Morristown, Tennessee June 1925 Dear Mother, Father & Bro: Will answer your letter this hot afternoon. It sure will roast you if you get in the sun. Sorry to hear papa isn't doing any good. I was in hopes he would get better. Maybe he will gain afterwhile I reckon a body gets impatient. Hope the rest are well tho I guess you are about run down. I'm so glad Turner stayed to help you. He can help you lots. We are getting along pretty good. I've been feeling better
This letter was from Ruby Priscilla Cox to her parents George and Rett Cox and to her younger brother Robert Cox.
Ruby and her husband Emmert Oral Bryan were my paternal grandparents. George Jackson Cox and Clarissa Loretta (Rett) Nichols were my great grandparents.
The letter was written in June of 1925. At that time, Ruby was married with two children, and her brother Robert was 15 years old.
She was writing from Morristown. Her parents were living in Jefferson County, about ten miles away.
I assume the reference to "papa" was a reference to Ruby's father George Cox, although she refers to him as "Father" in the salutation of the letter.
Turner was Joseph Turner Harrison, Ruby's nephew. He was the son of Dan Harrison and Ruby's sister Ethel Cox. Turner was 12 years old in 1925.
for a day or two yet I don't feel good nor won't I don't guess. My head still bothers me but I guess it will for the rest of my life. It don't run like it ought to. The Dr. said if it wouldn't run out my ear it would mean an operation behind my ear. Don't guess I will ever have that. The rest are pretty gaily. Edna is at home and is getting along fine. She is sore of course but she looks just fine. Jack had a good time down there. Lena Maud missed him She's a bad egg. She has nearly all her teeth thru. Her (text missing)
The reference to Ruby's head hurting concerns a mastoid infection which killed her on August 9th of the same year. The letter does not make reference to it, but she was pregnant at the time the letter was written and she gave birth on July 23. She was being prepped for mastoid surgery at the time of her death, but she never made it to the operating room.
The reference to Edna was to Edna Omage Bryan who was Ruby's sister-in-law. Aunt Edna was 17 years old in 1925. I don't know why Aunt Edna was sore, or why there was a reference to her being home and getting along just fine. She must have injured herself or have had some sort of medical problem in the summer of 1925.
Jack and Lena Maude were Ruby's children. Jack was 3 years old at the time, and Lena Maude was about 1 and 1/2. As of the time this letter was written, Ruby appears still to have been taking care of her children. But in another letter a few weeks later, Ruby was so sick that her parents were taking care of the children.
The reference to Jack "having a good time down there" was a reference to him having visited Emmert's mother and his two younger sisters, Willie (known as Bill or Aunt Bill) and the aforementioned Edna. It would make sense that Jack might have been visiting with his grandmother and his aunts to give Ruby a break from childcare, given that she was 8 months pregnant and that she was suffering from a severe mastoid infection.
(text missing) will help him. If he can stand the trip. Tell Minnie Mrs. Williams wanted them patterns I sent her and to cut her off some and take them your house. She can get them from there.
Minnie was Ruby's older sister Minnie Cox who married Port Slaton (Uncle Port).
I do not know who Mrs. Williams was. The aforementioned Edna Omage Bryan married Lon Williams in 1932, and Mrs. Williams might have been Uncle Lon's mother.
I ????? for a few days
but they are better and she seems
Ethel's trip didn't seem to hurt
her of course she was tired but
she seemed to be feeling pretty
well Friday night.
I forgot to tell you Emmert
split his thumb open the other
day. It is cut to the bone. Is
doing o.k. Jack's sores are getting
Well, I can't think of any news
so I'd better close. Let us hear
from you soon.
Love to all
From your children
Tell papa to come up and stay.
The reference to Ethel could have been a reference to Ruby's older sister Mary Emily Ethel (Ethel) Cox who married Dan Harrison (Uncle Dan). The reference to Ethel also could have been a reference to Emmert's older sister Lydia Ethel (Ethel) Bryan was married Robert Elmer (Elmer) Cox in 1919. Uncle Elmer was Ruby's first cousin.
As previously mentioned, Emmert was Ruby's husband.
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