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Catalog Number KSa020137
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1888/03/21
Scope & Content Printed stationary [ ]
[Thomas S. Mount
Counselor at Law
Stony Brook,
Suffolk Co., N.Y
March 21, 1888
My Dear Mac,
Mary has left us. She has gone to join her mother and her grand-mother and her father, and ________ dear one to welcome us when our time comes. It is almost refreshing to write to one who is a stranger to the events of the last two days. During that period we have been shut out from all intercourse with the rest of the world. The winter opened with unusual mildness. Never came severely cold weather but little snow. On Saturday night ?10 we heard that Mary was very ill. We went to her at once. She had pneumonia and seemed to have all the care that the case required. We went again on Sunday Dr. F_ing and Dr. Chambers were both there. Lib remained all day. She returned here in the evening intending to go back the next morning with Dr F_ing and to take with her things needed _ _ Mary. On Monday before daylight _________ a storm which will be long known as the "storm of 88". It brought death in its train. The very air was filled with death. After breakfast on Monday I started for the barn. The snow was very deep. Thermometer about 10. The wind a gale. The atmosphere seemed devoid of life giving properties. I got within two rods of the stable doors and had to give it up. I started for the house and saw that I might reach cover under the shed by getting first to the crib st_p. I tried it, reached there, pressed my way through a snow bank, got behind another and dug my way to the stable door, entered in and was several minutes in getting my breath to enable me to do what was needed to be done to take care of the stock. As _ evidence of the severity of the storm on the same day Capt. Lewis Davis (Capt. Harry's son) being caught here by the storm _____ from Capt Harry's old home back of the swamp to D. T. Bayles' store oppose Josey Hawkins house in the middle of the day and I am after started from there to go back he reached the corner house as the swamp _ only above 400 ft. The storm raged bitterly all Mon and Tuesday. On Wednesday it still seemed on the day in company with _ a dozen _- of which the _ - me. I set me to break -that is to get- the road to St. James.
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When the wind had _ the snow to rise we found it three feet deep... We _ _ the usual highway to the pond. A little_____ which we then called the red house we saw in front of us a snow bank clear across the road at least 20 foot high. I went to it with much difficulty and reached the top of it. It was about 60 ft wide around the base. _100 foot wide if it was ___ _. I should think 30 ft high entirely across the highway. This was_. We had afterwards ample opportunity to see it from a distance of half a mile. It was only the ?circumvent? of an embankment continuing uninterruptedly west and as far as what we used to know as the pond school house. It was of course folly to go beyond that line. We were broke. Having reached the steps of Aunt's place I proposed to the doctor who was with us that he and I should try it alone on foot. He said it was impossible to reach there on foot. We then struck out on Ruth's place went up the hill to the barn over the railroad bridge through the lots & sand banks to the south end of the farm then across the lands of the estate of W.W. Mills and Mrs. Torwell and of the Willets _ the _ then into the _ yard of John W. Ki_ch. This was between one & two o'clock. We were almost exhausted. I asked Mrs. McKitisch for food. She gave us what she had and ____________Track across the fields and through yards taking _ fences until we reached the rectory. We fund Mary very low. We left the doctor there to remain all night promising to go for him early in the morning. We went again the following morning and received the news of Mary's death. She died at 8 o'clock or little after the day before. She died on the e114'. Her funeral was to the 18' Sunday. I was there every day. Her passage was with the utmost difficulty. We were there starting from opposite Bill Hub's old place up the valley between those hills _______woods and fields and snow banks. To attend the funeral _ and I only went. Hired a sled and driver. We went with great danger to life & limb. We had to get out and walk a part of the way both in going and returning. The road from Bill Hubbs was so bad that the day before when I passed through it I had to lead the horse by the bit a part of the way while the man attending we held up the sleigh. On returning from the funeral Lib so dreaded the valley passage that she insisted __walking from the top of the pond road hill. In a while we went safely in the top of the same but when we got into the valley where the north wind failed to reach the snow would not bear us up and we sank together almost to any depth. The way left to us was terrible. We finally reached home and Lita? Has been up and dressed every day since. But that is about the best we can say. The affliction is terrible. The earth is so much less attractive and _is so much the more in heaven. I am sorry to write to you such a sad letter. But there seems a joy close to it. I is surely nonsense to that this small _ of accidents and drama in earth is all there is of life to men. We know better than that. A ___-day will _

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