Letter from Mrs. G. W. Murray

From the January 9, 1913 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

A Letter from Mrs. G. W. Murray.

Salem, Oregon, Dec. 24, 1912.

Dear Editor: — I see the blue X on our paper.  I will hasten to respond.   We are very glad to get the paper every week, it seems like a letter from home.  Well you know we are a long ways from home, but if alive and able will be home in the spring.  We are quite well for people of our age, I am feeling lots better than Mr. Murray does, he is ailing most of the time.

We are very nicely located for winter, although we have had no winter yet to speak of, but how it does rain, rain, rain, just like early spring in Missouri, but we don’t have to work in the rain.  We are sitting here in the parlor by a good hot fire, and nothing to do but eat, sleep, and get fat.

We have enjoyed visiting with all our children.  We are here at the Capital City, with Bert Reynolds and our youngest daughter.  Have been here since the middle of September.  We liked it fine at Pine Hill, Wyoming, and intended spending the winter there, but it is too cold there for us.  We hear often from the children, and they tell us of the fun in the fall of hunting deer, they already have four fine ones for this winter.   As for myself I would not mind spending the rest of my days in the west, but Mr. Murray thinks there is no place like Missouri.

Xmas has come and gone.  We had a very nice time.  We had a tree at home for the children, and had lots of good things to eat, so have nothing to complain of.  We have delightful time here, go to church every Sabbath, have fine meeting and as good people as I ever saw.  This is a fine country for vegetables.  One farmer east of us raised seven thousand bushels of early potatoes on twenty acres and then after digging them planted a late crop.

Well I must stop or this be put in the waste basket.

Mrs. G. W. Murray.