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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry went over the discovery of their mutual love again and compared it to the explosive reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. He went on to provide a walking tour of Chauncey, then the name of the town where Purdue was located.

With Harry’s sister Margaret’s visit, Effie finally had a firsthand chance to gauge his family’s reaction to their engagement.

“I never imagined that I should ever have to put a question on whose answer so much depended & yet feel so little hope that it would be in the affirmative.” Osborn, Henry 1884-9-28

“I guess your letter made a pretty big stir.” Osborn, Effie 1884-9-28


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