5Levi Dat[illegible] died very suddenly two years ago, while we were there on a visit. His sister Mary - now an old woman - is the only member of the family left. John Bairus' death occurred above 2 yrs ago. "Jimmie" Maitland lives by himself in Pardeville. Crippled with rheumatism he suffers constantly. His sister Eliza's second husband is George Lawson. There father you will remember married a Gallaway Jane never married and lives by herself in P. also Pardeville by the way has become in a small way an active business center. The farmers as far out - yes [further?]. As your fathers old farm find it a better place to buy and sell than Portage. Some fine residences have been created and in its thrift & cleanliness contrasts greatly with the dirty dilapidated looking place of 50 yrs ago.The old Cripps farm is owned by Charlie Cuff Has fine improvements and as you will recall is attractively located. The Reeves family are all dead. The "Widow Smith", as she was known to all, whose husband "Dan" Smith joined your first farm in the east passed away as recently as two years.Her family married & left her years ago but she clung with pathetic tenacity to her old home - isolated - receiving few visitors - making no calls and died amid the same surroundings that had witnessed the only happiness she ever knew. She was not unattractive & quite intelligent05409
Hot Springs, Ark.
1913 Mar 31
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