Postcard – “I send you this to bear my love”

Postmarked: None
Addressed to: Mr. E Gray, Craig MO

The 24 is youre birthday so I am told
so I send you this to bear
my love and hard fell wish
that many Birthdays
may you see
Raidant with
grate prosperity

Ben McNiel

While the card is addressed to “E Gray” and not “A Gray” I think this was meant for Alexander Gray (1856-1940) whose birthday was June 24th. Benjamin R McNiel (1859-?) was married to Alex’s wife’s cousin.

Postcard – “I dremp of you twice last night . . . “

Postmarked: 14 March, year unknown, from Gravette Ark.
Addressed to: Mrs. Rose Gray, Craig, Holt Co. Mo

March the 14 My Birthday
Dear Rose I dremp
of you twice last
night oh I thought we
wer having such a good
time I could hear you
laugh so plain I wish
you was hear to day say
the wind is blowing a gale
this is one of the ceans Ben
saw while he was gone how
is all of the conection
write soon give our love
to all who inquire about
us from MB McNiel

Mary Tolby VanHook McNiel (1859-1919) is writing to her cousin Rose Althea Browning Gray (1854-1938). Mary is the daughter of Almeda Browning Tolby (1833-1888). Rose is the daughter of Elias William Browning (1829-1910). Almeda and Elias are siblings.

She refers to Ben, her second husband Benjamin R McNiel (1859-?)