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Boukje Dijkstra, Ripon (California)

Sjouke Johannes Hoogland, Leeuwarden

Engelse vertaling
Naamloos document

Frisian emigrants II-13.
Mrs. K. Schuiling to Mr. S.J.Hoogland.

Ripon, Oct. 19 [19]36.
Dear Brother in law and sister,

At first I wish to thank you for the congratulations I received on my birthday.
On Oct. 5th I got your letter and also three other letters from the Netherlands.
The letters from the Netherlands mostly arrive on Monday, sometimes one on Tuesday, maybe when the ship arrives one day later I guess.
The celebration of my birthday was very social.
All the children cam e which certainly was a surprise to me.
In my last letter I wrote, I mean, that Ytje had surgery.
I thought she should not be strong enough to come over but yes she was the first one who arrived.
Jaantje had to stay in bed for two weeks,

[At the left side of the page is written] Van Til said you live so nice there.

So I could not expect her to come.
They came on Sunday afternoon which was the next day.
From both I was waiting for a congratulation card, so it was quite a surprise for me that they came over.
Ytje feels fine and looks very well and Jaantje said she now feels fine too.
As women the four of us went to Dalton and Geertje last Wednesday.
Sadie, Thies' wife Anna and I and Sadie's neighbor's wife and Sadie's little girl, she is not going to school yet.
Sadie drove the car.
It is a nice road to Dalton and Geertje and not a busy one, so Sadie dared to drive that trip.
Thies' wife is better used to busy roads than Sadie.
Ytje and Geertje live most far away from here.
Geertje visits me alone with the car, but Ytje cannot drive and she also has a busier householdĀ  with their four children.
The oldest goes to school.
I visited Dalton and Geertje before in their new home but the others didn't.
We had a nice day.
They live about 16 to 17 miles from here.
Also Ytje and family live that far away I think.
Last Thursday we had a sand-storm.
The beans that were not threshed yet are blown about in the field so the fierce wind caused a lot of damage.
On such a bean-field there was harvested barley or oats before in Spring or early summer.
Then the beans were planted, those are small white beans.
Some people make a lot of money with it.
The mature beans will be cut off early in the morning, especially when there is some vapor in the morning it is the best time to cut.
When it is dry by day they lose too much because the shells break open.
Later the threshing machine comes, which takes them in and puts the beans into the sack.
That threshing machine [probably it is a combine] goes on the fields with a tractor in front of it, up and down over the field.
It is possible they do it the same way in Holland but I think there are not such large bean-fields [in Holland].
Thies had also much damage from the wind.
Geertje likes it on the farm in her new home.
They are married for over a year now, time goes fast isn't it?
Receive many greetings from Your Sister B[oukje].

[At the left side of the page is written] I brought Mr. van Til your greetings.