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[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, May 12, 1880]

Description: Letter from Paul Osterhout to his father, John Patterson Osterhout, discussing his time at school at Baylor College. Paul wrote that he and the other boys were writing speeches for an upcoming commencement ceremony and told his father that he would try to send a copy of his speech for John to look over. He let his father know he had received a package and along with other bits of news from around the school.
Date: May 12, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Paul
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, June 04, 1880]

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his son, Paul Osterhout, discussing work. John was writing from his place of work, the post office, and gave Paul some advice regarding how he should go about receiving work from "G. O." John hoped to send his son to school at Baylor in the fall and promised to write again later.
Date: June 4, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Osterhout Family, September 13, 1880]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her family. Gertrude wrote her family to let them know how she was settling into life at Baylor College. She told them of her living accommodations, food, and the other girls that were there with her. The letter ended with her asking for some items to be sent to her and she spoke of her family and alterations she made to her uniforms.
Date: September 13, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, September 24, 1880]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her father, John Patterson Osterhout. She wrote to inform her father that she had received the items that were sent to her and detailed what a typical day studying at Baylor College entailed for her. She mentioned a reverend that came to campus and asked if her brother Paul would be joining her at school.
Date: September 24, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, September 24, 1880]

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, discussing affairs at home. He wrote about his family's health and a show that came to Belton, Texas that his sons went to see. He told Gertrude that he hoped he would come to like the doctors she worked with and that his son needed to start working on their cotton crop.
Date: September 24, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Ora Osterhout, October 11, 1880]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her sister, Ora Osterhout. She wrote her sister to update her on life at Baylor College. Gertrude mentioned how she had been sick recently, a prodigious student on campus, and other small bits of local news. She finished by asking about family and talking about clothing.
Date: October 11, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 15, 1880]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout. She wrote to update her mother on her school life. Gertrude informed her mother why she was taking a small course load, the high housekeeping standards at the boarding house, and the food that one of the women there makes for them. She requested that her mother send her some things and tell her brother, Paul, to write more often.
Date: October 15, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Ora Osterhout, October 24, 1880]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her sister, Ora Osterhout. She wrote to update her sister about life at school. She told her of a sermon she attended, social event, the food she had been eating while away from home, and other small bits of local news.
Date: October 24, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, November 1, 1880]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her brother, Paul Osterhout. She wrote a reply to her brother's letter to update him on her life at school. Gertrude mentioned her lack of knowledge about current affairs and that the girls around her had voiced their opinions in politics. She included information about a trip out she had, a little about her studies, and other small bits of local news.
Date: November 1, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Letter

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

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.
Date: November 4, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Ora Osterhout, November 9, 1880]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her sister, Ora Osterhout. She wrote to her sister to update her on her school life. Gertrude mentioned how some girls at her school had pretended to be ghosts, a lesson she had to write to teach in one of her classes, and other small bits of news. She asked if her sister had written a letter to Santa Claus yet and if their mother was going to write her.
Date: November 9, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, November 17, 1880]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout. She wrote to her father to update him on her life at school. She told him about the bad weather they'd been having, a teacher that took supper with them that evening, and her studies. She informed him of her Latin exam and that her brother Paul had arrived in town. At the end, she asked when she should come home for Christmas.
Date: November 17, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, November 26, 1880]

Description: Letter from Gertrude Osterhout to her mother, Junia Roberts Osterhout. She wrote her mother to update her on life at school. Gertrude mentioned the Thanksgiving dinner they had at school and time she had been spent with her brother, Paul. She had started learning to crochet and was excited about being able to go home in a few weeks for Christmas.
Date: November 26, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Letter

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

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, discussing life at home. He wrote of a child that had died and that some of the family had gone to the burial. He then discussed in his letter how Gertrude and her brother, Paul, would be returning home.
Date: December 4, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Ora Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, December 8, 1880]

Description: Letter from Ora Osterhout to her sister, Gertrude Osterhout, discussing daily life in Belton, Texas. She gave Gertrude news about a recent death in town and about friends that wanted to send their love to Gertrude. She mentioned that their mother, Junia, had started a letter to their brother, Paul, but was unsure when it would be finished.
Date: December 8, 1880
Creator: Osterhout, Ora
Item Type: Letter

My Roommates

Description: A five-stanza poem by Gertrude Osterhout titled "My Roommates." In each stanza, Gertrude wrote about each of her roommates at her boarding school.
Date: 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Gertrude
Item Type: Poem

[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, January 8, 1881]

Description: Letter from Paul Osterhout to his father, John Patterson Osterhout, discussing his time in Independence, Texas. He told his father that he let his sister, Gertrude, read the letter from home and described how much money he had spent recently. He ended the letter by writing that he had to prepare a composition for class.
Date: January 8, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Paul
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, January 10, 1881]

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his daughter, Gertrude Osterhout, about what was happening in Belton, Texas. He told her that she should have written sooner if she wanted a reply letter earlier. He regretted telling her that he had found out about her dancing at a local party and a committee had been organized to investigate the incident. He advised her to write the committee a letter lest they rescind her membership in the church.
Date: January 10, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Paul Osterhout to John Patterson Osterhout, January 20, 1881]

Description: Letter from Paul Osterhout to his father, John Patterson Osterhout, discussing his time at Baylor College. He apologized for himself and for his sister Gertrude because they had not written home sooner and updated them about recent events, including a night fire in the boys' boarding house that they were eventually able to suppress. He told his father about his studies in Virgil and mathematics.
Date: January 20, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, Paul
Item Type: Letter