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It’s a Wagner Week! Several weeks ago, I was happy to introduced a new character named “Charlie.” He worked for the Wagners at their home. I’m always so thrilled to find any mention of the people who worked for them because, for one, I care about all histories and for two, it’s rare they mention any of their labor force; not at the house, the mill or otherwise. A few weeks ago, when they mentioned Charlie, they said he was quitting and taking to farming. I wished Charlie luck. Well, looks as if Charlie did well!
The second letter is about the sickest family ever.
Water valley, Miss
Sept 15, 1904
Your letters came some days ago but I have-not had time to answer it until today. Things are rather quiet here. I saw Charlie this morning and he will finish his crop by next month and then be ready to start back to work. I think the whole Wagner family will be a salad a she will be.
There was a killing in town yesterday evening. A boy six years shot his brother four through the head with a 38 pistol. Very bad affair for children of that age.
Kalista and F. are in Memphis since Tuesday. they seem to be engaging themselves for they were to come home last Wednesday but they have not.
Everybody is about back from the Fair that has gone so far. They were more than having a good time from the way they were talking about it.
Will goes to buy goods Saturday. that will evoke business better.
W.B. Potts & Sons
General Merchandise, Cotton & produce
Kosciusko, Miss February 1st, 1904
Dear George, Elma asked me to write to you and tell you of Lewis Week’s death, which took place at Spring Hill, Tenn on Saturday morning. He was brought here Sunday afternoon and buried here on that afternoon. Elma left here this morning of Winona, Miss. We tried to get her to stay here with us, but her brother B. Week is sick in Greenville, Miss. and she goes there I think to help nurse him. I think she is looking real well now but she has not been well. She has a slight cold now. I expect a letter care of G.A. McLean of Winona, Miss would reach her about the quickest or perhaps care of Abner Week, Greenville, Miss. The first is the surer though.
How have you been? I was very sorry to have missed you & Beckett this summer in New York City. Arthur Jones informed me that you had just gone to Ithaca about two days before in September. I was at Po’keepsie all summer getting home October 1st. I went up June 1st. Was during the races in which your school was leader in all events.
Give best regards to Beckett.
Believe me to be sincerely your friend,
P.S. The cause of Lewis’s death was blood poisoning, which affected his brain. Something like that of Nannie Week.