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[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout, February 9, 1881]

Description: Letter from Paul Osterhout to his parents, John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing his time at Baylor College. Paul wrote that the only news he had was school-related and he told his parents about an upcoming lecture and a study group he participated in. He ended his letter by letting them know that the bills to pay for his education was sent home to his parents.
Date: February 9, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Paul

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

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.
Date: April 2, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Jeremiah

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

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."
Date: March 19, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson

[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, May 22, 1881]

Description: 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.
Date: May 22, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Paul

[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout, May 27, 1881]

Description: 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."
Date: May 27, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Paul

[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 3, 1881]

Description: 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.
Date: November 3, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Paul

[Letter from Mary P. and H. J. Chamberlin to Ora Osterhout, January 21, 1882]

Description: 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.
Date: January 21, 1882
Creator: Chamberlin, Mary P. & Chamberlin, H. J.

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

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.
Date: August 4, 1883
Creator: Farman, Ann