I now take my pen in hand to let you know that we are all in reasonable health and hope that, these few lines will find you enjoying the same blessing we have. Some of us have been sick the most part of the winter the children had the measles and it was a long time before we thought that Mary would ever get well. About 5 five weeks after they had the measles our baby was taken one night about nine o’clock at night. She had eat a hearty supper after dark. We sent, right off for Dr. Garlich but he was not at home we then give her a large portion of oil It operated well and I took her and laid down but, she puked in a few minutes and it was so hot it scalded me. I got right up with her. She acted as though She was going into fits he went after another Doctor. Her hands and feet were getting cold but he said he thought he could help her he gave her medicine and wanted I should take her and lay down with her but, I thought I could not. He went away and she did not live an hour. She was taken about nine o’clock in the evening and died about three in the morning. She died the 21 day of January She was six months and twenty days. She could set alone and begun to creep. We call her name Elizabethann. Soon after she died Grandmother was taken sick and laid abought. For weeks. We thought she would not live the night through but she has got pretty smart. She has gone to Hartford and we have moved to Hubbard along with old Granny Tiley. We live the last house as you go out of the corners towards Brookfield. We have got a writing that we are to have what she has got and we find her any thing she wants as long as she lives. She is Seventy–eight years old but I don’t know how we shall get along with her but, I suppose there is no prospect of our coming out there very soon if at all not as long as the old lady lives any how. Mother is now up in Hartford Orlen is working at Findley but does not like it very well for he cannot get half enough to eat. John is still here. He went to school last winter I expect he calculates to stay here till they get ready to come there. The old man does not do much good anywhere he is now talking of starting for Wisconsin next week he is going right acrost by land he thinks he can travel i in three or four weeks. So look out here might be such thing. Orlen has got a very bad leg he got it hurt a year ago last Christmas and it has never been well. It now looks as though it was rotten right below his knee a place as big as your two hands I am afraid he will loose his leg i he don’t his life. They think Orlen has some notion of getting a wife before he comes out. He got a notion of going after a Dutch girl up above Youngstown Mother says if she cannot; get there any other way than by her children helping her there she forever stays where she is. As for my part, I wish you could have been contented to live a little nearer one another while we live but–––I hope we shall see each other again I have not any news to write to you but I hope just as soon as you get this you will set right down and write another you must excuse all mistakes for the children are making a great noise Tell Florinda to write about every thing she can think of. I have got a deed in my own name or this house and lot. I thought I must write all the frontierland.
Don’t forget, to write keep this in mind don’t you go to sleep till you have wrote.
Orlen has given me a few verses but I cannot find any room little Eunice was down to see me and I told her I was going to box her up and start her for Wisconsin but, She is another Celiann for all this world. one days old. *
“Diana Ayres to Dear Friends, Hubbard, Ohio. Prairie Tree Letters, p. 25-26.
* Interesting side note. The Dr. Garlich Diana Ayes mentions I discovered a few years back was not only a prominent physician in the area but also an amateur naturalist who contributed a great deal to the body of knowledge of the fauna and flora of the area before industrialization began to take hold