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Letter from J. W. Foster to Alfred Foster

Lansing Iowa Dec 17th '77

A. B. Foster & Wife

Dear Children I received your letter dated Oct 19th Last Saturday the 9 of Dec. it appears you directed it rong. I live at Rosehill Center Township but my address is still Lansing. This will account for its delay. My helth is good with the exception of my left eye which is blind. The familey is well at present----Frank's Picture I got. But would like to have it large Size to Frame. I am glad you sent your Childrens names and ages so as I can record them. I am verry glad your crops are good. Ours are tolerable. It appears you raised 85 bushel ? wheat than I did. I had 274 bus of Oats & 163 of Rye & Stalk ? over one thousand bushels of corn. I have got 200 stocks to husk yet. we have had 2 weeks good sunshiney weather But muddy.

Now Dear Daughter I will answer your epistol by saying that it is impossible at present grant your request at present we owe some on our farm yet that must be paid before pleasure, as soon as I can see any way clear I shall if alive and well make you a visite. I have got from the New York home ade cociety a smart boy 15 years Old that saves me many a weary step. He is able to handle a team well which will be a great help in seeding time next spring. Now Alfred dont wate for me to write as I am old and feable and so Dear Children, with ? I must leave you in the Loveing hands of the Lord.

Your Affectionate Father
J.W. Foster
p.s. I have 20 hogs ? this fall

John W. Foster thumbnail - click on photo
John W. Foster
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~contributor's notes: John W. Foster was my 3great-grandfather, and Alfred Foster was my 2great-grandfather.
~contributed by Jolynne Bockman


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