Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 21 (1906)


Lt 10, 1906

Kellogg, Brother and Sister [W. K.]

St. Helena, California

January 1, 1906

Portions of this letter are published in 6Bio 74.

Brother and Sister W. K. Kellogg:

I have been viewing the grave of Marian Davis. I said, “This matter has been neglected.” It needs a modest curbstone enclosing the lot and a small stone at the head and one at the foot, as is the custom. On one occasion I was riding through a cemetery with Marian, and she remarked, “I would consider it a sin to place so expensive a tombstone on my grave,” and then she pointed to a modest stone with which she said she would be perfectly satisfied. 21LtMs, Lt 10, 1906, par. 1

I thought as you, my sister, were at the funeral, you had probably given some direction in regard to the tombstone. I am very sorry that nothing has been done. The grave must have attention. Please tell me how much you would consider a proper amount to expend on it, and we will have this matter attended to at once. It is due her. Please respond as quickly as possible, for I do want the grave to present a respectable appearance. She left some money, and a suitable stone shall be purchased, bearing her name and an appropriate verse. 21LtMs, Lt 10, 1906, par. 2

Please think of this and write me at once, for I am not willing to have this matter neglected longer. 21LtMs, Lt 10, 1906, par. 3