Oct 22nd, 1928
My dear Mrs. Duggins -
I wish you could come in some Friday from 1 to
3 oclock or a Tuesday from 7 to 9 oclock Fri.& see our young married Women
sewing & the girls Tues P.M.
We gave them the pieces you gave me for them to
make work bags out of. Those pieces were about the size of this sheet of
I just wish you could have seen their happy
faces when they looked at those pieces.
Do you remember those small pieces about 1x2
inches we gave each woman a package to take home & they seemed so glad.
The women never make any clothes for their
expected babies & have to get someone make a few garments after they are born.
Mrs. Drebert & I thought it would be well to get these young women (to) make a
set of clothes & when a new baby comes to town we can send the mother a box.
We have 2 women in this circle who will need a
box before Christmas. In the box we put a yard square of outing large
enough to wrap the baby in, an outing gown, wool shirt made out of an old
flannel shirt or out of the flannel apron I use to wear when bathing babies.
A pair of wool boots knit or crochette [sic]
a [sic] flannel band, 2 diapers & cake soap &
small box of talcum. We put some fancy stitches on the garment.
Our first box is ready now.
It seemed so funny to see the women put their
thimbles on their first fingers.
We are now snowed in for the winter but I am so
happy to be here. The thermometer has gone down to 8 (degrees) above zero,
the ground covered with snow & the Eskimos are busy with their dog sleds going
25 & 30 miles for their winter wood.
They bring about half of a horse wagon load.
It looks funny to see from 3 to 7 dogs hitched to a sled. I believe they
can go as fast as most horses under good conditions that is clear weather & ice
trail. They can make 100 miles a day, they only require dried fish in 24
hours the fish is about 15 inches long. Some dogs are very fierce if a
person slips & falls in the snow they will jump on them & bit or eat up.
One man never goes alone.
I wonder when you will get this letter it takes
such a long time to go anywhere up here. Please write me when you ca &
please be sure & thank the lady who got these beautiful pieces for us.
Wish much love very truly.
Mamie L. Thomas
Envelope - postmarked Quinhagak, Alaska Oct 2_,
1928; addressed to Mrs. Fletcher Dug____, Park Ave., Winston Salem, N.C.