The boat yards are about three miles from Omaha and Council Bluffs. They are both right nice cities, though I have not seen very much of them. Bob is busy nearly all the time and don't have time to run around. He is talking some of staying up here all winter but I hardly think he will. Mr. Shoenen's daughter came up on the boat and was married last Sunday night to a young man from Osage that works on the office boat. She is boarding now about a mile from the yards.
Mr. Castrop and his wife came up on the Hugo but started back for home the next day after they got here.
The Frederick has been working for the government at Osage for about two months but I think they are about through down there.
I had a letter from Gusta a few days ago and she tells me Mrs. Abeel has come back. I am glad to hear it, as you two old folks need someone to take care of you.
Have you sold your sheep yet? I hope so as they make too much work for you. You ought to keep only one horse and one cow and a few chickens and rent your place out. Try to take things easy in your old days. You have only your two selves to do for and why load yourself down with so much work and worry, and deny yourself the necessaries of life. If Bob and I live to be as old as you, we expect to live in ease and comfort.
It will not be long now till election. Bob can't be there to vote but I hope you will vote for John Blackburn and do all you can for him among your German friends. He is a good man and if he gets elected will move down to Tuscumbia and we would like to have them for neighbors.
They do not like living on the prairie as it does not seem like home to them. Besides, it is hard work for him to make a living on the farm the way everything is selling.