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  Partner: Austin College
 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 Alice to her Cousins, October 19, 1884]

[Letter from Alice to her Cousins, October 19, 1884]

Date: October 19, 1884
Creator: unknown
Description: Letter from Alice to her cousins about family news and her schooling. She wrote about the teacher she and her sister have and the state of the school building. She told her cousins that they had to write a return letter or she would not write them again.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from Ann Farman to her Brother, August 4, 1883]

[Letter from Ann Farman to her Brother, August 4, 1883]

Date: August 4, 1883
Creator: Farman, Ann
Description: Letter from Ann Farman to her brother with news of her family. Her husband has been recovering from his broken leg and began working around their farm once more. Her daughter has been sick for five years with an unknown ailment. Among other family news, she informed her brother that their sister, Sarah, wanted him to write. She condemned a drunken family member as disgraceful and discussed the possibility of adding family members' names to the family burial ground if the bodies were not able to be buried there.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from B. F. Lee to Paul Osterhout, October 2, 1881]

[Letter from B. F. Lee to Paul Osterhout, October 2, 1881]

Date: October 2, 1881
Creator: Lee, B. F.
Description: A brief letter from B. F. Lee to his friend, Paul Osterhout, regarding the college Paul was attending. Lee requested that Paul send him all the information he could about the college he was attending.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from E. B. Convers to Gertrude Osterhout, October 8, 1884]

[Letter from E. B. Convers to Gertrude Osterhout, October 8, 1884]

Date: October 8, 1884
Creator: Convers, E. B.
Description: Letter from E. B. Convers to his cousin, Gertrude Osterhout, regarding news he had heard about her health. He was glad to hear she had recovered from being sick and mentioned a dispute that seemed to be going on between him and a mutual acquaintance. He told her that he would be heading to Washington for work soon. Included is an envelope addressed to "Miss Gertrude Osterhout."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from E. B. Convers to his Cousin, August 15, 1884]

[Letter from E. B. Convers to his Cousin, August 15, 1884]

Date: August 15, 1884
Creator: Convers, E. B.
Description: Letter from E. B. Convers to his cousin regarding a matter that has upset him. The full details of the event are unclear and he moved on to write about his work in the office and about his ideas for his next summer vacation.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, August 9, 1883]

[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, August 9, 1883]

Date: August 9, 1883
Creator: Osterhout, George E.
Description: Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout discussing what he has been doing. He apologized for not writing sooner and told him what he had been doing during his recreational time. George's crop of cotton did poorly this growing season. Also, he included some news from other family members.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, January 8, 1884]

[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, January 8, 1884]

Date: January 8, 1884
Creator: Osterhout, George E.
Description: Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout regarding what he has been doing recently. George took part in a recreation of a Japanese wedding and went to see a play at the opera house. He ended the letter by telling Paul that he and another family member had settled their dispute over a barn.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Uncle Joham, November 10, 1882]

[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Uncle Joham, November 10, 1882]

Date: November 10, 1882
Creator: Osterhout, George E.
Description: Letter from George E. Osterhout to his uncle, Joham, regarding the death of George's father. George gave Joham the details of his father's last days and where he was buried. He ended the letter with saying that he and his mother were doing well.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, November 4, 1880]

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

Date: November 4, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her father, John Patterson Osterhout. She wrote to update her father on her life at school. Gertrude informed him of her report of her grades and the two demerits she received for mistakes in housekeeping. She mentioned an incident where the girls scared a new boarder and another where the other girls were not allowed to go to a nearby party, so they lit firecrackers to attract the boys.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
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