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Arad Smith of Sullivan, shown at right, received this from his daughter, Phoebe in 1886. He died in 1887.
Letters of Phobe Smith & Orr Palmer to Arad Smith
Township:  Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
Letter in Family Papers of George Fethers
Year: 1886
Photo Source : Paulina Smith
Transcription Source - Jane Webb from Joyce Tice's scanned copy
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Letter from Phoebe Smith and her husband Orr Palmer, to her father  Arad Smith. The letter is from Phoebe, but Orr added a note at the bottom. Although they were Sullivan Township residents, they were spending the winter in Potter County, apparently working at a saw mill making shingles. They owned a mimll of their own in Sullivan Township at Elk Run. {JMT}

Ulyses Potter Co. Pa
Dec. 19th 1886
Dear father I now seat my self to write you a few lines to let you know how we are geting along we are all well at present and hope these few ill composed lines will find you the same Minnie wrote you Some time ago and we have not heard from you since we come from home I would be glad to hear from you we had a letter from Sarah she was well She says she has got the best man in the wrld She is well and happy I am glad for I think she has had her shair of trouble in thes world She took edna with her I like potter County very well I Shall be glad when the time comes when we can come home and stay my health is verry good this win now dear father write Soon and often Come and see us soon as Soo as you can from Phebe to father

When you write tel me how albert folks are and all about the rest of the folks about there how dose aunt Caroline come on I think this is a very roug country here in potter county but I have not ben home sick yet my health has not bin so good in five years as it is this winter I have got to hurry up for palmer stands here with his coat in his hand for me to write he is going to Mashine Started and Made Some of the Best Shingles that was Ever made in potter Co. I would like to have you Divide and Sell my Part of the hay that is in the Barn Sell my Part for $.15 if you can not fifteen Dollars you need not Sell it until you hear from me Again I would like to have you come out here


A vary healthy Place and the Best water that you Ever Saw you must come out Here as Soon as you can give my love and Best respects to all Enquireing friends
Yours with the utmost respect
O.W. Palmer
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