Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]
Portage, Sept. 20th, 1880.Dear John:I very gladly received your letter of Aug. 15th from Alaska, and hope you will be able to make your proposed trip and return home safely. I have been much longer in writing to you than usual, but there has been so very much going on here -- enough to excuse me.About the first of Aug. Joanna returned home from Hamilton, her father and Mr. Brown accompanying her. Her marriage took place on the first of Sept., about thirty being present, mostly our own folk. The Baptist minister performed the service, assisted by the Presbyterian minister. We could not think our company complete while you and your wife were absent.Joanna and Mr. Brown did not start for their new home until the 11th inst. Your father went with them. He intends to live with them, but I preferred spending the winter in Portage, so Annie remains with me.Margaret expects to leave Portage in Oct. for Neb. I feel sorry to have them all leave us. You can have no idea of the fine appearance of Annie and Jessie -- they are very nice girls and both graduates of the High School, and better still, they are both Christians, so their influence will be for good wherever they may be settled.Mary has a baby boy two months old, and she has named him Wheler Gilrye, after his two grandmothers. All the Galloway family were in Portage last week attending the County Fair, only Sarah staid at home. Anna G[alloway] got two premiums for apples and bread and her father had three premiums for wheat he had there.With love to you and your wife, and hoping that God will bless and keep you always,Affectionately,Mother520
1880 Sep 20
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Reel 04, Image 0309
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