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Attica, Indiana, after 1886 tornado

Attica, Indiana, after 1886 tornado

Effie wrote mostly about the wedding invitation/announcement lists and a wedding gift she had just received.

Harry was more concerned with weather than usual, with a flooded Wabash River and a tornado in nearby Attica. In his first letter, he reiterated his concern for Effie’s mother and, in the second, he looked forward to the music they would play together.

“Our wedding is not going to be anything at all like the wedding we both had planned in our own minds.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-17

“You must take this step and you must leave her & cling to your husband.  That is ordained by nature or of God which is the same thing and it would cause far greater misery were you not to do so.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-17a

“When I get home I shall take better care of you and after we are married you shall take a long rest.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-17b


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