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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry started his letter on a typewriter because of a sore finger but soon switched back to writing by hand. Topics included piano scales, Effie’s mother, and their first meeting when he returned.

Effie wrote about weather, illness and her views on Dr. Smart, Purdue’s president. The Haweis they were writing about was the Reverend H.R. Haweis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Reginald_Haweis.

“Today I have had it in a bandage with salt and turpentine as I did yesterday and it feels better tonight than it did this morning.” Osborn, Henry 1885-12-10

“I think the Trustees & Faculty of Purdue University have more meetings where nothing is done than any place I ever heard of.” Osborn, Effie 1885-12-10



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