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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Both Harry and Effie noted that today was a holiday. Although George Washington’s birthday had been a holiday for government offices in Washington, D.C., since 1879, it wasn’t until 1885 that it was expanded to include all federal offices. So, it was a novelty to both of them.

Harry had finally received some letters from his family. He also wrote of visiting Professor Warder and of his continued enjoyment of The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountain.

Effie gave her opinions on Purdue’s faculty meetings, her mother’s current servants and the letter-writing habits of Harry’s family.

“This afternoon I walked up the road past the toll gate & up to the sugar camp.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-22

“We will not be here after May 1st.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-22


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