Carolyn Gay Taft Farm Letter - May 29, 1939

Dublin Core


Carolyn Gay Taft Farm Letter - May 29, 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.


Peninsula Community Library




Mary T Morgan


This document is protected by copyright law. Contact the Peninsula Community Library for permission to reproduce, display, or transmit this document.










LHC 010


Traverse City, Peninsula Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan



To Miss Taft Are weather is terrible we had rain nearly ever day last week and now it is foggy Max has draged the corn ground three times in getting ready to plant corn. and ever time he was thru draging it would rain and harden the ground so he have do it over again. [Fay Dohn] has his corn in on Mrs Crampton. and he says to Max your lucky not to have your corn in. I am afraid mine will not Max say we will have to have some more hay. I went to Mrs. Lardie funeral last Thursday. She had a very small funeral I was surprised as well known as she was. There were only three mourners. I gave in money for flowers the neighborhood was getting. she passed away out to acme. were that woman was taking care of her. I guess Mrs Mills was played out. Mrs Lardie been out there about four weeks I have some of My garden in. The pump jack fell down on Ronald back last week and cut him very bad on back. I thought I would have take him into Dr for a while Miss Jennison was to the door Sunday Nite she was so impressed with the beauty of farm as stood in yard. oh she said this is just beautiful. I could stand here for hours and just look. her father Mr Jennison fell in love with the song birds we had around [he he] found a arial next in elm tree at North of house. and he was interested to know if little wren was back. which she was Max say the sweet cherry's look pretty light for crop but sour look to be a good crop and the apples are in full bloom. I understand Mrs [Phelep?] is going to cook down at Wilbe[n?] resort. this summer., I am hurrying to get off in [today?] mail. Sincerely, Max & Family

Item Relations

This item has no relations.

Transcribe This Item

  1. 2020.1.382 05291939.pdf