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 Decade: 1880-1889
[Letter from Mary to Gertrude Osterhout, December 25, 1887]
Letter from Mary to her niece, Gertrude Osterhout, regarding family news. She wrote that since her mother had passed, things had been lonely for them. She mentioned some guests that had visited to keep them company and the death of her grandchild. Included is an envelope addressed to "Gertie Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255515/
[Letter from Mary to her Sister, October 16, 1887]
Letter from Mary to her sister regarding their mother's death. She detailed the last moments of her mother and the funeral. She ended her letter by wishing her sister could have been there to help lessen the mourning process. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255653/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, June 7, 1886]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, regarding Paul's return home. John sold Paul's bike and sent him money to help him afford the trip home. John expects his other son, Jeremiah, and his wife to have a child soon because she has been staying with their family for long periods of time. John mentioned that their town, Belton, was worried that their oil well would leave town and they would have to rely on the college for their future. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255514/
[Letter from Mary to her Sister, June 1, 1886]
Letter from Mary to her sister regarding family news. There was a recent death in the family and Mary let her sister know that their parents' health was well while they were mourning. She gave details for the funeral in order to answer questions her sister had. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255512/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, May 22, 1886]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, regarding Paul returning home for a visit. John recommended Paul get his certification to practice being a doctor before he graduates. John sent what money he could and if Paul was able, he had a list of people he wanted Paul to try to visit. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255511/
[Postcard from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, May 21, 1886]
Postcard from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, regarding finances. John wanted to send his son money to return home, but he had to wait until he had more. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255510/
[Letter from Ora Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, April 14, 1886]
Letter from Ora Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout, with news from home. She expressed concern over her brother's profession as a doctor since recently, a doctor in Belton was blamed for the death of a patient. Among other local gossip, Ora mentioned that their brother, Jeremiah, and his wife did not allow each other to leave without the other as they were jealous of them talking to members of the opposite sex. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255509/
[Postcard from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, March 23, 1886]
Postcard from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, regarding requests from others that he was passing along. A doctor wanted Paul to look up where and for how much he could obtain a couple of books. The doctor was also waiting on Paul to let him know what the cost would be to get to where he was. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255508/
[Letter from John Jeremiah Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, November 22, 1885]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255506/
[Letter from Paul Osterhout to the Osterhout Family, January 9, 1885]
Letter from Paul Osterhout to Osterhout family regarding his various visits to family in Pennsylvania. The bulk of the letter served as updates for how each family member was doing at the time. Paul apologized for not writing more since he had been busy. He inquired about how they spent Christmas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255504/
[Letter from Paul Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, October 31, 1884]
Letter from Paul Osterhout to his sister, Gertrude Osterhout, regarding news from home. He wrote that their father was canvassing the neighborhood since he was running for a public office and let his sister know that the family would like for her to visit. Paul requested the Gertrude bring a canary back home and offered to go the skating rink of she wanted to learn to skate. A circus came into town and the family went to see the shows. Included is an envelope addressed to "Miss Junia Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255501/
[Letter from Alice to her Cousins, October 19, 1884]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255500/
[Letter from E. B. Convers to Gertrude Osterhout, October 8, 1884]
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." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255499/
[Letter from Paul Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, September 28, 1884]
Letter from Paul Osterhout to his sister, Gertrude Osterhout, updating her with news from home. He apologized for not writing sooner and told her that for the Methodists had a three week meeting in town. He mentioned that he had been raising mocking birds and he planned to send one to an aunt of theirs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255502/
[Letter from E. B. Convers to his Cousin, August 15, 1884]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255498/
[Postcard from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, May 21, 1884]
Postcard from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, about traveling he had been doing in Pennsylvania. He told him that his daughter, Gertrude, may be staying a few months longer. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255493/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout and Children, May 19, 1884]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, and his children about his recent travel. He listed places where he had visited, including arrival and departure times, and told Junia about how her parents and the rest of their family were faring. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255494/
[Certificate of Appointment to Postmaster for John Patterson Osterhout]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255646/
[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, January 8, 1884]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255495/
[Letter from Mary Chamberlin to Paul Osterhout, December 22, 1883]
Letter from Mary Chamberlin to Paul Osterhout regarding a photograph that was sent to her. She thanked him for it and asked if his sister, Gertrude, would be able to come down for a visit. Included is an envelope addressed to "Paul Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255492/
[Letter from Ora Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, December 17, 1883]
Letter from Ora Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout, with news from home. She told him that they were busy making winter clothes and preparing for Christmas. Ora let him know about a wedding that happened recently and their brother, Jeremiah, might be scheduling a wedding soon. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255507/
[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, August 9, 1883]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255490/
[Letter from Ann Farman to her Brother, August 4, 1883]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255491/
[Letter from Lydia to Mr. and Mrs. George E. Osterhout, July 8, 1883]
A brief letter from Lydia to her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Osterhout, regarding the news Lydia had heard about their health. She hoped that her letter would find their health improving. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. Geo E. Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255489/
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, April 22, 1883]
Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout, regarding her remaining time at Baylor University. Gertrude was eager to return home and help out around the house. Commencement was fast approaching and she wrote to her mother about what she was going to wear and that she needed her mother to send a few items to make sure she was prepared. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255596/
[Letter from Ora Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, April 15, 1883]
Letter from Ora Osterhout to her sister, Gertrude Osterhout, with news from home. She wrote about how their mother had been feeling ill. She mentioned briefly who was going out of town and local gossip. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255488/
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, February 6, 1883]
Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing her time at Baylor University. She wrote to her mother about how discouraged she had been feeling lately and that the poor weather outside had her feeling unwell. She asked for news from the family and said she would be writing her sisters soon. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255597/
[Letter from Ora Osterhout to her Sister, January 25, 1883]
Letter from Ora Osterhout to her sister with news from Belton, TX. She wrote about letters that had been received from other family members and who was planning to visit soon. She told her sister that their brother, Paul, had brought gifts for them and that she wanted her sister to bring her one, too. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255485/
[Letter from George E. Osterhout to Uncle Joham, November 10, 1882]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255479/
[Letter from Paul Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, October 29, 1882]
Letter from Paul Osterhout to his sister, Gertrude Osterhout, about his recent arrival at their family home in Belton, Texas. Paul was sent for by their father so that Paul could work with him in the post office. He mentioned visits he had made around town and told her he would forward a letter to her. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255480/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, September 17, 1882]
A brief letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, with news from home. He wrote with news of the family's health and a recent murder that occurred in town. Included is an envelope addressed to "Gertrude Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255482/
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, March 16, 1882]
Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout, discussing her life at Baylor University. She told him that her examination scores had been excellent and commencement would be taking place later this year. She wrote of some of the events that the school held including debates, concerts, and essay readings. A storm had passed through her town recently and she told her brother that she would refuse to sleep on the third floor of the boarding house should she return. The letter concluded with a promise of gossip in her next letter and her sympathies that Paul has a night job. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mr. Paul Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255595/
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, February 27, 1882]
Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout, discussing her life at school. She wrote about her responsibilities of acting as a supervisor for the girls at the boarding house. She told him of the local gossip and school events, including concerts and drawing room receptions where the girls were taught how to entertain guests. A day after she finished the first part of the letter, she continued to write a couple pages more about a recent storm that had hit the city and resulted in property damage and a couple of lives lost. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255594/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, February 26, 1882]
Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her father, John Patterson Osterhout, discussing daily life at school. She told her father of her responsibilities to check housekeeping of all the girls' rooms and to keep flirtation between the boys and girls to a minimum. The letter detailed many of the events that Baylor held for its students, including musical recitations and drawing room receptions to teach the girls how to entertain guests. She closed the letter by saying she expected her sister to write soon and that she would write her brother next. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255593/
[Letter from Paul Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, February 22, 1882]
Letter from Paul Osterhout to his sister, Gertrude Osterhout, with news of what he intended to do next. He planned to take a commercial class to learn book-keeping in New York and received a Valentine from an unknown suitor in Independence, Texas. He also wrote about his work and other gossip. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255483/
[Letter from Mary P. and H. J. Chamberlin to Ora Osterhout, January 21, 1882]
Letter from Mary P and H. J. Chamberlin to Ora Osterhout regarding news she had heard from the Osterhouts. Mary appreciated hearing from the family and told Ora that they should take good care of their mother. She included other small bits of gossip. Her husband wrote his own brief letter on the back and expressed his gratitude for the Osterhouts. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255484/
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 13, 1881]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255591/
[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 3, 1881]
Letter from Paul Osterhout to his parents, John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout, about his work in Lovelady, Texas He wrote about telegraphing and the train station in town. A large group of soldiers and a convict train passed through town recently. He asked how the family's livestock were doing with the danger the train in town posed to the animals. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255478/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, October 21, 1881]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, from when he was traveling around in Texas. He told her where he'd been traveling and that he and the family were doing well. He closed his letter by saying she should bring her roommate down next time she visits. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255589/
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, October 3, 1881]
Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout, regarding news she had heard about his arrival. She had heard from several girls that Paul had been seen in a nearby town and would be visiting only to learn that someone else had been mistaken for him. She told her brother he needed to hurry back and that the girls were asking about him. Included is an envelope addressed to "Mr. Paul Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255590/
[Letter from B. F. Lee to Paul Osterhout, October 2, 1881]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255477/
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, June 30, 1881]
Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout. She wrote to inform her brother of her life at school. Gertrude told him of the weather, that she thought she was gaining weight, and a visit she made with a woman near the school. She mentioned how she was doing in her studies and promised to write a letter to one of their sisters. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255578/
[Letter from Ora Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, June 2, 1881]
Letter from Ora Osterhout to her older sister, Gertrude Osterhout, regarding Ora's birthday. She wrote her sister to tell her what had happened on her birthday and some brief local news. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255585/
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 29, 1881]
Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout. She wrote home to update her mother on her life at school. Gertrude detailed to her mother some of the end-of-session events that would be happening for commencement and final examinations. She wrote of some girls who had fallen sick and a contest she had entered to win a poetry book. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255586/
[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 27, 1881]
Letter from Paul Osterhout to his parents, John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout. He thanked his family for a recent letter he received from home. Paul described parts of a composition he prepared to give at a commencement ceremony and sent his father a copy of the speech. He mentioned some activities that were going on at the school, including a baseball game and a concert, and insisted that his father or mother try to visit. Included is an envelope addressed to "J. P. Osterhout." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255476/
[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, May 22, 1881]
Letter from Paul Osterhout to his father, John Patterson Osterhout, about upcoming events while he was at Baylor College. He wrote about how the boys would be giving speeches at commencement and he planned to praise one of the professors in his speech to increase his chances of winning a medal. Paul requested that his father send him money for new shoes to wear for his speech and listed out his upcoming expenses. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255475/
[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 16, 1881]
Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout. She wrote to her mother to update her on her life at school. She spoke of how excited she was to go home, a trip to a nearby town she made with the boys, and a list of items she needed her mother to send. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255587/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, May 10, 1881]
Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, about how glad he is that Paul went to school. John looked forward to seeing Paul and his sister's, Gertrude, educational growth. He expressed worry about his younger son, John Jeremiah, not showing any interest in receiving education. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255474/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, May 7, 1881]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255588/
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, April 26, 1881]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255580/
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