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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie wrote two letters today because she was interrupted by visiting family (probably cousins Will and Harriet Van Sant). Effie talked of family history, her inability to describe things, babysitting Ten Eyck, buying tickets for the Metropolitan Opera and Harry’s desire to have Fritz at Purdue.

“…you are an extraordinary man, and so different from other men, that I actually believed that you didn’t take the same pride in your mustache, but I guess all men are alike about that.” Osborn, Effie 1885-9-27a

“Maggie dont know much about the family, and is quite interested in hearing about her relations.” Osborn, Effie 1885-9-27b


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