Margaret [Muir Reid]


John Muir & Louie [Strentzel Muir]



hope she will come to Nebraska some time with papa & mama and now with love to all, I close.

Affectionately Margaret

P.S. Write soon. Ihave been looking for a letter from some time. M.R.



Crete, Neb. Dec 28th 1885

Dear Bro John & Sister Louie

The past year is almost gone. and I hope you had a pleasant Christmas time and heartily wish you both not forgetting Wanda a very very happy new year

May Gods richest blessings be yours through this and every other year of your lives and may we all meet in "the Better Land"

I hope this will find you all well and that Annie is still improving also Mrs. Strentzel.

We have been having


very unusual weather for this part of the world at this time of year) for about two weeks now, I think much like tha twinter we spent with you white frost. Joy & sunshine mixed

We expected Joanna & Walter & Ethel about Christmas. but they failed to come. J. was afraid of a change of weather about the time she intended to start as Ethel has a cold. But the last we heard they would try to spend New Year's with us * hope everything will prove favorable to their coming this time.

The children have a vacation of two weeks

[3] and are having a gay noisy time. John spends most of his time among sheep & cols. Christmas he went jack rabbit hunting with other citizens.

I wish I could run in and have a good talk with you all instead of using my pen which today seems slow & uninte resting. I have no doubt but that if we were all together my tongue would get loose and we would have a good talk

Give Wanda a good kiss for Aunt Maggie tell her I would like very much to see her and


Crete, Neb

Date Original

1885 Dec 28


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0574

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