July 28, 1889: Letter by William F. Trent
in Weskan, Wallace Co., Kansas to
his brother John Wesley Trent in Owen Co., Indiana. They were both sons of
Josiah & Clarissa Trent, who buried in Pleasant Bethel Cemetery.
Submitted by Russ Bickers
July 28, 1889
Sunday morning. Your letter
found ____ not us not as well as we might be Ross has bin sick for 3 days
I can scarcely gow my self Trust this will find you all well & doing same
O wish we had enough Blackberrys to make and old fashioned coblar Wish
could have some of your extra rain We were burnt out [cant] raise
anything corn gone If it should rain soon would have some Pumpkins
squashes & mellons Tis hot to day I am having considerable of bad luck
lost a good cow had her litle over one year her yearling calf took sick
in a few day but we saved it. I think was the ____ near as I can Judge I
never saw as hardatimes in my life as I do now. Evry thing to buy Flour
is ____ high & so is meat. Evry thing els I can by here on time tis all for
cash dont know what to do I cant get away & got nothing to stay upon
Starvation will rein if not achange soon. You may think your having ahard
time but you have not come to that point yet I hope If you had nothing
agrowing now money nor any work to do you would feel blue
John what has Vada got anything yet. Cant Ed & Jim do the work that the Ol
man has to keep ahred hand How is David child & the Big Girls & Boys I
guess Mitchel chuck is getting rich I written him aletter last summer
hasnt answered it yet they blowed what corn they had I written to E___
last spring did not get any answer yet Tell her & Ed to write. Did they
put in aroller prosses in the Mill at Freedom How are the Bees a doing I
wis you could sell some of the truks I left Couldnt you of sold the cyths &
cradle to some body during Harvest.
My Children often wishes they could see your & be at ther old home as they
call it O dont know as we will ever see ____ again How is mother getting
along why dont she write does She ever say any thing about us.
What has be come of Grandma What ___ John Crow who is Post Master at
Freedom now I will gow to town tomorrow to see if I can het some work.
Who did Buster get his House of guess they are glad I am in Kansas on the
Buffalo plains This is afine country to look at to see wild Horses
Antelopes & wolves roaming over the prarrie in daylight John you see Cub
Keeller & het Hens postofice address for me I want to leave here if I can
get away. Has any boght the Whitmon place yet wis it was mine Tell
Mitchel I know of two Whitemon airs if he doubts it can give ther P.O.
W F Trent
Write soon as you can.