Monday, July 18, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - 1895 Postcard, Kansas to Illinois

"Mr. Taylor Dawson, Scotland, Edgar County, Ill."

"Hallowell, Kans
July 18 -95 -

Dear Bros. & Sisters.  Iona seems to be some better today.  Had a light chill not so hard as yesterday.  We are fighting them as hard as we can with hot brick last night & today.  We feel in hopes maybe we can keep another bad one off.  Will let you know.   Can never tell when she takes one & not live an hour.  Your sister Elsie."

I don't know what illness my great-great-grandmother, Iona (Rodenberger) Dawson had at this time.  I do know that, at some point, she had typhoid fever.  Iona must have been visiting her parents, John Harland and Elizabeth Lowry (Spring) Rodenberger at their farm near Hallowell, Cherokee Co, Kansas.  Iona and her husband Taylor Dawson and their six surviving children lived in Scotland, Edgar Co, Illinois, near Taylor's family. 

Taylor's younger brother, Stephen Arnold Douglas "Doug" Dawson, married Iona's younger sister, Ida May Rodenberger.  Doug and May, with their three sons, at this time, also lived in Scotland, Edgar Co, Illinois.  Iona and May's siblings remained in Kansas.

The postcard is dated July 18, 1895.  Did Iona go visit because her mother was ill?  Her mother, Elizabeth L (Spring) Rodenberger died September 8, 1895.

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