WALTER S. LAHEY
JOSEPH W. YATES
Tel. ASland 4-0111
E. & S. JAY
THOS. PURSELL & SONS
J. W. YATES
ONE PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK CITY
July 16 ,
Dear Cousin Mildred
Your letter telling of cousin John's
plan to have a get together of the Yates
clan received a day or so ago.
I think it fine to haev such a party.
Our whole flock has scattered all
over the face of the earth almost.
I remember your mother Carrie and
Dave Edmonds [met], remember when
they were married. That must be 50 yrs
ago. I have been married 47 years and
it was long before that.
My grandson is now getting ready
for West Point, our [chief] military school.
I am awful sorry about cousin Charlie
I called on him [missing] 15 years
ago this summer. I [recall?] his wife
Alice Davis died the day we were there.
I was later told so, but Charlie was
down on the farm. We drove back that
way to Brantford but did not see Charlie
but had a nice visit with [Jim Beckham?]
who was in [missing] lane in front of the old
house in which most of us were born,
but travelling on a schedule we had no
time to spare but drove on through, making
Buffalo that night. Tell Charlie all this,
I see George [Polder] is dead, he lived next
to us for 20 years in Norwich.
I have to go to Buffalo occasionally
If I can arrange my trip at the time the
celebration will be held in Norwich, I will
be there, but yet do not know the date, so
am unabvle to say, let me know soon.
I have only one other in my business
so it is not possible for me to spend much
time away, especially just now.
It would be great to have an old time
[clan?] fest with you all, I would enjoy it
[Terena and Mary?] are living at Scepere
Dave in Chicago wrote me and sent
your letter to him inclosed to me
I am [writing] him now, as he asked
me to [return?] your letter.
Dave [missing] over 80 years and is not too
strong so [missing] not think he should travel
but I am younger and stronger, so way [illegible]
Oscar the youngest lives also in Chicago,
Phil, [Anita], Alice, all died a few years
ago but there is still five of us.
Thank you fro writing me and inviting
me, [missing] let me know [missing] right date and I
will [try] to be there [missing] sincere J W Yates
Give my best regards to cousin John, your parents, and
all the Yates tribe, sincerely Cousin Joe