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Letter of J. Add. Craig to W.W. Dawkins
Original letter in family files of transcriber Patricia SummersSmith, 1998.

Envelope postmark:  Salt Lake City, 11-AM, 26 Feb. 1914

To:  W.W. Dawkins, Bucklin, Kansas.

Return address on letterhead envelope:  The Package Grocery Delicatessen, Cor. State & 2nd South Sts., Salt Lake City, Utah, (The Largest Delicatessen in the City).

Letterhead:  J.R. Craig / J. A. Craig
The Package Grocery Delicatessen, the Largest Delicatessen in The City, Salt Lake City / groceries, fruits, kosher goods, 46 varieties of cheese

Feb. 25, 1914

W.W. Dawkins.
Bucklin Kas.

Dear Wallace: -

Just received a letter from your mother and in it she gave your address and its the first mail address I have had.  Well Wallace its a good many years since you have pulled my hair and, pulled my shirt tail out, and spat on my feet.  and I have thought of you a good many times.  and am sorry I did not have your address.  I might have droped [sic] off and call on you while going through your state.  I have been with Armour JC? for the last eleven years up to two years ago.  when I went in to this business.  and I went in to Chicago once or twice each year.  having charge of four states for them it was necessary to go in to headquarters at Chicago each year and could have seen you.

I was over to Denver a few weeks ago.  and Lizzie and Cis both called me Wallace after I had squeesed them.  as I probably took a little wind out of them as  you use to do.  Well the next trip I make out I will surely look you up although its hard to get away in this business although Jim is now on the road to old Lincoln Co   expect him to be there by March the 4th and will be there about a week.

Well old boy I want you to drop me a line and tell me all about yourself and family.

I have one boy and two girls   youngest is four and thats all.

So you see I have been busy since I saw you last and am well and strong yet my weight is 210 lbs. five foot and ten inches tall, and not a hell of a lot of hair on the top of my head.  Jim is about my size, with a good head of gray hair.

And now I am afraid I half to ring off as I have three darn salesmen here bothering me to deth [sic] for an order.  So Wallace I want you to drop me a line soon, and we will try and keep in touch.

My best love to yourself and family.  Am as ever your cousin

J. Add. Craig

Contributor Notes:  "J. Add Craig" was John Addison CRAIG, son of John Henry CRAIG and Henrietta G. DORSEY (daughter of Richard C. DORSEY and LeeEllen HILTON).  The "Lizzie" he mentions would have been his sister Ann Elizabeth and "Cis" would have been his sister Narcissus Roff.  "J.R. Craig" was James Richard CRAIG, the "Jim" he mentions who was his brother.   His parents were married in Lincoln County in 1866 where he was born in 1878, the youngest of their six children.  He would have been age 36 when he wrote this letter to his first cousin, Wallace DAWKINS. 

The names "J.R. Craig" and "J.A. Craig" on the letterhead of The Package Grocery Delicatessen in Salt Lake City probably indicates that apparently the two brothers had gone into the business together.

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