Carolyn Gay Taft Farm Letter - March 13, 1939

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Carolyn Gay Taft Farm Letter - March 13, 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



                                       Friday morning

Miss Taft. We are haveing nice sunny days again. We had quite a snow fall this month. Max is pruneing the little orchard Max says the sweet clover was up about 1 inch last fall. I always thought Oakley was half asleep. There lots of farmhouses that not satified with. report they got. with [cover] crops & so forth. your stationary was very pretty. Never seen blue before. Its a cherrieful as the giver. There is lots of sickness. Ronald only went to school one day last week. My sister Mrs Tony Dahm is ordered to bed for a month. She has a poisoning of the blood. that very hard on heart. caused from streps throat. one sister boy has pneumonia. Surprise cow has a new heifer calf. Ronald has Christened it Lou Bell[e?]. Thay thought it was a boy for day, and he named it Pat [Puttra???], but changes yes Mr. & Mrs Elmer Crampton have bought or bargained for her home place. the 20 acres & building. I understand $4,500 No tools, thay are living up there. the house on the 17 acres is for rent. Thay had started to put in a bath room. Had the stool in. waiting for the tub. to come. Mr Stevens. will be farmer what ever he says goes, with the Crampton's Mr [???} Chase. is working the 20 acres on shares. and the 36 and 17 acres Mr Jhon Langworthy is working by the day. Mr Zang is working Meadow on crop share of corn. Thay sure have a big debt on there hand's th[is] time. But I guess that the only way a poor man get any where. were sorry we di[dn't] take the Russell place. But know use crying over spilt milk. I guess. There an other new house going up on pensulia Street by bay. a big one. you won't be able see the bay only between house any more. Sincerely

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