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Image of 017.067.A.B - Hand written letter to the Editor of the Post-Intelligencer Seattle, Washington from John Janicke of Fall City. He is telling about the young lives lost through dreaded diphtheria. It tells how he was asked by a neighbor to come survey and lay off a grave yard according to the "cardinal" points near new school house site at the Sannavich Prairie--School district #39. Letter dated May 17, 1889. Donated by Hilda Smalley to Fall City Library, previously.

Fall City, W.T. May 17th, 1889.
Ed: Post Intelligencer
It seems to be my lot and my painful duty to write you these sorrowful reports, it is not my intention to make more grief then already exists, but our relatives and friends at home and abroad should be notified how seriously some of our family's here in School Districts No 20 and 39 in King County have suffered. 
The long chain of connecting links of love, blood and affection is shattered in many fragments, the fresh take graves near the farm yards and the sacred precincts of our cemetery's tell sad story's, every family is stricken with grief, the fell destroyer has robbed my school districts of many a promosing young children; in one case event he young husband man was not spared by that fatal disease known as diphtheria. Many a Mother's breast will swell with painful emotion when she takes a glance around her breakfast table, finding the seats of her loved ones are empty; - Our consolation rests in the solid conviction that countless millions have paved that way vefore, and that we too when the Bugle sounds the "rollicking nots of Mary Owens will have to fall in line" and take up "grayd marcht to that unknown country from where no one has ever returned. 
It was perhaps the sadist ½ days work when this last summer on a sabath morning my Neighbor Neal called on me to come down with surveying instruments and lay off a grave yard according to the "cardinal points near our new school house site at the Sannavah Prairie School District No 30. The first grave of a young husband and model citizen was just toke, (the daughter) the only child had been buried a few days previous when the funeral procession the woods to the open prairie, the scene was simply heartbreaking to hear the lamentations of the bereaved Mother and Widow, I was so overcome that I could not suppress the tears dropping on my compass glofs when I laid off the grave. 
We have settled here Mr. Edidon in this happy climate of Puget Sound to better the condition of our family's, we have sold our valuable property at a sacrifice, we have left friends and homes behind us all who were dear to us with hopes to see our children grow up in a land of peace and beauty; the only debt King County never can pay is the debt owing to her pioneer frontier Settlers.
Janicke

017.067.A.B - Hand written letter to the Editor of the Post-Intelligencer Seattle, Washington from John Janicke of Fall City. He is telling about the young lives lost through dreaded diphtheria. It tells how he was asked by a neighbor to come survey and lay off a grave yard according to the "cardinal" points near new school house site at the Sannavich Prairie--School district #39. Letter dated May 17, 1889. Donated by Hilda Smalley to Fall City Library, previously. Fall City, W.T. May 17th, 1889. Ed: Post Intelligencer It seems to be my lot and my painful duty to write you these sorrowful reports, it is not my intention to make more grief then already exists, but our relatives and friends at home and abroad should be notified how seriously some of our family's here in School Districts No 20 and 39 in King County have suffered. The long chain of connecting links of love, blood and affection is shattered in many fragments, the fresh take graves near the farm yards and the sacred precincts of our cemetery's tell sad story's, every family is stricken with grief, the fell destroyer has robbed my school districts of many a promosing young children; in one case event he young husband man was not spared by that fatal disease known as diphtheria. Many a Mother's breast will swell with painful emotion when she takes a glance around her breakfast table, finding the seats of her loved ones are empty; - Our consolation rests in the solid conviction that countless millions have paved that way vefore, and that we too when the Bugle sounds the "rollicking nots of Mary Owens will have to fall in line" and take up "grayd marcht to that unknown country from where no one has ever returned. It was perhaps the sadist ½ days work when this last summer on a sabath morning my Neighbor Neal called on me to come down with surveying instruments and lay off a grave yard according to the "cardinal points near our new school house site at the Sannavah Prairie School District No 30. The first grave of a young husband and model citizen was just toke, (the daughter) the only child had been buried a few days previous when the funeral procession the woods to the open prairie, the scene was simply heartbreaking to hear the lamentations of the bereaved Mother and Widow, I was so overcome that I could not suppress the tears dropping on my compass glofs when I laid off the grave. We have settled here Mr. Edidon in this happy climate of Puget Sound to better the condition of our family's, we have sold our valuable property at a sacrifice, we have left friends and homes behind us all who were dear to us with hopes to see our children grow up in a land of peace and beauty; the only debt King County never can pay is the debt owing to her pioneer frontier Settlers. Janicke

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