Annie L. [Muir]
Wanda & Helen [Muir]
I am hoping to have a letter from each of you soon. I miss the letters that used to come from you so often.
please give my love to your mamma & to dear Grandma Strentzel. I have given up hoping for letters from them, but perhaps they will give me a grand surprise some day.
Cordially & lovingly,
Your Aunt Annie L.
Portage. Wis, May. 30--
Dear Wanda and Helen,
This is Decoration Day and I have just returned from the Court-House where the usual exercised of this day were held. We usually meet in the High School Park, but it was raining beautifully so we went to the Court-House instead.
The children from our sixteen schools marched; with the Old Soldiers, the Guppy Guards, and some other orders, making a long, fine looking procession.
They carried flags, and had a Brass Band with stirring
music to lead them and as it was raining very lightly at that time they looked very happy, and it was a pleasure to see them. Ethel & Bessie Bowen were there, and even little Bernice marched with the others, so that she did not sit near her Mamma & I, and when she got tired of sitting & staying there she concluded to go home to Grandma's. So out she went when the rain was pouring down. We did not see her go, and when we got home there was a strange looking little figure in one of Aunt Sarah's wrappers, all draped up in queer fashion.
Aunt Sarah said she was so
wet when she came in that she had to strip her and manage the best way she could.
It is past six o'clock now and the sun is shining out, and Portage itself is decorated. The trees & grass are so beautifully green & sparkling with rain drops and the roses & syringia have burst into bloom, with some pansies & other plants, I am sure your eyes would sparkle with pleasure if they could see just what mine see from this window, at which I am writing. I sincerely hope that you may some day.
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Muir, Annie L., "Letter from Annie L. [Muir] to Wanda & Helen [Muir], [ca. 1895] May 30 ." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3101.
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