My dear Grandfather:
A week ago Saturday our caravan arrived in Emmetsburg, and young Mr Alvin Lysander Ormsby was introduced to his home. He really seems to realize that it is home and appears to take great pride in being here.
Both Grace and I were very anxious to run up to Deerfield and show you our boy, and talked over the advisability of doing so, but we were afraid to risk it, for we had already brought him a very long way and he seemed to be showing it, so we thought best to hurry right on home with him.
The responsibility of the baby makes us very glad to be safely at home again, though we have had a most enjoyable year. Knowing that we had all those miles before us which must be travelled in order to get him home again couldn't help causing us some little anxiety, so the relief of getting safely home was pleasant.
This letter seems to be made up mostly of the boy, but all our conversation now is of him, and anyway I suppose you are as interested in the hope for the Ormsby name as we are. He is a good little fellow, and seems strong and well. He is almost ten months old now, and has already learned to say "papa". When ever he says it he feels very proud of himself and gives a little cackle to show it.
I shall try to write often now, and keep you posted as to the boy's progress. Across the water I didn't write at all. I have using a pen, and don't think I sent a letter a month to the office even. They sent me reports by every boat, but unless something special called for reply I never answered.
And I am going to keep firmly in mind the fact that I want you to see the boy. I don't suppose it would be possible for you, and I don't suppose you would want to come, now that Uncle Ed and Aunt Lill are both in California, and only us grandchildren left here, so I shall have to figure on taking Grace and the baby to Deerfield for a day or two as soon as it is practicible.
In the mean time, with lots of love from us all to you both, I am,
June 16th (1908)
Note: The grandfather would be Lysander Ormsby. The Scott is Alvin Scott Ormsby. The Grace is Grace (Pullen) Ormsby. Alvin Lysander is son of Alvin Scott Ormsby. The Uncle Ed is Edwin Samuel Ormsby, the Aunt Lill is Lilla Cordelia Ormsby
Envelope addressed to:
Mrs Nellie Ormsby
Postmarked Jan 31 10AM 1911, Deerfield, Mich
Jan. 30, 1911
Dear Mrs. Ormsby
The members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union join in expressing to you their most sincere and heartfelt sympathy. May you in this sad hour be strengthened by Him "who doeth all things well."
Yours with sympathy,
Mrs. Ella Baker,
Jan 28, 1911
Mrs Nellie ormsby
Lenawee Co Mich
Jan 27th 1911
Mrs Nellie Ormsby
My Dear Mrs Ormsby your letter containing the sad news of the
death of your dear husband, and my personal friend came too late
for me to attend the services. I did not receive it till the evening
mail of the day of his interment. Words always fail us at these
seasons of sorrow. Indeed however much we may look & expect
the sad parting. We are never prepared to meet it when it does
come, and still amid the sorrow there is comfort to be yours in
the faithful unselfish life you have lived to him, this will ever
stand out before those who have known you. As emblamatic of that
Christian fidelity that has characterized your every act of love.
I have often thought of you both and in my hours of solitude and
thought I have enjoyed the selent musings of those panoramic views.
Please accept my sympathy in this hour of sorrow.
Mrs. Nellie Ormsby,
My Dear Mrs. Ormsby:
I was very sorry to get your letter of the 8th this morning telling me that Mr. Ormsby died on the 23rd of January. I do not hear very often from Scott, and had no intimation from him of the death of his grandfather. I wish to express to you my personal sympathy.
I have had the draft which you return, cancelled, and enclose another one made out to your name fo $20.00 and will be pleased if you will acknowledge receipt.
With Kindest regards, I am,
Yours very truly,
W Dick Peddie
Note: This Nellie Ormsby would be Mary Ellen (Masters) Ormsby. wife of Lysander Ormsby. The grandfather would be Lysander Orsmby. The Scott is Alvin Scott Ormsby. William (Dick) Peddie was married to Alvin L. Ormsby's wifes sister, Alice Barbee McGrorty.
La Cum Russa
27 Via Bolognese Florence
Feb 13 1911
My dear Nellie
A few hours ago I received a letter from Scott in which he told me that dear old Father had gone to his rest. He said he had only heard it but knew none of the particulars. Dear patient man. what a great blessing that he is at last safe in his eternal home and with his loved ones. I am sure Alvin and him and that they are happy together. You will miss him dear girl, but what a comfort it will always be to you, the thought of your patient devotion to him all these long years. God will reward you for all you have done. Dear Alvin so often use to tell me how much he appreciated your care of the Father he loved so much.
I am so glad I went to see him when I was there, for he seemed to enjoy my visit, and I felt that dear Alvin was near us, and I knew he always went home regularly and was always so happy when there. I remember so well that I thought when I married him that such a good devoted son, would surely make as good a husband, and never was I disappointed.
I have wondered why you have not written, but I can understand how full your heart and hands have been, so never for a moment do I blame you. I saw when there what duties you had each day, and that you are one who never neglects a duty. I knew full well, so my heart is filled with love and gratitude to you for your untiring care. We should rejoice and not mourn for dear dear Father. Who surely led a blameless life and has earned Eternal rest.
When you feel that you can do please write and tell us all about him. I do pray he passed away peacefully at last not suffering. Such a ripe age he had reached few have are in this busy age who attain two thirds lie number of years.
Alice joins me in love. She is so much better this winter. I have had colds & been in but two or three different times, under the Dr's care.
I wish you could see the children thy have grown so tall, and are such mischiefs. Hoping to hear from you soon and with much love I am
Yours as always
R Ever Ormsby
1350 Garfield Ave,
My dear aunt Nellie
Your telegram has just come and our hearts are sorrowful and
at the same time a feeling of great peace comes into mine for
I feel that dear grandfather has only just left his "tenement
of clay" and that he is seeing wonderful things and experiencing
My own personal regret is that I didnt get my letter sent to him That I was planning to write. Since Christmas the baby has been very sick with bronchitis and I haven't had a moments time. But I have a feeling that grandpa will come to see us and find out for himself all I didnít write. You spoke as if he were unusually well so I hope there was no illness. Just a calm going to sleep. I shall wait most impatiently further word from you dear. I'm afraid you are having a very hard time all alone and only wish we were near to come & help you. Is there any one you can call on? You have been so wonderfully brave and good all these years and have made grandpa so comfortable. I think old people are never to happy living with their children and I know he has been far happier with you and I also know that it has been a big thing for you to have done and I know the Lord will bless you for it.
I only wish we could be near you.
Thursday Sep 9 1909
My dear Son,
I was so disappointed not to hear from yu before I sail. Ed for I expected surely I'd get a letter in answer to the one I mail in July telling you, possibly it came after I left.
Piatro came to Genou with me and now came on board the day before sailing. The H officer showed us all over the boat and the next morning when we came back to sail he was extremely nice and has been ever since we left. Comes every day to see how I am and the day I was ill found out in some way & when I came out on deck came & told me how sorry he was to hear I have been ill. The passengers are all so very nice & conjenial like a big family and I've never been on a boat where all the stewards are so very attentive. The boat is a new one & very steady. We have have pretty heavy swells some days. Two days I have my meals on deck our altojehic have been better than ever before. Have meet people who know friends both in America and in Florence. Which makes it pleasant.
It was awful hard for me to say good bye to Alice and the little ones, especially Wee Robitro said "nonnce von vici America" The children are both just as sweet as can be. Had it not been for dear old Father, who wrote me that he fears he'll never see me unless I come this fall I don't think I'd have had the courage to come alone especially for this short time I expect to remain I may never come again so I want to get all the business arranged I can before going back. It is a long trip and altho I feel young & active I'm no spring chicken at 60 years even if I did "dance" the Saturday before I left home. I danced with Piatro to the music of the Bercelliera (the quick stephus) I have not spelled it right I know but you remember the ones with the cocks feathers in their hairs that Grace & Delle adored so.
We will at the General's head quarlirs get fire works & dancing on the green which was anything but easy I tell you. I'm getting this ready to mail when I came for I want to get on to Aunt Lees as soon as possible when we get through the customs. Send any mail to me in the care 16 Celeremont Ave Arhland Ohio and it will be forwared. She will go to Ky with me & nhile then I'll sell off all my plunder. I don't know when I'll go to E it will depend on Father. I want to go to Michigan too, also Celrampayn.
Kiss Grace and the dear babies.
With much love
Jersy City. Just got from the customs no trouble at all Mrs Jones and Harry Bert meet me. & she is now him Harry lunch with me girls lunes. & as soon as Ednas baby comes. She'll write. It is expected eney day. So just to get your telgram & yours and Graces babies. Cjoel Alus you. I leave in an hour for Arhlaraf