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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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