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Amanda Cora Halliwell Hoff
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1865
Medina County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 1924
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Amanda Cora Halliwell was the second born daughter of Ohio Natives, Levi Halliwell and Mary Elizabeth Spice. She married Perry P. Hoff on 10 Apr 1888 in Medina Co., Ohio. Perry was born on 10 Mar 1860 in Wayne Co., Ohio and died 15 Nov 1942 in San Francisco, California.

Amanda and Perry removed to Everett in Washington state in 1903, before settling in San Francisco, California. In 1919, the couple journeyed to Doylestown, Ohio, to visit Amanda's sister, Minnie and their ailing mother. A year later, Amanda invited her six year old niece, Marguerite Swagler, to visit California. Marguerite's father would not permit her to travel the long distance by train.

Upon Amanda's death in 1924, Perry delivered many of her personnel effects to her sister, Minnie. The following are letters, copied verbatim from he originals, were written to her sister, Minnie (Halliwell) Swagler.

Dear Sister and family,
We are well and are having nice weather now. Everything is lovely and the goose hangs high. There is a circus in town today, it is Norris and Rowe big show. I suppose we will go to see the parade. Rose is baking bread today. Last month I done the buying and then count it up and each pay half. This month it is her turn and we both work till the work is done.

In starting in there is so much here to buy and for the month it runs $25.76 from the 6th of May till the 6th of June and then there was a good supply of every thing in the house. Dell Rose's husband drew $104 and some cents. Had some overtime. They hold back 10 days so Dell wanted to work at the carpenter trade and quit and drew all his money. Perry is still there and will stay. Don't know how long. Today is pay day on the 10th of the month. Will tell you how much he draws before I, close. He gets $3.00 a day but they keep back 10 days and he has some overtime. Perry is tanned terrible.

Minnie, I did not write sooner to you because I knew you would hear from me through the other letters and was glad to hear from you, how are you and all the rest. When you write tell me all the news. The least little thing will be news to me. How is Emma and Willie and is Allen well. I hope ma is well and Frank, does he like his work and does he like it down there. Is her rooms nice. How is Aunt Suse.

What kind of time did you have Decoration day, that was Emma birthday. I think she was 40 years old. She is getting old and I aint far behind. Minnie as Frank about his money at the bank in Cleveland. Did he get it, tell us all about it. Well last Sunday June 7th, Dell and Rose, Perry and I took the boat called the Marguerite and went to Snohomish on the the Snohomish River, Southeast. It cost 25 cents a piece one way. The place is 40 years old but is not as large as this place (Everett, Washington.) It is a pretty place. We had dinner at Maple Hotel. Had a nice dinner, 25 cents each. Saloon are wide open and we had a glass of beer and in the saloon there was a cub bear chained in the window.

We went through a town called Lawell. There was a paper mill and a creosote works. Well when we got back to Everett we took in the town here. We went a way out to the edge of the city to the smelter, there they make money and separate the different knd of Ore's. Gold, silver, coper and lead, we got a piece of lead. The other places were shut up for Sunday, but I don't think we could see in there. The sound is salt watter and they use it for cattle and lots of other things. But the watter pipes are larger. When we want a drink we have to by careful what kind of watter we are getting, Ha Ha, how would you like that.

Well Minnie I must tell you a little joke we have. Our neighbor have a nice lot of chickens and they lay in our barn, eggs are 25 cents a doz so we have 4 eggs a day and that comes in pretty nice, we aint a going to tell them. Dell bought a razor and strap. They charge 15 cents here and he thought it wouldn't take him long to pay for one at that rate. He is saving his money and says he will have money to build a little home in a year. Lumber is cheap here. Some houses, the roofs are all covered with moss. The man just brought us a load of planned wood. It is auful nice the ends that is left off the wood at the saw mill. It is $2.75 a great big load.

Living is about the same as there, potatoes are 85 cents for a 100 lbs. Sugar is 17 lbs. for a dollar, Butter is .25, Eggs .25, doz. tomatoes, peas and com .25 for three, peaches plums and other things 2 for .25. Flour, large sack $1.35. The best oranges are .30 doz. the same as they are there. But I think clothing is dearer here, a little dishes is dearer hare a whole lot.

Rose is saying she wishes she was back in Cleveland, she would give any thing. It is awful lonesome here where you don't know anyone and aint got anything after having so much. But some day perhaps we will be back. When you are all having a good time think of me among strangers. But I am seeing a whole lot and it aint so bad. But Rose makes me lonesome sometimes. But dond't say anything in your letter but what she can read it, she reads my letters
and I read hers. I will close till I find out what Perry draws. Be sure and tell me the news. Good bye to all, from Amanda. Will have Perry write some.

Well Minnie, I had pay day and drew $96.00 for one month the first one, hows that and Amanda told you what it costs to live and that includes rent and living for the four of us, will have back in a few weeks what it cost us to come out, of course Amanda naturally would get home sick a little and a very little for I only see it one day a little and have not thought of home sickness. Have a
good time and I wish you fwere here, you would make it better than in Seville and would live at your ease. How is Allen, Frank and Ma and Emma and Willie. Good by all Perry.

To Allen, Will drop a line this is Sunday and did not rest very much either. I Dell, Amanda and Rose went to hunt Clams and got a fine lot of them and then we went fishing and I did not have any luck and this Eve we were down at the Sound to see the Boats come in. I have been working
all the time. Every day and Sunday and over time. Will have nearly $90. dor $100.00 for this month work and make the Do Se out here.

I have been thinking of going further South this fall, will stay here if I have a good job that will pay me good money. I have been offered at several times all the way from $16.00 to $28 dollars per month and I have not excepted either of them. Allen I wish you could see some of the Roses that grow here. Never saw on in my life like it, and Strawberrys or all kinds. Beats the World. Wish you could see the strawberrys as large as a cup, and they sell for 4 qrts for 25 cents, and pototoes sell at 60 cents per 100 Ibs. and they are fine. Oh Washington is all right and a fine State to live in for a poor man. Good by to all. -- P. F. Huff.

Amanda's letter from San Francisco, California, May 9, 1906:
Dear Sister and Brother and Babies,
Received your letter ok, we are well and did not get hurt, but were one of the lucky ones. We moved out in our new house on the 12 of March and on the 18 of April in the morning at 5:15 oclock the earth quake was well it was just terrible, the house shook from side to side, I guess about a foot, our chimney's were down and windows broke. My dishes broke every thing mixed up together, the stove off the box and machine tiped over and broke the box off. But we were out about 4 miles from where we used to live. Fifth St. is all burned, some of the streets spread open so a four story building went down and the people on the top floor could walk out, car tracks all bowed up and poles all burned, nobody can have any lights or fire in there houses.

We have marshall law and we have to go in line to get our provisions and can only have what they want to give us. We have had about 45 more earthquakes since but small easy ones. There was about 3 or 4 heavy ones but not so bad as the first one.

We have no watter only what we cary from a well, as the watter pipes were all broken off. Minnie an earthquake is an awful trembling and shaking of the earth and then it bursts open as it goes. You cant tell it bad enough, a person has to experance it there self, Perry is working at the Carpenter work at $4.00 a day and we cant spend it any where so we can save it all. The place where he worked, they blew up with dinamite so as to stop the fire as there was no watter, thare was I suppose a hundred streets or more all burned. There was a pretty heavy earthquake yesterday, Friday at one oclock. Every one ran out of there houses. Well we will change the Subject.

We have 42 little chickens white leg horns 25 of one size and 17 of another. They are auful nice. I have six letters to mail and about 20 more to write so I will ring off for this time. I got a letter from Rose last night. The second since the disaster. Will close wish you all good luck, write soon. -- Amanda and Perry | Be sure and read this to Ma. Our address is Perry Hoff, 2803 San Bruno Ave. Cor. of Wayland.
Family links: 
  Levi Halliwell (1839 - 1897)
  Mary Elizabeth Spice Halliwell (1839 - 1920)
  Emma Catharine Haillwell Dawson - Becker (1862 - 1943)*
  Amanda Cora Halliwell Hoff (1865 - 1924)
  Frank Millard Halliwell (1868 - 1959)*
  Minnie Elizabeth Halliwell Swagler (1872 - 1965)*
*Calculated relationship
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One who searches the pages of history for recorded instances of the shrinking of American women from any duty, even under the most perilous circumstances, will surely search in vain. -- History of Medina County & Ohio, 1881
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