had dinner. After wards I comed and changed my dress and sat down to write letters. Later—Messers. Smith, Stafford and Jake came. They teased Philip; told him “You wont keep your housekeeper long.” “My gun is loaded” was all he answered, as he pointed to where his gun hung.

Jake is going to town, so I gave him letters to mail—and sent a lot of mellons along for them and Mrs. Lane. One of Philips steers died, they think of Texas fever. It is such a pity. He was a good worker — Now the yoke is spoiled.

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