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Harp Family Correspondence - Dora to Wilbert, 1902

May 2, 1902

Sandusky May 2nd 1902

Monday afternoon.

My dear sweet husband [drawing of a person]:

I received your ever welcome letter this morning and was very glad to hear from you baby. And glad to hear you are getting along so nice and making money. All the more for me to blow in you make the money I spend it I know how. I washed today got through late I comenced late I thought it was going to rain so when it cleared up I comenced. I have not got got near all the house work done, but I thought I would write and get it in the box before the mail man comes. I can do the house work after. You come first you know dear.

Well Lew and I took a walk up town, and down by the bay to watch the boats and all of the people that was in the town yesterday The Point opened yesterday. And there was seven different excursions to all of the rubbernecks. Charley did not come back so I guess he got the rain all right.

Well dear I guess I will make my letter short today. Do you care.

When you come home I will wash you and all your dirty duds. And then you can go to Cleveland if you want to.

No my feet don't stink and I am going to wash them when I get through if I am not tired.

Oh I can hardly wait till you come home. Cut it short. I mean your work and promise to a better job next time.

Can you read my writing now days. I am in such a hurry

I am so afraid he will come.

I am well and hope you are. Take good care of your self, dearest. I will close for this time.

Good by dear.

Oh my that gum is good honey.

I am getting hungry for kisses I can do the grunting all right can't I honey.

Well good by from your old frau Dorotha. come as soon as you can dear

Good by my honey
G.B.D.C.Y.K.
good by dear consider your self
kissed. Kisses
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how do you like my fancy addressing letters

May 31, 1902

Sandusky May 31 1902
Saturday afternoon

My darling husband.

I received your dear sweet letter this morning. And I thank you ever so much for your gum and flowers. The gum was something. I have been wanting this long time. You don't for get me dear do you. You blessid darling.

You do not think of me any often than I do of you I dreamed of you last night. I thought you came home and I was so surprised and I said oh my I thought you wasn't coming till Monday or Tuesday night. And I just wrote you such a long letter last night to and put a stamp on now that will be waisted and I tried to ask you if you had to go back again but it seemed as if some one kept talking and I could not ask you.

Oh honey come home as soon as you can I am getting over the blues a little more.

[upside down along top of letter]:
Can you read this if you can't bring it to me.

I was singing all morning. That is better than crying is it not dear.

Well decoration day passed didn't it.

They stayed with me good or rather uncle Charley did Lew was out till after ten. And Charley was in bed when he came, and he got up then and went up street he said it was to warm in there for him. I went to sleep I did not hear him come in. I was tired from walking up town during the day.

[drawing of a person with a flower basket]
how is that for high. don't pick all the flowers honey.

I have not got all my work done yet and it is almost 4 o'clock I thought I would write then finish my work.
take good care of your self and Prince.

Oh yes honey I got the money this noon. I will not tell anyone I have it. Well good by from Dora your loving wife. to honey. Be good

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good by dear petty

June 27, 1902

Sandusky. June 27. 1902

Mr. W.E. Harp
My dear husband.

I received your postal this morning saying you did arrived there all O.K. I am glad you did honey. I suppose my darling is working hard by this time do not work to hard dear. And I am glad you have a good boarding house honey. What kind of a bed though. A good one I hope I don't want my honeys bones swept up in a dust pan every morning.

Well dearest husband.
We are well yet
but I am afraid I will not be in another twenty-four hours though. Well honey dear you mentioned about the excursion to [Cedar Point] but you did not say if you was going to take it in but I am going to look for you anyway honey dear.

I went up town yesterday after noon and got the curtains. I paid $1.00 a pair. They were $1.25 but they threw of a quarter off then I got the poles and cords to tie them back with $3.43 .55 cts. left yet I think I done fine but there not as nice as I thought they were. But better than none anyday. I suppose you could of done better down there. I have not got them up yet. I have got to fix the top to put the poles through.

Lew put the poles up last night. he was a good boy. he went to the barber shop last night and came right back again.

Well dearest honey I am writing with one hand and holding the baby with the other she watches the pencil back and forth.

It is dinner time so I must close for this time I guess. I hope you come Sunday if not next Thursday [drawing of a man and woman kissing] night then before the Fourth you know.

I suppose Ma is looking everyday for a letter and I don't know if we can go or not.

Well good by from your
loving wife Dora.
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I slept sound all night last night. and got up like a good girl this morning. Was you a good boy I hope so.

Well good by darling old
honey write often
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October 29, 1902

October 29th. 1902

Sandusky Ohio
Wednesday morning

My dear sweet husband.

Oh how I wish you was here it is so lonesome here evenings without you.

Well dearest last night was not a very pleasant night to be out was it. I wondered if my honey was out in the nasty cold rain or if he was by some body's warn fire side, and when I went to bed the wind was a whistling around the corners and was so cold I thought of you I wondered if you was out or if you was in bed [caret mark] all alone now this morning it is much nicer the sun is trying its best to shine, and it is not so cloudy as yesterday.

Well I will begin to tell my troubles from yesterday.

You know and I know that I washed Monday left my clothes stand in the tub till yesterday well and when I hung them out, when I had them all up just hung the last sock and started to go up the stairs down come the line in that loose dirt with my white clothes on. You did not fasten it good. At the corn crib it come untied. Well after I washed them and had them all fixed again it comenced to rain. Took them down once more. hung them up again. took them down all day but under clothes. Then it rained took them down then they landed on the banister they can stay there till they are dry now for all I care. but the worst of all the white clothes gathered up all the black smoke and dirt in the country they was just a fire site. I ironed them just the same. I commenced after four I got them [caret mark] ironed put them away I will not see them now all the time.

Well dearest I guess that is enough don't you think so I hope you have better luck with your work dearest. and I hope you are feeling good and happy well dearest Willie I suppose will receive his present today. I hope they fit him. Well dearest-I guess I will close for this time. hoping to see you soon and get a letter soon from my honey. From your little loving wife

Dora

I send my love, and a whole house full of kisses Good by.
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