Albert's mother, Winifred, still resided in Cadiz. He had urged her to come to Kansas on more than one occasion. In 1859 he wrote her once again, hoping to bring her to be with him and his family and share his success. Albert reverted back to his Quaker speech in his letter to his mother. In other letters he used modern speech idioms. Albert's mother, Winfred, preferred to remain in Cadiz, Ohio, where she died in 1867 and is buried.
country is subject to fever and ague, I would say unhesitantly that this is the place thee had better come to if thee were to leave where the are, but knowing this to be true I dare not insist on thee coming, however glad I would be to have thee. Auld will be in Cadiz and the probability is that he will detain in Harrison County for two or three weeks. He expects to bring his sister-in-law with him so if thee come the opportunity is a good one to come with him. I know he would give thee care and attention, all that thou would need in getting here, and would feel thee would be as safe in his care as my own, and I know he would give it to thee freely.
Another letter from Albert to his son-in-law William Holtham, who was apparently in California, has been preserved. Albert writes about the woes of grasshoppers, money problems of his daughter Fred (Winifred) and the health of Grandmother, which presumably is William's mother, who passed away a few months later. This letter written in 1875 reads as follows.
Barrett, June the 11th 1875
for advise which I decline to give except that it would be a good policy to secure the place for something to fall back on in case of need. I give the same to you to act upon or no as you see proper. She has one half the money (sent by you) with which to pay it off and in my judgment would be to add the next 150 to what you now have and pay it out.
Still another letter from Albert to his daughter, Winifred, who was usually called Fred, was sent with instructions to forward it on to Jane. This letter was dated June 19, 1881. Apparently it was written while Albert was still in Marysville serving out his term as County Treasurer. The correspondence tells of Albert's problems both in Marysville and in the Treasurer's office. He also expresses his concern about his son William (Will), who had acquired a large herd of cattle and was attempting to drive them from Colorado back to Kansas.
Dr. Fred and Jane
he cannot get a wagon and team for the trip, and will have to depend on packing their outfit on poneys. Cy is at home puttering at farming with small results from present appearances. Mother Is much troubled with pain in her side. She tells me some two weeks ago that it was going to kill her. She said nothing of the kind the last time I was home, but was moody and refused to undertake to come here, said she cannot stand the ride. She cannot leave home. Says she does not want to do so; but I can see well enough it is a dull place for her. She however bought chain for a carpet she had the filling for when she and I were in Frankfort on last Monday. Phoebe is with me here in the office. She does well better than Cy in some respects. The hands on the place board with Med for the last three weeks ever since Mary was taken unwell.
installment of tax before advertising delinquents. Otherwise I should be a spectator at what is looked on as the crisis of the insurrection. The intention however is to "try again" if the results of tomorrows trial is not satisfactory.
Mary went to California to visit with daughter Jane, who apparently been in poor health. Albert had completed his last term as County Treasurer and was at home in Barrett the day after Christmas. He wrote to Mary ....
other effort the last of the week, but with little hope of speedy close. No one sick or complaining about the place. Cy sent the P. O. order to Cressey with no directions or explanations. Will no doubt be all right. I suppose you intend coming the U. P. route home, although you Do not say so distinctly; but I do not see how the boys will get with you unless you start from Caliente. If anything occurs on the road telegraph and we will respond.
Mary writes a letter to her son, presumably William, dated June 7, 1885 reporting conditions at Barrett.
Walton came a few days since with outfit going west to get land. Stopped to do some breaking in the Moffitt neighborhood
Bert Barrett, Albert's grandson became a master builder and architect. He rebuilt the old Barrett home and constructed numerous homes in the Frankfort-Barrett area and even traveled to Hubbell Nebraska to build a home for J. Conklin, who married l Wilhemina (Mina) Barrett, a cousin of Bert's. Mina Barrett Conklin, as a youngster, kept a diary. We read excerpts from Mina's diary:
"Pap lived longer than Mother Mary, by a short time. The Loves came back from California to care for him. The house we lived in was originally built for the Loves for a store to keep them here, but they went back and forth to California. The first time Memories Albert's name to his family was Pap and Mary was Mother Mary. I remember Pap very well was when we still lived on the farm before we moved to Barrett. We moved to Barrett the day I was five years old (October 3, 1891), so it would have been summer when Mama had me sew a button on Pap's shirt cuff, and I bit off the thread. He told me never to do that as it would spoil my teeth."
These old letters and mementoes from various members of the Barrett family bring back some of the trials and tribulations the early pioneers faced. We are grateful to have such sharing and caring relatives who furnished them for inclusion in this epistle.