Natatorium Park, Spokane, WA

1903 Letter from Harry Berney

Courtesy of Dorothy Weeks

Aug 3, 1903

St. Joe, Idaho

Dear Alice and Lily:

I was intending to write to you the second day we got here but I would always forget. Aunt Leah is going to get a hired girl this afternoon. Uncle Willie has got a beard. He is teaching his baby [Elsie Rochat b. 21 Apr 1902]] French. She can talk a little bit Mark can talk English pretty much. August can understand a little.

The Colfax and the Spokane are the only boats that bring passengers.

The Defender hauls logs. The Bellville's name is the Victory. It goes on the Coeur d'Alene Lake. The Sly (Schley) goes on the Coeur d'Alene Lake, too.

The men are working in the hay. There are hardly any more chipmunks but there are lots of pine squirrels. We found two nests of them. The deer is tame with us. It stays in a yard. It has a long neck and a long nose.

We did not catch any fishes. Uncle Paul did not catch any fishes either. U.P. dog's name is Betsy. It is a pup yet.

We got here Saturday before last at five o'clock PM. When are you going to send the arithmetic?

Aunt Helene has got girl working for her who is 11 years old.

We arrived at Pasco at 2am and then took the train for Spokane and got there at 8am. Then we went to the Pacific Hotel and stayed there all day and night.

We went around Spokane and went to the Coeur d'Alene Park and the Natatorium Park. The C.P is the prettiest but we had the most fun in N.P. We boys went on the merry-go-round at the N.P. then we went around till 9pm and then we went to bed and then left Spokane at falf past seven and arrived in Coeur d'Alene at 9am and then we went on the Georgie Oaks.

We got in Harrison at 11am. It has grown very much since we were there the other time. We stayed there till 12 pm and then got on the Colfax and got to St. Maries at 2pm.

They have a bear chained to a tree near their river. The boat stopped only a little while. We got to St. Joe at 5pm. Eugene is like before.

Uncle Paul is jolly as ever. They have French meetings. We sleep upstairs. The deer is very small. Aunt Leah keeps two of Emma's children. One is a boy and one is a girl. The boys knows English. I like August better than Mark.

Well, I will close
From your brother,
Harry Berney

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