On March 8 and 9, 1896, my great-great-great grandmother, Susan Ferrington Johnston, mentioned laundry when she wrote to her granddaughter Maud Ferris (my great-grandmother) about how sick the little boy next door was. Scarlet fever is mentioned later in the letter, but this may have been typhoid.
Our houses are so close together + they have to have windows open, it makes me shudder, + they have washing out every day right by my fence, + when he dies all those things will have to be put out doors + we shall have to breathe that air. ….Monday morn. Dell is still living + as long as there is life there is hope, allthough it is very slim. I have got my washig [sic] done + hung my clothes upstairs, I am afraid to put them out.