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[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 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
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, May 7, 1881]

Description: 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.
Date: May 7, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Gertrude Osterhout, October 21, 1881]

Description: 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.
Date: October 21, 1881
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 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 John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, June 7, 1886]

Description: 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.
Date: June 7, 1886
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, May 10, 1881]

Description: 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.
Date: May 10, 1881
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Paul Osterhout, May 22, 1886]

Description: 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.
Date: May 22, 1886
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Mary Chamberlin to Paul Osterhout, December 22, 1883]

Description: 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."
Date: December 22, 1883
Creator: Chamberlin, Mary
Item Type: Letter

[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.
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Mary to Gertrude Osterhout, December 25, 1887]

Description: 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."
Date: December 25, 1887
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Mary to her Sister, June 1, 1886]

Description: 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.
Date: June 1, 1886
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from Mary to her Sister, October 16, 1887]

Description: 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.
Date: October 16, 1887
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

[Letter from Ora Osterhout to her Sister, January 25, 1883]

Description: 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.
Date: January 25, 1883
Creator: Osterhout, Ora
Item Type: Letter