Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 7 (1891-1892)


Lt 77, 1891

White, W. C.

Petoskey, Michigan

June 1, 1891

Previously unpublished.

Dear Willie:

The trouble was with the wheel. The hub was one much larger and was of elm wood. The carriage was going moderately over the railroad track and the hub broke into splinters. Men who saw the wheel said we ought to prosecute the man who made it, for it was no good. The material was worthless. The man refuses to refund the money. That ends all our business with him. If good material had been put into the wheels in the first place, there would have been no breakage. We will send the wheels, as directed, back to Battle Creek. The doctor has written to his brother asking what he will furnish wheels for. I know not as he has had any answer yet. 7LtMs, Lt 77, 1891, par. 1


Afternoon: This did not go to the office this morning so will add a few lines. Bro. Starr has just come from Harbor Springs. He has the free grant of a large tract of land; water brought up the hill. There will [be] a hydrant put in for the special benefit of the campers, and two families on the hill will take advantage of the laid pipes and pay for the water privileges. Two other hydrants will be in so there will be three hydrants to use. Willie, it is the most beautiful place I think we could find. All the shade trees we want. Now, I want Mary and your children to come up, and if Addie can come and May, [I will be] glad to see them and have them make us a visit. Willie, do make arrangements to have Mary and the children come up here. We can go over to Harbor Springs and back for twelve cents. Then I have our team to ride when you choose. Why, the children would be so happy on the hilltop, for there is a large tract of land that is a grove, [with] beautiful and abundant shade trees. 7LtMs, Lt 77, 1891, par. 2

We have had no rain as yet. The smoke has disappeared and the water looks like diamonds. We enjoy looking upon it so much. 7LtMs, Lt 77, 1891, par. 3

Eld. Starr has laid in with a grocer to whom he is giving Bible readings for all goods at wholesale prices. Fresh strawberries now ten cents a box, gooseberries ten cents a box, and we get things much cheaper than by retail. All comes from Chicago. 7LtMs, Lt 77, 1891, par. 4

Chimney up. It is tip top. Cost $31.05. It is a massive affair and a solid, good, thoroughly done job. Dr. Lay is again out and improving. I am so glad for him. It is so hard for him to be still. Will you come up with the children? 7LtMs, Lt 77, 1891, par. 5


The doctor says his brother will furnish first-class wheels to me for wholesale price, and Dr. is to write, if I want him to do this, to Lane at Kalamazoo. I have not the price. Will you write if you think it best for him to furnish the wheels? If the wheels are already ordered, then all right. 7LtMs, Lt 77, 1891, par. 6