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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie had learned that morning that her mother’s investments, which were in the hands of her cousin Watson Augustus “Gus” Bray, were probably lost. More can be learned about the insolvency of Bray’s company and the culprit, Enos Taylor, by searching the the California Digital Newspaper Collection http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=p&p=home&e=——-en–20–1–txt-txIN——-. Information about “Cousin Gus,” the father of Effie’s cousins Jule and Em, is available at https://localwiki.org/oakland/Watson_A._Bray.

In ignorance of the catastrophe, Harry wrote of plans for the summer and of the school that Effie’s mother had written about starting.

“I should think it would frighten you to think of marrying into such an unlucky family, but perhaps you’ll bring us good luck.” Osborn, Effie 1885-2-19

“Did you honestly think I meant to dawdle on the way when I can leave this prison?” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-19


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