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I Am Heartily Tired of This Dirty Old City

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New Orleans, LA
Oct 23, 1913

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, 287 Montclair Ave, Newark, NJ

My dearest Ruthy:

It is about noon and I am taking this opportunity of writing you before lunch which
will probably be the last letter sent from here. We leave for Galveston tomorrow at 6:30 P.
M. arriving at Houston in the morning and Galveston about noon.

Envelope samples arrived this morning, which does not give me much time to do
any business with them. I tried 2 jobbers however and some business may result.

Am glad you are feeling more cheerful than on Sunday evening and as you say,
some day we’ll motor somewhere to celebrate our “Steenth” wedding anniversary and
probably have more fun than B & M [Bob and Martha (Gomer) Gray] had at Atlantic City.

We may have a grown son for chauffeur and big daughter for companions, a situation that
M. will never reach.

There is nothing to tell you dearest worth relating. I am heartily tired of this dirty old
city and with you so far away, I am more than tired of it.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Family History

 

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Tell Billy I Am Sending Him a Live Alligator by Express

1913 Sled

New Orleans, LA
Oct 22, 1913

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, 287 Montclair Ave, Newark, NJ

My dearest Ruthy:

The day is over; it is after eleven and I have had another busy day. A little work in
the morning and eating and sight seeing the rest of the day. But I am weary of it. Would
rather be at your side in Forest Hill than any where else in the world, and I wish the trip
could be cut short so that I could reach you more quickly.

Your Sunday letter arrived this afternoon. Evidently having missed the 11:30
Sunday night collection. I am sorry you are so weary and lonesome for me. Dearest, if the
work is getting to much for you, can’t you get someone in to help? by calling up some of
the employment agencies.

We leave here Friday evening, so I will get letters from you mailed as late as
Tuesday night. Saturday and Sunday will be spent in Galveston, and then for home, and
wifey, joining you this day week.

Dearest, Love, you are so much to me and will be more and more as the years go
on. When I get back, will try to be a better more considerate husband than ever, and seek
to show my sweetheart how much I really think of her.

Tell Billy I am sending him a live alligator by express. The forwarding co will look
after it enroute and I suppose there will be full directions for the care of it in the package.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2013 in Family History

 

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Keep Up with Stout Heart, Dearest

New Orleans, LA
Oct 21, 1913

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, 287 Montclair Ave, Newark, NJ

My dearest Ruthy:

Another day gone and another day nearer you and home!

Received your “wee” love letter this morning. Am sorry you are not getting rest at
night. Wish I could fly to you this minute and take you in my arms and hold you there
forever. Dearie, you must go to bed early and sleep. I am with you tho not visible. The trip
is already wearing on me and it is because you are not with me. Our life together has been
sweet, but it does seem that the attachment for each other grows even stronger as the
years go by and I have no real enjoyment away from you.

This is a quaint old city and it will give me a great deal of pleasure to see all of it
with you some day. It is different from most American cities I have seen. With its quaint old
houses and flower gardens, narrow, rough paved streets, etc.

Tried to do some business today; was handicapped through lack of samples which
were to have been sent to me here and for some reason or other not arrived. I wired the G.
P. G. and shall try again tomorrow.

There are over 700 people at this convention, including the women, wives or
daughters. So there is a great deal going on all the time.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Family History

 

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The Novelty of Traveling Has Worn Off

New Orleans, LA
Oct 20, 1913

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, 287 Montclair Ave, Newark, NJ

My dearest Ruthy:

Arrived here this morning just before noon, finding your letter mailed Friday night,
which of course was most welcome.

Am glad little Jackie is coming around; no doubt the operation will prove of great
benefit to his health.

I feel somewhat guilty for not having written you while on the ship, and have had a
letter ready to mail you upon arrival. I thought of you and the dear ones surrounding you
many times. However, there was so much going on, so many calls here and there that the
days slipped by and it was late night, almost before I was aware of it.

The trip was a delightful one. Weather almost perfect, flannel and white summer
clothes being all that was needed. There was something doing all the time; entertainment,
concerts, deck games, a mock trial, and the usual round of cards. The only thing to mar the
entire success of the trip was an accident occurring to Phil Rusdon this morning. He fell
and broke his arm, was running on the deck, slipped and fell, some of the boys took him to
a hospital upon arrival in N. O., and the arm was set. He is around tonight with his arm in a
sling where it will remain for several weeks.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Family History

 

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I Could Spend the Rest of My Days There

Philadelphia, PA
Sep 18, 1913

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, 287 Montclair Ave, Newark, NJ

My dearest Ruthy:

Had plenty of time for the 8:22 at market St, and have had a busy day here. Have 2
orders in my pocket amounting to $720.00 and more promised. Have one other prospect to
see so will have to stay over night.

Met Mr Bruning here with a business associate at 5:15 and they are out meeting an
engagement, to return soon and I am snatching the opportunity to write you a few lines.
I shall miss you very much tonight. It seems that you and even the expensive old
house were never so attractive as now to me and I could spend the rest of my days there
without wishing to move.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Family History

 

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A New Era In Our Lives

New York, N. Y.
Aug 28, 1913

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, % Mary H Reynolds, Petersburg, Rensselaer, NY

My dearest Ruthy:

Last night and to-night Mr Hill of Crocker – McElwain Co is in town and along with
Mr Gatti there has been no opportunity to write. I have thought of you a great deal and
have had your letters every morning and have been very close to my Dearie some part of
every day.

I am writing in Arthur Hill’s room in the Belmont and have only to step across the
street to the New York Central to insure my letter reaching you tomorrow morning.

Your letter telling of Jack’s condition has been on my mind all day and along with
other worries, I am in poor shape mentally tonight. Your postscript sort of reassured me
and in your expert care I am sure little Jack will come around all right. I will be impatient
until I am at your side once wore which I am sorry to say will not be until Saturday morning.

Will bring us another box of Rexalto Castor Oil as you request.

Will be glad to get your letter tomorrow morning and hope for favorable report about
Jack.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in Family History

 

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Business Is Picking Up

New York, N. Y.
Aug 26, 1913

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, % Mary H Reynolds, Petersburg, Rensselaer, NY

My dearest Ruthy:

Was glad to get your cheerful letter this morning and feel reassured about Jack.
The cool air and outdoors will probably put you all on your feet before returning to Newark
next week.

The way things look now I doubt if I shall be able to see you again before the usual
time next Saturday. Business is picking up and there is much to do.

After lunch today with Carl, we ran down to Fort Hamilton. Stopped to see Bob for a
moment. He asked about you and the family and sends his love to all. I found them at
lunch. Mrs G wrestling with about half a boiled or fried chicken and had a head of lettuce
on a side dish. Bob and Martha were seated on the same chair eating something crulles
without holes. They were about the size of biscuit and were evidently cooked in lard.

Martha was sprinkling powder on them from a huge silver shaker. As I recall they were
both eating from the same plate, and every once is a while Martha would chuck Bob under
the chin or some other endearing caress. Bob is thin and the skin of his face in not clear;
looks something like Martha’s. The effect I guess of the bum food. I stayed only a few
moments and then beat it.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Family History

 

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