Los Angeles 12 14 1905
O my darling baby
I wish you were here on the Granda with me. I believe your dear little heart wuld keep real quiet and listen to the birds singing in the big tree. They sing in the morning but when they are getting ready to settle down for night they have a grait time fighting. Its to bad that even weet little birds will fight. Baby if you were here I could trim you all up with roases and smilax with out steping off the Granda wouldent you look pretty just covered with roses and smilax And I believe Prince could do big things in the real estate bus he surely could do as well as he can in Chicago. I guess I would better not say much about your coming this winter but wait till next winter when you are back in Esn then Prince will be glad of a change. But next winter is a long way off but xxx xxx is right here now and my baby needs to be quiet. It is such a long time since I have had a letter I dont missd that for Dell writes that you are alright and getting rested. If you are all sure that Doctor Erimst under stands your cace. I suppose if he wont let you write he wont let you ready very much so I better stop.
I had the little man get me an indelible pencil so I could sit on the veranda and write. i hope it wont rub so you cant read it. Vennie always writes with a pencil so I just though i would try it and if it is hard to read you tell me.
I hope this will find my baby much better and a good little girl who minds the Doctor. for he is a good Doctor you know baby. I bet he asks where Pince is every time he comes. I will never get stoped. I keep ratling on. Lots of love to the sweetiest baby in the world.
Mrs A. Scott Ormsby
246 E. 47th St
Feb 19 1906
My precious baby
You are not quite so far away as you will be but far enough to make California seam awful far.
I hope you are not working to hard. I am glad you are not waisting your valuable s??e spring hours. It is realy to bad that poor Jessie is no better. The lady who lives next door is going to Italy she and her son they leave about the last of April. She has been getting ready for the past three months.
I would not be surprised if she killed her self getting ready to go. She is working so hard. I suppose Prince is trying to teach yu a few French words and he is probably thinking of nothing else but going. It makes me sorta cross when I think how prince gets the best of me all the time. he can see my pretty baby all the and I cant. My but he ought to be greatful to Mr. Wright for marring me for I would be bound to go every where you did and he would have to take me to Italy and every where else.
I began this letter Sautrday but did not finish it so now I will tell you I am going to a spook meating this afternoon - I have been I am home again and not much wiser than I was before I went. I got a nice long car ride. wore my sewl black dress. It is only the second time I have worn it. am going out again this evening. But all this disnfiative does not make me want my baby less O well, I will have her again sometime. I will write again soon. I am very well just as well as I ever was in my life and I knocked on wood when I wrote that. I must stop it to dark.
Mamma loves her sweet baby more then words can tell.
We were on the Ocan in April and surely it was my enugh So
I guess Merch wont be any worse (I dont care if Princey is sick)
Los Angeles Feb 24, 1906
My sweet baby
I tryed to write to you the day befor my birthday and on my birth day but culd not find the time. Sister Jessie wrote to me to come over and spend the day with her. she seamed to be so happy to have us there. and we were alone Louis and his father and Hollis and the two Iowa Halls men who are building the house for Mother Jones went to a picnic. I dont know as I told you that Mrs Jones was going to build a house she has a larg yard and she thought she mite as well have a house to rent on the other end of her lot. It realy is very bad to see one so old. just thinking of business and money. Louis is realy no better just holding his own as it were. he lost two pounds of flesh when he went back last summer and he can not gain it back. Jessie says she knows he will not ever be abel to live in Iowa again he sleeps out of dors every night and has the best care Jessie can give him You darling baby you sent me such a pretty bag. and such nice handkerchiefs. I said Sunday if my baby dont send me som handkerchiefs for my birthday. Little man you will have to buy me some soon. I wonder if you made the pretty bag or just run the ribon in th top after Dell sewed it or rather made it. wall its lovely any how. and my little baby girl does not have to sew becaus she had typhoid fever. and whats worse she married a black headed Prince. Who takes her away from her mamma. I think the littl album with thoses photographs are lovely or would be if you had filled it with pictures of my angel baby that on picture of you is awfuly good. I am so glad you put Katties and Maryes in and they are such good pictures. Tell Kattie I love her and I know if she dont come back when you get back from Italy and take care of my baby for me she will be sorry. Of corse if you dont think best to tell her what I wrot dont. O say baby here I have been sitting writing and there your dear letter was out in the box waiting for me to come and get it. It has been there almost two hours and here I sat and let it wait. Bessie and Mrs Tenn have gone to a picnic and I am alone. You remember Mrs Tenn who lived in Oregan she has been living here for a year and now Mr Tenn has gon to Panama he got a very fine position given him she leaves for Panama next week she has been with us two weks Mamma wishes her baby was here tho minute. her picture stands on the piano and a large vace full of roses always stand by it But the picture dont said a word just looks at me. You dear you must not worry your self ill again. I far Ernest has not quite cured my baby yet you are not strong or you would be more interested in your appertunity to see the old country. I wish you did not have to have sewing done you dont want to fill your trunks so full that you cant bring home Paris gouus. You can get things cheaper there and better. So what is the use of wereing your self all out fussing with dressmakers. There is but one objecton to your doing now I think March is a bad month to cross the ocan. I dont see why it would not be a good plan for you to see all you intend to see befor you go to Italy. I tell you how you mite have a few weeks of quiet. you mite bid all your friends good bye then stay at home quietly for two months know one would know that you had not gone you could not do that in Emmitsburg but you could in Chicago. Let Clara be your last visiter dont have any more before you go. Now that would be a novel way of taking a rest before you start It mite prove as funny as three men in a boat. But you could not loose the butter for Kattie takes care of that. Then if you want to you culd apear again in Chicago on the first day of April See Your problem is easer to solve than poor Sisters Vens. I have said meny times years ago that she was foolish to live with him. But I fear she would have a very hard time to get red of him. O how I wish I culd do some thing for her. O how meny couples have lived together and spoiled a life and in the end had to separate. It does not seam right that she should suffer onlger but will she suffer less if she casts him off. I am so afraid she wuld get to feeling so sorry for him she would take him back and then her life wuld not be worth living for he never forgives or forgets what he calls arong done to him. If she could be firm and never take him back it would be better than living with him. Poor darling she had had nothing but trouble with him.. he has never been any kind of man I even cannot help to be sorry for him and I know she is to. I realy would be happy to go and help her and take care of father and wife till they die if Mr Wright could see it as I do and what would be still harder for me to convince my son Horace of corse he to needs me in a way. We word have much longer to wait on the land deal for the option runs out on the second day of March they are trying hard to borrow the money they could have sold it a month ago but liofied to be able to raise the money. Horace was the only one who wanted to sell the other three did not want to so of course he does not feel very good. he says we had our opertunity and lost it. Still while there is life there is hope. I dont believe I like to be in the land business. I dont want may baby to worry about anything for it wont make Aunt Venes troubles any less and may make her sick again Mamma wants you to be well and dont worry about leaving me I am well and I dont see you now and you wont be gone very long and I am quit happy to be able to say my daughter married Prince Ormsby they are now traveling in Europ. Dont that sound swell. How I wish I could keep Dell with me while you are gon but I am fraid she would not be happy. Now baby dont worry any more just be mammas happy baby. When we get to Heaven we will just have a little house all to our selvs if prince and Mr Wright come around bothering us when we want to be alone we will just shoot stars at them I dont know as you can read this I have just scratched it off. Good by darling dont worry every thing wil come out right. Any way be thankful you do not hve to worry about (my baby) that is my greatest blessing you always have been the bright spot in my life every since you were layed in my arms by my dear Mother Love to Dell and prince and O so much for my blesed baby.
Envelope Post marked April 14, 1906
Los Angeles, Cal.
Mrs Grace P Ormsby
North Shore Health Resort
My precious baby.
I am going to keep this day holy by writing to a real angel. I suppose Sister Jessie is at church and prehaps Prince took my baby. O he is in Emmetsburg so of corse he is at church. They will see that he remembers his easter offering. I guess the poor little quarreling church needs all they can get. I should think it would be awfuly discouraging for Doctor Jackson to have been reading thoes prayers for so meny years and see how little good it has done. I tell you if he could have made them love each other more he would not have preached in vain. still they mite have been worse if they had not had a preacher. and the poor old man must have a living and realy people need to have something preched to them. preaching is only teaching some will learn and some will not and I dont know as it is the teachers falt. I got a long letter from sister Ven today. she is a head of me. she says I have been cleaning house cleaned early becaus Dell is coming home and Louis is coming the first of May and Grandma will have her baby now see all that Vennie is going to have. and all I have is going to be taken away from me. Just for the summer darling that is all. I am realy glad you can have an ocean trip. It wont be dusty like the old auto car will it darling but it may be just as ruff and it wont run off the track like the trains do. But the chance for picking up will be just as good. Of corse Prince wants you to pick up and get real well and strong. I hope the shaking up up old Italy has been getting has frightened Mrs Ornsby almost to death. I wish it would frighten Prince out of going. (But you cant go but this once) Prince can go alone if he wants to go. I am going to send you som pictures of our house so you can see the home of my birds. you will see how near they live to me. and how I must hear them sing they waken me every morning. and I go to sleep again they realy sing me to sleep and it is realy interesting to sit at the window and watch them go to bed. My but they do have a time of it befor they get setled down for the night. I believe there are a thousand birds in that tree.
I can see them flying in and out of the tree. it takes them so long to get ready to go to sleep I keep a pan of water down by the tree. and Bessied bouy lit som wheat. and we feed them every morning. O baby the postman just brought me my little chickens. It is so sweet and looks just like a live chicken Now I am going to fill the box with orang blossom and send it back to you I have been asking them to get me a box for the longest time but no one could remember it. I know they wont be pretty but they will smell sweet if they are wilted.
I hope Mrs Mayns reached her in a fair state of wilted beauity of corse they would not look fresh. Wall baby I have to go and take care of my chicken for Bessie and some of the neighbors have it down on the beranda and I am afraid they will brake it. You knew what kind of a chicken I like best a little yellow one.
You alays remember your Mamma darling. God bless my baby.
April 13 Lots of love to Dell
Say baby My P always tip over when I address your letter I guess I will leave them off
Los Angeles Aug 11 th 1907
My precious foolish baby
The postman just brought a letter from prince to Mr Wright. I opened it as I wanted to see what his royal highness had writen and found he was just writing becaus My baby was worried Now darling if you dont want Prince to get the ax and saw you would better not worry so much about me. Where is my sensible girl who used to say dont less worry mamma I am not going to, you see baby you have had all your worry for nothing. I amperfectly well. I dont worry if I dont get a letter from you just when I expect to I have been rather busy as Bessie is still at the beach. I think she will come home Saturday she has had enough of it for a while she had got so anxious for a change that she just was sick. said she though she should die if she didnt have a change but Horace got a letter to day saying shw wanted to come home so he is going after her with the automobile She will be all right now we have a car and she can go to ride. I have realy enjoyed being house keeper and have had no one to please but my self. I guess I will have to tell you all about your brother. and see if that wont make you hapy. Well he is turning out to be a big real estate dealer he is so busy and so happy he realy has very bright prospects. It is remarkable how his raising the money for that ranch last winter has brought him out. That sounds funny but I dont know what else to call it. that was a big deal and business men heard of it and now they want him to handel there property. he has a girl to run the type writter and he said well Mother I hired a girl to day there were about twenty five girls answered my ad but most of them were to good looking. the one I have hired is so homely I sure Bessie cant be jelious. she has red hair and freckles. and I guess I am safe. It though I would tell you all about every thing but I guess that would be silly It will be enough for you to know that he has a good start and that he has already closed a deal where he made five thousand dolars of course half of that goes to mr Wright. I wish you could have seen him when he came home with a check for five thousand. he had to bring it home to show me. Poor Bessie has missed lots of excitement not being here. And she does love it so she was willing to come home just as soon as she heard we had a car. I dont blaim her she has never had money and that has been very hard for her. I trust they may have smoother sailing in the future. (Now baby will you be good) and not borrow trouble. I dont see why you did not get a letter I did not know that I had been any longer about writing then usal. I am going out to a meating tonight so I must stop as I want to post his. You see baby your mamma is such a goer she dont have as much time as she did when she stayed at home like a good mamma. Love, love to my precous baby.
Mrs W. S. Wright
1343 Kellan Ave
Los Angeles, Cal
Post marked Dec 27, 1906
Mrs A. Scott ormsby
(Post mark on back of envelope: Emmetsburg, Iowa Dec 31 7:30 AM 1906)
My precious Angel
Your letter of Dec 12. was quit a stiring one. and I felt that you and Prince were indeed angels. but the letter I received this morning proves you not only angelic but a general to manage getting the Tyson family straightened out as you have It is a pitty that it could not have been managed twenty years ago. It was awfuly hard on you both and Prince is a wonderful man. and not meny men would bother with your relations as he has done, he is surely a real Prince. I know darling how very hard it has been on you. and I do hope this will be the end of it. I would not be surprised though to hear he never got to the place you sent him (If he went alone) If he had money enugh he would go to Thief River Ia instead. He will not let Vene live in peace if he can help it. It was nugh to make you sick and feel old. you poor baby how mamma wishes she had been with her baby. Realy that man is the cause of so much trouble. How much better off Mr Wright would be if he had not tryed to help him. I wish baby you had put him in care of the state. that time Sister Vene came to Counail Bluffs. You had a time with him then. poor bably. I am glad he is out of the way befor we have any cherubs on the way. Mr Wright wanted to send Prince wine for Christmass but I said no not wine to that house now. I wish Harry could be made to beel that it is not safe for him to even drink one glass of any kind of liquor. Poor boy Auntie is so sorry for him I hope you can enjoy your L.B. company it was so sweet of you to invite the girls to spend their vacation. I know how they will enjoy being with you you must tell me all about the visit after they go home. I wish they all could marry a Prince and be happy Now darling I must tell you about our Christmas your beautiful presenants came several days befor xmas I put the box away and Christmas eve we opened it to geather. Horace took out the packages and handed them to us. Befor he opened the box he said mabe i wont get anything. but the first one he picked out was for him. O darling you did send us such lovely things. Bessie was so pleased with her gifts she wanted a card case and of corse everyone wants gloves. Horaces face just beemed he was so happy. and so did the little mans. the Lace collar and fruit. darling are to nice for me and the perl arnement for my hair they look just like my baby she ought to have them. and what lovely soft fine handkerchiefs. every thing was so lovely. O baby when I began to unwrap the box I felt at once that skull. I said I wont unwrap it. I know it is something to scar me. Go on says the little man dont be so silly. (Dont that sound like him) I kept saying I wont take of another paper but they made me. Just wait till I get hold of that black hair I sent those monkeys to him. becaus I thought if he was going to have such a larg family all winter. he would need to pattern after the monkeys (I hope he will understand what they mean) but Prince is so slow I suppose you will have to explain it to him. Poor Sister Vene I cant keep her out of my mind I am afraid she will not hold out. You must not worry baby and make wrinkels be my happy baby I love all the beautiful things you sent. You had them all fixed up so nice. dear Jessie gave me a little stand to set at the head of my bed to put any bottles on. I cant see to write all the little things i got it is getting so dark Bessie gave me cloths for a waist. I want this to be posted tonight so I must stop. I did not send Dear Dell a thing she sent me a nice pare of gloves. I intended to send Vennie money and let her get something for her self and Harry but Mr Wright sent the money to Harry so if Vennie gets any thing he will have to buy it. O baby I must stop mamma must see her baby in march but tats a long time.
O how I love my baby
Kellan Ave Los Angeles
My precious baby
What will come next. I am afraid that if Prince could have heard me talk about his Mothers going off to Italy and leaving her children he mite have said, (Shut up Doce). she has a right to do as she pleases and the money to do it with so I mite as well keep still. I am glad that you can take the trip if you will enjoy it and I suppose you will. any way you will have some thing to write in your journal I know you were lots worse when you were ill then you told me you were and prehaps you are not very well yet. I spoose you will all come home so in love with Allices husband that you will be sorry you were not born in Italy. It seames to me you are going in a hot time of the year
This is surely a restless age half the world seams to be on wheels and the other half unhappy becaus they are not. people must go some where. I bet the automobel that mr Wright did not get that you stay a year in Italy you mite as well give me your home in Ebury and I will go there and stay In loving memory of the dear man who worked himself to death to make his family have every comfort and live near each other. Of corse i hate to leave you go but I hope I am not so selfish that I would keep you if I could from a plesant voige. But I believe I do hope prince will be good and sea sick. He is the only person who has me conquered he took my all when he took my angel and he ahs me under perfect subjection. If I did not love more than some do. I would make such a howl about your going that (you would not go) and Mr prince would see he was not the only one with authority. I dreamed last night of pulling his black hair just as hard as I could and I pulled out so much hair he was bald in spots. and I was so tired when I got through. but very happy. and stood and laughed at him (He was soing just what he would do) if I really pulled it out Looking in the glass to see if his beauty was gone. I knew he was not studying french for any thing. but to air it in Italy. I bet he cant speak it so well that Allice will not corect him. My but you will have a dry time with so merry french scollard it is to be hoped Mrs O has not learned the Italian. prince need not feel to smart I may spoil his plans yet (I could) Mr Prince and he nver could have gotten my angel baby if I had said Dont get married baby. I want you to stay with me. I cant live with out you. I think you derserve all the merry blessins you have and I am more thankful then I can tell that you have them. I dont know what I would do if you did not have. It was such a comfort when you were ill to know you would have every thing done for you that could be done. I must stop writing or I will say something naughty I dont know what but I know I will begins on poor Prince again. Dont try to have much sewing done it will be to hard for you and tire you all out. I will write to Dell soon. Good bless my angel baby.
The Ranch Jan 12
My darling Child
Just read your letter of sad advents Ormsbury always has been like a dime novel to me. things cannot run smoothly for any length of time. I am very sorry to hear that dear little Gurtrude is not well. You did not say what was rong with her but me thinks it must be her lungs. I would like so much to take her if it was posible to make her comefortable ut just think of our six room house we have only three bedrooms and they are just little rooms not so large as the room you had for the servent room and one room upstars. it is not like any other up stars just one room in the middle of the roof and we have three beds up there. So where culd we make a bed for Gertrude and keep her happy she could not ride horse back. now it is to muddy and will be till the midel of may. then it will be dust for it does not rain here at all in summer. Of course I am sorry I cant have here. I hope she will not hink I do not want her. I would be so happy to have here. if I could. I saw the rector Mr Dawson and asked him if he could take here to board and he said he could not that his sister was with them and a very delecat girl he would be very glad if he could send her away for her health has never been good since she came from Ireland. she was a strong girl any he thinks she wuld be alright if she was back in Ireland. Of corse if it is not her lungs this climat is lovely in meny ways. it does not rain hard and there is not a bit of wind it is just cool enugh so se have to have a fire in our little stoves we have a cole and cole air tight stoves made in Council Bluffs. I was so surprised when I saw the name on the stove and we have one in the front room and one in the middle room so we can have our bedrooms warm if we wish to we close the door between the rooms usely in the evening and that gives both familys sort of a home just now Vine is reading to Harry and mr W is lying on the sofa in our evening home just dying to read to me. But is must write. We got a letter from Horace today the letter we got last week was very hopeful but the one we got today was to tell us the work he had been working on for some time had fall to the ground poor boy he will always have to worry. He has had a hard life. It is hard to be a Mother I hpe you never will be. That was rong for me to say that darling for you would have a father for your children. I really ought to be ashamed of my self to write such things to you. You must not think I am not hapy for realy I would be and am just as happy as most people I have only one caus for not being very very happy If I could see my boy well started in something to make an honest living I would be very happy and we all have something. You are such a comfort to me I it is such a blessing to know you do not want for any thing and that you are happy in the Princes house. It was so sweet of you to say you would like to give your brother half. you would be so happy dariling if you were not so woried about others I cant see why Alex cant give Albert work I am so sorry for Clara and the sadist is that she has a little baby and Clara Safer what is to become of her with two babys. My letters will get to be a night horse. I said horse because I am not sure of spelling the other. I hope dear little Gurt will not be disapointed. If I thought this a good climat for her I would take her and put a cot in the sitting room but the men have to go through to get upstars. So I dont see what I could do. I will use all my paper if I dont stop.
God bless my angle baby
Sept 19, 1902
My Dear Grace
Your letter of the 14th written to you mohter came to hand this evening and I just set right down to tell you about Mothers eyes they never have been so well in her life as they have been since she left Chicago she speaks of it all most every day and says how good it is not to think of your eyes all of the time for they are so free from pain that she does not think of them. The only time that they felt bad was one day when she hand pushes now I will tell you that having Riaches is bad for the eyes. The Girls in the packing house say that it makes their eyes sore it is the fire fuzz that they say get in the eyes that does it.
Yes dear Grace you can be sure that your mothers eyes are as well as they can be and she is as happy as I ever saw her. We have been very busy with the peaches and now we have got the prunes Mother and Nina went to the orchard this afternoon and picked prunes they picked about two bushels. They had a lot of fun.
Say you ought to see Vene came in the other day with the double barrel shot gun on her shoulder and a pheasent in her hand Win shot it near the house. The other day Vene and I set in the wagon and Win got out and shot two near the orchard. My but they are firm to eat.
Well I guess you will rest easy about mothers eyes after you read this. For I have given you the fact about them.
With lots of love and a sweet kiss I am