W[illiam] H. Trout
I tho't were you here now, you would not recognize old Wisconsin except by its natural features, which you know so well. The fine buildings are modern, and the nice clean villages have lately been greatly improved. Beautifully shaded well oiled dustless streets, and other evidences of good esthetic taste, and civic ambition, as well as financial prosperity, such things as our old timers had no idea of.I undertook to swim in the lake, and did it too, but the effort was so much behind my old swimming memories, that it hardly deserved to be called swimming. I could swim on my back with some degree of comfort, but face swimming taxed my strength too hard. The water was too shallow anyway. I did better in a moderate surf in Galveston two years ago. Both instances revealed the small extent of my strength.Lucretia, the daughter that was with me at the Coast 7 years ago, is now with her husband at the Yellowstone park; from there they go to a small ranch he has bought on the Columbia river, where he proposes to go when family increases and he gets tired of his [tailoring?] business. From there they go to Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and via C P. R and Winnipeg, home.Mrs. Davis here and her three children are sufficient nature lovers to get up by daylight this spring, and go to our fine near by 200 acre park, to note the incoming of the birds. She identified 127 varieties. The children would go to bed early so as to get up with her, and of course enjoyed their ante breakfast lesson. If all goes well I shall put in six weeks in old Canada this summer, visiting old relatives, and gathering some more family items for my history. You write for the great general public I for my limited family connections. It will be some time before it is out; Then I will send you one. I am not half such a worker as you are, particularly in that line.Hoping all goes well with you and your family, and with thanks for the book I remain as ever your grateful friendW H. Trout05490
1913 Jul 11
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
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