Submitted by Tom Law
Monroe Iowa Feb. 2 1900
Dear Brother an Sister
I will try to write you a few lines after having neglected you so long. This leaves us all well, we arrived home from Cal. the 8th of May and found all well and had a pleasant trip of 4 days and 3 nights. There was no trouble on the way except 12 miles this side of Leadville one of the axles of our wagin broke which delayed us 3 hours but we made that up by the time we got to Omaha came into Des Moines on time and sayed there 2 nights and one day with Samantha's youngest sister and then came on home which is 34 miles this side Des Moines. Well our trip helped Samantha a great deal her health is much better since we returned and we saw enough to pay us for the trip and had a splendid visit with Sallie Perkins the girl we rais. She is with? O. H. Haines now and She seems just like our own daughter. We also had a weeks visit with Jasper which was very pleasant. We had not seen each other for 22 years and I tell you we parted in our time, pretty happy while we was together. We saw nearly all of San Francisco & Oakland in that time and met some of Jaspers old acquaintances. I had a letter from Jasper in Dec. he was well and doing
*In 1870, Sallie Perkins was living with L. M. and Samantha Shaw in Jasper County, Fairview, Iowa. She was 12 years old. In 1880 she was listed as a niece, age 21, a teacher. She was born in Iowa, her mother and father were born in Tennessee.