Church Creek, MD Oct 7th 1918 Dear Louise, Your letter rec'd this afternoon-glad to hear from you and that you were all getting along so well, hope all will soon be out again. We are all as well as usual, certainly hope the Flu won't catch us, but it is getting awful around everywhere now. BROOKS and I are taking quinine now at night and ALVIN tried to get some camphor for us this afternoon in town and C.C. by couldn't get a bit. I wanted us to wear a piese around out necks. ALVIN took BILL STANLEY to town to tele- graph to LOUIS. He (BILL) got a telegram this a.m. that LOUIS was seriously itt in a Hospital at Camp Meade with pneumonia. Poor fellow just went away from here last Thurs-week, guess it will all be over with him soon. We went down to Madison yesterday afternoon, Mr. HOFF was sick and wasn't any preaching so we went up to AUNT B. Both their colored boys were sick with this disease. They had sent ELMER home, but EDWARD was very ill up-stairs. there at AUNT B. BERTIE has to attend to him. Had some rain here yesterday, before we left and had a big showere here after we left, forgot to put the window down over ALVIN's bed before we left, it rained and made the bed so wet couldn't sleep in it last night so he and B took my bed and I took spare room. ALVIN had head-ache all day, but has worn away tonight, says he can't sleep good in my bed. CLARA and UNCLE WILL were at AUNT B last night. MRS ANNIE is still there. She and AUNT B have new coats exactly alike how much do you think they cost? Fifty ($50.00) dollars apiece. Some price, isn't it? They are very pretty, but I wouldn't give that much for a coat, will wait until they get cheaper, don't think I'll get any anyway this winter. I've been down this afternoon and picked all the butter beans that were filled. Is so cold tonight, thought we would have frost so knew the beans would not be good after that. Last week was lovely and it was so nice and warm yesterday and last night and it is so cold tonight. MR WILLIAMS and AUNT E and ANNIE's little boy were here Sat, stayed nearly all day. PURNELL has taken his wife and baby out to Ohio to live he expects to be there all winter and may be until the war is over. ANNIE's little boy is real cute, two years old and in pants is very small. MR WINDER H. daughter to be married on the 17th at her home. Just the families invited, guess will end up in having lots more though. How much did you have to pay on your trunk? You didn't say whether you were going down to "Prep School" or not. Am certainly glad CHARLOTTE is better, she will have to be careful and try not to take cold. It is after eleven o'clock all have retired except me, think I'll have to turn in soon. ALVIN was to have brought WILL D home, but was so cold Dr didn't want him to come. ALVIN has to go again tomorrow. C________ meet, ALVIN and JOE went to town Sat night. BROOKS and I had been in bed two hours before he came home. The canning houses are still running, certainly will be glad when BERTHA can come up again won't have any washing done until next week. Guess you got the candy and letter today. Will try to get more brown sugar from CLAUDE first opportunity I have. Want to can some apples this week if I can and make jelly. Will send you something to eat soon. Will have to stop, am nearly asleep sometimes So glad you have gotten your trunk all-right. Think MISS GLADYS and JOE are going it, he brought her home last night with Dandy. Must stop, will expect to hear from you Thurs. MR DAYTON lost his horse, MR CRIS E. his and MR HANDLEY lost one. I'll get you a breast pin first time I go to town. Lots of love from all, Mamma ED TRAVERS came today to work and JOHN E will be here about Wed so ALVIN is not so busy now. Is half past eleven. Tuesday a.m. Is cold out but think it will be a nice day. Didn't have any frost last night ALVIN in field for tractor, then he will soon be going to town, will send this letter by him. Is CHARLOTTE as homesick as ever? How are you getting along with your music? Are JOHN CLAYTON and DESMOND KOPP taking the military training? Is CLAYTON FASWELL there? Must stop and shell beans for dinner, wish you could have some. Mr HANDLEY had a letter from GUY yesterday, he is well, but they have this disease in his camp too. Little MARY KEENE is awfully homesick, her mother will let her come home if she wants as she is so young. LUCILLE B goes to Cambridge school, AGNESS C misses her too. Mamma Church Creek, MD Oct 10th 1918 Dear Louise:- Your letter rec'd today, glad to hear from you. We are all as well as usual, certainly hope we will not be overtaken by the Influenza. It is very thick now, almost everywhere. I think IRVING COOPER is the only one I've heard of on this road close to us, he is very much better now. They have sent up here three times for milk and WILL DORSEY came home Wed and I gave him a little everyday too. The weather is lovely now, cool in the morning and night, but gets real warm during the day. ALVIN saw DR GOLDSBOROUGH Tues night, gave him prescription so ALVIN got some pills for us all to take, said we were not liable to have it if we kept full of quinine, if did, would be mild, said he took them. ALVIN has gone to Cam tonight to some kind of a meeting aout the draft labor, he will have to go again tomorrow night to bank unless he is to tired. He has had five extra men today to work in corn, says he did very well today, cut some with corn- cutter but it doesn't work very well so won't use it anymore unless for Ensilage corn. Well you will be surprised when I tell you that all schools, churches, theaters are all closed in the county and all over the state. I saw in paper so I didn't know whether that means your school or not. MR NOBLE told ALVIN Tues night to tell MISS GLADYS to close this school don't know for how long untile this epidemic of Flu is over tho. They can't hold any more "Liberty Tran Meetings" either which makes it very bad because it is easier to get money from people at those kind of meetings, will be very hard to get it from some people. DR G told ALVIN Tuesday night that MR HOFF whole family were sick in bed with Flu and not anybody at all had been there to do a thing for them, were afraid to go. Guess he stirred somebody up about it as JOE heard Wed night that someone was there yesterday. They are certainly in a bad way. DR said they were the worst cases he had. Think someone might have gone there and in time. Am glad CHARLOTTE is getting along so well, the others too. Hope they don't take cold. Haven't heard from AUNT B since Sunday, haven't seen AUNT ___ since you went away, don't think I will go to Cam Sat night, don't want to be in the crowd. Will try to go some afternoon next week if ALVIN goes for a short while. Mr. CLARENCE WALLACE has a new Auto, big one Empire. It is after ten o'clock and I'm getting sleepy, feel right tired too. BROOKS and I will retire soon if ALVIN doesn't come, he hasn't come, he has the key. Hope SUSIE will come Monday to wash. I thought you wrote that some girls hat cost $95.00 instead of $25.00. BROOKS read the letter and he told me about it. I thought $95.00 was an awful price, $25.00 is enough, too much too for me. Well, I'm nearly asleep sometimes so will stop. We are trying to take care of ourselves. ALVIN has come, hope he has better news from town. Didn't hear anything from Mr. HOFF, didn't have the meeting either. I have asked you twice, how much did it cost to express your trunk and you haven't told me yet. I'll try to fix up the Dictionary and History in time for mail tomorrow a.m. Did you notice how much the postage was on the box I sent your bathrobe in and was there any paper around it? Is eleven o'clock, will stop, will finish in the morning. Friday a.m. Is lovely out. BROOKS has gone over to pick apples. UNCLE WIN was so late coming down this morning I was afraid he was sick, but is as well as usual. WILL TREGOE is not dead, saw his father last Sunday at MR. BILLIE's said WILL was getting along very well. Am sending the Dic and History, don't sell the H. as BROOKS will need it later on, I guess. Haven't time to write much will soon have the go out and wait for the mail. You had better get some quinine and take, LIDA gargles with Peroxide, it is good deluted with water, I guess. Love to all the girls, hope DELMA will keep well and all of you. Lots of love from all, Mamma Church Creek, MD Oct 14th 1918 Dear Louise:- Your letter rec'd today, glad to hear from you, Sat also. It is right much cooler tonight, was so warm and nice yesterday, like a spring or summer day. ALVIN went out yesterday afternoon soliciting "Liberty Bonds" they were all to go out yesterday to finish, but ALVIN didn't quite get through, has gone out tonight as far as C.C. Mr VIVIAN CARROLL was down to see ALVIN today said he hadn't quite finished either. Did I tell you that DR CARROLL is home? MR VIVIAN says he looks right well and is really a miracle that he have gotten well enough to come home, said he (MR V) never expected to see him come alive, but of course they never said anything like that while DR was away. We are all as well as usual - am very thankful for it to. So many have taken this dreadful disease since I wrote you. FRANK WILLIS and family, GEORGE NEWCOMB, OLIN ROBINSON, MR GEORGE WALLACE and his wife at Madison. IRVING COOPER is getting better all the time. ALVIN went to Cam Sat afternoon, came home about, told us very sad news. MR HOFFMAN's little boy died Friday night with convulsions, MRS HOFF was too sick even to go to him while he was dying, but MR HOFF did although he was very sick at the time, certainly was very sad. His death is in the Record today, will send you some papers this week, Records, so you can have some of the news too. LUKE VICKERS was killed in an accident Sept 6th was in paper today too. So sorry for them, seems so hard that our brightest and best manhood are being taken. Heard that MR VICKERS and the little boy are sick with Flu. There is so much sorrow and suffering in the world today and all caused by one man. I think we would never have had this dreadful disease in this country like this if the war hadn't come, Doesn't seem possible that the old Kaiser could have wrought so much havoc, does it? Haven't heard anything from AUNT B since we were there. JOE W was in Cam Sat night, said it didn't seem like Sat night, such a few people there, about a dozen Auto along the streets. ALVIN came home before night or about night was raining, said he thought he had better come in out of it. Brought a new druggett for dining room. Fiber is right pretty, we put it down after supper. LISTIE had cleaned up in there on Friday. Suppose it would have cost about $12.00 last year. What do you think it was? Twenty three (23.00) and a half, I believe, almost twice as much, is like AUNT B coat suppose it would have been $25 last year. I haven't been to Cam yet, don't know when I'll get there, told ALVIN to get your ring Sat, guess he forgot it. I was surprised that your trunk only cost $1.75 it leaves that much more for you to spend. Does VELMA take music this year? Am very glad to hear you have decided to sit straight know you were tickled when the teacher told you she didn't wear corsets until she was 19. SUSIE has been here today and washed - she is a faithful old thing, will come to iron tomorrow nearly all the clothes are dry left a few pieces out. How did you like your middy blouse, bath-robe and other things? didn't you think they looked right good? LAVIN has come home, didn't hear from any of the sick, don't know whether he will go to town tomorrow or not, is so busy now, trying to get the wheat in, the corn is cut down on one side now can see up the road, as far as MRS TURNER's. Will be glad when the other side is down. UNCLE JIM has another child sick with typhoid fever (HELEN) certainly is having a time of it this year. The canning house is still running. BERTHA hasn't been up yet, don't look like I'll get her to clean much, will have to get LISTIE to help me some, if B doesn't come soon. I swept two rooms upstairs today, wnat to finish up there tomorrow. I'm on the go all the time at something always so much to do. Would get BROOKS to dust some for me, but he is going to pick tomatoes tomorrow. I want him to study his lessons, some every night as we don't know how long the school will be closed. We don't have any trouble to get him to take his medicine now, he doesn't want the Influenza. We are still taking quinine. I never have seen so many deaths as there are now in papers. Surely is a very serious and distressing time. Am so glad all are getting better up there. So CHARLOTTE is going to be moved, how does she like the idea? Hope she will have a nice room. Does OLIVE EBAUGH go up there now? Well, it is after eleven o'clock and I must stop. We are getting up right early sometimes ALVIN gets down ahead of me, goes over to feed the mules early so they will have time to eat. I think the time will be changed the 27th of this month saw it in paper, hope it will be changed. We haven't put stove up in dining room yet, but is all ready when ALVIN gets in notion, would like to get it polished first. WILL DORSEY has a nice lot of sweet potatoes, LISTIE dug them today. Guess you have gotten your books ere this will send you something good to eat this week if nothing prevents. BROOKS has a letter to enclose with mine. The paper today seemed to think the Influenza was a little on the decline, certainly will be glad when it is all gone and the war news looks better. If half past eleven, must stop. Give my love to all the girls and lots of love from all to you. Mamma Haven't heard from MRS RICHARDSON yet, don't know if whether she is sick or not. Church Creek, MD Oct 17th, 1918 Dear Louise:- Didn't get your letter today, but will write you anyway so you will get it at the usual time. Guess you have gotten your books ere this but don't suppose your box has reached you yet, only hope you did get it this morning as the weather is right warm to send anything to eat now. I sent the box yesterday, Wed, and if the contents are not spoiled are sure you will enjoy it. ALVIN has gone to Harrisons tonight. Has been to Cam today, saw AUNT B and MR BILLIE they had been to HILDA H wedding, guess it was very nice. This has been a lovely day for a wedding, is real warm tonight. We are all as well as usual, am glad to say, still take quinine and ALVIN got a solution for us to gargle with. Dubell's Solution He says that MR HOWARD BRADSHAW looks awfully bad is worked to death almost, his clerk is sick and he has so much to do. Well, Louise, this is the most distressing time I ever heard of in all my life so many people sick and dying. MR FRANK WILLIS is dead and his sister (HESTER) who married EDGAR TRAVERS at Madison is dead and their two children and he (EDGAR T) is not expected to live. CHARLES EDGAR, Cam, also and some colored ones and I just can't begin to tell you all who are sick. MR HOFF folks are getting better. A MRS COOKE went over there and attended them as they would have suffered of it hadn't been for her so AUNT B told ALVIN. Of course they suffered from the disease, but I mean for attention. Heard today that BERTHA and JOE C are sick, am afraid they have the dreadful disease. Mr. B little colored boy is getting better, but was a very sick boy. I will send you some Records and you can read all the news yourself, would have sent them out by ALVIN today, but didn't know he was going until he was ready to start. I waited at the road one hour Tues a.m. for the mail and half an hour Wed, certainly will be glad when the corn is down, guess they will get it down this week, if it doesn't rain tomorrow. Sent a load of tomatoes up to Thompson's Station today, got 40 cts for them, will send another load out, won't bother with any more, will plough up the ground for wheat. BROOKS has been picking apples, tomatoes and now he is disking with three mules, what do you think of that? Half a day yesterday and all day today and will have half-day tomorrow, then will pick tomatoes again I guess, he is working real good and studies his lessons at night. I'll be glad when this dreadful "flu" is gone and everything gets right again. Had a letter form MYRTLE yesterday, said there were a few cases on Solomon's and one death, MARY CAREY, GERTIE's cousin, was only sick about a week had been down to Norfolk to see her brother (in the Navy) suppose she caught it down there, for it is dreadful down there and in Wilmington, but it is bad in lots of places. UNCLE JOHN's whole family have been sick, are better now. JIM (the little fellow who stays with his granmother) has pneumonia. UNCLE HENRY hurt one of his hands in shipyard and has boils on the other, can't work. GLESNER has been down there, he has to go around to inspect the shipyards so he ate supper at MYRTLE's and stayed all night. BROOKS says he intented writing you tonight, but is too tired and sleepy. I will have to keep my hens up now for quite a while I guess on account of wheat am not getting many eggs, four today, only two yesterday, no ducks eggs yet. Not getting as much milk as we did, but make about the same amount of butter. Don't have any to put in pickle though as JOE get it occasionally. Mosquitoes and flies are still hanging on, but the weather keeps so nice, can't much blame them. I'm sweeping a little everyday, will have to do without the regular house cleaning as BERTHA won't be able to help me any. Will get LISTIE to clean kitchen and may get her to wash some windows in other part of house is a job to keep this house clean, if ever I had another house, wouldn't have any upstairs, tires one to go up and down so much and tires me to sweep guess it must be laziness. We ate breakfast by lamp light this morning. The gas lights gave out, Tuesday night, only lasted a little over five weeks. Well, I will stop, is time for ALVIN to be coming, want to retire earlier tonight than I have been. Suppose CHARLOTTE has gotten all right, hope she has and all others. Had you commenced to practice on piano yet? What is your music teacher's name? I suppose your letter didn't get in the mail soon enough, is why I didn't hear from you today. Guess I'll get it tomorrow. Will try to send you another box next week, but not chicken, will wait until weather gets cooler. Wish ALVIN would come am getting sleepy. Hope you are well and getting along all right. Do you think Geomotry is harder than Latin? Am almost asleep so will stop. With lots of love from all Mamma Church Creek, MD Oct 21st 1918 Dear Louise:- Rec'd your letter this afternoon, glad to hear from you, so glad all are well or getting better out there. Today has been pretty, but little cooler than has been. The corn is all cut down now and can see down the road, am glad of it, as don't have to go out so soon now to watch for the mail-driver. ALVIN is filling the Silo now with his Tractor, will take two or three days longer, I guess. So you got your box all right, am glad you enjoyed it. I just got one basket of pears from ADAM and preserved all of them. Don't know whether could get any from down home or not. MRS. EDNA T. is sick, Influenza, MRS. TREGOE is down there nursing her. JULIAN TUBMAN (MISS MARIE's brother) died last Thursday night from Flu, he was getting better and went out last Sunday, sat down on ground, was taken worse and died. Lots of people are so careless with it, if they get better, go out to soon and have pneumonia and that usually ends it. MRS. TURNER is sick but is better now. FRANK is working for ALVIN hauling up corn to Silo I have been picking the apples over this afternoon. The boys gathered 20 baskets but there are so many speckled and bruised won't be many good ones, will try to get ALVIN to send you some soon. Tomorrow is his day in town, will send this letter by him. He is so busy hates to leave the work. After this week, guess he won't be so busy or after he gets the wheat in. I told ALVIN you wanted some money so guess he will give me check in the morning. It is half-past nine, he has just gone to bed, wanted BROOKS to go, but he is so much interested in Sears, Roebuck Cat is making out an order for a suit and goggles, he isn't ready to go yet. I'll be so glad when this dreadful disease is all gone, I'm keeping pretty close and we are all trying to take care of ourselves, would like to go to town just for a little some afternoon to get what you want and some underclothes for UNCLE WIN, but I'm not going on Sat night soon. ALVIN didn't go last Sat night or Sat night before and has missed the last two bank nights, is taking more care of himself. BROOKS takes quinine, gargles his throat, wears his sweater, when he goes out, don't have any trouble now to get him to do these things. WINNIE BELL was down Sat with oysters, BROOKS is getting to like them right well. BERTHA is getting better, JOE is sick, also MAY and one of the small children. I would rather you would not go to Balto any time soon, think you are better off where you are.