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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Today Harry and Effie both wrote, with one topic in in common: Effie’s friend Mr. Zerfass. Unfortunately, our research has not turned up much about him. Although Harry told Effie he wasn’t jealous, he also wasn’t sure that Mr. Zerfass wasn’t in love with her.

Harry also described a number of the other people at Purdue University and talked about his dormitory oversight duties.

And, Effie explained to Harry that his Aunt Mag (and her 1st cousin 1x removed, Margaret Bray Hedenberg Tay) was not responsible for her realizing that she was in love with him. She also revealed that she thought their earlier suffering had been good for them.

“There is one other thing I want to speak about before I begin to tell you about my own every day affairs & that is our letters.  I cant get along with one a week.” Osborn, Henry 1884-9-21

“I am glad, very glad that you had such foolish opinions about its not being honorable for a man to ask a girl to marry him until he had something certain to depend on.” Osborn, Effie 1884-9-21


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