CAMPBELL COUSINS CORRESPONDENCE
The Campbell House,
819 Third Ave. North,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
May 6, 1923.
Dear Cousin Will,
Your most valued letter with
enclosures is received, and greatly appreciated. We had not
heard of Cousin Herb Hugheyís
death. And although Frank
and I visited them, many many years ago, out on their farm
near Brainerd, we had not heard from them or of them in a long
time and then only as someone at the Cousins Reunions would
I certainly have enjoyed reading
to you, and it was a revelation, as we knew nothing of his
family. Their home was on the edge of a small lake, in a new
undeveloped section of the country when we were there;‑ not
much cleared land about. We stayed all night with them; he had
a small cleared field up north of the house on which they had
raised Buckwheat, and Herb arranged that he and I should get
up early the next morning and go up there and shoot some
prairie chickens. We went, and he allowed me to carry the gun
and do the shooting. I shot two, and we had them for dinner.
We hired a livery to take us from Brainerd out to his farm,
and as I remember, it was about six miles, through winding
sandy wood roads part of the way. But a straight laid out
highway was in the making by his place, and he had given the
Township a Schoolhouse site on his farm on which they were to
erect a Public School.
It really is a shame, Will that
we Cousins do not know each other better.
We had rather expected to see you
down here before the season was over. Why didnít you come? Phil Young and wife
were with us a week, and were delighted with St. Petersburg.
My daughter, Mary,
and husband (O.
C. Shewman) and son John
were with us ten weeks, and I think we have it all planned for
them to come here this Fall and run the House for us. We did
not run it this year, but rented it to a party from Syracuse,‑
and we rented a small Cottage among some fine sheltering Oaks,
a few blocks away, just large enough so we could have them
with us, and we did enjoy
it so much. The fact is, I had taken on a forty acre tract
just in the City limits, and sub‑divided it and my time was
occupied looking after that. We built as Office out there, and
kept a Real Estate Agent there all the time. Have also put up
eight houses and sold them, so manage to keep busy most of the
time; but shall try and go North for a couple of months this
Summer if I can possibly leave.
We have never taken the Boat route
North, and have made the trip every year for the past ten
years, so this time think we will go by Boat, and shall try to
be North for the Cousins Dinner.
I meet Mr. Aulsbrook often, and he
always speaks of you. We are having delightful weather here
now;‑ the bathing is fine, and fishing excellent.
We also have some fine Churches and
wonderful ministers. It is a Church‑going town,‑ not so small
either, about 85,000 and about 90,000 during the Winter
season. Will enclose you our todayís Church Program, where we
attend. We again thank you for your kindness in remembering us
with the copies of letters you sent.
Frank joins in sending kindest regards to yourself and family. We were sincerely sorry to hear of Herbís death.
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