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Sietske Schuiling, Ripon (California)

Sjouke Johannes Hoogland, Leeuwarden

Engelse vertaling
Naamloos document

Frisian emigrants 64.
G.H. Schaapman family to Mr. And Mrs. Hoogland.

Ripon, Calif. Dec. 19, 1932.

I have had a lot of troubles and business, to tell you how it is, the whole thing was a mess at first.
I wrote a lot of letters and drove a lot in my car to create some order.
I have calculated that I drove about 3000 miles extra with my car for this matter.
To be frank, father [meant is the late Klaas Schuiling] was too good natured, he gave away a lot of money and that is a good thing if you can (afford), but one has to take care of his own business first, I think.
Of course if he was still alive it was not that bad.
He had a good reputation and could borrow money easily.
But that is difficult for me, I can borrow money for my own business, but cannot get it for the K. Schuiling affairs.
And then it is like this: when you like to borrow a quarter you have to give 50 cents as security.
But we hope for better times, we elected a new President.
If dad had left behind about 1500 to 2000 dollars in cash then the management would have been a lot more profitable and easier now, now I always struggle with deficits.
On Dec. 21 I have to pay tax, I calculated that I have just enough for that, it is 470 dollars and there is also 480 dollars interest to pay, it should have been paid on on Nov. 1st.
That is interest on 8000 [dollars?] first mortgage on the 100 acres (40 doll. A) farm.
Then the lawyer has to be paid soon that amounts 375 dollars, then there is to pay a bill of 480 dollars at 7 percent interest, there is also no interest paid on it since April 1931.
There are more things to pay.
D van Konijnenburg, that is Jaantjes husband, has advanced 252 dollars that has to be paid back too and there are some other things from which I don't know the right amounts at the moment.
I said it before they need 2000 dollars to start with a clean state.
Mother is doing well these days, she lives with Roelof, there it is quiet they don't have children.
She cannot stand a lot of noise from children, therefor with Roelof is the best place.
I pay the costs for her, she eats with them, and her own free room when she likes to be on her own.
Soon, when the law is satisfied concerning the inheritance, than she'll get the management and then she can pay the board.
Maybe she will be satisfied even better, because sometimes that leaves much to be desired.
However we all do the best we can to make things as pleasant as possible for her.
Last Winter when she still lived in Redlands I sold that little place for her, then we, namely Jaantje's husband and I, went there by car.
It is about 400 miles from here and it takes about 12 hours of fast driving to come there.
When we arrived there, we asked her which furniture she liked to keep, then we should pack it and send it to Ripon.
It all has to go away, she said, when I later on need something I'll buy it.
We were very surpriced that she gave everything away so easily.
So we sold most of it for an apple and an egg, while some things were left which were absolutely unsaleable.
Now afterwards she says I got off my furniture in a disappointing way, while then it was totally her own wish.
We offered and advised her to pack it and to take it with her.
Now she later on liked us to go there again with a truck to pick up the rest.
But to get there and to return with a truck cost us 50 to 60 dollars while the things which are still there are not worth 30 dollars.
Now you'll say may be Gerrit doesn't speak with much honor about his mother in law.
Well uncle and aunt at first this is the full truth what I write to you, second it is not impossible that she'll write a letter to you as she seems to have written to her brother.
She namely received a letter from her brother the other day from which she read out to Roelof's wife.
Among others:”that the children should be ashamed about themselves that they don't want to take care of you”.
If it really was written in that letter than she must have written that herself to Holland first.
We, all children find that very mean, because we all do the best we can to make it is pleasant as possible for her.
Every Sunday we take her with us after church to eat with us and then she stays with us till 5 o'clock and then R.[oelof] and his wife take her home.
She is talking about all of us behind our back, except Geertje, the youngest.
She always extends her protection to her, and she [Geertje] is a very spoiled girl.
She already served for some years and always earned 35 to 40 dollars a month and saved nothing yet, but the opposite: she has a lot of debts.
The other children all are fine and bright except Geertje.
That is the result of her own education because she was a little girl when mother came in America, as you'll remember.
Well uncle and aunt I'll stop now. We'll include some pictures from all of us and hope that you'll receive  these lines in health.
When you'll get this letter we will write 1933.
With this we wish you a happy New Year.
Your loving nephew and niece, G.H. Schaapman and wife. Ripon California U.S.A.

P.S. We hope you won't write about what I wrote to you to mother, about her peculiarities, we still treat her as if she thinks and speaks about all of us with great honor.
Please write back soon.

[In the left margine of this page is written] In one of your former letters you asked if we are living on farms of dad.
Only Roelof lives on dad's farm and the other farm we rent out.