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Athens, TN

June 8 1913

Dear Rand recievd your letter yesterday.

Annie is dead. She died at Chattanooga where she ment to have an operation performed on her Woomb.
She had been in bad health for some time. She died June 7 they will bring her here to day. We are awful lonley. If you come to Athens I will try and meet you. We are tolerbly well. Mr. Horrad took her to Chat-- last wensday the operation was performed thursday.

Well I recon it was best but it is hard to heare
I wish you all were here now

Yours Truly

T. B. McCurdy

NOTE: The letter above is typed by Sandra (Nipper) Ratledge as true to the original in spelling, punctuation, and organization as possible. Many thanks to Cousin David Stiles of Athens, McMinn CO, TN for sharing his copy of this old letter with us! Thomas Benton McCurdy is buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Monroe CO, TN along with his parents and other relatives. Rand, to whom this letter is addressed, is Miranda (McCurdy) Scroggs, daughter of Thomas Benton McCurdy.

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