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Calton/Griffin Family Letter
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While looking through old pictures that my Grannie, (Myrtle Jane Calton Cantwell) had, I came across a letter from my Great-great-grandfather, C.L. Griffin, to his son-in-law, G.E. Calton, my Grannie's dad. Some of the letter tells about the current events happening in the area. The letter is dated August 26, 1912 and C.L. is now living in Comanche, Oklahoma after living in McGee and Stratford most of his life. He sounds a little homesick as the letter begins:

Mr. G.E. Calton and family:

Dear old boy: A few lines in answer to your always welcome letter set to hand some days back. I was glad to hear from you all. We are well and fixing to go to see Martha Lee and family. I want to see all of the kin back there but can't tell when that will be for this trip will strap me. If I had a team (of horses) like you all, I sure would see you this fall but I haven't. I soon will have a fine horse if no bad luck. I have two fine Jersey cows. We have just finished painting our house. It is white as snow; bordered sky blue. If you ever come to see me, I live two blocks west of the water tower. The nicest house in this part of town.

We have the finest gardens you ever saw. Dutch (his wife, M.E. Grier) has made about $75.00 on her cow and garden. The other cow will be *fresh in a few days. We have one cabbage that measures 39 inches around. What do you think of that? We are canning tomatoes today. We have our cellar nearly full of canned fruit and we're still canning. Our Elburties (peaches) are so large we have to quarter them to get them in the jars.

Well G.E. we are having a holiness meeting here. They have chosen us for debate. We are going to set Ledlow on this - Ledlow is by far the smartest man I have heard on the Bible.*

G.E. I only live about 65 miles from Pauls Valley. Why can't you hitch up and drive over & help me eat some of Dutch's good biscuits? She has bought her a new oil stove. She can get a meal really quick. I haven't bought a stick of wood this summer. You may guess that suits old hall gray for it is hot out here. We had a fine rain last night. The carnival was fine. The airship flew twice a day. It sailed high and swift. I can't tell what will be next.

Well, I guess I had better close for this time. With love and good will to all. Truly hope we will all meet again some sweet day. Give my love to all the connection and share a good passion yourselves. I have nearly lived my three score and ten. Can't be here very much longer. Would like to see all often but can't but my love is just the same from one that loves all. CL. G

This submission is dedicated to my Mom, Mary
Irene Cantwell Thompson, and to my Grannie, Mary Ann Griffin Calton
and her husband, George E. Calton, as well as her,
Mary Ann's, father and mother, C.L. Griffin and Margaret Walker Griffin. 

Submitted by  Inis Faye Bloomster

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