From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Little Girls of Long Ago

Cousins and friends


Today, I've been going through this year's Christmas cards, checking for new addresses. In doing so, I looked again at the card from my mother's cousin, Nellie Burk who lives in California, and smiled about what she wrote:

You know, the way I remember Doris goes way back to when we were little girls picking wild flowers on the Sees farm.

I think she means that they were at the Harry Sees farm, which was Mama's home, of course. Mama's Grandmother Emma Eaton was a Hart before she was married and Nellie was related to Mama through the Harts, though I'm not exactly sure of the details

. Mama and Nellie were good friends when they were little girls, but life separated them. Nellie's family moved to California during the Depression, and after Mama's mother, Violet Eaton Sees, died, I don't think Mama had as much contact with the extended Hart family as before.

About 1990, Mama found Nellie's address on one of the Hart family newsletters that Bob Buchan of Rushville, NE, published, and for the last years of Mama's life, these two cousins wrote many, many letters to each other.

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