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Dear Children in Wisconsin

Letters from Pine Plains ca 1855



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The Hidorn house in the hamlet of Bethel, Pine Plains, as it appears today. Photo 2003 Dyan Wapnick, used by permission.

A collection of seven letters spanning three years, 1855 to 1858, from Peter and Catherine Hidorn, of Bethel hamlet in Pine Plains, NY, to their son John Hidorn and his bride, Sarah Simmons Hidorn, who had emigrated to Wisconsin.

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface by Bruce Bruder;
  3. Letter: April, 1855 I will now take my pen in hand…
  4. Letter: March, 1856 …We was sorry to heare that your health is so poor…
  5. Letter: December, 1856 …it is something like three months since we have heard from you…
  6. Letter: March, 1857 …we hope that you will escape that awful distemper…
  7. Letter: August, 1857 …we are now in the midst of harvist and haying…
  8. Letter: October, 1857 …most all of the Eastern banks is closed…
  9. Letter: March, 1858 Dear Children in Wisconsin…
  10. Coda by Bruce Bruder;

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