In 1847, Linus Humiston moved to Jersey County, Ill., from Washington County, Ohio. He settled in what later became the village of Otterville, where he worked as a farmer, teacher, carpenter, and miller. In these letters to his cousins, Samuel L. and Linus Brooks of Beardstown, Ill., Humiston discusses teaching, surveying, family matters, and his land purchases. Humiston also weighs the pros and cons of moving to Oregon.
Wilbur Duncan of Decatur, Ill., donated these letters to the Library.