January 15, 1927
Dear Mr. Smith,
I received the message that you sent by Walter, and accept it with pleasure.
Please let me know what time you are coming.
This is my great-grandfather, Joseph Jones Smith. When he was in his late twenties, early thirties, he took sick and was bed ridden for two weeks with pneumonia. When he recovered from the pneumonia, arthritis had attacked his joints and he couldn’t bend most of them. He spent the last half of his life unable to sit in a chair. Two of his sons and my great-grandmother had to go to work to take care of the farm and family.
It’s always amazed me how something could set in so quickly. Perhaps 70 or so years later things are different.