The Danton Burroughs
A BURROUGHS FAMILY TRIBUTE
ERBzine Issue 1096
LETTERS TO HOME
FROM THE BURROUGHS BROTHERS:
George T. Burroughs, Jr.
LETTERS SENT HOME TO CHICAGO FROM CAMP AT HARTLAND
Hartland July 2 / 84
Dear Mother & Father
We arrived safely at 4.04 P.M. after going through
a slight shower.
Mr. Rudberg was not down to meet us.
We had to leave our bicycles in Milwaukee to
be sent up on an evening train, because when they got the through baggage
in there was not enough room & the Hartland and Oconomowoc stuff had
to be left till next train. We are fortunate in not having our baggage
put off as Mr. Kisk's & a lot of other baggage was left.
We are going down in the morning to ride them up
and get some hats.
Right after supper we tried my new minnow net
& caught as many in two hauls as we used to get in 4 or 5.
We then went out trolling. Walter caught 2 small pickerel
& I caught a 2 1/2 or 3 lb bass, a very large one. My pole works nicely
and the hanging net is great.
Harry joins in much love to all.
P.S. Still alive & kicking
July 3 / 84 ~ 8 A.M.
Breakfast bell ringing!
We got up at 4 & fished for 3 1/2 hrs. Caught 7 Rock Bass &
We just got back from going in swimming. Mr. Rudberg is going
to take us down to Hartland at 5 PM & we will get our bicycles.
Hoping you will enjoy your fourth. I remain your
be as saving as possible. Please say to mother that no "Outing"
came with the express package. I will be very glad of both, if these
are two that I have not seen. I do not take any stock in that Spiritual
Business but I was interested & thought you might be, we have not tried
any thing since. Tell Mother a peanut was the first thing I ate
out of the box of candy & also that the fish which I caught only
weighed 4 lbs. but he was very poor, he had a frame that if filled out
would have weighed 5 or 6 lbs.
If we get fish enough to make a meal they will prepare them &
put them on the table & will cook a small quantity if we clean them.
They a re as accommodating as could be asked & if I get hungry in the
evening I go into the kitchen & get something just as I would at home.
We are having quite rainy weather.
With love to all
P.S. Sam Buchner asked me to stop over in Milwaukee with him for
two or three days when I went home, what shall I do.
Hartland July 7 / 84
Your letter of the 5th just received. Harry wrote
to Mother yesterday answering all previous ones (letters). He didn't show
me his letter & I don't know how much he told you. We got our boat
Saturday & I am afraid it was jammed, coming up on the wagon, anyway
it leaked pretty badly & I have had to work on it considerable to get
it fixed, it don't leak much now & I think it will swell enough
to stop that
Tell Matt. that aside from that leak everything is first rate the
seats are a little too far front but by putting the anchor (stone) in the
stern it goes all right & when one rows alone by putting the anchor
in the bow it turns all right. I arranged the anchor ropes so that I can
steer with my feet.
Harry's key didn't fit the locker, so I took the
lock off & fixed that.
We got up at 4.20 A.M. & went fishing this
morning, didn't catch anything.
Mr. Rudberg says he don't care how you pay, you
can wait until the end of the summer if you want, but I don't' see
why once a month won't be first rate. He also says he supposes there will
be rooms about the 1st of Aug. but it is not very certain.
Harry says he don't want a daily paper & I can't read one,
so you had better not send one, thank you. We're trying to be careful &
you will see us home safely when the time comes.
As far as other people are concerned it is
rather dull here but there are quite a number coming this afternoon. Today
is the first fairly warm day we have had, mostly on account of winds.
We are going now to dig a place deeper for our boat near the bank.
We have only been in swimming once but we are going
in this afternoon.
With much love I am
your affectionate Son
Hartland July 14 / 84
My rod came today, also a letter of the 12th
inst from you, the rod was all right only one length having been sent by
Please tell me what it cost, the Ex. charges were
25 cents each way.
We won't need any more money at present as I have
with some of my own nearly four dollars & Harry a little less. We are
thinking of going to some other lake near here, Ockotcber or
Mouse for a days fishing. It will probably cost about $1.00 to $5.00
apiece, do you approve of it.
I am glad you liked the fish & if you think
it will pay we can send some more, we could send a box full of small
fish every day, but we can't always get larger ones. The largest
there only weighed 2 /14 lbs. We will be sure to send some to Mr. Buchry
did the writing on Walters postal remain legible. Mother said in her letter
of the 10th inst. that Grandma Burroughs was very sick but
as nothing else has been said we hope she is much better.
I hope Freddies accident will not prove serious
& I agree with mother that it was lucky it was not on the bicycle.
I am sorry I was not home to see Louis Stevens
& I hope he will write as I would like his address.
I suppose you enjoyed going to the convention &
wish I could have gone. I am not having any trouble with my head &
eyes & feel very well, but my stomach troubles me some.
Harry told you in a letter of yesterday about our
going to a show in Hartland. I lost my rubber coat but some
boys found it & spoke to Mr. Rudberg about it & I went &
got it the next day.
Our table is so reduced that we three boys &
Mr. Rudberg occupied alone this noon. Received a letter from Ed. Came
today asking us to ride down & spend a day at Geneva Lake & he
would come back with us & stay a day or two. What do you think
we had better do.
With love to all
P.S. I wish you would make up your mind to come up.
Sunday July 20th
We received your letter last night with father's
note enclosed. I expected a letter Friday afternoon & Harry went down
town to get it, as it did not come I got up Sat. morning & went down
to Hartland at 6 o'clock A.M. to see if one came by the fast mail.
I was much disappointed but concluded to get
the gun as I am positive I could sell it to Chris - he tried or wanted,
to buy one last winter just like it which a fellow asked $15.00 for &
he tried to buy this one of Jake.
Beside selling me the gun so cheap when he found
I had no cartridges & no cash to get any he gave me a box
worth $.50 containing 250.
What do you think of coming up, I want to hear that
you are, I don't like to be having so good a time while all you are not.
Don't talk any more about Ice Cream or watermelons
It makes me wish I was home. It is nearly dinner time & Sunday
so we may have some of the former but it is poor at the best. You haven't
any idea how much fruit in the way of small berries I eat. I have
found three large raspberry patches & to day while across the
lake I came onto some bushes of wild gooseberries. I got stung
on the hand Friday while in the wood near Pine Lake.
Shall we send you some more fish if we catch enough.
We are getting along better with Walter though
there is no love lost between us.
We have not received the papers yet but I shall
be very glad of it when it comes.
I saw that article in regard to Ed Camp's side
& cut it out of one of the boys papers.
Give our love to Grandma Geiger when you
What is Jesse doing, Harry got a postal from
Phil, but we have not heard from Tom.
With love Geo
P.S. Harry agreed to write & mail a letter Friday night but he
neglected it & I suppose you wont get it until Monday.
Wed July 23
Father's letter of the 19th & yours of the 20th
arrived. I had to laugh at father saying he sent an occasional
of caution, as a rule all the first page & a few lines at the end
are cautions, but we try to be careful & I feel almost certain that
we will come out all right.
I wish you could see my Rifle, it is one of the
best I ever saw. I skinned a gopher that I shot & am trying
to preserve the skin I wish I could stuff birds and animals, we
get so many handsome birds.
Two boys in the room next to us are taking turns
the violins - it sounds nicely. How is Frank getting along, I am
anxious to get to playing again.
I should like to see Father in his cutaway suit,
I wonder if he will weigh as much as Uncle Henry.
I am sorry the trade is so bad, but hope
it will improve. We are keeping in splendid health.
I envy you the drive you had Sunday, it must remind
you of old times, that is when Harry & I were younger & went out
It was very kind in Father to let us have the
rifle & I am afraid it was selfish in me to ask for it, we have
so many nice things.
There must be about 40 people here,
a few of whom were here last year. I have not been to Rice's yet
but his place is greatly improved. I have been out on the lake until
11 o'clock for two nights listening to the German Campers from Milwaukee
sing. Monday night they had Chinese lanterns & Red lights in
boats on the lake. They keep about 25 lanterns burning in their
camp on the hill until about 11 o'clock every night.
We have had cool weather until this week, Monday & Tuesday it is
cool to-day on acct. of a storm we had last night. I don't remember
whether I ever told you that Harry & I each have a cot - the bed
we had at first had bugs in it. I did not like to tell them so, but
asked for two cots saying Harry & I were not accustomed to sleeping
together. I have not slept so comfortably for a long time. We
play ball a good deal, last night two of the young ladies chose
sides & appointed captains & we are waiting for it to get dry
so we can play. The losing side pays for the lemonade or rather the
lemons as the ladies will make it. I suppose you have received
Harry's letters in regards to money as it constitutes our joint possessions.
With much love Geo.
Hartland July 27
The only letter from home not answered is our so
of the 25 inst. I have tried to comply with father's request to write
every other day & have done my share. I try to have Harry write
friday so it will go to the Hartland in the afternoon & leave Sat.
A.M. at 6.15 but he has neglected it for two weeks so I suppose you wont
get a letter form Wed. till Monday.
I am glad that you think my penmanship is improving
& am obliged to you for not criticizing some of my first letters &
postals, which I know were a disgrace to me. I am afraid this letter wont
be as good as my last because my hand is not at all steady.
We got the express package yesterday & if you
know what a lot of pleasure that box of candy gave you would be
surprised. You know I seldom eat candy at home, but here I want some all
We also got two night shirts, a box of stationery
& some lemons & sugar.
Our old nightshirts were all right for the rest
of the summer but now we wont have to have them washed again as we wear
them two weeks.
The stationery I don't think we needed but it will
be just as good when we get home.
I have got a stick all ready to make the lemonade
with, that is, to squeeze the lemons with.
The place is just jammed today - 10 young
men from Milwaukee & Chicago came up to spend Sunday. We thought
we would have two of them in our room last night but they made other arrangements.
had the best swim to-day we have had yet. Chris told me today of a
to catch minnows, for bait, about 2 miles off & I think we will
go tomorrow. I caught the largest fish yesterday that has been caught since
we have been here, that is by anyone stopping at Rudbergs.
I heard this morning that a man had just caught
a fish in Pine Lake which weighed 20 lbs. it must have been 4 or
5 feet long for mine was nearly a yard long.
With many thanks for the Ex. Package I am with love,
P.S. Walter expects his brother up before long to spend a few weeks.
Hartland July 27
[HARRY AND GEORGE LETTERS COMBINED?]
Harry received two letters yesterday, one from you and one from father,
neither of which I shall try to answer. There is a gentleman up here
who is a spiritualist & a strong medium & we though we would try
tipping a table. There were eight of us around the table. Mr. Bangs
the gentleman I spoke of, Miss Annie, Cassie, Nettie & Charlie
Rudberg, Miss Manirue, Miss Kissel & myself. Miss Manier became
so nervous that she had to take her hands off, so that left seven at the
table. The table would tip three times for "yes" & once for "no",.
We had not got serious, when Charlie asked , not thinking of our answers,
"Who is the greatest rascal", it immediately tipped way over into his lap,
coming back to the floor again without any nose or jar, then we asked it
to tip to each one in succession beginning with the next largest rascal
which it did. It then tipped out the age of each one of the party without
a mistake, then the time of night. Mr. Bangs asked if any of his spirit
friends were with us & found it was some one who was always present
with him when he received manifestations.
Finding that there was some one else present,
we repeated the alphabet, the table tipping whenever we got to the right
letter & spelt the name of an indian who always appears to Judge Tulry.
We then tried to get raps and sure enough on a vacant chair we could hear
distinct raps, which answered the questions the same as the table. This
was something that none but Mr. Bangs had ever heard. We then asked them
mental questions all around & got answers. Mr. Bangs asked if the circle
was all right for receiving manifestations & the answer was "no". We
found that Miss Kissel was
the one who should leave & that Miss Manirer should not touch
the table again. We then asked if it was because they did not believe in
Spiritualism & it answered yes. I then asked if I believed in it &
a very strong yes was the answer, it was something new to me. I dont think
of anything else that happened then, except it promised if we would sit
the next night we would receive raps on the table. I was very certain that
I heard raps after getting into bed & received answers to several questions.
Last night we tried it again & the result was startling to me.
In the first place by questioning we found that Miss Manierser &
Miss Kissel were desired to leave the table, after they left we asked if
the circle was all right & it said no.
I asked if some one else should leave & it
said no. Mr. Bangs asked if some one should change seats & it said
yes. He then said Please tip towards the one you want to move & the
place she shall move to, it tipped into Miss Annie's lap & then over
beside me, after she changed her seat it worked fine. We then asked for
three raps on the table & while we answer those letters & we
were listening then came three raps on Mr. Rudburgs chair, so loud
that we thought the chair had squeaked, but upon questioning the table
it said Mrs. Rudberg had rapped, it - next -- tipped out the age at which
she died & the length of time she had been dead. All this time between
questions the table had been tipping into my lap and Mr. Bangs thought
some one wanted to communicate to me. I asked if a friend of mine was present
and it said "yes." I asked if it was a relative? "yes" - uncle or aunt?
"no" brother? "yes"
I asked how long he had been dead & it said 8 yrs. Is that right.
I thought we must have misunderstood. I then asked if it was Arthur &
the table tipped three times so violently that it startled us all. I asked
if there was anything he wanted to tell me & it said no. I asked if
anything was wrong at home & it said no.
The table began tipping toward me again &
after a great deal of loud questioning I found that a boy named Aoofe
who was killed in an accident so that dummy at Garfield Park was present.
I could write as much again on what we heard & saw if I remembered
I just write this to see what you think of it.
My eyes pain me some so I will leave
answer those letters & tell you the news.
Please preserve this letter
With much love
Hartland July 29, 1884
We received a nice long letter from mother this
morning which I shall not attempt to answer now. Harry had a letter from
Camp in regard to our going to Geneva Lake We are about ready
to leave here and if you think best would like to go to Geneva Lake, to
stay a week or ten days. We want to get home & get to studying not
later than the 15th of next month.
If you decide to have us go we can either come back
to Chicago and start from there or go from here as directly as possible,
as we have passes home I guess our way will be about as cheap as the others.
If you feel for a minute that you cannot afford it, don't hesitate to say
so, for it will be no great disappointment, although we would probably
have a very nice time. We have not called on Mrs. Rundlett yet.
I don't know how to go about it, and I can't get up "game" enough. Did
R. ask us to call on his wife? If you especially wish it we will go
at all costs. Mother will be pleased to learn that we are going to have
a tennis court and will probably play this evening. Please answer as
soon as convenient.
With much love, Geo
Hartland 7 / 84
Dear Mother your letter of this AM received & also one of fathers
of 7th. In answer to his doubts as to our being all right I should like
to have him see us. We will try to write oftener & would have done
so but you said twice a week would do & the no. of envelopes was graded
If anything ails either of us the other will let
you know immediately & in case of emergency will call Dr. Leustrom
who is considered a good physician.
As to the expense to go to Geneva Lake, it will be 1.00 per day
& we could probably both go down & back for 2.00 or 3.00 apiece,
but I don't think we shall go as we are neither of us in riding condition
& the $3.00 had better be saved. We built a raft to dive from
today & expect to use it tomorrow.
Harry, Jake Winnerman, Chris, Schwartz & myself
out on Pine Lake this evening after mud hens which Chris said
were plentiful about dusk but needless to say we got none but we got
3 frogs, 2 turtles & shot at many other things.
Harry and I want to buy one that one of the boys
has but I hope there is no cause for worry.
Please tell me whether Grandma Zieger has gone
away for good or not. I don't even know when she is going. The Boys
are waiting in bed for me & I must go.
With love to all
P.S. A letter that you mail as you did this last one & a few others
we get in the afternoon of the day they are mailed.
Hartland Aug 3 1884
I have not written to you for some time on acct
of having nothing particular to say. The letters addressed to Mother are
for the family however.
Harry is writing to Grandma Burroughs &
as mother said a letter to her would take the place of a letter home he
was not going to write home. But I don't think you ought to be so long
without a letter from us. I am very sorry we did not get a letter written
Friday, but it was my fault so I tried to make up for my negligence by
by writing a postal & taking it down to the 6.15 A.M. train Sat. I
got the postal written but failed to wake up early enough to get to the
train. Harry went down Sat. morning & was going to mail it then but
he forgot it.
I don't believe I have told you that Archie Valentine
is up here, he came Tuesday noon & brought his bicycle. We have not
done much riding, I have been to North Lake once & to Hartland
quite a number of times. Harry has been to Nagawicka & over to Hartland
We try to be economical & don't spent much,
but there is so much going on that it is hard to keep from spending more
than I fell like. For instance the boys wanted to get up a party to go
to Oconomowoc, it would not have cost much but I would not go so broke
up the party.
After being invited to a dance at Rice's the young
people here feel as though we ought to have something of the kind &
have arranged for a dance sometime this week, the boys are going to
furnish the music so there is an expense which cannot be avoided. The
young ladies have offered to teach me to dance & I have had three lessons
& can waltz some. Harry danced nearly every dance on the Programme
at Rice's & I expect to do the same here.
I am very glad you think Dr. Woodward has got
at the cause of mother's headaches & only hope he may break them
up entirely. You say business is very poor, if you can't afford
to keep us up here we will come home cheerfully & staying will ...
Hartland Aug 6 1884?
I shall have to ask for some more money. I hate
to do it, but as long as I stay here I have to take part in what is going
on. I have been tempted to sell my rifle but I got it at such a
bargain I hate to sell it & take the risk of getting another at the
same price. It is raining now, 9 A.M. & looks as though it might rain
I took Miss Manier out fishing yesterday &
we got four good pickerel.
I don't think I shall try to send any more fish
home for the fishing is not very good.
Charlie Schenk has a boat up here that will hold
twelve easily & a party of us went out last night on the lake
to see the full moon. Mr. Bangs & another gentleman played their
harmonicas, which sound very nice on the lake.
I don't think we have any letter of yours not answered.
I have nothing more to say except that we are well.
Just thought of two things. What do you think
of leaving our boat up here The Pitcher's have three & it will
In regard to your coming up here I should advise
your coming here if you can get rooms, which I can't find out
until I know when you are coming. Dr. Bier will probably have rooms at
You will find in the box 13 pickerel which we
caught yesterday. The five tied together are for Mr. Dow. We
sent them in our box to save charges. We caught them all trolling.
Pirtsch & I went out in the morning & caught 3. Walter &
I went out in the afternoon & caught four - Harry caught two &
Frank four more which he kindly gave to us. We had a lot of fish which
I should have preferred to send consisting of four pickerel, four large
bass & several smaller fish. Harry & I caught them all. The
folks in the house thought they were for the table & murdered them
yesterday morning when Frank & I were out. They were very sorry
& apologized last night. I don't suppose you can eat all those at our
meal but you might send one or two to Mrs. Walker & Mamie as an apology
for not saying goodby to them. I only offer this as a suggestion. I suppose
Harry told you we got our bicycles the second day, Friday.
All we received in regard to sending our drawings
was the postals, which I enclose. Please give our love to Grandma &
tell her we are sorry not to be home to say goodby to her.
We were sorry to learn that Grandma & Grandpa
Burroughs were not well, but hope they are better. Hoping you will
enjoy your fish, I am with love
Hartland Aug 17 1884?
Each letter is harder to write than the previous
one, as there seems to be less to tell.
Mr. Bangs & Archie went home yesterday. I have
not said much about Mr. Bangs but there is a good deal to say about
him. He came up here a perfect stranger & in less than a week had
made us all his friends. This friendship strengthened until when he went
home, we were all as sorry to see him go as we would had he been a brother.
He never got angry & was entirely unselfish which I think was his principal
point. He is in business with his father Isaac W. Bangs Stoves & House
Furnishing Goods on State St. He is a young man about 26 yrs old.
Harry had to write for money yesterday, that
you may know when my share & part of his went to I will write as near
as I can remember. For my share of dance music at the House last Friday
$1.58, Conveyance to Lakeside to play ball $.50, Shoes half soled 1.25,
Treated the boys to lemonade on the way to Oconomowoc $.20
The first two items I had to take part in. The third
was necessary & the last was the only that could be avoided. You dont
know how I feel about spending so much money but there seems to be now
way to avoid it except by coming home.
Five of us were invited to a corn bake across
the lake Thursday night - had a very nice time. I don't believe you
have heard about the ball game. We were challenged by a Lakeside
nine & played them on their grounds Tuesday, being beaten by our
point score 22-23. We challenged them & played them on our grounds
Friday beating them in eight innings 17 to 13. We would have had a better
score but had to stop on account of darkness.
I wish father would tell what to do with the boat.
If we go East it will be as safe here as at home & I hate to have it
moved back & forth on the cars.
With love Geo
P.S. I will enclose Fred's card. If you want anything in his line before
we get back introduce yourself to him & I'll warrant you get well treated.
GEORGE'S LETTER from Hartland Aug 12 / 84
We are doing so little now
that there is very little to write about.
Two of the young ladies went
home yesterday & our is going to day so Miss Manisur will be
the only one left.
I think Harry acknowledged
the receipt of the $5.00 but I doubt if those two papers have been mentioned.
I told father to ask you to
send up the "Outing" but I guess it was forgotten - will you please send
it or both up.
We have arranged a match game of ball with the
to be played this afternoon, we call ours the Beaver Lake nine as the boys
are from all around the Lake.
I don't know what more to
say about your coming up here, Mr. Rudberg says you can probably get rooms.
I do wish you would come up. I am sure you would have a good time, the
nights are cold but the days are quite comfortable if anything too warm.
I have a terrible crop
of cold sores & don't know what to do for them, my stomach is
troubling me considerable most every meal sours. Otherwise I feel first
rate. I am really learning to dance, we had a little dance last
night & I took part.
If Father feels as though
he could afford it, I should like a couple of boxes of cartridges for
my rifle, they come 250 in a box & are 50 cents for 250. If he
asks at Spaldings for cartridges for "Flobert Saloon Rifle" it will
be all right. I don't know the name of them, if they have the Union Metalic
Co's they are the best.
I am reading "Lucile" by
Meredith it is the only book I have read since I have been up here.
Fannie Manieser's brother
came up yesterday, he was a great friend of the Hoyt boys & camped
up here with them 14 years ago.
Miss Netter asked me to
come up here and spend Christmas vacation with them as a guest. I shall
do so if a possible thing for there would be no end of fun.
I have given up trying to
write on Friday.
Harry says not to go to Spaldings for the cartridges.
Go to that Gun Store just west of Sterrfrs & Tuchers & don't
pay more than 50 cents.
July 28 1886
Since Harry wrote on Sunday I believe we have only
one letter to acknowledge, yours containing account of the theatrical performance.
Perhaps Harry wrote that Rice's boys had challenged us to play a game of
base ball. Well it came off yesterday, postponed from Monday on account
of the rain. They came over with a full nine while we only had five men,
but we took one of the small boys and they gave us one of their men, making
our side seven their eight. We only played six innings and in spite of
their having one more man and having the umpire decide very much in their
favor we beat them. While we were playing Al Meyer got a telegram which
called him home and he left yesterday afternoon on the 2.30 train. We are
unable to study without a teacher, and so I think when Grandma & Grandpa
go, or at the latest when our pass expires we will come home and study
under a teacher so you might be looking around and inquiring for one.
The weather has been very hot for the last few days
and we enjoy swimming very much. I had a letter from French/Frank?
the other day and judge he is having a fine time, he also sent us a photo
of himself & horse which I think is better of kitty than of him.
Al & I got up at four oclock yesterday morning
and went fishing in Pine Lake. We caught a nice string of fish and
these with some Harry & Charlie Ware caught the day before made
enough for a fish bake last night after dusk over on the point.
Harry & Carl went to Nashota Mission this morning and that left
ed Meyer & myself alone with the little boys. The latter decided that
they would like a ride. Hired the larger three seated wagon, and invited
me to go with them. We were gone about two hours and when we came back
& I offered to pay my share they informed me that I should do no such
thing as they had invited me. That makes the second free ride I have
had, for last Monday Al hired rig of Swartz & refused to
let me share the expense with him. Fannie Mairier, her brother &
Chas. We leave tonight for Winona. Nearly all the boys have air
or have trouble with their bowels. One of them, Mannie Frank has been
sick for a week and dont seem to get any better. He met Dr. Sruthstrom
(is that spelled right?) at Hartland this morning and asked him what
was good for a stomach ache. The Dr. told him if he wanted any medicine
he could come to him and pay him for it. Just before I sat down to write
(12 M) Charlie came & told me that a young man from Mil who is stopping
here had not got up and he could not rouse him by knocking on the door
& he wanted me to help him get in through the window. We were not able
to wake him up even then until we had taken off the screen, when he rolled
over he wanted to know what time it was. He had slept about fourteen hours.
With love to all
P.S. How is Mamie Walker. Give her my love when you see her.
Hartland Aug 5 86?
Your letter of Wed. received this morning. We will
probably drop in on you Monday or Tuesday.
Dont think we are having such a terrible bad time,
the trouble is we expect as good a time as we have had before up here.
Carl and I walked around Pine Lake Monday, to
North Lake yesterday and this morning I walked to Hartland with a party.
Yesterday I amused the house and won five lbs of
candy in the following manner.
I was out fishing with Nettie and another girl
and in the course of the conversation I spoke about swimming ashore, they
dared me to do it, and I said I would not do it for nothing but if they
would give me a 5 lb box of candy I would do it. They agreed, little thinking
that I would take them up. Before they could change their minds I took
off my coat & watch and went overboard. They got the candy in the evening
and all hands had some
With much love to all until I see you, Geo
BILL HILLMAN .
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