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  Partner: Austin College
 County: Bell County, TX
 Decade: 1880-1889
 Collection: Osterhout Papers
[Certificate of Appointment to Postmaster for John Patterson Osterhout]

[Certificate of Appointment to Postmaster for John Patterson Osterhout]

Date: May 15, 1884
Creator: Arthur, Chester Alan
Description: Certificate of appointment to Postmaster by President Chester Alan Arthur for John Patterson Osterhout. The certificate was signed by the President and the Postmaster General, Walter Q. Gresham. It certified John to work as Postmaster in Belton, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 13, 1881]

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 13, 1881]

Date: November 13, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing her life at school. She wrote about a trip to town she had taken with other girls and the new faculty and campus. The faculty was young this upcoming session and she said the campus was being built slowly. She mentioned some news she had heard from others and asked her mother about mutual acquaintances.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Jeremiah Osterhout to Bud, April 2, 1881]

[Letter from John Jeremiah Osterhout to Bud, April 2, 1881]

Date: April 2, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Jeremiah
Description: A brief letter from John Jeremiah Osterhout to Bud with news from Belton, Texas. He wrote that he had recently gone to a ball. He discussed people who had recently fallen ill and described his family's health. He ended the letter by stating that one of their cows had had a calf and that they were considering selling one of their animals.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Jeremiah Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, November 22, 1885]

[Letter from John Jeremiah Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, November 22, 1885]

Date: November 22, 1885
Creator: Osterhout, John Jeremiah
Description: Letter from John Jeremiah Osterhout to his brother, Paul Osterhout, updating him on events at home. John regretted not writing sooner and mentioned an expensive wedding that was being planned in Belton, Texas. He told Paul that he was well and that some of their mutual acquaintances had arrived in town.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, April 3, 1881]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, April 3, 1881]

Date: April 3, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from Junia Roberts Osterhout to her daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, discussing news from home and some items that she sent to Gertrude. Junia had fabric, shoes, and money sent to her daughter and told her she would have to get a dress made where she was. Her mother told her how her family and friends were doing and that she was worried about the headaches Gertrude was experiencing.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, April 26, 1881]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, April 26, 1881]

Date: April 26, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, regarding news from home. He told her that Gertrude's sisters had recovered from being sick. He and his wife were trying to raise money to send to Gertrude and her brother, Paul, although he told his daughter that she needed to make sacrifices while she was in school. He ended the letter with other various bits of local news and looked forward to seeing her return home.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, December 4, 1880]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, December 4, 1880]

Date: December 4, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, discussing life at home. He wrote of a child that had died and that some of the family had gone to the burial. He then discussed in his letter how Gertrude and her brother, Paul, would be returning home.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, January 10, 1881]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, January 10, 1881]

Date: January 10, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, about what was happening in Belton, Texas. He told her that she should have written sooner if she wanted a reply letter earlier. He regretted telling her that he had found out about her dancing at a local party and a committee had been organized to investigate the incident. He advised her to write the committee a letter lest they rescind her membership in the church.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, March 19, 1881]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, March 19, 1881]

Date: March 19, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, with news from home. Everyone at home at been well, except for her mother who had a cold. They had four cows that they milked and used the milk to make butter to sell. He told his daughter that she should not be so eager for school to be over. He concluded the letter by correcting his daughter on her use of the word "too."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, May 7, 1881]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, May 7, 1881]

Date: May 7, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, discussing daily life at home. He mentioned that they would be able to make some money by producing buttermilk and that they would be getting more poultry soon. John's uncle, Peter, was having a birthday soon and he requested that Gertrude write a letter to him so that he may pass it along. The letter closed with John saying that it was his birthday the next day and that he wanted Gertrude and his son, Paul, to write to him.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
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