Sarah M[uir] Galloway


[Daniel and Emma Muir]


I hope that you are all well, that you Emma are stronger. Did Anita and her husband go to [Harvard?] as she though probable when she wrote? if they did she will seem a long way from home. I have not heard whether Sarah is teaching this year. Mabel will be attending the University now, and [Henriet?] I think of as [illegible] still her Mothers helper, to think and plan for the household. I have a beautiful photo. of her. I wonder if Sarah or Mabel have one to spare for me. Those I have were taken when little children. With much love to all I am affectionately

Sarah M. Galloway

[in margin: I am sending a Christmas remembrence to Sarah which I hope will arrive safely]

Martinez. Cal.

Decr 14 - 1900

Dear Brother & Sister and the girls:

I wish you a bright glad Christmas, and happy New-Year, may you be well, and all together to enjoy the Season and may you be blest with all that is good and best through the coming year. How much we have to be thankful for in the year that has passed and we can trustingly go forward to whatever the new one

has in store for us. All here are in about usual health excepting colds. Maggie is never very well sometimes better and then worse again, always ready to do a little more than she has strength for, the same brave kind little woman. John R[eid?] is strong and well looking as ever but he too feels sometimes that he is growing old. May with her bright little girl often

comes in with her help and good cheer. John is as busy as ever in his Study writing articles that come out in the Atlantic Monthly and that will be brought out in book form later. Louie is well, Wanda is still attending school in Berkeley preparatory to going into the University, which she expects will be next year. Helen is at home studying under her Fathers direction. A fine bright

girl, the light and joy of the home. I was up at Davids yesterday, he and Ette are both having colds. There has been a great deal of damp foggy weather lately, with little rain, but today there has been some thunder and a fine soaking rain which is much needed - Will Muir keeps bravely at work, he has had a good deal of trouble with the Pison Oak which grows plentifully about here, three or four times he has had a big dose

of it. it causes a great amount of discomfort and keeps him from work for a little while, especially when the leaves are off one gets touched with it without knowing it. Quite a number of Davids friends have visited him the past summer. Mr Joe Wells of [illegible], his wife and daughter who had been traveling in Washington and Oregon also Mr Jas Go[illegible] who was with them staid about a week or more, after them Mr & Mrs Jaeger of Portage also made

a stay of a week or so, they too had been spending the summer in Washington and other places. Jeanie Foster, Mrs G[illegible], her husband and little girl, also Mrs Jas. Foster made a short visit and another man and his wife, he had been a clerk in the store. and now on the 19th of this month, David Galbraith and wife are expected. You will remember the family as among the early settlers in the Town of Buffalo. his wife was Flora Wilson - that family were neighbors too, they seem to be well off and

traveling for pleasure this winter. I had a letter from [illegible] G.E. yesterday she is in usual health the others well. Kenneth is attending school and walks a half mile to get there. his Father will either take him or he will stay at home in bad weather, but he seems to enjoy it and is getting on well Marjorie is rather lonesome without him, but I suppose she will go too next summer, as she will be six years old then. [illegible] & Grace are still in the same Office in Chicago, Grace's health is better than it has been.


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1900 Dec 14


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