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Posted 05/13/2013   10:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add ilovelabbies to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just got this in the mail today. I found it very interesting as it related to the Indian War with a Mary and Monroe Cole and a John Jones correspondence and neat letter.

I have retyped the letter as best I can, it is below the scanned in copy.

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Feb. 3, 1903

Mr. Monroe Cole, ________, White Co. Illinois

Dear Old friend, I do assure you that I would like to see you again we are getting old now and will soon be gone from here. I have not been able to do any work for a long time in fact--not able to do but little since I was discharged at Fort ______ Bussele, Wyoming Territory on the 16th day of June 1874. I write this to you to see if you can _____- me being in the Hospital about a month and about---two months before I was discharged there at Fort ________ if you will recollect I had the phenomena ____ Mountain Fever. I want you to study and recollect anything about it if you can recollect it and will make a statement of it on the Enclosed _______ and return it to me at once. I do assure you that I will be under many obligations to you. I kept that butcher knife you gave me about five years. I have thought of you a many time since I saw you.
I want you to write and tell me how you are getting along and what you are doing give me a little history of yourself since I saw you.
Ever yours friend,
John C. Jones
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Posted 05/13/2013   11:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bujutsu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting piece of history.

Quite often, the contents can be just as interesting as the covers themselves.

Chimo

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Posted 05/13/2013   11:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ncbuckeye to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice cover, ilovelabbies - thanks for showing it. Some of the fill ins:

Mr. Monroe Cole, Gossette (spelling is "Gossett", White Co. Illinois
Fort ______ Bussele
- This is Fort DA Russell in Wyoming Territory
you can _____- me
... recollect me ...

Quote:
phenomena ____
- this is "pneumonia", and the word following looks like "are" but I think meaning is "or"
Enclosed _______
is "enclosed blank"
Hope this helps.
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Edited by ncbuckeye - 05/13/2013 12:04 pm
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Posted 05/13/2013   1:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not sure I understand the connection between the three documents scanned as they are spanning nearly 30 years in time. The cover is postmarked 1932; the typewritten letter dated 1916, some 16 years earlier; and the handwritten letter dated to 1903, some 13 years before that.

I do understand that the parties were trying to gather information together to qualify for a pension, but were all of these documents included in the 1932 postmarked cover?
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Edited by wt1 - 05/13/2013 1:25 pm
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Posted 05/13/2013   2:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ilovelabbies to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
nubuckeye, thanks for helping me fill in some of the blanks on the letter

wt1, this is the way everything was sent to me, maybe whoever owned the contents were just trying to keep everything in one envelope. I am not sure.
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Posted 05/13/2013   3:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting! I was also trying to decipher your letter but looks like I was beat to the punch!
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Posted 05/13/2013   3:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The writer of that 1903 handwritten letter, John C. Jones of Madison Co., Kentucky, was actually a farmer in the town of Foxtown according to the 1900 US Census. He was born in 1843, meaning that he was 60 years old at the time the letter was written:

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Posted 05/13/2013   7:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ilovelabbies to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks wt1. It is appreciated as always!

By reading the letter, I take it these guys might have became buddies in the Indian War.
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