Leah's Letter Continued
I’ve arranged for the furniture I chose not to sell to be brought to Stones Creek by wagon. It will not arrive until sometime after I do. If you can manage to have a pallet to sleep on until its arrival I would greatly appreciate it. Please do not go to any expense or trouble. I am more than willing to sleep on the floor but the comfort of some blankets or rugs would be welcome.
There will be a number of trunks coming with me on the train as well as my Singer treadle sewing machine. The trunks will contain a quantity of fabrics which I hope to create garments for both the women and men of the area. You’ve told me how difficult it is to get nice fabrics so I decided to come prepared.
How are you, Ben and the children? I look forward to becoming better acquainted with your spouse and meet your children. It is difficult to believe you are a mother of three.
Once again, dear Sara, thank you for requesting this lonely cousin to join you in Stones Creek. With your help and that of the Lord I hope to set aside the past and find peace in the present. I will be arriving on the mid-day train on the sixteenth day of August. If there is any change or delay I will sent you a wire.
Norie's Letter Continued
I’ll be arriving on the 16th of August. I can’t believe the railroad has reached Denver and has a station at Stones Creek. It should make the journey much safer as well as shorter. Please note that I will have several trunks. I am surprised at the amount of things I have gathered since I have been here. I am also bringing articles such as yarns which I believe may still be in short supply out West. Yes Pa, I plan to keep from cluttering the house with my projects although I think Aunt Myrna will turn over in her grave if I actually achieve that particular goal.
In Donis’ last letter she said Spike has been keeping Magnus exercised. I hope he remembers me. It has been so many years. Will he still not let anyone but Spike ride him? Why I write that I have no idea since you won’t be able to answer as I will be in route before a reply could reach me.
I expect to find Stones Creek much changed since I left. Your description of the town now was welcome. I do wish we had a church building but it seems the Kansas Pacific Railroad provided a place to meet as they are letting worship service be conducted there.
I must close now so I can post this. I love you and am anxious to be home. Give my love to Donis and Spike. I still cannot believe he is no longer foreman of the ranch.
Your daughter Norie.