April 1, 1952
Dear Mrs. Altman,
You will be surprised to get a letter from me as we have never met, but I thought I would write and tell you about the trouble we had with the house roof and maybe save you some money.
We tried for years and spent a lot of money trying to find where the rain came from above the bathroom and the little room back of it. The men always contended it came in from the west, but it was coming in from the hall side and following the rafters.
I had Lawrence Kepple fix it in 1946 and he said if it came in again to go higher up with the new roofing. He found the old wooden shingles soaked, so he tore them off, sheeted and put composition shingles on as far up as he thought it needed them.
The opple tree across the road from the house is a very good Early Transparent, and there are two more of them below the barn. One of those is near the old shop foundation. There is a Baldwin down beside the other Transparent.
The pear tree in the garden is a dwarf Bartlett and very good, but it never had fruit until I had another pear on the place. The grapes are all Concord.
Well, I wish you all kinds of luck in the coming years and hope to meet you sometime this summer.
Bess B. Wherry
370 N. 8th St. Indiana, Pa.