Henry S., age 25, Michigan

This has been a bad day for all of us, the Dr. was here this morning and said Nellie was having Diptheria.  I expect we well all stand a chance of taking the disease.  I am very fearful of the consequences if Kate should take it in her weak condition.  The excitement made her feel bad all day.  I went over to see my folks about take her and the baby over there.  They said to come right along, but it was cold and blowing so I couldn’t move Kate.  Nellie is not very bad yet and we hope she is not going to be.  The baby has not been very well this after and was real sick tonight.  I expect it will be a long time before we can go north, now.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)