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December 22, 2006

Epilogue - Anna and Rosie

So Anna and Rosie, the story of an immigrant family making their way in the American Mid-West in the early decades of the Twentieth Century, has come to an end.

And now Jean Day tells what inspired her to write a story by means of an exchange of letters between sisters.

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December 21, 2006

27 - Anna And Rosie

Jean Day's story of the struggles of a family in America's Mid-West during the early decades of the Twentieth Century comes to an end with a death in the family.

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December 20, 2006

26 - Anna And Rosie

...In November Ken was rushed by ambulance from our home in Steele to the Northern Pacific Railway Hospital in Minneapolis. He had a severe illness of being exhausted all the time, a high fever and a rapid heart beat. I went along but then left him there and took Kathleen with me back to País farm...

Anna writes a desperate letter to her sister Rosie. Jean Day's story, told in the form of letters between these sisters, focuses on the lives of an immigrant Polish family making their way in America's Mid-West in the early decades of the Twentieth Century.

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December 19, 2006

25 - Anna And Rosie

...I donít know whether to congratulate you or tell you to think again. This Ken that you are marrying, are you sure you are doing the right thing? Wasnít he the one that you said was homely and wasnít a keeper? What made you change your mind?...

Rosie sounds a warning note about her sister's proposed marriage, then later sends a congratulatory telegram.

Jean Day continues her story told in letters of family life in the USA some eighty years ago.

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December 18, 2006

24 - Anna And Rosie

...I do wish I had a regular guy though. You know up to this time I never cared about having one, only just to get to things and places. Now I would like to have one Iíd think enough of to want to keep...

Jean Day, by means of chatty letters between sisters, recreates a sense of what life was like for young women making their way in the world in the early decades of the Twentieth Century in America's Mid-West.

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December 17, 2006

23 - Anna And Rosie

...I had quite a drive to Ashland when I brought Ceal out here again. It was late at night and you know I am not much of a driver even at the best of times. The roads werenít marked very well and I had never driven to Ashland from home before.

Well, the truth is I hit a tree...

Jean Day presents a snapshot of family life in America's Mid-West in the early Twentieth Century by means of an exchange of letters between two sisters.

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December 16, 2006

22 - Anna And Rosie

Jean Day, constructing a tale by presenting the letters of two sisters, tells of an immigrant family's fortunes in the USA during the early ays of the 20th Century.

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December 15, 2006

21 - Anna And Rosie

...The kids both needed coats. Badly. The last few Sundays have been real cold and they had to go to church so I didnít know what to do. The folks at home didnít seem to care much. The Mrs. reminded Dad of the fact they needed coats but he said he had no money...

Jean Day tells, by means of letters between sisters, the story of an immigrant family in the USA in the early decades of the 20th Century when times were hard.

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December 14, 2006

20 - Anna And Rosie

Jean Day continues the story, through an exchange of letters, of family life in the American Mid-West in the early decades of the 20th Century.

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December 13, 2006

19 - Anna And Rosie

...Got home a week ago Sunday and oh boy, they sure did put me right to work too. We had a gang of twenty to cook for most of the time. I guess the Mrs. was kind of disgusted with me too...

Jean Day continues her story of life in early 20th Century America, told in the form of letters between two sisters, the daughters of Polish immigrants.

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December 12, 2006

18 - Anna And Rosie

...Got home a week ago Sunday and oh boy, they sure did put me right to work too. We had a gang of twenty to cook for most of the time. I guess the Mrs. was kind of disgusted with me too...

Jean Day continues her story of life in early 20th Century America, told in the form of letters between two sisters, the daughters of Polish immigrants.

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December 11, 2006

17 - Anna And Rosie

...I could feel real sorry for you when you wrote about Pa not letting you go to the dance the other week, when you were all dressed up and ready. I know I would have talked back to him, but you just took off your things and went to your room...

Jean Day, through the letters of two sisters, conveys the feeling of life in the Mid Western United States in the early decades of last century.

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December 09, 2006

15 - Anna And Rosie

...Alice went out to Agís with me before threshing and we did have the best time. The two of us pretty near ran Andrewís poor Ford to death. August 15th there was a big dance in Pingree so we got an inspiration we wanted some gaudy blouses to wear to it so then we cranked the Ford and went into town and in our blue everyday aprons...

By means of a series of family letters Jean Day brings the flavour of life in mid-America in the early days of the Twentieth Century.

Continued tomorrow.

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December 08, 2006

14 - Anna And Rosie

...Mrs. (as we call her behind her back) got dinner. We had quite a feed too, roast ham and gravy, mashed potatoes, corn pickles, swell bread, salad and lemon pie. The kids said they wished Easter could come oftener...

Anna writes a longing letter to her sister Rosie.

Jean Day, through and exchange of letters between Rosie and Anna brings the flavour of the Mid West in America in the early decades of the 20th Century.

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December 06, 2006

12 - Anna And Rosie

...Moma is very ill. I donít know what is wrong but she has said that Alec must come home from the National Guard in Texas...

Jean Day's story, told in letters, tells of an immigrant family, making their way in the United States in the early days of the 20th Century.

To be continued tomorrow.

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December 05, 2006

11 - Anna And Rosie

...Moma is very ill. I donít know what is wrong but she has said that Alec must come home from the National Guard in Texas...

Jean Day's story, told in letters, tells of an immigrant family, making their way in the United States in the early days of the 20th Century.

To be continued tomorrow.

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December 04, 2006

10 - Anna And Rosie

...I am back here on the farm for awhile because Moma has had another baby. She is back into making boys now, and this new one is called Cornelius Daniel...

Rosie is training to be a nurse, but she has not abandoned her Mid Western farming roots.

Jean Day tells in letters the story of what life was like for an immigrant family in the US in the early days of last century.

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December 03, 2006

9 - Anna And Rosie

...And of course we have yet another new baby, another girl, this one called Mary. I want to go to become a nurse, but I canít go just yet. Not when the baby is so tiny and Moma is so tired and canít cope...

Jean Day, in a series of letters, presents a picture of young people making their way in the world in early 20th Century America.

More of Anna and Rosie tomorow.

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December 02, 2006

8 - Anna And Rosie

...He says you went to live with two spinster sisters who were dressmakers in your village. But he says that they were very hard and mean and when there wasnít anything to eat, they sent you out to beg for food...

Jean Day, presenting an exchange of letters, brings understanding of what life was like for an immigrant family in the United States in the early days of the Twentieth Century.

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December 01, 2006

7 - Anna And Rosie

"We have our new baby, too, another girl. Moma seems to have found out how to make girls now, so that is a good thing. She told the other children that she found Ceal in a cabbage patch, but I am perfectly aware now of where babies come from...''

Jean Day tells something of life in the Mid West of the USA almost a century ago by presenting the letters of two sisters, the daughters of Polish immigrants.

These letters are appearing day by day in Open Writing.

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November 30, 2006

6 - Anna And Rosie

...We are still living in Jamestown. Moma thinks Pa should be using his team of horses and wagon and plough some of the neighbourís gardens to make some extra money and have something to do.

But Pa said it would not be at all suitable for a landowner such as he to do such a menial thing...

Jean Day brings a taste of life in the Mid West in early 20th Century America by presenting letters by two sisters, the daughters of Polish immigrants.

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November 29, 2006

5 - Anna And Rosie

Two sisters, Anna and Rosie, bring a vivid sense of what life was like in early 20th Century America in a series of letters to relatives.

One of their descendents, Jean Day gives us a snapshot of what America was like a hundred years ago.

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November 28, 2006

4 - Anna And Rosie

...Aunt Julie went and had a go at Pa again, saying he had no right to keep giving Moma babies, and that next time she might die...

Jean Day presents letters written by two sisters, whose parents had left Poland to seek a new life in America. Anna and Rosie were members of Jean's family.

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November 27, 2006

3 - Anna And Rosie

...Pa took us into Jimtown last weekend. and we had a picture took of the bunch of us the other day from a fancy photograph man. Alec, who you know is their favourite, kept shutting his eyes so we had to do it over again. But once his eyes were open, it was okay...

Jean Day brings us a taste of life in small-town mid-America in the early days of last century by presenting vigorous letters written by two sisters, Anna and Rosie, whose parents were Polish immigrants.

The story continues tomorrow.

Read also Jean's absorbing historical tale Consequences. Click on that title in the menu on this page.

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November 26, 2006

2 - Anna And Rosie

Jean Day continues her story, told in letters, of Anna and Rosie, two sisters, daughters of Polish immigrants who lived in North Dakota during the first 25 years of last century.

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November 25, 2006

1 - Anna And Rosie

Today we are delighted to begin another serial by Jean Day. . This is the story of a family Ė Jeanís family Ė constructed from letters written by sisters Rosie and Anna during the first 25 years of last century. Daughters of Polish immigrants in North Dakota, the girls, while writing about their own domestic concerns, manage to paint a picture of the small-town American Midwest.

The story will be told in 28 episodes, appearing on consecutive days.

Please do accept the invitation to also read Jean's splendid novel Consequences, which is also being serialised in Open Writing. Click on the title in the menu on this page.

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