, ,

Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie recounted her return home, while Harry provided her with an account of his journey, with descriptions of Niagara and Detroit and of his fellow passengers. The “Mauch chunk” he mentioned was Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, which is now called Jim Thorpe.

“It gave me the horrors to address the envelope on my letter last night.” Osborn, Effie 1885-9-9

“Dearest Dearest Love we shall have happiness all the time bye & bye & not in homeopathic doses of three months with nine dreary months between.” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-9a

‘“Bedad I wanted you to know I was here.”’ Osborn, Henry 1885-9-9b

“Frame houses & stone are all the rage and log houses you scarcely ever see.” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-9c

“Uncle Zephe hasn’t played on the accordion for a long time & life has become worth living.” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-9d


The University Archives at Hamline University collects and preserves university records, publications, photographs, audio recording, moving images, artifacts, and other materials from the university’s early days in Red Wing to its present in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The Henry L. Osborn and Family Papers are owned by Hamline University and may not be published or extensively quoted without the written consent of the Hamline University Archives (Hamline University, 1356 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104; 651-523-2080; archives@hamline.edu).