Wednesday, June 18, 2008

1899-03-13 - Galey Letter

As we saw in the previous posting, one Mr. Galey appears more than once in our collection of ephemera. This particular letter is addressed to "Mr. A. P. Galey" in Battle Ground, Indiana. It bears a postmark from Salem, Illinois and a 2 cent George Washington stamp. The reverse of the envelope bears a received stamp from the Battle Ground post office.

The letter is four pages and hand-written. It appears to be signed by "J. L. Criswald." The last name could be Griswald.

Mr. A. P. Galey is none other than Alexander (aka "Alick" or "Eck") P. Galey (or "Gailey"). He has been located in several census records, including the 1870 and 1880 Census of Tippecanoe Township, Indiana and the 1900 Census of Monon, Indiana. He was born in November of 1865 to Elisha and Lucy. He had several brothers and sisters.

[note that a large portion is unreadable due to the handwriting]

Salem Ill 3/14 99

Mr. O [sic - A] P Galey

Old friend

[unreadable] yours of [unreadable] late [unreadable] and [unreadable] glad
to hear from you I am running the plant here and sure got a [unreadable] to get
one thousand dollars a year and here got a out side [unreadable] furnished and
the [unreadable] pays him $42.50 a month he [unreadable] the unreadable]
[unreadable] and all of the out side [unreadable] [unreadable] hire got very
[unreadable] my [unreadable] here & [unreadable] till mid night only &
have got the best [unreadable] in the country & here got a big bailes
[unreadable] and it is [unreadable] to [unreadable] & [unreadable] to
cincinati and [unreadable] [unreadable] an [unreadable] [unreadable] at the
shops of the firm that makes the [unreadable] & lure got a [unreadable]
house to [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] and tell me how
much that you will charge me to [unreadable] the [unreadable] for me & will
[unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] that you will [unreadable]
[unreadable] [unreadable] to take acre of [unreadable] and [unreadable]
[unreadable] [unreadable] out and [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] that I
will hire a fire man and 7 [unreadable] [unreadable] there is [unreadable]
[unreadable] for a [unreadable] [unreadable] and after [unreadable] [unreadable]
[unreadable] some [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] could
[unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] as me [unreadable] [unreadable]
[unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] up my mind to [unreadable] [unreadable]
to [unreadable] [unreadable] hire in the past [unreadable] [unreadable] to
[unreadable] out for me [unreadable] but I will [unreadable] [unreadable]
[unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] so
[unreadable] tell me the [unreadable] that you will [unreadable] for and I will
insure you a plant to run in [unreadable] months after you [unreadable]
[unreadable] so [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable] [unreadable]
there is lots of [unreadable] here it grows on trees [unreadable] [unreadable]
by return mail

your friend

J L Criswald


- Census records obtained from
- Numerous facts were gathered from the private Richard Family Estate collection. These facts span numerous sources of information and contain genealogical data, photos, and newspaper articles.

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