Carolyn Gay Taft Farm Letter - February 25, 1939

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Carolyn Gay Taft Farm Letter - February 25, 1939


Old Mission Peninsula (Mich.)
Crops and climate


Carolyn Gay Taft (1873-1952), was the owner of a small cherry farm on Old Mission Peninsula in the early 1900’s. While she spent her summers on the Peninsula, her primary job as a teacher at the Illinois State School for the Deaf required hired hands to run the farm in her absence. These farmers, and their families, lived on the farm and sent frequent written reports to Ms. Taft. Most letters are written by the farmer’s wives, and provide a record of both agricultural and social history.


Ralph Kitchen, Joseph Kitchen, Essie Kitchen, Max Gilmore, Hazel Gilmore


Collection donated to Peninsula Community Library by the surviving members of the Taft family.


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Mary T Morgan


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Traverse City, Peninsula Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan



To Miss Taft Are weather has been plenty cold and stormy., Max started after Ronald at school and could not get out. with the car, and is still blowing hard and snowing. I am invited to a stork shower for Mrs Robert Helfrich (Edith Berry) and was to one for Mrs Henry Kitchen last week. There coming to thick, ever week. I feel like what I heard will Marshall said to his wife. I can't cloth all the babys in the country. Max say he wouldn't be surprised we had a new milch cow in morning- Daisy isn't doing very good she only milk about 4 quarts a day. she has a touchy appicate, she won't eat [oil] of meal at all. Max has been trying get her to eat clear bran. and she won't touch that. I suppose she think there oil of meal in it. Mrs. Lardie is still among living. that say it kind looks if Mrs Mills will be first to go. she looks bad. I suppose its a terrible care. Thay live on front street. But I havent visited (over) yet. Thay say it a terrible sight to see Mrs Lardie. so helpless. Mrs Sanford went to see her and she said she was just on her mind for day's. There some talk that the packing co won't run this year. Thay had a big meeting for different people. that had big orchards Mr Spruit, & Mr Hooper attended. It look rather doughtful if they will get electricity. Still working on it. I am making a lace scarf for My buffet I don't know if I'll get it done this year or not. Max is working on some of tools geting them ready for spring. There isn't much new ever one pretty quiet it so cold and stormy. So I must close and here Major Bowles Sincerely Max & Hazel & Sonny.

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