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Frank and Eva ~ Letters 26 - 30

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Sleigh Rides

#26 – January 20-23, 1882 (Friday-Monday) Letter from Frank Frank thumbnail to Eva ~ Table of Contents

“Elmira, Jan 20th, 1882

Miss Eva,

    I am going to write a few words this evening and I shall finish tomorrow.  I rec’d your letter last evening.  Mr. Warner gave us a lecture last evening and it was so late before he got through, I thouhht I would be late at the [post] office.  It closes at Eight o’clock and it was nearly that before I started.  I thought you would write this week, so that I could get it Thursday.  I shall not here [hear] to your not writeing once a week.  I am sure you can find enough to write about if I can, and I have to write so much to.  I don’t think you can get out of writeing.

    Mrs. H. and Mary have gone to a play this evening.  They wanted me to go, but I think I am as well off here as I would be there, and then it takes money to go to such places.  I have been playing checkers with Sarah and Ada.  I come out best.  I get so tiard writeing [for school] that I like a change.

    We have very nice sleighing here, but I have not had the first ride, and besides all of that, I don’t expect to have any.  So I will have to think of the ones that I have had before.

    I do not remember about my asking you when we had our first ride, but I think it was when we were slideing down hill.  If you remember, we did a considerable of that, that winter.  I remember my asking you the next time.  I come up to school and you were out by the side of the schoolhouse with some outher girls haveing lots of fun.  It was the day you were 15 years old [June 27, 1877 – Ed.] and I have always kept account from that, the time that we have been together.  How many a time we have been out since that time, and how much we have enjoyed it.

"Frank & Eva Sleigh Ride" by Bill Benson copyright 2001
"Frank and Eva Sleigh Ride" by Bill Benson, 2000
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    I must go to bed.  It is geting late and my eyes hurt me some.  It is about Ten o’clock   every night before I go to bed, and you can think of me then and think that I am thinking of you, because I think of you then, if ever - I most always go to sleep thinking of you, and the nice things you have said to me.

   Saturday.    I am now going to finish my letter.  I was in hopes I would have a letter from home this morning but I did not.  I am anxious to know what Mart is going to do.  I have not heard from Fred and Sarah since before I come home.  I sent him the money for his milage [?] and I am affraid it is lost, because I think they would have written if they had rec’d my letter.

    I think you must have changed your mind some since I was home in regard to our geting married.  You said then your mind was perfectly setteled and was anxious for the time to come.  But now you say you are sorry that you ever wanted to get married and wish you liked teaching school.  My love, is it possible that your love is less for me?  I do not understand you.  I have always thought so much of our being married and how we would enjoy it, that it don’t seem possible that you can feel as you do.  I will not say anything more about it.  The more I think of it, the worse I feel.  I wish I could be with you tonight, but I expect there will be a good many more Saturday[s] before I can see you.

    I think my last letter answers this one of yours on a good many things quite well.  I told you about my going to church, and outher things that you asked about.

    There is not Small Pox here yet.

    I met Fay Pierce and Murt Chafee here the outher day.  Mr. Chafee is a fellow that lived at Potterville.  I guess you never saw him.  Last Sunday, after I finished your letter, I went down to Mr. Hedges to see McD[o?]nell.  We went to Mr. Beecher’s church in the evening.  There is a great many people go to hear him, but I do not like him very well. 

[For more on Rev. Beecher, see #6]

    I am sorry you cannot go to church when you want to.  You must get very lonesome and I will try and write as long letters as I can.  I have been working very hard this week, and have done very well.  It is about as hard work as it is working in the mill, but still I have lots of fun and like it ever so much.  I like it better now than I did before I come home.  I think it will take me longer to go through [finish college] than I thought it would.

    I have not seen Mr. Stevens in a long time.  I am anxious to know whether they are comeing or not.  I think I shall like the book you sent me ever so much.  I think I remember when you got it.  Mr. Grant sent it to you, did he not?

    You must not make fun of my writeing on the outside of your letters.  Mr. Warner says we must direct them off hand [in a business like manner], so I expect I have got to learn.  Yesterday when we were writeing our letters, one of the boys said he had written in Three [letters], and the last one was the worst.  If I do write a little better [probably referring to his handwriting –Ed.] than you, it is no sign that you should be ashamed of your letters.  The very best writer there is in school, gets marked on his letters the very poorist.

    It is raining here today and it seemes real lonesome.  I presume you are as lonesome as I am.  I am well and have been most of the time, and it is no fib.  I am in hopes you are as well as I am.

    In our Arithmetic we have got to Loss & G[ains].  Mr. Warner is good to explain [it] and we get along real well.

    If you see any of our folks, tell them I am well and give them my love.

   Monday morning.

    I did not close my letter Saturday because I could not mail it.  It was very cold yesterday.  I went to church and Sunday S[chool].  When I was comeing home, the wind blew hard and I got some dirt in my eyes and I cannot get it out.  It makes them weak.  I wish you were here.  I think you could get it out because I know you would not be affraid to put your hands on my face.  They all seemes to be affraid of me. 

    It is very cold here and I presume it will be in your schoolhouse.  It is always very warm in our room.

    Please write soon.  I love so much to hear from you.  It is hard to be away from you so long, but it [is] pleasant to think that you love me and think of me.  I must close.

    Love from your lonely Frank.  It is now nearly school time.  F.E.E.” 

A. J. Warner and students
A. J Warner and students, Elmira Business College, circa 1880.
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#27 – January 21/22, 1882 (Saturday/Sunday) Letter from Mart Mart thumbnail Frank’s Brother)  
to Frank
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“Stevensville, Jan 21 / 82

Dear Brother,

    It seams there isent anyone to write letters but me, so I will just drop you a line.  Can’t write much tonight, and halve got to write a long one tomorrow, to Anna of course.

    Have you had a Sleigh ride yet?  I wish you had been here today and I would of given you a good ride after dinner.  Today I went over to the Store as usual, and when I went in, Will called me in his Office and told me if I wanted to take a ride, to hitch Dan up and go--and I dident eaven hint that I wanted to go.  So I hitched up, took Ollie with me [and] had a splendid ride.  Went in Stile [style] to.

    Have got to stop and eat supper.  Will finish after I close the Store.

    It is now Sunday morning.  Did not get time to finish last night, but will now.  I wish I were in Elmira this morning to go to Church with you, or you were at home so that we could be together.  It is quite lonesome here for me, but if nothing happens, I shall see you within a week.  Can’t tell just what day I shall come, but not until after Wednesday anyhow.  Don’t think to much about it.  I may not come at all this week.  I guess maybe I can get away the last of the week.

    I went over to Towanda last Wed. on my business that I spoke of before when I wrote.  Did not make out anything in peticular on buying the Store.  Halve got all off of the notion, but halve got another notion in my head that is agoing to woork.  I am certainly going to Colorado with Will, that is if I don’t get some job nearer by that suits me.  I am agoing to try and get on the road for some good house [i.e. company], and it must be a good one or not any.  Will tell you more about it when I see you.

    McKain from Grangerville is talking of buying the Store, and Elmore & Spencer are talking quite strong about it.

    We halve quite interesting Band meetings now.  We halve hired Ackley.  He does first rate. 

    There was a party up at Arthur Lewis[‘s] on Springhill Friday night.  I had an invitation but did not go.  Did not give anything about going, for a wonder.  [He usually loves parties! -Ed.]  John went—took Angie Stevens—said they had a splendid time.

    The Alliance begins at LeRaysville, [a] week from Tues.   Fred & Sara are going to attend.  I was vaxinated a week ago and my arm is so sore and itches so, that I can’t keep still hardley a minute.  [probably for smallpox – Ed.]

     Will tell you the rest of the news when I see you.  Ma says tell you her Eyes are so bad she cannot write.  We are all well.

     Your Brother, M.N.E.”
 

Prank


#28
– January (22), 1882 (Sunday) Letter from Clara  Clara thumbnail (Frank’s Sister) to Frank
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“Stevensville, Jan. 1882

Dear Brother Frank,

    I have looked and looked for a letter from you, but have come to the conclusion that you are waiting for me to write first.

    It is a very cold day here.  It is nice Sleighing snow and I hope it will remain so.  Ollie and Mart were out riding yesterday.  They drove Dan [the horse] and a new C[arriage?].  They cut quite a swell [figure].  [i.e. they looked good –Ed.]

    I believe Mart intends to go to Elmira this week.  He is at a loss to know what to do.  [He] Is thinking some of going to Colorado with Will’s folks.  I should hate terriably to have him go, but think it would be better for him than the other plan[s] he has laid, don’t you?

    The Alliance meets at Leraysville next week.  Fred[‘s] folks are coming down to attend it.  I wish you were here to go.  I think we will go up the last day and evening.  It is to be conducted by Prof. Emerson.

    I have not seen Eva since the night you were here together & suppose you have your Mittens all right.

    How are you getting along with your studdies?  Can’t you find a place (to follow your business) in Elmira?  I think it is such a nice place to live.  Of course we would like to have you home, but we know it will be better for you to go right to keeping Books as soon (as nearly so) as you get out of School.  One will loose a great deal [of knowledge?] in a short time I suppose.

    Hartleys’s folks intend to moove next month. That will be another place you will have to go when they get settled.  Ma was down here two days in succession last week.  She is very lonely this winter.  I think she feels it deeply--her Children leaving here.  She certainly cannot have anything to regret on her past, for if there ever was a faithful and loving Mother, she is one.  I am afraid Katie is not going to be very good to her, & suppose Pa is staying over Sunday with Fred and Sara this week.  I would like to stop in and see how they look in their new home.

    Frank, if you haven’t worn your Night Shirt, I would like to have you examine the flaps closely, and see what valuable material they are made of, and then see if you will not take pay for that Celery!

    I suppose Mart will tell you all the news, but this is the second letter I have written to you and I am going to send it, if it is old & late!  Mart’s to get a Book for Walter [Clara’s son].  I did not tell him to get coarse[?] print, and one that the storries will not be hard to understand.

    I am afraid he did not understand about the Cord I gave him.  Tell him I want little Balls to match the cord.  He had better have Septa[?] get them, and 3 yds. [of] Brown Cotton Flannel to match.

    We are all well and hope you are in haste [to return].        Clara

    Well I must close.  I hope you will answer soon.  Freddie and Walter [her sons] send love.         From your Sister, with much love.

P.S.  Do you wear your Night Shirt?  If you do, I will make you another and send right away.”
 

Weigh-in


#29
– January 25, 1882 (Wednesday) Letter from Eva
Eva thumbnail to Frank ~ Table of Contents

“Jan. 25, 1882 – Wednesday evening

Dear Frank,

    Arriving at the schoolhouse this morning at eight o’clock, I built my fire and then started for the [post] office.  I found your letter, and got back to school at half past eight, making the trip in twenty-five minutes.  Was’nt that ‘spry!’

    You said you thought your other letter answered mine.  Perhaps you did not understand that I wrote and mailed mine before I received your[s].  The mail comes in so late at night [that] we cannot get the mail till next morning.  So I can never get your letter sooner than Wednesday morning.  Of course I cannot answer sooner than evening, and then I cannot mail the letter early enough for you to receive it Thursday.  Whenever you have received a letter that day, I have written it before yours came.  Now you know all about it, and I think you will have to make up your mind to wait until Saturday for your letters because it is almost impossible to send them sooner, unless they are written before yours is received.  And it is rather unsatisfactory answering letters before they come.  Your letter never comes to the office till Tuesday night.

    I have not changed my mind in the least, since you were home.  My Darling, I am very sorry you misunderstood me and felt grieved about it.  I must have expressed myself very poorly.  I meant to say I was sorry I felt so anxious about our marriage, because it is so far off, and I already feel tired of waiting and discontented with my schoolwork.  You don’t know how badly I felt when I read what you said about it.  I don’t think you ever said anything quite like that to me before.  It sounded as if you were very much grieved and disappointed with me.  I think I should have cried if it not been at school.  So you see, we have both distressed ourselves about nothing.  But I suppose that is the way with the world, and we must expect to have some such troubles, even though we do love each other so dearly.

    Nearly every day since you went home I have thought what a short time had elapsed   since you were here and how long a time it would be before you would come again.  And it has seemed all most impossible to wait so long.  So I thought if I had not concluded I wanted to marry until we were just ready to do so, it would have saved me all these days of discontent.  I would rather live without seeing you often, than to have you come back to S[tevensville] to work.  I really don’t care about having you where I can see you just once in a while, because it is so hard to have you leave again, you know.  Now you won’t think it is naughty of me to say that, will you dear?

    If I were gifted with eloquent speech I would send you whole sheets full of expressions of my love for you!  But I dare say it is much wiser to wait and prove my love by being a good housekeeper &c [etc.].  But I want you to always remember that I do love you ever so much, even if I am naughty.  O my love, how I do wish I could kiss your dear face tonight.

    The large girls at school and myself went up to Jone’s Mill to be weighed.  ‘Guess how much I weighed?’  I supposed you are not as well prepared to judge as you would be if you were home and visiting me often.  So I will tell you—one hundred twenty-seven with my sack and other outside things on.  Ma thinks I am in very much better health this Winter than formerly.  I suppose an easy school is one thing and another is I don’t catch any colds being ‘out’ nights.  I should like to have the chance just once--with you I mean.

    O you dear Darling, how I do want to see you!  I am quite different now from what I used to be—you know I used to have fits of wanting to see you, but now it is all the time.  You are scarcely out of my mind at all.

    Frank Dear, I am going to ask you a selfish question and one that is hardly fair.  When we are married, if I disappoint you and ever love you less than now, won’t you try to love me just the same as you always have when I have been naughty since we have been together?  You know you have always acted just the same no matter what I do.  I suppose that is the reason we never quarrel.  It is’nt likely I can ever be as quiet and even-tempered as you are.  I expect I shall always have some ‘spells.’  I am trying to be good.

    Good Night, ‘My Frank.’  Your loving girl.”

#30 – January 28-30, 1882 (Saturday-Monday) Letter from Frank Frank thumbnail to Eva
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“Elmira, January 28 / 82

My Dear Eva,

    I am now going to take time to write to you.  I have been very busy today so far and have had a very nice time.    Mart came here Thursday noon.  I was surprised to see him, though he had written to me that he would be here the last of the week.  We went down to the Colledge and stayed most of the afternoon.

    The next morning he left here about five o’clock and went up to see Dell Woodruff.  It bothered him some to find Dell, but at last he was told whare he would be sure to find him, and he went there.  He steped up to the window quick and saw Dell with that lady of his, sitting on his lap.  Dell was so worked up that he did not know what to do with himself.  He did expect Mart.

    I did not look for Mart here until today noon, but this morning who should I see but Mart and Dell.  It has been a long time since I have seen Dell.  I changed my clothes and we went down in the City and spent the four-noon.  There was no train that Dell could get home on except [one] going about one o’clock, so he had to go and we did not have much time to visit.

    Mart came very near leaveing this afternoon to.  When he was comeing up here he got acquainted with a newse agent, and he said the man he was to work for wanted anouther fellow and he would see him and get the job [for Mart].  So when this fellow come in today, he said the man wanted him and wanted he should come back with him.

    But I toled him he had better have this man write to him and tell him all about the work.  So I expect Tuesday Mart will go to Easton for his stock.  He will runn [have a route] on the Lehigh Valley [rail]road, and will be here two or three times a week.  I shall like that pretty well.  I am affraid Ma will not like it very well, but it is about such work as Mart wants.  He cannot stand hevva [heavy] work.  I think he will like it.  Well I guess I have said enough about this.

    You were the cause of makeing me very happy again last evening.  I rec’d your letter about ten o’clock.  Mr. H. [Hillibrant] went to the office and I waited for him to see if he had a letter.  I am very sorry that I understood your letter as I did.  And now it seemes as if I ought not to of thought of such a thing of you.  Because you have toled me so many times that you loved me, so much that I ought to of known better.  Please forgive me... I know you will, won’t You Dear?

    I am like you.  I cannot express my love to you in words.  O you wrote me such a nice letter, and I am so glad that you think so much of me.  It make[s] my school go off better I think.


   
Monday morning.    I am sorry I did not have time to finish my letter.  Mart wanted to go down[town] in the evening, so I did not have time to finish.  We went down and saw the horses come out and fassened to the Fire Engine.  There isent any men near the horses.  They come out and were hitched to the engine in 7 seckonds.  We went and saw the Telegram printed. [The Elmira Sunday Telegram newspaper –Ed.]   I enjoyed Mart’s being here very much, and I presumed I shall be very lonesome when he goes away.  Yesterday we went to church in the afternoon.  We went to Mr. Smith’s and stayed to supper.

    I rec’ed a letter from Clara Saturday night.  She said she has not seen you since we were there.  They are going to the Alliance the last day and evening.  I wish I were there so that we could go.

    Mart said he came very near comeing up to give you a sleigh ride.  Mr. Burrows called there one Sunday and toled him he could have the horse if he wanted to go out rideing.  And if it had not been so late, he would of come up and brought you down to church.

    I forgot all about the pens when I sent my letter.  I am glad you asked for them. I wish you could come out here with Clara.  We would have a nice time.  You would like to go to church so much [here].  Someday you will come here if I stay, I know.  Clara thinks I had better stay here, and I shall if it is possible, but I think I shall come home and see you if I do.  I am going to vaxenate tonight [be vaccinated].  I am affraid it will make me sick.

     I havent any more time to write.  I am sorry, because you wrote me such a nice one.  I will try and write something more interesting next time, and a little more of it.  I am in hopes you are well.

    My Dear, I love you so much, and it makes me happy to think of you.

    I am ever your true Love, F.E.E.” 

Letters Between Frank and Eva and Other Family Members:
2 ~ 3 ~ 4 ~ 5 ~ 6
~ 7 ~ 8 ~ 9 ~ 10 ~ 11 ~ 12 ~ 13 ~ 14 ~ 14b ~ 15
16 ~ 17 ~ 18 ~ 19 ~ 20 ~ 21 ~ 22 ~ 23 ~ 24 ~ 25 ~ 25b ~ 26 ~ 27
28 ~ 29 ~ 30 ~ 31 ~ 32 ~
33 ~ 34 ~ 35 ~ 36 ~ 37 ~ 38 ~ 39 ~ 40 ~ 41

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