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Lizzie Brown writes from Wichersham, Washington - 1905
Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana 28 September 1905
Washington Letter - Wichersham, Wash Sept 24, 1905 I will write you a letter as I promised many I would do. As you all know I left you last Sunday night, September 17. I got to Wickersham Sept 23 at half past 12. It hardly seems true but I have traveled over two thirds of the way across the United States, almost 3,000 miles, I crossed the states of Illinois; Missouri; Kansas; Nebraska; Colorado; Wyoming; Montana and Idaho into the state of Washington. It is just 29 miles from here to the Canadian line. In Missouri where we crossed it they had had a big storm for almost a mile the rain ran in water from six inches to two feet deep. I saw many things we studied about in school last year.
We crossed the Rockey (sic) Mountains and went through long tunnels under the mountains. I saw Pugent Sound at Seattle and large steamships, larger than I ever thought they could be made. In Seattle I saw a building fifteen stories high, and there was a doctor's office in every story. Papa took all of us up the mountains just west of here and to the east about 16 miles where we saw the Twin Sisters, two mountains that look just alike and are covered with snow the year round. When the sun shines up on them they are a most beautiful sight. to the left of these mountains just a few miles you can see Mount Baker. It is also covered with snow.
Papa took us to the shingle mill and showed us the saw that cut his fingers off. He has the ends of his thumb, first and middle fingers of his left hand cut off.
Wickersham is not so large a town as Waveland. The people are more sociable here. You never meet a man but what he speaks friendly and lifts his hat. We have a nice new house with five rooms just across the Great Northern Pacific RR in front of the mill where papa and Lon are working. Lon had not been in town eight hours until he was offered $35 a month and board working at the mill.
Clifford Lamson and Harry Barton are here. They are doing well. Clifford is gaining very much in flesh. He is working at a town about 12 miles from here. This is Sunday and he will come home to see us on the noon train. Well I will have to bring my letter to a close. I will be more than pleased to get a letter from anyone that thinks enough of me to write...... Lizzie Brown
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