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  Partner: Austin College
 Decade: 1870-1879
 Year: 1879
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, December 5, 1879]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, December 5, 1879]

Date: December 5, 1879
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, discussing local news from Belton, Texas. He informed Paul that if he came home for Christmas he would give him molasses. Also, he also updated him about various family members and farm animals and shared other pieces of news. Included is an envelope addressed to "Paul Osterhout."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, December 3, 1879]

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, December 3, 1879]

Date: December 3, 1879
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout, discussing family news in Belton, Texas. Because their mother has been wanting to see Paul ever since she returned from Pennsylvania, Gertrude hopes he will be able to return for Christmas. Gertrude told him that she had been appointed assistant conductor of a local temperance club. Gertrude ended the letter early because there were visitors at her home.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, December 1, 1879]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, December 1, 1879]

Date: December 1, 1879
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, discussing family news in Belton, Texas. John's wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, and two daughters returned from visiting family in Pennsylvania. He wrote about the state of his cattle and chickens and how he was tending to them. The letter ended with John hoping that Paul would join them for Christmas. Included is an envelope addressed to "Paul Osterhout."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, November 13, 1879]

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, November 13, 1879]

Date: November 13, 1879
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout, discussing recent news in Belton, Texas. She told him that their mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout, had not yet returned home and updated him on recent baptisms and conversions at the local church. She mentioned temperance meetings she had been attending and a trip she had made recently to collect pecans.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout and Family, November 2, 1879]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout and Family, November 2, 1879]

Date: November 2, 1879
Creator: Osterhout, Junia Roberts
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, and family with news from Belton, Texas. He claimed to be lonesome because his wife and two youngest daughters were visiting family in Pennsylvania and their eldest son Paul had moved out. He told her about how the remaining children at home were doing and shared other pieces of news from Belton. The letter ended with him prompting her to write more and to send notice before she starts for home. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mrs. J. P. Osterhout."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Envelope to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 30, 1879]

[Envelope to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 30, 1879]

Date: October 30, 1879
Creator: unknown
Description: Envelope addressed to "Mrs. J. P. Osterhout," Junia Roberts Osterhout, in Factoryville, Pennsylvania. The envelope is postmarked for October 30, 1879 from Belton, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, October 30, 1879]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, October 30, 1879]

Date: October 30, 1879
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, discussing family life since Paul's departure to work at a telegraph office in another city. He told his son about the recent successful sales of poultry he made and that he had hopes for Paul's future career. John gave his son advice and hoped he would be able to come home and visit soon. Included is an envelope addressed to "Paul Osterhout."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 29, 1879]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 29, 1879]

Date: October 29, 1879
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: A letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, expressing his regret that the house felt lonesome without Junia and the three children that were away. He hopes that his son, Paul, will return to live with them if the telegraph company relocates him to an office in town. John then told Junia that when she was ready to make the return home, she should consider whether or not to purchase a second class ticket for the train.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Postcard from Ann Farman to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 28, 1879]

[Postcard from Ann Farman to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 28, 1879]

Date: October 28, 1879
Creator: Farman, Ann
Description: A postcard from Ann Farman to her sister, Junia Roberts Osterhout, expressing Ann's desire to see Junia before she returns home. She told Junia she could not visit yet because her mother was feeling ill and she was disappointed that Junia could not visit.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 26, 1879]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 26, 1879]

Date: October 26, 1879
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: A letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing how family life had been since Junia left to visit with extended family. John let her know of local baptisms and poultry sales he had made at the recent fair. He and their daughter, Gertrude, were looking forward to Junia's return home. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mrs. J. P. Osterhout."
Contributing Partner: Austin College
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