Kate Chapin & John A. Beeler
Posted by Cathy
Lampshire on Mon, 2 April 2001, great-great granddaughter
of Kate and John
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|Personal letter, dated Sept. 3, 1881 from KATE CHAPIN
BEELER to her husband JOHN ABRAHAM BEELER. John stayed home
in Salem, Kansas while Kate took their two children to
Greenwood, Nebraska to visit relatives. Kate and John were
married in Cass County, Nebraska in 1874.
Dear old hubby,
Received your letter and read
every word Wednesday and it did me a world of good for I had
the blues dreadful. I except its lonesome (wish I could come
over and sleep with you) wish I had some of mothers melons.
Have not seen a good melon since left there. Tell her to save
me one for I am coming home soon. Ethe [daughter Ethel] is home
sick and says she wishes she could see her Pa and asks everyday
how soon we are going home. Berty [son John Bertrum] is well
and just as full of mischief and home sick. Grandpa says he is
dreadful smart boy and every one says how much he looks and
acts like John. He spends most of his time when here at Grandpa
CHEUVRONT chasing the pigs & chickens. Tells them all his Pa
has gone in the buggy.
You wanted to know what
condition the people and crops were in so I will tell you the
best I can. The people have as good health as could expected
this hot weather One of Carnes boys died with the diptheria and
another one has it but was getting better the last I heard.
There is a good deal of sickness among small children and in
regard of the weather it is dreadful hot and dry and dusty and
hot southwind is drying everything up. Had little shower last
night. Hardly enough to ________ [settle] the dust. They have
not had a good rain to wet the ground down an inch since in
June. Corn is not much better here than it is there. Wheat down
and 7 and 10 bushel to the acker (I don't know whether that is
spealt rite or not) corn is selling at 40 ____ in
Mr. B in regard to that divorce
just _________ in (so you don't get away with Mr. Gates leave
him ________ me)
Mailed you a letter the same day
I received yours did not write much had the blues to bad.
Received those papers was glad to get them. remember me again.
send me the Review next time. Sunday morning and no rain yet
and the wind is blowing a gail from the south and hot enough to
roast eggs. Well John you did not say wheater you was well or
not. I am so afraid you will get sick you must take good care
of your self and don't work to hard. Wish I could see you this
morning how I would hug you. I will give you my program for
this week. Am going to Pa to day and tomorrow will wash in the
fournoon and iron in the afternoon. Go to Alta's [Alta Angeline
CHEUVRONT COLEMAN] in the evening Tuesday. Alta & Sarah [Sarah
CHEUVRONT METHENY] and I are going to see Polly LOFTON
Wednesday. Alta & I are going to Chalke [Elic Chalker COLEMAN,
Jr.?] and Thursday will spend the day with Alta and return to
Grandpa's Friday. Last week I visited in Greenwood had a very
good visit think I will get around in another week. Do not want
to stay lone for I will get to homesick. Wish Mother
[mother-in-law Sylvia JONES BEILER ARMSTRONG] was here in my
place you know she likes to visit I don't.
Well I have written all the news
and nonsense I can think of at the present. Will close hoping
this will find you well and harty good and kisses, kisses,
Your little wife Kate
P.S. Fanny CARRE was married 5
years ago and lives out south near where the old man lived. He
is in the black hills, his wife is with him. Moses and Alice
live in Greenwood yet. Don't forget to water my Plants.
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