Letter from Kathryn Donovan Hogan to her niece, Helen Manning Hendricks.
Dallas, Texas, April 13, 1930. Click
here to see Kathryn's picture.

Dear Helen,

I am really sorry to hear that Jackson [Amelia Bridget's husband; Helen's father] is not well. I sent a bottle of lime juice for him to try. It works wonders for some and others it doesn't help. It is for kidney trouble. Take a teaspoon full in a glass of water twice a day -- sparingly at first for it sometimes makes one nervous; use a little sugar. It's a nice drink. I hope the mail carriers don't break bottles. I am anxious to see whether it will help or not.

It is good you are all well; I'm in hopes Jackson will be better when he can get out in the sun. I was surprised to hear of Mollie's [Mollie Manning Meagher's] death. Still, I felt she wouldn't survive Lawrence's death. Meagher is the one that will be lonely now. It's too bad for her. She isn't the kind of person to get out and mingle. I had a letter from Paulina telling me about her [Mollie's] death. Paulina is in Minneapolis, has been there a year.

Well, Helen, we are sort of scattered. Maureen [daughter] has gone back to finish college and Helen [daughter] and I are here. Mary, Ruth and Fred [other children] are at Midland. Tom [husband Thomas S. Hogan] was there the last few days. He has been to Los Angeles and expects to have to go again right away on a deal. Mary is worked down, she is so thin; Ruth is thin too. Has a nice baby [Tom].

Emmett [son] and family are at Billings since last fall. Sold out here and went back. We were all sore but that didn't help. They went. I hated to see my Donal [grandson] go. Little Ralph [grandson] is a cute little chap, 27 months. Emmett should have stayed here, he shouldn't go back there. I hope Jim has luck in Billings; everybody needs some trade or business now to get on. That's where Emmett falls down; cow-punching is a passed art.

How is Pat? I am anxious to hear. Teresa hasn't said since fall. He wasn't very good then. Does he look bad? Don't everybody sooner or later have their troubles. Sickness is the hardest of all, especially when we can't do anything.

I felt awful over O'Neill's death. He was so well when he was to Midland. I hear from Isabel often. She is still an invalid, poor kid. But she is big and fleshy. They keep her in bed all the time.

Mary S. [daughter of John and Bridget's daughter Mary] has a school right in San Antonio. That is great, she can be at home with Isabel and Will. They are the only ones left at home. There is a bunch when all together. Did you get a paper of Aunt Mary's [Sheehy] death? It was quite a write up of her life.

Uncle Pat [Patrick R. Hogan] and Jannett [Jeannette] were at Midland a month ago looking for a location for Jannett. She lost her husband first part of January, they didn't stay long. Tom was in New York then. She, Jannett, was so restless Pat decided to go back. She hadn't found a location when he wrote. She wanted to have a curio shop.

Helen and I have a queer life now. We bought here, then Tom went into Midland. Now I can't sell so we are sort of forced to stay here. I feel it foolish for we are forced to have a place here and there too. I can't let this place run down so have to stay with it.

I didn't know I had my letter full so I must use this scrap. Tell your mother {Amelia Bridget Hogan] she had better get her teeth and start practicing talking and eating. It is some job; I am so used to mine now I forget I have them. I guess it is out of the question to ask you folks to come to see us now. But do keep me posted on everybody. How you all are. Hope Ruth gets all right without an operation; still, if she needs it she should have it, the sooner the better, too. Best to everybody. My, hasn't Mary her hands full with that house full of kids?


(P.S.: Write me about your father soon, Helen; I'm glad Irene is in a different business.}