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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry wrote about his digestion and Effie’s mother’s quest for a new house in his first letter. In the second, he shared some of the things that had been going on at Purdue.

Effie had delayed her short letter in the hope that she’d be able to tell Harry that her mother had a new house.

“I think that the Indiana clerk of the Weather must be a Hoosier.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-6a

“I am finding my salvation in hard work and I find it hard to go at it too but an hour or two of continuous grinding usually has a beneficent effect upon me & I feel better for it.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-6b

“Today has been one of the worst days I ever knew.” Osborn, Effie 1886-4-6


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