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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie confessed to having written a letter the day before that she determined not to send to Harry. Although he imagined her enjoying music on this Easter Sunday, she was not in the best mood for it.

Harry wrote about their upcoming reunion, where they should honeymoon, and his relationship with his family. Zerse’s Drug Store was operated by Otto G. Zerse, who taught at Purdue and boarded with Harry at Mrs. Stockton’s.

“You always tell me to be frank, but I get into trouble so often by my frankness that I feel a good deal of hesitation in sending that letter, for it is frank and is very plain talk.” Osborn, Effie 1886-4-25

“The grass[,] the trees & every living thing today seemed to be thankful for this life.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-25



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