transcribed by my mom, all typos are by me.
This 14th day of March 1960-one year since Pop passed away-has been a real snowy lonesome day and I'm all alone. Minerva was the only one of the children that has called (this 9 o'clock) and my usual bedtime. Some way am not sleepy.
Just thinking of what the year has been like, that I wished to think about and the decisions I wished to make. By that time I have decided to deed the property to LeLand and Minerva and shall not let them know only thru this if they should happen to see it. Should any one of the children wishes to own it, they will have the fix the values according and if it is sold to a stranger, I wish enough to be taken to put a good fence on the Cat Creek Cemetery on the part that is on the "Cresswell-Maxwell" part of the from Dunkin to Maple Land at least.
This is why I have chosen these two-would have put John & LeLand had John been closer. I find these two can think of all concerned with the least hard feeling or hurting words.
Each child has had their share in helping with the home-Jim with Grandpa and helping buy Evie chairs, LeLand with fence and taxes, John everyway even to the allotment. Grace with taxes and a home to take them to in sickness.
The five in-laws are find, have all been good to - especially Dale and Thelma, they look over my shortcomings, so well. Vermal has been wonderful in the helping as he could please by knowing how and doing as he thought best.
Now children don't think I should not do this, for just now you are all alive-there would not have to be probated, although you may not be here when I go. I have earned all the place so can do this. I never married the in-laws, that is your problems. Grace and Minerva will know what you children can use and will sale all other household goods and if I don't get Pops stone up- Match Evie's at Blackmores.
Love and God Bless You