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Anna And Rosie: 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.

Christmas 1914

Dear Aunt Anna

I am writing again this year, but have not for awhile because I have been at St. Johnís Hospital in Fargo for the last few years doing nursesí training.

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. I think Anna was asked to choose a name for him and she said she liked Donald John best, but when they came back from church, he was Cornelius Daniel because that was suggested by his godmother. Anna is very pleased to have another baby around even though it means much more work for her.

She and Jack are boarders now at the Academy in Jamestown. Boys arenít usually allowed to board but they made an exception and he earns his keep by carrying out the garbage and doing general handyman jobs and keeping the garden and grounds tidy.

He plans on going to St. Johnís College in Minnesota when he finishes next year. He will be the first of us to get a proper education, and it will cost Pa a packet to keep him there. But Moma says he is the brightest and deserves a chance to be something more than a farmer.

Andrew loves farming, but Alec isnít so keen, and I think he might be making a move to do something else soon too. Alec has a girlfriend called Agnes Boutch who lives on a nearby farm.

Love

Rosie

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