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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie presented a strong case in her first letter for Harry leaving as soon as possible after classes ended. Her second was filled with Carrie’s unexpected engagement.

Harry’s conversation with Michael Golden the day before had kept him from writing Effie on the 26th. More about Golden and other members of Purdue’s faculty during Harry’s time there can be found in A Century and Beyond: The History of Purdue University by Robert W. Topping.

“I dont feel it, & cant feel it, and never will feel it, and wont be at all reconciled to it.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-27a

“Isn’t it funny that they should stumble around just after Carrie’s proposal as they did after the news reached here about our engagement.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-27b

“Golden is a man I take a great interest in.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-27


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