Louie Strentzel Muir




Bonham Texas August 31st 1892 Dear Louie Georgia and I came from Honey Grove to this place yesterday morning. Joe [ ] had come here from Dallas to meet us, and called in the afternoon. She has changed very much, looks old and broken, and I think unhappy, although tries to appear cheerful. I have not seen her husband yet. She has two of the worst children I ever saw but they are quite pretty, a little boy 9, and a girl 3. We are staying with Eva and Mr. White. They are staying at a very nice private boarding house, so we are very comfortably situated. Mr. White ordered a carriage early this morning and drove with us all over the city. The morning air was cool and [bracing], and the streets and roads level and smooth, and the carriage easy, so we had a delightful ride. The location of the town is very beautiful, very similar to that of Sherman. There, many fine buildings, the court house, public school buildings, several churches, and many beautiful residences. We went to the fair grounds, which are very pretty. They have just completed a fine exhibition building which has cost over eight thousand dollars, and the other buildings are all fine and substantial. They have an artificial lake of about three acres on the fair grounds, which is a great attraction. Crowds of people go out there every pleasant evening to row on the lake, and often have a band of music, and dance in the pavilion. When driving in the square, Mr. White spoke to a gentleman, and [as] we drove on, I asked him the [name] of the man he spoke to, he said Dr. Keneday. I asked if he was a son of Col. Kennedy of [Lauren], he said yes. I said please drive back and introduce me to him, he did so, at first he did not understand


Bonham, TX

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1892 Aug 31 to Louie

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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