Friday, April 04, 2008

Uncle Owen a little younger than when the letter of 7-12-87 was written.

These flowers were brought to us Monday by our luncheon guests.



Since Mimi does not get out very often, I suggested be have some luncheon guest. We both had worked with these wonderful ladies at the This N That shop but we worked and did not get to know them as well as we would liked. Therefore, we asked Caroll and Barb for lunch. We all learned a lot about each other and it was so much fun for Mimi and I. We must have them back very soon.

Now for the final part of Uncle Owen's letter to Aunt Fannie:

I think this is the nicest place I have ever struck for a lazy man (like me) Nothing to do except eat, sleep, read, and write letters, and walk around. Not but one drawback to my comfort and that is an awful big one, getting up at five o'clock breakfast.

I have been over to the furnace once since I came and expect to go again if I can stir up courage to take walk again, it is about seven miles there and back.

Ticks are plentiful here. I went out hunting this morning and I think I must have struck a nest of them. I caught about thirty this morning and most all of them were small ones. They say snakes are also very plentiful but I have only seen one and that was a small dead one.

I have not heard from home yet nor from anywhere. I wrote to Will a day or so ago telling him of the bull fights. I would like to know how many fights he and Tom Weaver have had yet? I expect they are worse than we were.

Can't you let Will stay at our house while you and Allie are at Estill? I will promise to take good care of him.

Remember me to Cousin Martha and Miss Lavinia and kiss the children for me (Matt and Mary be included)

Don't forget your promise to answer this letter. Hoping to hear from you soon.

I remain
Yours affectionately and etc(chestnuts)
Owen H. Wilson
Danville,Tenn.

PS I have omitted something very important (over)

I have concluded to turn my mustache out and my sideburns also, I expect Mama will make me cut them off though. After they grow out a little I won't fear Charley Chestnut or anybody(I refer you to Mary Lu for an explanation)
I ought to be ashamed of myself for forgetting such large matters as those till the PS.
I have seen very few girls here, none that were atall good looking. I want to get back to Summer before the twentieth for on that day I will enter into my nineteenth year and with my mustache etc I guess I will look about 30.

Your loving nephew
Owen H Wilson

Please do not let anyone read this. I am too lazy to copy it over again. OHW

For those who would like to read all at once check the following:

Chapter one Uncle Owen post 2-29-08

Chapter two Uncle Owen post 3-13-08

Chapter three Uncle Owen Post 3-25-08


Will and Mary Lu were Fannie children and I posted about them and their home place on 8-23-07 and 8-24-07

Uncle Owen's father Thomas B. Wilson is in post 8-26-07.

The Tom referred to in the letter was Mimi and Lucy's father and Owen's older brother.

The Kitty Justice is I hope you enjoyed a little of our family history. Peace

8 comments:

Mary said...

Lady Di,

I always enjoy reading about your family's history. It's wonderful that you have these letters and photos. I really need to get up to Mom's and look through all of the old photos. She has hundreds of them.

Thanks for commenting on my post. It's too bad you can't have your flock of chickens and roosters... maybe one day.

Enjoy the weekend. I hope your weather is sunny and bright. We have rain falling. April showers...

Blessings,
Mary

Lady Di Tn said...

Mary
You need to look at those old photos and make sure people, places are identified.
Chickens remind me of my Grandpa and he was my first love so I guess that is why I want chickens. Besides they eat ticks and other buggies. It is cloudy with a 90 percent chance of rain all day but the weekend is suppose to be sunny. Yeah. Peace

Small City Scenes said...

How great to have the photos and the letter. MB

Merle said...

Dear Lady Di ~~ You are very thoughtful of Mimi and your luncheon sounded nice. Glad you all enjoyed
yourselves. The flowers were nice as well as the lovely jonquils The story of Uncle Owen has been a most
interesting story. I love the bit, "Don't let anyone else read this" I hope he wasn't watching!!
Thank you so much for your very kind words and I consider you a great blogging friend too. Take care, and I hope the weather is brighter for you. Have a lovely
weekend dear friend, Love, Merle.

Jeanette said...

Gday Lady Di.I enjoyed reading about uncle Owen and little of your family history.
The flowers are very nice as well as the lovely jonquils...

Regarding the dust in the pool. i have taken a couple of photo's and will blog soon... Take care Jen

Lady Di Tn said...

MB
Glad you like the letter and photo. Peace

Lady Di Tn said...

Merle
Glad you enjoyed the little family history. Uncle Owen was quite a character and in Aunt Byrd diary that she kept before they were married she referred to him as Prissy. I try to take in consideration that Mimi does not get out much and plan a few things. Seems like the blooms come and go quicker than they use to do. The jonquils are just about gone and the tulips(if the deer do not eat them) are about to bloom. Peace

Lady Di Tn said...

Jen
I am really curious about the pool as I have never had the misfortune to be in a dust storm. Glad you enjoy Uncle Owen letter. Peace