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Kate Schmidt and Bessie's letters

An envelope has survived with some letters from Kate Schmidt, the only side we have of the correspondence between her and Bessie.
March 1st, 1962
8516 Washburn S. Mar 1, 1962 Dear Bess: Just got your letter. Thanks a lot. It's so nice to be remembered. It would seem grand to have our old gang get together. But that of course just can't be. My s
previous At first in the first in the home he seemed to adjust rather well and seemed happy. But when we were down Sunday he didn't seem a bit satisfied and it's too bad for he was so lonely here with
January 7th, 1964
Northfield, Minn. Jan 7, 1963 Dear dear Bess: So kind so loyal, Thanks for the nice Xmas gift and the card. Doubly nice. I just got out of the hospital. Was operated on the 21st of Dec. They found a m
April 23rd, 1964
Northfield, Minn April 23, 1964 Dearest Bess: Got your nice long letter with the dollar folded in it. Thanks. I did buy candy. Your letter made me feel both happy and sad. Glad I hear from you and sad
previous About two weeks ago shortly after dinner who should walk in but Agnes. I was so surprised and frightened. That something had happened to someone in the family. She tried to reassure me and sa
previous was nearly a year since she had surgery done in Rochester and she should have a tick up. Her local Drs. said she had better go to Rochester. She and her sister in law flew and to Rochester so
previous things I have done and replace them with kindness and thankfulness. To do things to make my mother happy. She too had such a hard life. Left as widow with six children and one on the way. con
previous Well Agnes didn't put herself out for Fred + me. Morris is better about that but has such a clinging wife and three girls. The boy (20) is O.K. But the girls are constant give me give me. The
previous He is so good to the family and the world is such a restless place. Everybody in a race to get somewhere. And not staying after they get there. I had a heart attack Sunday. I wondered that "I
previous Had quite a letter from Martha Hegge. She too had a heart attack. Will have to quit farming. Well Bess how I would enjoy a good visit with you. I guess the aids are coming with my breakfast t
May 15th, 1965
Northfield, Min May 15, 1964 Dear Bess! We received your nice letter with the $1.00 Bill. Thanks a lot and I did buy some candy. Suppose by now the weather has changed and its bright and sunny. We are
previous daughter trouble. Agnes thinks its foolish that I worry about Fred. He was so lonely before I came here. Fred told a niece who visited us last summer that the loneliness was terrible before I
previous they wouldn't be much comfort. One of the girls I kept one year and also her mother live right in town here. They have prospered so they never come to see me. And when they needed me they wer
previous the 29th of May. Surely hopes she makes a better life for herself than I did. Write Bess when you can. Hope so much you are feeling better by this time. Kate S.



8516 Washburn S.

Mar 1, 1962

Dear Bess:

Just got your letter. Thanks a lot. It's so nice to be remembered. It would seem grand to have our old gang get together. But that of course just can't be.

My sister has not come yet. THere is so much snow and it's been so cold. This morning it was ~30 and that's cold for here. So I asked Phine[?] to come a little later so we could enjoy a ride and take Fred out for a ride. Fred had the flu and seemed to be almost over it when he had a relapse.
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previous At first in the first in the home he seemed to adjust rather well and seemed happy. But when we were down Sunday he didn't seem a bit satisfied and it's too bad for he was so lonely here with Agnes. I thot he would enjoy the companionship at the home.

One of Agnes's friends had a Birthday and Agnes had her + some other ladies over for coffee and cake.

Theoretically it isn't much to write about but at least you'll know I'm thinking of you + loving you.

Kate Schmidt


Northfield, Minn.

Jan 7, 1963

Dear dear Bess: So kind so loyal,

Thanks for the nice Xmas gift and the card. Doubly nice. I just got out of the hospital. Was operated on the 21st of Dec. They found a maniglant [sic] tumor on the large bowel + colon. Could not find a trace of the old cancer which the Bemidy Dr. said had spread. Such a giant jumble of pain + hipo gas + discomfort. Don't know what to plan. Sorry I let the home of if I should be cured but could not bear to see Fred lonely and so handicapped. I'll write more when I feel better. Meanwhile I'm loving you very much.

Kate


Northfield, Minn

April 23, 1964

Dearest Bess: Got your nice long letter with the dollar folded in it. Thanks. I did buy candy.

Your letter made me feel both happy and sad. Glad I hear from you and sad because I don't suppose I'll ever see you again. I'm not very well Bess and you have been a good friend and I love you.

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About two weeks ago shortly after dinner who should walk in but Agnes. I was so surprised and frightened. That something had happened to someone in the family. She tried to reassure me and said it

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was nearly a year since she had surgery done in Rochester and she should have a tick up. Her local Drs. said she had better go to Rochester. She and her sister in law flew and to Rochester some friend took them down here.

Yes Bessie I know how you feel about your mother and I'm sure she understood. In anything but life or living we have a second choice. Like baking for instance. If a batch of bread don't turn out good we can try a second batch. But not with life. I would like to erase the careless

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things I have done and replace them with kindness and thankfulness. To do things to make my mother happy. She too had such a hard life. Left as widow with six children and one on the way.

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Well Agnes didn't put herself out for Fred + me. Morris is better about that but has such a clinging wife and three girls. The boy (20) is O.K. But the girls are constant give me give me. The second girl is slightly retarded. The boy had to report to the draft board.

We don't know when he will be called. He surely don't want to go.

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He is so good to the family and the world is such a restless place. Everybody in a race to get somewhere. And not staying after they get there.

I had a heart attack Sunday. I wondered that "Is this it?" But I feel better today.

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Had quite a letter from Martha Hegge. She too had a heart attack. Will have to quit farming.

Well Bess how I would enjoy a good visit with you.

I guess the aids are coming with my breakfast tray so I'll close with lots of love.

Kate S.


Northfield, Min

May 15, 1964

Dear Bess! We received your nice letter with the $1.00 Bill. Thanks a lot and I did buy some candy.

Suppose by now the weather has changed and its bright and sunny. We are having so many dark wet days. It's been rainy so much the farmers can't get in their corn.

Well Bess I am a great grandmother. Agnes's older son has a son. Big guy weighed 10 lbs. 3 oz. He is any thing but handsome. May improve with time.

Well you and I too have

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daughter trouble. Agnes thinks its foolish that I worry about Fred. He was so lonely before I came here. Fred told a niece who visited us last summer that the loneliness was terrible before I came. Well he can't see to read, his hearing is bad and he can't walk. He don't complain. Since I had the heart attack I surely feel tough. Am beyond down most of the time. Write a few letters. Do a little embroidering. Wish I had some old friends near. But if they all turned out like the Rasmussens

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they wouldn't be much comfort. One of the girls I kept one year and also her mother live right in town here. They have prospered so they never come to see me. And when they needed me they were or pretended they were such good friends.

I wonder if Martha H. is still keeping up farming. By this time she should be able to draw a good social security check.

Surely hope your arm will be O.K. Do you plan on going back to work, what do you work at?

Morris' oldest girl graduates

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the 29th of May. Surely hopes she makes a better life for herself than I did.

Write Bess when you can. Hope so much you are feeling better by this time.

Kate S.