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           Charbonneau Correspondence

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Norman E. Shabino                                       Laurel L. Shabino                                           Louis Shabino

                                               

Clarence L. Shabino                                               Nettie Shabino                                            Levi Shabino

       (Roy)                                                               (Mrs. Norman Shabino)                                         (Pa)


1909                                    To: Norman Shabino                        From: Roy Shabino
                                           Canistota, South Dakota                    Miltown, South Dakota


We are going to have a concert the 25th of this month. We have just got done plastering and we have so much work to do cleaning up.
                                            Clarence Le Roy Shabino


1910                                    To: Norman E. Shabino                   From: Roy Shabino
                                           Canistota, South Dakota                   Miltown, South Dakota

Hello Norman:     How are all you folks. We're all well. We are through seeding. Griffins 
address is Wrightsonville South Dakota. Come over when your school out and bring Elmer along.
We have two is weeks yet. Well so long. From your Bro,

                                             Clarence LeRoy Shabino


1910                                     To: Norman E. Shabino                 From: Laurel L. Shabino 
                                            Canistota, South Dakota                 Miltown, South Dakota

Dear Bro:     Pa is going to Alexandria in a day or so and will get you that money and send you a draft for same if banks will let him have it. Have been too busy to even write lately. Just finished stacking, grain is turning out good around here. Will thresh in about two weeks. Have 4 stacks of barley and 10 of oats. Corn looks fine but needs rain. Too dry to plow. Had heavy rains north and south of us but missed us last week. Are going to wash today and I am going to cut hay tomorrow while Pa goes to town. Hay is very poor. Your Bro,

                                               Laurel


April 1, 1910                        To: Norman E. Shabino                 From:: Laurel Shabino 
                                            Canistota, South Dakota                 Miltown, South Dakota

Dear Brother and All: Received your letter some time ago. Got your problem. Will send answer in a letter soon. I've one for you to work. Are having great weather. Had light rain Tuesday. River has been highest in years. Road to City almost impossible. 

                                            Laurel


May 12, 1910                       To: Norman Shabino                      From: Laurel Shabino
                                           Canistota, South Dakota                  Parkston, South Dakota


Hello! Am in Parkston to exam. Having a swell time and not much work either. Will finish early tomorrow. Havenít time to write much today. May go out west a ways to a dance tonight. Will write more soon
                                            

                                                     Laurel Levi Shabino 


July 20, 1910                       To: Norman E. Shabino                 From: Laurel Shabino 
                                           Sioux Falls South Dakota               Miltown, South Dakota
                                           c/o City Hospital

Dear Bro: Are having a nice rain this morning. Just rolled out of bed. Haven't did a chore yet. Thought I would write and get it off by the mail man. How are you feeling? I hope you are getting along alright. When you get strong again are you going to canvass for those books? If you are I want one of them. Pa got home just in time to begin cutting oats. They are very heavy and stack up thick. I wouldn't care if we had 100 acres of such oats.

                                            Laurel


July 20, 1910                       To: Norman E. Shabino                   From: Roy Shabino 
                                           Sioux Falls, South Dakota                Miltown, South Dakota
                                           c/o City Hospital

I thought I would write a few lines to find out how you are. I hope you are getting on all right. We have about three more days of cutting oats and then we will be done. I will write more soon. Write as soon as you are able.  Your loving bro,

                                          Clarence LeRoy Shabino 


Sept. 4, 1910                     To: Norman E. Shabino                     From: Florence Shabino 
                                         Canistota, South Dakota                     Alberta, Canada

Dear Cousin and all: We are all and doing fine. Mama is back from the hospital and is feeling fairly well. Love to all. Let us hear from you soon. Your cousin,

                                            Flo Shabino


June 2, 1910                      To: Nettie M. Shabino                      From: Norman E. Shabino 
                                         Canistota, South Dakota                    Salem, South Dakota

Dear Nettie: I have been looking for a letter from you, but I haven't got any yet. I hope you and the boys are well and that you are getting along fine. We are having a fine time and a good Institute and I have been feeling fine too. I will be glad though, when I am home again. If I thought I could get a chance to ride out I would come down to Canistota on the noon train, but if I don't will come to Humboldt.

                                            Norman E. Shabino


June 3, (?)                           From: Roy Shabino                          To: Norman E. Shabino 
                                          Alexandria, South Dakota                 Hartford, South Dakota

Will take care of that contract as soon a we can. Laurel is in Mitchell attending Institute.
Corn looks poor here. Small grain is OK.

                                        Clarence L. Shabino


February 22, 1911            To: Norman E. Shabino                      From: Clarence L. Shabino
                                        Monroe, South Dakota                       Miltown, South Dakota

Dear Brother: Well hello! How are you getting along now days? We are all well. Thought I would write a letter tonight but it was so late when I got around that I could not. How is Net? I hope she is better. Lots of wolf hunting around here lately. Quite cold now. Think we will start putting up ice tomorrow. We have two men to help us. Think we will sell all our cows and by some pure stock. Haven't heard from Louis in a long time, have you? I think I will finish up 7th grade this Year. Well, I must close as space is limited. Your loving Bro,

                                       Clarence LeRoy Shabino


April 1911                       To: Norman E. Shabino                         From : Roy Shabino
                                       Monroe South Dakota                            Mi1town, South Dakota

         Dear Bro & all: Well how are you all? We are all well except Pa. He was plowing & the (team) ran away while he was unhitching  and broke a rib for him but he is alright now. Well, we got the band started again. Will start planting corn Monday. Small grain looks fine. Had a fine rain Sunday. Will have no app1es this year. Have had lots of rain here this spring.

                                       Le Roy


  April 1911                      To: Norman E. Shabino                      From: Roy Shabino 
                                        Monroe, South Dakota                        Miltown, South Dakota 

Dear Bro and all Received your welcome 1etter a few days ago and I was glad to hear from you.
How is Net now? I hope she is better. We're are all well. There is some seeding done around here but not much. It has been very peculiar weather here lately it has been cloudy for nearly  a week snowing  a little every day. We got a much needed rain of about 1 1/4 inch, counting the snow that fell. We have no sowing done. We are going to put in about  25 acres of wheat  and 50 acres corn and 25 of oats this year. We have been busy painting in the house right lately. Will take my 7th grade Exam in about 5 weeks. I am not much afraid only on account of Partial Payments. Well must close. Wish I had more room. 

                                         Clarence LeRoy


April 14, 1911                To: Norman E. Shabino                    From: Florence Shabino
                                       Monroe, South Dakota                     Moosejaw, Saskatchewan


Dear Cousin: Will write you a long letter in a few days. Lovingly, Your Cousin 

                                       Florence Shabino


June 8, 1911                    To: Norman E. Shabino                   From: Laurel Shabino
                                       Monroe, South Dakota                     Miltown, South Dakota

Dear Bro: Rec'd your letter this morning. Why do you ask such a foolish question? Of course I will be at Alexandria to meet you Monday. Have been looking for you for a long time. Arrange to make a decent visit. Two or three days wont do this time. Make it a week anyway. Why can't you bring Elmer along? You know we haven't seen him in two years. Had a small rain Sunday night. Am in a hurry just now. Will tell you more next week. Be sure and come. 


                                       Laurel L. Shabino


June 14, 1911                  To: Norman Shabino                       From: Laurel Shabino
                                       Monroe, South Dakota                    Miltown, South Dakota


Dear Bro, Hello out there. How are you all? Allís well here. Have not started to plow corn yet but expect to soon. Have a fine stand and it looks fine as does small grains. Have had plenty of rain this spring. What are you doing now? We are looking for you over anytime now since school is out. Better come over for the 4th or sooner.

                                        Laurel 


July 6, 1911                     To: Nettie Shabino                         From: Norman E. Shabino
                                       c/o Myrtle Peterson                        Marion, South Dakota
                                       Plankington, South Dakota

Hello, Just got back this far and am waiting for Ernest to come after me. Laurel is with me. He is going to stay till after Sport Day. Had a fine time. How are you? How long do you intend to stay? Write me and I will have Ernest meet you here at Marion                                   

                                     Norman


August 12, 1911              To: Norman E. Shabino                   From: Laurel Shabino 
                                       Monroe, South Dakota                    Alexandria, South Dakota

Dear Bro: Yours rec'd. Will drop you a word from Alexandria to let you know we arrived safe home. Took us two hours and we went to Alexandria same afternoon. Machine and driver fine. Will mosey along that way in a few days. Have about 175 bushels of apples and have about 20 bushels of Wealthies yet. Will bring some along. So long-

                                                   Laurel


August 29, 1911            To: Norman Shabino                       From: Laurel Shabino
                                    Monroe, South Dakota                    Miltown, South Dakota
Dear Bro, This is to let you know we do not know when we can get over there. The threshers are almost to us and we have been expecting to thresh for over a week. Have decided to put up 40 acres more hay and see what we can do selling it. Had bad hail storm last Saturday. Wiped out everything east of us. Missed us


September 15, 1911         To: Norman Shabino                      From: Laurel Shabino
                                        Monroe, South Dakota                   Aberdeen, South Dakota

Dear Prof: Am way up north at present writing attending YW convention and doing the sights of town. This is certainly "some great town". What do you think of the reverse side of this (Main Street view)? Love to all.  

                                       Laurel


February 9, 1912            To: Norman Shabino                        From: Florence Shabino 
                                      Canistota, South Dakota                   Vancouver , British Columbia 

Dear Cousin: This finds me in Vancouver B.C. enjoying the nice warm weather. Mama and Harold are here with me visiting Alice. Regards to all the folks. Love to all.

                                      Florence Shabino


May 17, 1912                To: Norman Shabino                        From: Laurel Shabino
                                    Canistota, South Dakota                    Miltown, South Dakota
Dear Bro, Just to remind you that we are watching for you over most any day. If you come on the train let me know and I will be on hand to get you.. Will also see that your return fare costs you nothing if roads are decent. Bring Elmer along, You know he is big enough now and we would all like to see him. Roy has a dandy pup for him to play with. Write at once and let us know when to expect you. Will finish seeding this noon


August 22, 1913            To: Norman E. Shabino                      From: Laurel Shabino 
                                    Canistota, South Dakota                      Chicago, Illinois

Dear Bro: Suppose you will be surprised to hear from me down here. Came last Sunday. Am having a great time. Roy is here. Louis takes us to the sights one day, and Charles the next. We are staying at Charles' place tonight, at Louis' Sunday. Charles has sold out at O. P. Will be home about Wednesday. Will be over the Sunday after probably. From 

                                     Laurel L. Shabino 


November 18, 1913       To: Norman E. Shabino                        From: Laurel L. Shabino
                                     Canistota, South Dakota                        Miltown, South Dakota                                                                                                                                                                              
Dear Brother & All Received your letter some time ago and would have written sooner but couldn't on account of the snow. Will be over soon however and bring your traps. Not much in the trapping line over here. Wi1l see you later.

                                    Laurel



December 16, 1913        To: Norman E. Shabino                       From: Laurel Shabino
                                      Canistota, South Dakota                        Miltown, South Dakota 

Dear Bro: Arrived OK about 7:00. Got to Canistota without a stop. Had to take radiator off to solder. Doesn't hold good yet. How's trapping. Jacks are only worth 2.00 now. Will write more later. 

                                      Laurel


December 23, 1914      To: Norman Shabino                              From: Laurel Shabino
                                    Canistota, South Dakota                          Miltown, South Dakota


Dear Bro, Havenít heard from you for a long time. What do you do to keep busy? We are sending the boys a little Xmas junk via mail. Let us know if it arrives ok. Why canít you come over some of these days, Write soon. Your Bro  

                                    Laurel


May 29, 1915             To: Norman Shabino                              From: Laurel Shabino
                                  Hartford, South Dakota                          Miltown, South Dakota


Donít you think this card is appropriate? What has become of you? Did the incubator arrive ok? And what luck do you have with it? Weíre having ok luck with chickens. Have about 125 nice ones. Have half days planting yet. Heavy rains every day for a week or more. Canít do anything. Small grain looks nice. Did you hear about coz Minnie Canuteson Ingersolís death? Committed suicide with poison while temporarily insane. She was going to have to return to the asylum. Well, write soon or have Elmer write.
                                   Laurel


August 9, 1915            To: Norman Shabino                             From: Laurel Shabino
                                   Hartford, South Dakota                         Miltown, South Dakota


Dear Bro, Just a line. Weíre through cutting but I donít think weíll be able to stack. Heís not very well. Donít suppose you could get away if we should need you. Are you still where you were? We got $1200.00 insurance and will still get some small grain. Corn was set back and will be too late, Iím afraid. Write. Love to all 

                                   Laurel


August 11, 1915           To: Nettie Shabino                            From: Norman Shabino
                                   C/O James Ennis                               Miltown, South Dakota                               
                                   Canistota, South Dakota

Dear Nettie, Just got back this afternoon. Mr. Ryger was not in Brookings. Had to take the exam from an assistant so wonít know for a few days whether I will pass or not, but am certain I will. Canít get a building in Monroe for about two weeks yet. No house for rent in Monroe. Got a letter from Laurel. Pa is sick and they write to me to come over and stack for them. Will go over in the morning. Write me at Miltown.


                                    Norman


August 17, 1915           To: Mrs. Norman E. Shabino             From: Norman E. Shabino
                                    c/o James Ennis                                 Miltown, South Dakota
                                    Canistota, South Dakota 

Dear Net: Am in Miltown. Just got your letter. We would have finished stacking today but had a heavy rain yesterday. Don't know whether we can stack tomorrow or not. The roads are so bad Pa couldn't bring me in his car for a few days. Have been picking apples all day. Am anxious to hear from B. and R. but don't suppose they are home yet.        

                                   Norman E. Shabino


November 1, 1915     To: Master Elmer Shabino                  From: Nettie Shabino
                                  Miltown, South Dakota                       Canistota, South Dakota


Hello Elmer, How are you? I did not write last week because I expected to see you Saturday evening. Be sure and come next Saturday if possible. I suppose Roy will come with you this time as he hasnít been out yet. We went to church Sunday and there was a large crowd there. We havenít got settled yet. I was helping Mollie most of last week, also Mrs. Shoemaker with threshers. Write soon and be sure to come Saturday.


                                 Mama


June 22, 1916          To: Master Elmer Shabino                From: Laurel Shabino
                               Humboldt, South Dakota                  Mitchell, South Dakota


Dear Nephew, Am at Institute so I thought Iíd drop you a line. It is nasty cold weather here. Will write you more later.
Write to me.
                               Laurel


July 10, 1917          To: Norman Shabino                         From: Laurel Shabino
                              Canistota, South Dakota                     Parkston, South Dakota


Dear Nettie, Your card received but am sorry to say we have no cherries at all this year. The trees are all bare. We are not going to have any apples either. Am afraid we cannot come over for Sports Day as we will be cultivating corn at that time. Love to all,
                               Laurel


December 15, 1917        To: Norman Shabino                  From: Roy Shabino
                                      Canistota, South Dakota              Waukegan, Illinois
                                                                                         Great Lakes Station


Dear Bro & All, reached here today and like the looks of it fine. Men are pouring in here by the hundreds. Canít send you my address yet as we are in detention camp for a few days and donít know where we will be when we get out. Will write more later and let you know more about camp.


                                     Clarence LeRoy Shabino


December 17, 1917             To: Mrs. Nettie Shabino             From: Norman E. Shabino
                                            c/o James Ennis                         Chicago, Illinois
                                           Canistota South Dakota

Well Net I have my ticket and am all ready to start. Charlie and I are going out and take supper with Louis tonight. It wont be long before I will be on the road now. Net, I have taken a 5000.00 accident insurance for 4 days. It cost me 1.00. Take care of yourself. 

                                             Norman E. Shabino


December 26, 1917              To: Norman Shabino                From: Roy Shabino
                                            Canistota, South Dakota            Waukegan, Illinois
                                                                                             Great Lakes Station


Dear Bro, Donít seem to be able to get to write a letter, so will write a card at least. Like it first rate here, only the weather. Donít think weíll be here long, as they are coming in and going out by the thousands. Have had several holidays this week on account of Xmas. Expect the boys and Dad up this P.M. Write me soon. From your bro.

 
                                            Clarence LeRoy Shabino A.S.L.B. 1st Regiment, Great Lakes, Illinois


June 6, 1918                        To: Norman Shabino                   From: Roy Shabino
                                           Clayton, South Dakota                 Camp Perry, Ohio


Dear Bro, Just a card to let you know I am well and kicking. How are you folks? How are you getting on with your work? Think I will get out of here to sea before a great while. Hope so anyway. Why donít you write once in a while. Certainly would like to get a letter from you.


                                          Clarence LeRoy Shabino Section C, Base Band


September 28, 1918            To: Norman Shabino                   From: Roy Shabino
                                           Clayton, South Dakota                 Columbus, Ohio


Dear Bro, Started tour day before yesterday. Were in Peoria yesterday. Arrived in Columbus this morning and leave for Cleveland tonight. I am well and feeling fine. Write me at Great Lakes and it will be forwarded to me. Fine weather so far and hope it continues. Is everyone well?


                                        Clarence LeRoy Shabino


October 3, 1918                To: Norman Shabino                   From: Roy Shabino
                                         Clayton, South Dakota                 New York City


Expect to be here for several days. Arrived here from Philadelphia this morning. Some burg. Thatís all. Expect to have Sunday to myself and can look around a little. Havenít had any mail yet. 

                                        Clarence LeRoy Shabino


October 10, 1918             To: Norman Shabino                    From: Roy Shabino
                                       Clayton, South Dakota                   Washington, D.C.


Spent the day here and will leave for Baltimore tomorrow morning at one oíclock. Will keep you posted by card. Am all in tonight. 

                                        Roy


November 25, 1918         To: Norman Shabino                   From: Roy Shabino
                                       Clayton, South Dakota                 Bremerton, Washington


Is everyone well? I am feeling fine. Weather is beautiful, but cloudy here. Write me and let me know if you have done anything about that proposition. Wish I knew where Dad is. Let me know. Like it , first rate here. Your Bro 

                                     Clarence LeRoy Shabino


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