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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie’s birthday was the same as any other Tuesday, though she did get a letter from Harry. The coffee pot he had bought ruined a surprise she had planned but delayed due to lack of money. “Julie S.” was Julia Wood Stewart, a cousin to both Harry and Effie.

“…[T]ho’ this is the second day of my old maid period I have not shown any signs yet of a change.” Osborn, Effie 1885-3-11


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