Interesting letter from Oberlin Ohio from 1860 regarding a schoolhouse burning etc. "Brother Robert"
Interesting letter from Oberlin Ohio from 1860 regarding a schoolhouse burning etc.

Interesting letter from Oberlin Ohio from 1860 regarding a schoolhouse burning etc.

Oberlin: 1860. 7.75 x 5 inches, 3 pp. Dated September 26, 1860, Oberlin. Letter from "Brother Robert" to "Dear Brother" -- probably in the familial sense and not a religious designation. Brother Robert writes to his brother who is clearly a merchant with a general store with a clientele of English and German speakers, so probably also in either Ohio or Pennsylvania. "In my last paper from home I observed the change of your advertisement. One would suppose it must produce great excitement in your vicinity Would it not be well to make the same change in your German paper? It woiuld cost but little and the old one has become rather stale." Further: "Are you prepared with winter clothing? I think this constitutes an important part of your trade." Brother Robert then relates some news from the Oberlin area. "Last Wednesday night the 'Liberty Schoolhouse' burnst to the ground. I was the first one to cry 'Fire' and with the aid of 2 or 3 boys we save[d] the new stove. All the rest was soon reduced to ashes. Also on Sunday night last a barn (not far from where the schoolhouse stood) with a horse shared the same fate. The poor horse's fate was horrible but there was no saving him." Then on to family news: a letter from mother, Bro. John's illness, Brother Robert's own health is fine, "the girls are well," etc. Very Good. Item #H23208

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