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Sietske (Sadie) Schuiling, Ripon (California)

Sjouke Johannes Hoogland, Leeuwarden

Engelse vertaling
Naamloos document

Frisian emigrants II-3.
From G.H. Schaapman, R.R. No. 1 Ripon, Calif. To Mr. S.J. Hoogland.

Ripon, Calif. Dec. 1st 1934.
Dear Uncle and Aunt.

We thought it should be the right thing to write you before New Year.
We also didn't write with Uncle's and Aunt's birthday, I  forgot all about it.
Gerrit remembered Uncle's birthday but he didn't tell his wife.
He must have thought that when he didn't say anything he also didn't have to write, but this time I am faster than him!
The other day we wrote to Uncle Douwe and Sebe [Siebe], yes that won't happen often and also Uncle Gerben needs to get a letter but the last time that I wrote him was (years ago) before we were married.
I didn't get an answer on my last letter, Uncle must have forgotten.
I still keep Uncle's last letter.
We have, Mother and I, also written a letter to Aunt Hiltje, Uncle Roelof 's wife, last summer but she didn't write back.
If Aunt meets her please remember her.
We all are healthy and hope the same for all of  you.
With Do and Ida [Ytje/IJtje] the family will be enlarged in a few weeks.
Now they have three [children].
The baby was 1 year old on Nov. 17.
I already have been busy in the garden to clear up some, next month the vegetables have to be put in it again.
3 Weeks ago we got the last beans out of it.
Today we have a nice rain and Clara has to stay inside which is a punishment for her and the other four go to school.
During the day it is very quiet here but early in the morning and in the evening there is a lot of “leven” (noise).
The two oldest girls go to the stables in the evening to milk, otherwise they cannot stand each other.
Now I have to stop otherwise the letter becomes too heavy.
We wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Please write back soon.
Greetings from all of us, Sadie and children.

Ripon California, Dec. 21, 1934.
Dear Uncle andAunt,

It is already 3 weeks ago that my wife started a letter to you and all the time it was waiting for me to finish it.
It seems that it is very difficult to find the time, because I work on my own.
In the evening it is about 7 [o'clock] that we have eaten and then again to the cows for some time and when I come back in the house I have to read the papers.
So usually there is no time to write.
Earlier this week I had a cold so I had to stay inside [in bed] for some days.
Today it is Friday and however it is about 4 days ago since I resumed work I still don't feel very well.
Because it is quite misty today I decided to write some this afternoon.
My wife is out with the car, tomorrow my sister is having her birthday and now she is visiting her.
She [his sister] likes to have visitors, she is not allowed to work because she is suffering of a high blood pressure and already had a stroke once as a result of that.
It is almost three years ago that she was suffering of cancer and however people told that she had  just 3 months to live, she is still alive.
She took the radium cure and it seems that stopped it  I think that she is not recovered.
Like I said, it is misty which it is often this time of the year.
It is unpleasant and cold and dangerous on the road with the cars.
The one almost cannot see the other and some are driving much too fast in this kind of weather.
Last week an accident happened, a car would overtake another one at the moment there also came one from the opposite direction.
They hit each other and one turned over.
In the mean time there came another car again so those two also hit each other.
There came more cars again and when the whole commotion was over, there were seven cars collided to each other.
The result was one [person] dead and several hurt and a lot of car damage.
For the one who often has to be on the road with a car clear weather is much nicer.
Now some about the situation here.
This year is much better than last year.
The price of butter, hay, grains and beans etc. are all better, but we dairy farmers have now a nasty thing waiting for, all our cows have to be checked for tuberculosis and then the cows who have the symptoms, all have to be sold for the slaughter, there are people who lose 80 or 90 percent of the cows.
After they are examined they will be evaluated by the government, then they are sold and when they don't bring up the evaluated price the government pays 2/3 of the loss.
But in the mean time one loses the cows and cannot breed when breeding started to make money.
The effect is that the cows who have no t.b.c. become very expensive.
Our milk driver had 14 cows and lost 13 of them.
He always bought them on public sales or auctions and it seems that is a big difference.
I still hope that we'll keep most of them, we breed our own live-stock for years but for the same reason it could be disappointing for me.
This summer we had 8½ acre beans we had 20 bags per acre, 100 pounds a bag, we have not sold them yet.
They are about 3½ cents a pound, I rather would have 4 cents a pound, but the time will learn if I'll get that. 2½ acre is 1 hectare.
Today it is already Dec. 30 and still the letter not finished, I almost don't know what to write.
Today the sun is shining, last night we had some rain.
We have nice weather this winter, we already had some rain and there is also a lot of snow in the mountains yet that we can use next summer to irrigate the land.
The early snow in the mountains binds solidly so during the summer it thaws slowly.
If it is thawing too quickly it flows through the rivers into the sea.
Our grain is already very nice so it won't take long before we can put the cows in it, we can milk very well on it.
Cows like that green feed, they always get only hay.
I think I'll stop now, although I don't feel good about this letter, there is not much in it but I cannot think more at the moment.
Hearty greetings from all of us.
G.H. Schaapman. Ripon California U.S.A.