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Title: Andrew Greenlees, Ellenwood, Kansas to his brother.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGreenlees, Andrew/20
SenderGreenlees, Andrew
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginEllinwood, Kansas, USA
DestinationMagheramore, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
RecipientGreenlees, John
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2046/18: Copied by Permission of Ailen McClelland Esq., 3 Beechhill Park Avenue, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405281
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 11:05:1994.
Word Count787
TranscriptEllenwood Sept 9th 1874

Dear Brother
I have expected a letter
from you for some time in reply to my last
but as none has Come I will write again
first I will answer a few queries in
your last which I had not room for in
my last in regard to markets we have
railroad communications on two sides
of us the Kansas Pacific on the north
and the Atchison Topeka on the south
distance nine miles & the latter 25 to
the former as for school privileges
of course then in comparitively [comparatively?] none at
present bear in mind three years ago
there was only five inhabitants in this
County how ever [however?] we are organizing
school districts and building school houses
as fast as possible we finished organizing
a school district two days ago where
we live we have the proper officers
elected and the district laid off - containing
nine sections; 9 miles square. we will
[diagram drawn in original letter]
probably put up a school house in the
spring we will raise the funds by issuing
bonds payable by the district this is the
26 district formed and ready for buisness [business?]
in this county. but besides this I would
say that there is at Emporia 75 miles
or 100 miles from here one of the best
higher class schools in the west
and those that have the means to spare
can have all the facilities for [educational?]
purposes therein that they can wish for
before leaving this subject I would say that
the state of Kansas has made good provision
for the education of her childern, every town
contains six miles square [96?] sections
two sections in every township is [reserved?]
for school purposes those lands are sold [generally?]
when [they?] will bring about ten dollars per
acre left to the judgment of the trustees
the interest of which makes a good
school fund -
we have a presbeterian [Presbyterian?] church organized;
also sunday school every sunday preaching
every other sunday by our presbeterian [Presbyterian?]
minister [also?] by the methodist minister
alternate sundays each preaching at
other posts alternate sundays
I believe that is all the questions answered
I must now come to a gloomy picture
perhaps you have already heard of the ravages
of the grasshoppers or rather locusts for they
are nothing else, they started away up
in minesota [Minnesota?] destroyed about 15 or 16 counties
there crossed in to Iowa done about the
same amount of damage their [there?] then left
for Nebraska ravaging about the half of
it then [?] south into Kansas destroying
about the two thirds of the crops in the
state it is a hard blow John and those
of us who came this spring feel it in
all its crushing desolation
before the grasshoppers it was as
the garden of eden behind them a wasted
wilderness we as well as many others
had a splendid prospect for a crop I had
forty acres in all together and was feeling
quite hopeful that there was enough
and to spare both for man and beast for
next year but now every thing [everything?] is gone
in one days time for that was all the time
required to complete the work of destruction
and here we are like an army post cut off from
its supplies, our means all exhausted, an [abundance?]
almost within our grasp but in a moment destroyed
leaving [us?] for the mean time [meantime?] destitute
dazed and bewildered a few who have
enough of means left are going back east but
that is a foolish move for the locusts are more
likely to be their [there?] next season than here we are
not able to go back if we wished and would not wish
to if we were able mean time [meantime?] we [?] that He
who permitted the scourge will also
open up a way for us.
and turn the apparent evil for
our real good that we may
trust less to our own resources and live
more by faith believing that he who
feedeth the ravens when [they?] cry and
taketh cognisance [cognizance?] of the fall of a sparrow
will also watch over us and bring us
safely through
kindest love to Hugh and Jenny
also to Ellen & Agnes dont send them
this letter to read in their feeble state
it would probably give them a shock
which would be injurious Simply tell
them we are all well and enjoying perfect
health for this is the healthiest county I ever
lived in tell ellen her little name sake [namesake?]
is one of the smartest best natured
little cricket she ever saw
Lucy joins in kindest love to Jane
write soon and believe me
Yours truly Andrew