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Sjouke Hoogland, Lake Forest (Illinois)

Sjouke Johannes Hoogland, St. Annaparochie

Engelse vertaling
Naamloos document

Frisian emigrants 51.
S. Hoogland to the Hoogland family.

Lake Forest, June 25, 1924.
Dear Uncle and aunt,

Well, I thought it is about time that I write you some lines, and now with aunts birthday it is a suitable opportunity.
You both heartily congratulated and that you still may commemorate this day for many years and celebrate it in health.
We already passed the longest day and here it is not particularly warm yet, it should be over 90 degrees [F] every day now and mostly it is about 80 degrees.
But all the better, one can work better with 80°.
Once a week we mow everything.
We have the garden full with flowers and the vegetable garden we also have set right.
The finest things go to the 'grand' house and when it is not good enough for them we get it, well it is always good enough.
In the 'grand' house the boss lives with his wife, Mr. McKinloch and 6 servants.
These are all black people or mulatto's (the servants).
In the house in the garden the head gardener is living with his wife and children and me and another man.
We are the white workers and work in the garden.
In former times these were also negro's, but it didn't work, they were too lazy.
We have one horse here, we use it for all kinds of/odd jobs and to mow.
This Spring it is very wet here.
It was raining 2 or 3 days a week and then a lot [of rain] came down.
In the area there are only millionaire's places, the one next to the other.
Most of them also have a farm.
That we live here in a millionaires village you can notice if you enter a shop here, everything is much more expensive.
That is why I mostly do my shopping in another town.
The head gardener has a wireless set [radio].
Almost every hour of the day you can hear something.
In the morning at 6 or 7 o'clock there is gymnastic training for office people.
This is in Chicago and for Chicago.
Again hearty congratulations and greetings from your nephew Sjouke.

[Address on the envelope] S. Hoogland, c/o Mr. W. Crichton, Box 436 Lake Forest. Ill.