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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

After thanking Harry for his comforting letters, Effie was ready to return to mundane matters. Harry wrote about the need for Rem to find comfort in his children. The Uncle James he mentions was James Hays, the husband of his mother’s sister, Henrietta Hedenberg.

“I think the pens you throw aside would be about the way I like them.” Osborn, Effie 1885-1-30

“He must now give all his own & all Minnie’s care to her children.” Osborn, Henry 1885-1-30


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