Life on the Great Plains in the 1870s

Life on the Great Plains in the 1870s - Uriah W Oblinger...

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Uriah W. Oblinger: Life on the Great Plains in the 1870s: A Letter to Mattie V. Oblinger and Ella Oblinger (March 9, 1873) Full Web Version: Fillmore Co Nebraska Mar 9th 1873 Dear Wife And Baby I am here alone at present. Giles has gone to Grafton with Mr Elliotts to church Sam got in the Wagon with Mr Dewolfs and went off too so here I am alone. …While I think of it, how much is the box going to weigh that you will send if I know I can tell what it will cost to send it but you had better inquire which road carries freight the cheapest, by way of Chicago or by way of Burlington, and send it by the cheapest route you spoke about coming on to Sutton on the cars if it did not cost to much as you would be tired. it will cost $3.20 for you and 1/2 cent a pound for the Box beside I expect to have some business in Lincoln about that time and I thought of making it all in one trip and it will not cost me half as much to fetch you & my things my self as it will on the cars beside I will give you a good nights rest before starting out and then you will get to see more of our beautiful country. Ma you must make up your mind to see a very naked looking home at first nothing but the land covered with grass and a sod house to live in. the prospect will no doubt look monotonous enough to you at first no fences (as none is needed) in sight but we have a soil rich as the richest river bottoms of Ind and no clay hills of course there is some poor land but it is the shape of sand & gravel knobs you do not see here as in Ind a rich black piece of ground and clay all round it, but the land is even all black soil I do not believe there is an acre of clay soil in Fillmore co. you must not build your hopes to high for "there's many a slip twixt cup & lip" but if we have health and luck we will
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