Windham Life and Times – January 19, 2017

Edward Searles and Angelo


“Pine Lodge. Methuen, Mass. July 22, 1916

Mr. Dear Ellison,

Your little note received; glad to hear from you and that you were well this very hot weather. I have not been able to find a cook for the castle, although I have answered several advertisements. I was in Boston yesterday trying to find someone but did not succeed. I think I shall be obliged to try for a Japanese.

I hope we shall be able to find someone soon as I am anxious to have you back again.

Yours truly,

E.F.S. “

“Pine Lodge. Methuen Mass. July 24, 1916

As soon as I hear from the cook, at what time he will arrive, I will send you word so you can come on at once, which I hope will be the last of this week,

I got your clothes from the tailor and have taken them to Windham.

Hoping we shall soon be able to get settled at the castle, I remain,

Very truly yours,


“Pine Lodge. Methuen, Mass. Sept. 29, 1917

My Dear Ange,

Just a line to let you know that I received your two letters this morning and hasten to tell you how glad I was to hear from you.

If you got to New York today I am sorry that I cannot be there. I was obliged to come to Methuen to attend to many things, but I will be in New York next Saturday and Sunday.

If you can get away I will be waiting for you at the Murray Hill.

I hope you will soon get your uniform as I am afraid you will be cold in your thin clothes.

If you get hungry buy something outside, if you can get it, and don’t mind spending the money for you can have more. If I don’t come to New York next Saturday I shall go out to Allentown to see you on Monday or Tuesday following.

Do the best to take care of yourself and be a good soldier and believe me, as ever,

Faithfully yours,


“Pine Lodge. Methuen, Mass. Oct. 4, 1917


My dear Soldier Boy,

In your new uniform is not warm enough you must get some new under clothing. Don’t spare the money to make yourself comfortable. I don’t think I will be able to go to New York again until after the fifteenth of this month; if I do I will telegram you.

Hope you are well and take good care of yourself, and believe me as ever the same.



“Pine Lodge. Methuen, Mass. October 7, 1917

My dear Soldier Boy,

Oh how sorry I am that I was not at the hotel to welcome you. I was obliged to come home, to be on time for payday the first of the month.

I went up to the castle today and closed it up. I think of you every day and night and wonder if you are warm and comfortable. I miss you very much, my life is only half a life without my dear boy.

God bless and keep you from harm is my prayer.

With much love from your old guardian,


P.S.—This is all the paper I can get tonight; the Pine Lodge paper is in Miss Littlefield’s desk and she has gone to bed. 11:45 P.M. Good Night”

October 10, 1917

My dear Boy,

I leave tonight at 12 M. I could not get ready for the five o’clock train.

I went to the Studio to see your pictures and I took three of them. They are fine. I had one taken of myself for you. Will  send on to you next week if I get them.

I now must get ready and pack my bags. I miss you my Boy.



“Pine Lodge. Methuen, Mass. June 3, 1918

My dear Ange,

Yours of the 29th received and I was very happy to hear from you, and wish you could be here sitting under the pine trees. I think you would like the odor of the pines better than the smell of gasoline and oil, but we cannot do anything now-a-days that we want to do.

I have been up to Windham two or three times, but the castle looks lonesome without you and Sammy rolling on the grass. Sammy has grown to be a fine big dog.

Yours as ever, the same old, loving Dad”


“Pine Lodge  Methuen, Mass. July 5, 1918

My dear lonesome boy Ange,

I was very glad to hear from you; it seems as though I have been away a month, although it is only a week.

Yesterday I celebrated the Fourth by going up to Windham with Miss Littlefield and paid a visit to Morrison lodge and the Castle on the hill.

We got caught in a thunder shower so we had to wait in Morrison Lodge until the rain was over. Seavey and the men were at work in the field until the rain came on; then they had to give it up.

Take good care of yourself and sleep well at the Murry Hill and forget that you are lonesome.

Faithfully yours,

Your loving old Dad is lonesome without you, Dad”



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