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Julia Gilmore, now Mrs. Ben Van Raalte, wrote her brother, Darius Gilmore in Fairview, Illinois. She writes that Ben is busy with his implement business. He is also the school treasurer, which includes the task of collecting taxes. The baby daughter loves her white kitten. The household, a family of seven, (counting Ben, Julia, the baby, the hired girl, brother Dirk, and two hired men) is busy. Passing on some family gossip, Julia tells Darius that Will Gilmore has "very, very few friends here," and only President Phelps and Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte favor his return.
In the collection of Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin, Weaverville, CA.
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Gilmore, Julia and Heeg, Erica D., "Julia Gilmore, Now Mrs. Ben Van Raalte, Wrote Her Brother, Darius Gilmore" (1875). Van Raalte Papers: 1870-1879. 225.