John Muir


Louie [Wanda Muir]


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[Page 5] The death of both son and husband and the breaking up of home, sale of the farm etc has been too heavy and she is badly crushed. I suppose she will remain here with mother. The girls can take care of themselves except Gracie who is rapidly growing and will soon be woman and there is property enough to support her in comfort as far as property can. John Reid has been investing some of her money in Nebraska land and I think if she leaves Portage she will settle in Nebraska. David is tied up securely in his store. He is looking very old and gray and shows too plainly the scars of life’s battles. The death of his wife to whom he was unreservedly devoted was a terrible blow and her long painful illness (cancer in the breast)


Portage City [Wisc]

Date Original

1885 Sep 10


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier

1885 Sep 10 JM to Louie

File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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1885 Sep 10 JM to Louie p5


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