I’m do glad to be coming home. It’s been so long. Six long years. Can you believe I’m twenty now? I so wanted to be with you on my birthday but Aunt Myrna’s illness was so grave and getting worse I didn’t feel that I could leave her. With her death and the lawyer tending to things I now feel I can return to the Chasing R.
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.
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